2017 Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen

If you’re trying to eat organic then you may be surprised to know you don’t always have to. Every year the Environmental Working Group tests a wide variety of conventionally grown (non-organic) produce for levels of pesticides and publish their findings in two easy-to-understand lists: the Dirty Dozen (highest levels of pesticides) and Clean Fifteen (lowest levels.) Getting familiar with the Clean Fifteen can help us all to save a few dollars... Read More

Purslane and Roasted Corn Salad with a Creamy Dill Dressing

The cool thing about purslane is it’s a succulent!  While most lettuce greens you eat are delicate and thin, this one is thicker, crispy, lemony, and slightly salty.  They are a very different texture than other edible greens.  While it is considered a weed, purslane is the highest source of omega-3 fatty acids amongst leafy vegetables. It can be sautéed, stewed, or used as a substitution for spinach, but it makes an amazing salad because... Read More

Homemade Popcorn

When I go to the movies I drool over the smell of fresh popped popcorn, but I can’t eat it all slathered gross butter sauce and most corn is GMO anyhow.  I prefer to pop some myself, season it to my liking, and sneak it in the theater myself.  It also comes in handy when I’m at home enjoying a dvd and want a good movie snack to munch on.   Homemade Popcorn 2 tbsp oil that is safe at high temperatures, like coconut 1/2 c dried... Read More

corn salsa

my parents are really into peppers and spicy food. the theme of my mom’s kitchen is part southwest, part chili peppers. this amounted to me learning how to make stellar salsa at a young age. it’s a pretty simple blend of tomatoes, onion, pepper, garlic, cilantro salt and lime juice that you can tweak to your preference. different tomatoes, beans, green onions, avocado or–as i’ve used here– corn, can customize the classic... Read More

Fresh Corn Gazpacho

When I got 3 fresh ears of fresh sweet corn at the farmers’ market I thought I’d make myself some tasty corn chowder, but it’s getting so god awfully hot in the kitchen I couldn’t bare to stand over the heat of the stove. So I threw some fresh veggies in the blender and made a chilled soup that sure is refreshing when you find yourself wedged in the sweaty armpit of summer. Fresh Corn Gazpacho 1 1/2 lbs tomatoes (I used... Read More