Food for Thought

How to Eat Seasonally in Between Seasons

March, like September, is what I consider a transition month–a collection of weeks that lead us away from one season and tease us with glimmers of the next. Transition months are so exciting, but can be brutally frustrating. It’s a near constant scenario of looking into a closet containing [seemingly] nothing to wear, because it’s chilly in the morning and […]

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Trend Alert: New Food Halls Underway

Food halls are cropping up nationwide at what seems like the same frenzied pace that shopping malls did decades ago. Obviously, we’re hoping they’ll have more staying power—it’s a trend any food lover can certainly get behind. By now, you’re familiar with the food hall model, shaped by the likes of New York City’s Eataly (est. 2010): a collection of […]

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My #GimmeFive Challenge to Jones Valley Teaching Farm

#GimmeFive accepted. Gettin' back on the bike to get healthy. @jvteachingfarm, I pass the challenge on to you. pic.twitter.com/5AjPF9PCdy — Hunter Lewis (@notesfromacook) March 18, 2015 Okay, Mallory B. I accept your #GimmeFive Challenge! In honor of the Fifth Anniversary of Let’s Move, First Lady Michelle Obama is challenging friends and family to #GimmeFive and set five goals for leading a […]

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Five on Friday: #GimmeFive Challenge

Each Friday, we share five things that are getting buzz around the Cooking Light offices—from what we’re reading around the Web, to what’s hot on Instagram, or even our latest favorite ingredient. In honor of the 5th anniversary of Let’s Move!, First Lady Michelle Obama is challenging everyone to #GimmeFive and set five goals for leading a healthier life. Always up for a challenge, […]

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Food Heroes: Gracie Cavnar and Recipe for Success

In ­2005, Gracie Cavnar and 24 volunteer chefs in Houston, TX entered fourth-grade classrooms with a mission—to teach children how to cook. One classroom at a time, Cavnar launched the Recipe for Success organization in hopes of “changing the way our children eat.” The following year, Recipe for Success built gardens as part of an curriculum that integrated the produce the kids […]

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Will your food be printed soon?

Have you ever seen The Big Bang Theory’s 3D printer episode? Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) and Raj Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar) buy a used 3D printer after an internet purchase went south. The two of them justify their rather pricey purchase by deciding they can use it for some of their work projects. What they end up making is entirely different. In typical Big Bang Theory style, the two of […]

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Here’s the problem that haunts the food movement, and why you should care

One slogan rolled out last week by the national organization called Chefs Collaborative was “change menus, change lives,” signaling the high missionary purpose of this group of chefs, food growers, food makers and activists. Several hundred members met in Boulder, Colorado last week, yakking about the future of food in America. (They also ate grass-fed bison marrow and trash fish, drank apple-flavored […]

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Eating Whole30: Week 4

Praise be, the final days of our Whole30 are upon us. Victory is [about to be] ours. The team is staying motivated through this final stretch by keeping eyes on the prize(s) and remembering what we have to look forward to post-Whole30. For example, our bodies painfully rejecting the foods we’ve so been looking forward to eating for the past […]

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Eating Whole 30: Week 3

By this week, eating Whole30 feels normal. Drinking soda water + lime in bars feels normal; passing the plate of brownies right on by feels normal; ordering sandwiches without bread, cheese, or enthusiasm feels normal… The novelty of this whole shebang has worn off, and I’ve simply accepted it as my lot in life [for roughly one more week]. On […]

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Eating Whole30: Why Variety and Balance Matter

A major benefit (or pain in the tail, depending on the day) of cutting out the food groups we tend to most heavily lean on is being forced to explore new styles of cooking and new foods all together. As with most things in life, trying new and unfamiliar foodstuffs is a gamble that can lead one to jubilant victories […]

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