Category Archives: Eco-Friendly

Capturing the Flavor of Summer - Strawberry Hone...

Capturing the Flavor of Summer – Strawberry Honey Jam
When I sat down to write this post, my first inclination was to apologize for the long delay between posts.  But then I thought again.  I am a high school teacher, and have devoted the summer to my children and improving my lessons for the upcoming year.  Nothing to apologize for. Right after school ended, we went up to Oregon for my sister's wedding. It was beautiful.  The wedding.  AND Oregon.  And best of all, I had a great time on the road trip up there, even though I worried that my...

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Guest Expert - Sustainable Farming and Pink Slim...

Guest Expert – Sustainable Farming and Pink Slime
As you can imagine, while I was building What's Cooking with Kids, I met some amazing people who care about good food and the health of our planet.  I never expected that I'd meet farmers via Twitter - but that's how I met Rod Morrison, the owner of Rocky Mountain Organic Meats.  We both care deeply about how animals are treated and about preserving the land for future generations. When I was hired to return to the classroom to teach high school biology this year, I promised Rod that I'd somehow...

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Student Perspectives on Genetically Modified Foo...

It's a lucky coincidence that during the same week that Pink Slime is making it big in the news, my students and I are discussing whether or not most foods are "natural." After a week of extracting our own DNA and using some fancy borrowed equipment, my high school students are intrigued about the uses of biotechnology in the world.  Aside from their obsession with all things CSI and forensics, they were also curious about what is in the foods that they eat.  The concept of "fish-berries" had...

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!
Our family couldn't have finished 2011 on a better note. [caption id="attachment_5329" align="aligncenter" width="574" caption="Family trip to the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador: our family, a marine iguana, baby sea lion and swallowtail gull"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_5330" align="aligncenter" width="645" caption="Me with a sea lion, a red footed booby, a waved albatros and a Sally Lightfoot crab"][/caption] Happy new year to you and your family. May it bring you delicious food, wonderful...

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Summer Camp: Day 4 - We Visit the Farmer's Marke...

On day 4 of our cooking summer camp, we walked to our local farmer's market, where we did some investigative journalism... On our agenda was to learn about organic produce and meat - and why it was better for the environment.  We were also eager to ask the pros about whether or not cucumbers were really a fruit or a vegetable.  Along the way, we tasted amazing stone fruits, berries and a striped Armenian cucumber!  Not a bad way to spend the morning!
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Parenting: Progress NOT Perfection

Parenting: Progress NOT Perfection
Bring a parent is really hard. This is probably the only parenting issue that I am 100% certain about. We do the best that we know how to do.  But let's be honest for a second.  Do you ever have the temptation to avoid reality for just a moment, so that there would be less to feel guilty about? Before Robyn O'Brien was forced to look at the foods she was feeding her family, she didn't enjoy being "preached at" about the benefits of drinking organic milk.  She had enough on her mind.  She...

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Teaching Kids about Safe Ways to Harvest Shrimp

Teaching Kids about Safe Ways to Harvest Shrimp
Children are hungry for knowledge.  And they are our future consumers.  All the more reason to teach them how to harvest food and shop wisely.  DooFAPalooza was the ideal venue to inspire kids to play with their food and learn how to have fun and make good choices at the same time. Clean Fish led an interesting hands on activity with kids, teaching them about how shrimp are currently harvested.  And even better than that? They made suggestions for a better alternative.  Take a gander... If...

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My Not-So-Secret Love of Backyard Chickens

My Not-So-Secret Love of Backyard Chickens
Several years ago, my daughter joined 4H. I did a happy dance because that meant that we finally had a legitimate excuse to get chickens. I have always been an animal girl, but when I was growing up, my mom never allowed me to get any pets beyond the family dog. It was sort of traumatic, actually. In 3rd grade, my class raised crayfish to learn about their life cycle. Many of the other children were allowed to keep theirs, but I had to release "Pokey" into the stream instead. When I was 13...

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Happy to be Getting Crunchy with Corn

Happy to be Getting Crunchy with Corn
One of the best parts about being involved in social media is the friendships that I have developed over the years.  Gina Rau started as a virtual friend, as we worked on a blogging challenge together, and she has become a dear "real life" friend.  I adore her new website, Feed Our Families, which strives to help families make better food choices.  When I was planning to be away at a culinary conference and Gina offered to do a guest post, I jumped at the chance.  I know you'll love it as much...

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Making Sense of Egg Labels

Making Sense of Egg Labels
[caption id="attachment_4701" align="aligncenter" width="358" caption="Eggs from our girls!"][/caption] I have been getting a really nice response from my recent articles about the beef industry and how to read (and understand) meat labels.  Several people have asked if I could talk about Eggs next.  So, here we are... Let's get some vocabulary out of the way first.  As usual, many of the labeling terms don't mean what you think they mean. “Free Range” chickens have access to...

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