Have you ever asked yourself, “Should I be juicing?” I mean you see all kinds of recipes for juice concoctions on food blogs, and the refrigerator shelves at the grocery store are lined with colorful bottles of fancy juices, and it seems like a pretty healthy habit. Well, my answer is that it depends. As with most questions about food and nutrition, the answer isn’t always straightforward but requires some further explanation. It also depends on who’s asking. Continue Reading →
Are you in a rut when it comes to dinner? I know I am. So for the past few months I’ve been trying out different dinner kit services to mix things up a bit. First I tried Blue Apron, which you can read about here. Today I’m going to share my experience with Plated, and next in my series will be a local Bellingham company ACME Farms + Kitchen.
That’s right, I said dinner kits. Some nice person somewhere will suggest recipes that match your preferences, get the requisite groceries, measure stuff out, pack it all up in a box, and mail it to you. So awfully handy. Continue Reading →
How do you know that cauliflower is good for you? Why did you decide to start adding more beans to your meals or cooking with olive oil? In other words, where do you get your nutrition information? If you’re like most Americans…it’s from watching TV. After that, according to a survey by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, we pick up our food and health tidbits from magazines, the internet, newspapers, and doctors…in that order. (This latest data is from a couple of years ago, so maybe newspapers not so much anymore.) But how do those sources stack up in terms of accuracy? Continue Reading →
Seattle has a pretty hip food scene, which may be why the International Food Bloggers Conference (IFBC) keeps showing up there. (Seattle also has a lot of hipsters. Coincidence?) Portland was my first experience with IFBC in 2012, but the conference is on a roll in Seattle for 2013-2015. I keep going back because I always learn something new, the eating opportunities are fantastic, and I can sort of justify the cost because it’s in my neck of the woods. (If you’re a history buff, you can read about my past IFBC adventures here.) Continue Reading →
Since I don’t have kids of my own, I probably shouldn’t give out too much advice about packing lunches; for children anyway. But on occasion I do pull together lunches for myself and the other adult in our family, and my new favorite tool is a bento box-style lunch container. Continue Reading →