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Better Deals for Healthy Food

If the high cost of organic food keeps you from eating the way you’d like, consider joining a food coop. As I explain here, these cooperative grocery stores and buying clubs are not in business to make a profit. As a result, organic food at coops can often be had for the same low price […]

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Sugar Snap Peas, Squash, Scapes and Rice — a June Farmer’s Market Recipe

This delicious, healthy recipe is creamy like risotto, but easier to make, and uses seasonal ingredients for June in the Northeast. The first night I served it with roasted slices of golden beets (also seasonal)– a perfect accompaniment. By day 2, the beets were gone, so we made do with local greenhouse tomatoes. The fresh-baked […]

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Fall Pasta with Swiss Chard, Apple and Maple Syrup

This is a very earthy, satisfying and quick fall recipe with no animal products. If you’re not in a rush, you could try making it with quinoa or barley instead of pasta for a more nutritious meal. Ingredients for 2 servings A small handful of pistachios or halved walnuts 4 tbsp olive oil 1/2 c […]

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Green Living in Summer

Summer, in a temperate climate, lends itself to a more natural, less energy-intensive way of living, as I explain in my July column for NRDC, Summertime and Green Living is Easy. (In hotter regions, make that “spring and fall.”) The key is working with the weather, not fighting it. Don’t insist on the same habits […]

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Panzanella Recipes

Panzanella (Tuscan bread salad) is a great no-cook dish for those summer days when temperatures get into the 80s and beyond. It’s simple, delicious and can be made with local, seasonal produce — tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and basil. Here is a traditional recipe, which uses no animal products, and some variations with cheese and other […]

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Easy Fall Salads with Cucumbers, Fennel and Cabbage

I love fall vegetables — their earthy flavor seems so appropriate to the season. These 4 simple recipes for salads are great for September and October when the weather is still warm. They all use vegetables that are local and seasonal for New York, where I live, and the Northeast generally. Spicy Cucumber Salad Servings: […]

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Local Foods in March: Jerusalem artichokes and fava greens

The big greenmarket at Union Square in Manhattan was jammed yesterday due to the pseudo spring weather. I went there hoping for a taste of the real thing, and while disappointed in that regard — most of the produce still came from winter storage — I got the usual lift from buying, and later cooking, […]

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Local Foods, Even in December

Humans have been importing foods from far-off places throughout recorded history, so we’re not likely to stop now. But perhaps we could strike a better balance, as of old, choosing local foods when available, and thinking of imports more as supplements for what we can’t get at home. My December This Green Life addresses this […]

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Seasonal Doesn’t Mean Local

My refrigerator is filled with seasonal food — by which I mean food that is ready for harvest now in the northeast where I live (or is harvested earlier and stored) — yet only a fraction of it actually comes from local sources. Beets are in season in the northeast, but I had to make […]

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