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Are convenience foods really convenient?

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Convenience is defined as being able to proceed with something with little effort or difficulty. I thought about this as I walked the floor at the recent Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore, where amidst to latest innovations in snacking …

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CH…CH…CH…Chia!

Our society is in a constant state of fascination with any grain or seed that promises to provide an extra gram of protein or few milligrams of omega-3.  Pomegranates, Quinoa, and Flax have all had their moments in the spotlight, …

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Sign(s) of the Times

I couldn’t help but do a double take upon seeing this shared entryway at a local strip mall.  I know as a society we’re a little dysfunctional when it comes to food, but REALLY!

In some ways, the doors mimic …

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Do We Really Need Another Seal?

Lately there has been a lot of talk about creating new labels to help consumers understand what’s in their food.  Much of this attention is focused on genetically modified organisms or GMOs.  Unfortunately, GMOs are ubiquitous in industrial agriculture, especially …

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Bulking Up for Winter

With each passing day here in the Upper Midwest, the morning air is getting more brisk, the afternoon shadows are getting longer, and the evening darkness arrives a minute or too earlier. Fall is nearly upon us.

Perhaps it’s instinct …

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Local is…

organic tomatoes imported from the backyard!  They’re red, juicy and delicious.  And I expect to eat a lot of them for the next few weeks.

How do you eat local? …

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Springtime is Rhubarb Time!

A sure sign of spring is when broad rhubarb leaves steadily overtake whole corners of the garden.  While a little later than usual, rhubarb season is (finally) here and we’re busy finding uses for the tart red stalks.  One of …

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Subscribe and Save

With prices going up, everyone’s looking for ways to save.  Coupon usage is increasing, websites guide us to cheap gas, and dollar store stock prices are booming (which may be a good buy, but that’s another blog).

Online retailer amazon.com …

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Food Should Be Food

I recently attended the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim and came away feeling the industry had lost interest in food.  The convention center was full of booths offering the latest energy bars or hydration systems. But real food?  Not …

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Food Inflation…a Sure Sign of Spring

As certain as swallows returning to Capistrano (or Orioles, Cardinals and Blue Jays reporting to spring training), the cost of nearly everything we eat is going up.  It’s not a matter of if, but when.  This certainty stems from months …

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