Archive for December, 2009

It Comes From the United States…Is That Good Enough?

So a few days before Christmas I was doing some research on Stop and Shop’s organic brand Nature’s Promise. I went to the website, but there was little information regarding their products. Basically the website says that yes, these products are organic, but fails to provide any further  material about meat products, which was what I was really interested in. So, I decided to email them. I told them the location of the Stop and Shop near me and asked if they could provide me with information about where their organic chicken and beef comes from. I asked for specifics like city, state, farm name, etc. Today I received my response:

“Thank you for taking the time to contact us about Nature’s Promise meats.

All of our Nature’s Promise meats are products of the United States.  However, I do not have the specific states or cities.  Our suppliers source from multiple farms and have processing plants in more than one state.

Thanks, again, for contacting us.  We appreciate hearing from you and wish you a happy and healthy holiday season.

Sincerely,

Paulette Thompson, M.S., R.D.
Manager, Health & Wellness”

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December 28, 2009 at 8:29 pm Leave a comment

Merry Christmas to Me!

Apparently I have some reading to do….

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December 25, 2009 at 3:23 pm 3 comments

New Years Resolution #1: Forage

I’ve been trying to come up with some resolutions and came up with my fist one last night during a conversation with my father in law Pops. My husband purposely got a deer license this year so we could hunt (or have someone hunt for us) and have venison all year. Growing up in upstate New York venison is something that we both grew up on. I was excited about the prospect of eating meat that I knew roamed free all its life and we shot and butchered ourselves. That was until last night when Pops informed us that deer season ended the day before. Ugh. No venison for us this year.

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December 24, 2009 at 12:52 pm 2 comments

Maira Kalman’s NY Times Op-Ed piece.

Back to the Land

December 24, 2009 at 12:16 pm Leave a comment

Freezing Carrots

This year in preparation for winter I started freezing lots of local organic vegetables. Each time I’d go to a farmers market I would buy a little extra and pack them away in the freezer. I just harvested my last bunch of carrots last week and wanted to do a “How to” blog in case anyone out there is wondering the correct way to freeze veggies.

Step 1: Peel and cut. For carrots I like to slice some up in medallions as well as julienne some.

Step 2: Boil in water for 2 minutes. This helps get rid of any bacteria and cleanse them in preparation for freezing.

Step 3: Cold water bath. Immediately after boiling drain carrots and run cold water over them to stop the cooking process. If you let them sit and keep cooking they will be soggy (like after blanching).

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December 23, 2009 at 4:01 pm 1 comment

The Naughty List

Bill Marler released his Food Safety News Naughty List 2009 this morning. It’s quite interesting. One of my favorites:

“FDA for its failure to control ridiculous health claims like Kellogg’s claiming that Cocoa Krispies are a “Smart Choice” because it “helps support your child’s immunity.” (See “Do Krispies Boost Kids’ Immune Systems?” Nov 01, 2009)”

Hmm maybe I should file this under the comics section too….

December 23, 2009 at 12:40 pm 2 comments

I’m watching “The Future of Food” right now (great movie, review coming soon) and decided I need to add a “Comics” category to my blog featuring a random assortment of things I find funny and ironic. Enjoy.

December 21, 2009 at 9:56 pm Leave a comment

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