Philosophy of feeding: Dealing with germs

Spinach…tomatoes…cookies?  Is there anything in the store that’s safe to eat?  Actually, whether it comes from the store or your own back yard, common everyday precautions need to be taken.  In the case of anonymous food created in unseen facilities somewhere in the world, ever more stringent care is necessary (it is interesting to note…

Friday’s food: Olive oil

Central to the Mediterranean diet/style of eating, this luscious liquid has graced the tables of many of history’s notables such as Plato, Aristotle, Julius Caesar and Christ.  Pretty good company. Records dating back as far as five thousand years ago in Crete show that olive oil has been enjoyed by countless millions throughout the centuries in…

Friday’s food: Turkey

As you gather with family and friends this holiday season, you’ll enjoy cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, and pumpkin pie.  Holding court at a place of honor will no doubt be a fowl that very nearly became America’s national bird.  Year after year you willingly brave the crowds to find the perfect turkey to…

Friday’s Food: Cranberries

Native to North America, cranberries (or “crane berries” after the birds which frequent the bogs) have been enjoyed by Native Americans for generations.  They were originally called i-bimi (bitter berry) because they are quite tart.   Pounded into a paste, they were mixed with pemmican.   As a supplement, the berries are used to support urinary tract…

Friday’s food: Potatoes

All white potatoes are collectively known as Irish Potatoes even though they originated in the Andean mountain region of South America.  Researchers estimate that they have been cultivated for about 4,000 to 7,000 years  by the native people of that area. When they hear the word “potato”, people usually think of the white russet or…

Friday’s food: Pomegranates

Open and ready for eating Best not wear white.  OK, you can…but be prepared for splatters…and every one is so worth it! Since ancient times, this nutritious Middle Eastern fruit has been enjoyed in both sweet and savory preparations but pomegranates really shine when eaten out of hand – sort of.  Click here for more…

Friday’s food: Pumpkin

Well, you can hardly swing a hobgoblin these days without hitting a pumpkin.  Take a drive though any neighborhood, and you’ll find a pile of them in front of groceries, nurseries, and at some charity patches.  So why all this fascination with orange gourds?  Click here to find out more about the history of Jack…