Local meat chickens – where to find the good stuff

Jamie, who spends most of her time on her two blogs, Best Kids Apps and Travel Saavy Mom, asked about local sources for pasture-raised, meat chickens. Since I find myself in the process of stocking the fridge with just those items, sharing my technique and sources seemed like a friendly thing to do. First off,

Read more

Clean Food Diet, Day Seven: Clean around the house

Salad with garden fresh tomatoes

Once I started focusing on eating clean, being clean around the house started to gain importance. No, don’t panic, I didn’t get all Martha Stewart on you and start cleaning every nook and cranny. Although that is a good idea. Especially at my house. No, instead I started incorporating some of the other ideals of

Read more

Clean Food Diet, Day Six: Now, let’s talk about fat

Thai Cooking Class dinner

On Thursday, we talked about sugar. Let’s spend some time talking about fat, the other big gotcha in processed food. Well, that and salt. But talking about salt in canned foods makes my head spin. Have you seen how much sodium is in a can of black beans or tomato paste? Staggering. Back to fat

Read more

Clean Food Diet, Day Five: Clean Kitchen Tools

Surprise! It's Yogurt, Fruit and Flax Meal!

Jennifer sent me a question about clean cookware, to replace her non-stick saucepans. Without claiming to be an expert, nor even a super knowledgeable enthusiast, I responded to her question with these suggestions. Anodized aluminum cookware has many of the features of non stick models, with a very nice, scratch resistant surface. We have an

Read more

Clean Food Diet, Day Four: Let’s Talk about Sugar

Clean Breakfast, Day Four

High fructose corn syrup. That is really the sugar I am talking about. Oh sure, there is white sugar, which is refined, and brown sugar, and honey and maple syrup, but the one sweetener getting the most attention these days is High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). The Mayo Clinic has a nice piece on the

Read more

After school snack: Butternut Squash Hummus (recipe)

I made this last week for our first TGIF block party, using the Butternut Squash that came in our weekly box from Two Small Farms, and it was a great success. Very easy, and the butternut squash made the hummus sweet and tasty. My kids enjoyed it as an after-school snack with pita chips and

Read more