Tempeh: A Soy Product for Everyone

Do you ever have to cook for a group that includes both vegetarians and meat eaters? I’ve encountered this situation many times and it used to leave me flummoxed. Obviously meat is out, but I want to provide something substantial for the meat eaters for whom tofu just doesn’t cut it. On these occasions, tempeh […]

Organic Strawberries: a Smart Choice

When I was in college, I spent a few weeks picking strawberries for a fellow named Mr. Henderson who had a produce stand near where I lived. My roommate and I would get up at 5:00 a.m. and drive out to his piece of land where we would spend several hours picking in order to […]

Fava Beans are Worth the Effort

For certain vegetables, their preparation is a social activity. Or at least it used to be. Shelling peas or shucking corn used to be done communally by family members or friends sitting on the porch or around the kitchen table. Sure it takes time, and opening a package of frozen corn or peas is more […]

Take JAMA Study with a Grain of Salt

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association last week asserted that vitamins A, E and beta carotene increase the risk of death in those who take them. Overall, the people in the study who took antioxidant vitamins had a 5% higher risk of mortality. “Vitamins Can Kill You” or some variant […]

Quinoa: Ancient Grain Makes Comeback

The relationship between ancient civilizations and their staple foods is fascinating. The people of antiquity weren’t stupid. Through a long process of trial and error, they discovered and perfected food crops that were both nutritious and peculiarly well suited to the places in which they lived. Consider the Incas. They developed the largest and most […]