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  • Hate Food Waste? Love Melons? Watermelon Rind Makes Tasty UnWastey Summer Nom!

    Nothing says ‘summertime’ like a ripe juicy melon! But what then? What do you do once you’ve eaten all the red juicy deliciousness, spit out all the seeds, and cleaned every melon slice right down to the watermelon rind? Especially for fruitivores who hate food waste, the answer’s easy: you eat the rinds, too! More

  • 3 Wine Cocktails For The End of Summer

    The folks at Francis Ford Coppola Winery sent a nice reminder to enjoy some cocktails — and summer — before it ends. 3 Summer Cocktail Recipes Summer will officially end on Saturday, September 21 and so when Francis Ford Coppola Winery, one of my favorite wineries, sent some summer cocktail recipes, I vowed to try […] More

  • Five Ways to Keep Cool this Summer (and Keep the Energy Bill in Check)

    Despite news of melting ice caps and dying polar bears, the first instinct for most people in the hot summer months is to crank up the air conditioning. While reducing carbon footprints may seem like an impossibly grand task, there are ridiculously easy ways to save on home energy consumption, as well as your monthly bill. Here are five ways to save energy this summer More

  • How to Make Homemade Fruit and Herb Infused Water

    Cool off this summer with a batch of all-natural, homemade fruit and herb infused water. There’s no need for pricey equipment or shopping lists; only your favorite produce, water and a container. More

  • Vegan Father’s Day Food

    Summer time is synonymous with grillin’ and chillin’. And who does that better than dad? This Father’s Day, give him the day off from the flaming grill and serve him up a dad-sized vegan meal that’s fit for a king! We’ve got a great menu below for your dad’s day feast! More

  • Cajun Recipe: Maque Choux Soup (Psst! It’s vegan!)

    Vegetarian and vegan recipes in Cajun cooking are few and far between. This one is a twist on the traditional corn side dish called maque choux, which is pronounced “mock shoe.” My grandmother made it in the summer time when fresh corn is sweet and abundant. My mother usually serves it with barbeque chicken and dirty rice. More

  • Black Bean Quesadillas: My Favorite Summer Meal, Ever.

    Imagine crisp sweet corn, tender black beans and smooth cheddar cheese melted together between whole grain flour tortillas. My mouth is watering already. I am not exaggerating when I saw this is my favorite summer meal. I could eat these quesadillas every day for a week straight and not get sick of them. In fact, […] More

  • Pasta – A perfect vehicle for summer vegetables

    When my fridge and counter-top are loaded with summer veggies, pasta becomes my go-to weeknight meal. It’s fast, easy, and incredibly versatile. You can turn just about any vegetable into a pasta sauce. Here’s how: More

  • What to Eat When You’re Dying of Heat

    Heatwaves tend to have a way of killing appetites and making us feel too lazy to cook. Before succumbing to a freezie & popsicles diet, try out these energy-boosting, easy, oven-free meals and nutritional necessities. More

  • Urban Homesteading Blog

    Eating Local: A Home Made Upside Down Tomato Planter

    We’re all about local eats around here, and what’s more local than food you grew on your balcony or in your own back yard? With summer here in full swing, it’s a great time to get some tomato plants going. It might be a bit late to start from seed, but score some nice organic […] More

  • Pomi Tomatoes: A BPA Free Alternative to Cans

    I don’t know about you guys, but since learning that canned tomatoes contain BPA, I haven’t been buying them. It’s sort of put a crimp in my cooking, since tossing in a can of tomatoes was such a nice way to add flavor and nutrition to soups, stews, and sauces. Luckily, the folks at Pomi […] More

  • Living With The Seasons: What Are You Doing Right Now?

    What are you doing during this time of year? Are you in your office, sitting in front of a computer? Are you outside in a garden, harvesting lettuce and greens? When it gets brighter earlier, do you wake up earlier, too? Is the winter snow merely a deterrent to getting to work? Does your day-to-day […] More

  • What’s your favorite summer fruit or veggie?

    Summer’s here, which means that the farm is kicking into full gear. Although I relished spring’s shoots, salad greens, and sugar snap peas, the arrival of summer produce brings a different kind of thrill. What are you most looking forward to seeing at your farmers market, in your weekly CSA box, or ripening in your […] More

  • Beat the Heat with Coconut Water

    There’s something about the first couple days of heat that always gets to me. Even though summer hasn’t officially begun, it’s been unseasonably hot here in Missouri. After sweating all day on the farm, I come home feeling worn out and dehydrated. The one thing that really helps me adjust to summer temperatures is coconut […] More

  • Top Ten Pea Shoot Recipes (In Season Now!)

    Like most green leafy vegetables, pea shoots – the young tendrils and leaves of the garden pea plant – are incredibly nutrient-dense. You can start looking for them at farmers markets or Asian markets in the spring and early summer. Two cups of raw pea shoots have 10 calories, zero fat, 35.5% of your recommended […] More

  • Summer’s Last Fling: Three Tips to Host a Local Food Potluck

    One leaf on the maple tree turned bright orange. The apples on our trees now droop with bounty. The local drive-in went to weekend-only hours and starts movies around 8:00 pm because that’s when it gets dark now here in Wisconsin. Deep sigh. Yes, those bittersweet signs of fall are in the air. My advice […] More

  • Vegan Ice Cream Challenge: Soy Delicious Green Tea

    It’s been hovering in the upper 90s here in Atlanta, and weather like this makes me crave ice cream like no other. This year, I’m on the hunt for my favorite vegan ice cream! The plan is to try new pints each week and share my findings right here. I know, it’s a tough life […] More

  • Vegan Ice Cream Challenge: Good Karma Organic Rice Divine

    It’s been hovering in the upper 90s here in Atlanta, and weather like this makes me crave ice cream like no other. This year, I’m on the hunt for my favorite vegan ice cream! The plan is to try new pints each week and share my findings right here. I know, it’s a tough life […] More

  • Vegan Ice Cream Challenge: Ice Supreme Pecan Passion

    It’s been hovering in the upper 90s here in Atlanta, and weather like this makes me crave ice cream like no other. This year, I’m on the hunt for my favorite vegan ice cream! The plan is to try new pints each week and share my findings right here. I know, it’s a tough life […] More

  • Vitamin D: Benefits of the Sunshine Vitamin

    Summer is upon us. The plants are in full bloom, and the sun feels great on your skin. The longer days give you more energy. There are barbecues, beaches and pool parties with your name written all over them! Since you will be spending all that time soaking up the sun, there a few facts […] More

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