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Free Range, Grass-Fed Beef (and Pork and Chicken)

April 17th, 2009 · 15 Comments

Part V of the Sustainable Family Supper series, and my submission to this week’s Fight Back Friday, hosted by the Food Renegade. It’s probably obvious by now that we are not vegetarians by any means. I actually did abstain from red meat for nearly 5 years during my idealistic youth (high school and college) for [...]

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Baked Macaroni and Cheese

March 31st, 2009 · 10 Comments

Between our home-delivered farm-fresh milk and the cheese addiction my toddler shares, we consume a lot of (hormone-free) dairy products in our house. A favorite way to use up the assorted bits and ends of cheeses in our cheese drawer is my baked macaroni and cheese, with roasted red peppers. I don’t believe in hiding [...]

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Dope-Free Dairy

March 24th, 2009 · 11 Comments

Part IV in the Sustainable Family Supper series What’s the matter with rBST? I’ve written before about how my path to natural and organic food began with a look at milk. When I became pregnant with my son, milk took on a renewed significance as I eliminated sodas and caffeinated beverages from my diet. I [...]

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Tags: behind the label · dairy · eco-friendly · organic · sustainable family supper

Save our Soil

February 10th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Part III in the Sustainable Family Supper Project The second villain in the duo of toxic commercial farming practices is fertilizer. I recently heard a radio ad touting the benefits of chemical fertilizer, euphemistically called, “nutrients for life.” If you’ve read Michael Pollan’s Omnivore’s Dilemma, you know that nitrogen fertilizers used today have a rather [...]

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Organic Carrot Risotto

February 4th, 2009 · 14 Comments

Our CSA farm, Potomac Vegetable Farms, takes great pride in their sweet onions. Onions’ flavor is heavily dependent on the soil they are grown in, so great onions require careful treating of the soil and are a good indicator of a farmer’s commitment to the land. Carrots from our farm are likewise sweet and flavorful, [...]

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