Groceries and Food

Top New Trend: Everyone Has a Farmer’s Market

Last week, a farmer’s market opened next to the White House. It’s even called the White House Farmer’s Market. I believe this is what we’d call the peak of the farmer’s market trend. So what does this mean for you? If you haven’t already discovered the wonders of the farmer’s market, it’s time to go. Chances are there’s a market very near you. Finding Local Markets New markets…
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Grass-Fed Beef: A Cheaper Alternative?

Recently, I read Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and immediately started looking into grass-fed beef. I’m also considering the switch to naturally-raised pork. I found both at my local farmer’s market, but then I had to confront the issue of price. Is it possible to that grass-fed beef is a cheaper alternative to corn-fed beef? Cost Comparison: Grass-Fed Beef vs. Corn-Fed Beef On the face, grass-fed beef is more expensive…
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No Garden? Try a Community Garden

Yesterday I talked about setting up a garden share day, for you home gardeners. But what if you don’t have a home? Condo and apartment dwellers can still enjoy the gardening experience. You just need to join a community garden. True, you won’t be able to plant some of the larger items like fruit trees, but you can grow flowers, berries, and vegetables like lettuce and tomatoes in your very…
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The Best Way to Cook Dried Beans

I’ve tried several methods for cooking dried beans, and have had mixed results. Then I happened upon this method, which produced tender beans in about three hours. I use this to cook a whole 1 pound bag of beans at once, then I freeze them with their soak water in the same portions as canned beans (about 15.5 ounces.) When I need them for a recipe, I defrost the beans,…
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Farmer’s Market Strategies: Early or Late?

I like to get to the farmer’s market first thing in the morning. My parents like to go to the farmer’s market in the afternoon. It may seem like a simple question of timing, but there are other differences. Which do you prefer? Advantages of Getting to the Market Early For me, there are three primary advantages of getting to the market: Fewer crowds. I like to get through…
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Causes of Rising Food Prices: Shortages

Today we look at one cause of rising food prices that took a long time to create, and will take even longer to fix, if we even can. That’s food shortages. Food shortages have three causes, actually. The first is climate change. The second is a rising global population. The third is the number of people in emerging societies who want to eat like those in developed countries…
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The Joys of Freezing Food

Oh, freezer, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love you for your depth, for your ability to preserve raw materials, for your easy storage options, for your ability to save money and food. I’ve always been a fan of the freezer, but now that I prepare most food from scratch, I’ve really gotten into freezing food. I usually freeze meal components that I…
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Holiday Cookies Kids Can Bake

As I mentioned previously, my sister and I used to bake holiday gifts for our relatives. Not only are they cheap gifts, but it’s fun, quality time with your kids. We made a wide variety of cookies and fudge, but a few stood out as my favorites to bake. Once you choose your recipes, set aside a weekend to bake. Plan to give about 20 cookies or pieces of fudge…
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Planning Your Thanksgiving Menu

For those of you in Canada, happy Thanksgiving! For those of you in the US, you’ve still got six weeks until the big day. However, it’s not too early to start planning your menu, especially if you’ll be baking or require a lot of ingredients. Once you have your menu planned, make an ingredients list and check it against the store flyers every week. Buy whatever you can ahead of…
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