Natural Food Labels

What Does the Word Natural Really Mean on Food Labels?

Lots of food companies use the word natural to describe their products, but what does natural really mean and can it help you eat healthier?

Shakshuka recipe

Shakshuka

Shakshuka is a popular breakfast dish in the Middle East that gently poaches eggs in a slightly spicy tomato sauce topped with feta and parsley.

Farmer's market carrots

Carrot vs. Carrot: Simplifying the Conversation about Organics and GMOs

Recently I was teaching a group of people I work with what organics, GMOs (genetically modified organisms), rBST, artificial flavors, and colors are and why we are starting to talk about them as a company. My purpose was not to…

The grand dame all nicely tanned

Thanksgiving Anarchy

In my opinion, turkey, stuffing, spuds, dressing, beans are some of the easiest things you can cook for Thanksgiving. The food is forgiving and most basic cooks can get the meal together without too much fuss. It’s good, but cooking…

Simple Italian Risotto

Simple Italian Risotto

Risotto is one of the recipes that every cook needs to know. The technique for making risotto becomes easier with practice, and the simplicity of just a few ingredients that turn into a creamy, soothing texture make this risotto recipe…

I navigated the tunnel-like streets of Florence to my apartment on a curvy hill across the river.

A Florentine Christmas with Risotto

On Christmas Eve, long ago, I navigated the tunnel-like streets of Florence to my apartment on a curvy hill across the river. The risotto we cooked is normally too simple for a holiday feast, but that night no one seemed…

persian love cake

Searching for Persian Love Cake

A story of a prince, a girl, and love nudged along by the magic of a delicate rosewater cake laced with saffron accompanies some recipes for Persian Love Cake. It’s an origin story shrouded in mystery that inspires images of…

Onion Dip

Onion Dip Two Ways

Our two tasty onion dip recipes work for whatever mood you’re in. The healthier version substitutes Greek yogurt for the mayo and sour cream in the more traditional recipe.

Breakfast Salad with Egg

Breakfast Salad with Egg

This super simple breakfast salad recipe is a good solution to getting a serving or two of veggies in as the day starts. This recipe uses one egg, cooked anyway, served over a bed of lettuce and reheated leftover vegetables…

Better Eating with Bittman and Pollan

Better Eating with Bittman and Pollan

At the beginning of the year, I did what most Americans do; I made a resolution to clean up the food in my kitchen and to eat better. Over the next few months, I will be writing about the big…

Healthy Smoked Salmon Breakfast Toast

Healthy Smoked Salmon Breakfast Toast

I love lox and bagels for breakfast, the problem is it usually has more calories than I want for an everyday breakfast. This smoked salmon breakfast toast recipe uses smoked salmon, cottage cheese, and toast to create a healthier version…

Fresh Baked Bread

Better Eating with Umami: The Bread Experiment

The great bread experiment is our search to find out what’s in our bread and what we can do to make great tasting, healthy bread a part of our everyday lives.

Healthy Snacks

Better Eating with Umami: When Organic Snacks Become Junk Food

Finding healthy snacks can be hard for a family when organic snack food starts getting loaded with chemicals, sugar, salt, colors, and flavors that you don’t want to put in your body.

Summer strawberries for canning don't need to be picture perfect

Canning Nostalgia One Strawberry at a Time

Canning strawberries in the summer always makes me feel nostalgic for the generations of my family who canned before me and for how this summer’s strawberries will help us weather the cold winter nights ahead.

Strawberry Jelly

Strawberry Jelly

Making homemade strawberry jelly lets us preserve summer strawberries in small half-pint jars that can be opened all winter long, whenever we need a reminder that summer will come again.