Meatless Monday!

Meatless Monday!

Feb 12

Can you give up meat just one day a week? Why not try this great vegetarian recipe that still fills you up and won’t make you miss that bland piece of chicken you were going to make.   Monterey Farms Mushroom Loaf by Dandelion CommuniTEA Café Serves 4 to 6 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 cup chopped onion 4 cloves minced garlic 2 cups chopped cremini mushrooms 3/4 cup chopped cashews 3/4...

Real Time Farms

Real Time Farms

Jan 22

There are many things we’d like With Respect For Food to be, but we keep finding great resources that already exist. They just need more people to realize how great they are. One of our most recent finds is Real Time Farms, a site that rather ambitiously endeavors to track ingredients from restaurants to farms. Their database contains restaurants who reveal their sources; farms, ranches and...

Where to buy local happy meat!

Where to buy local happy meat!

Jan 04

We talk a lot about happy meat from animals raised naturally and humanely. But we are often asked, “Where can I buy happy meat?” Even so long after changing our diet, it’s a hard question to answer off the top of our heads. Part of this is because we haven’t personally ordered meat from most of the out-of-state producers, even though we’ve done the research to make...

New Bird in Town

New Bird in Town

Nov 15

If you’ve ever searched Orlando for local food — especially local meat — you’ve probably been disappointed at the apparent lack of sources. Laura and I have done a lot of research to come up with the multitude of options we’ve posted here on our blog. But it’s easy to feel like Orlando is something of a local food desert. I assure you, however, it’s not. Just to...

The Rusty Spoon

The Rusty Spoon

Aug 07

After much wishing and hoping (and a bit of drooling over the menu posted online), Laura and I finally made it to The Rusty Spoon, located in the ground floor of the 55 West building on Church Street. Owned and operated by the same good folks who make the delectable gourmet burgers at Pine Twenty2, The Rusty Spoon classifies itself as a “gastropub,” a new-ish term for a restaurant...

What is permaculture?

What is permaculture?

Jun 16

After a long couple months, I’ve finally completed a nine-minute video for the Simple Living Institute. It attempts to cover what exactly permaculture is and how to implement it, as well as some of the particulars of the Permaculture Design Course that the Institute held in the Spring. They’ve already scheduled another for the fall, though they’re not taking registrants yet....

Recipe Wednesday: Agua de Pepino

Recipe Wednesday: Agua de Pepino

Jun 16

The heat has come in full force in Florida, highs in the mid-nineties all this week. So in order to cool off here is a recipe for a refreshing drink for summer! I love adding cucumber slices to my water instead of lemon, it’s just so tasty and fresh cut cucumber smells so good! This recipe is for a drink from Latin America, in english it’s cucumber limeade.   1 seedless...

Urban Farming Book List

Urban Farming Book List

Jun 09

If you have a small yard or no yard at all, or if you have very little experience with gardening, you may find the prospect of growing your own food daunting. Because we live in a city and know that cities are most in need of fresh food, here’s a list of books related to urban farming and self-sufficiency that we have found. Many we have read or browsed, though some we have not. Some will...

Recipe Wednesday: Olive Oil Cake

Recipe Wednesday: Olive Oil Cake

Jun 08

John and I are traveling to Italy in September and this past week I spent a few hours researching attractions, museums, historical sites and the like for us to see while we are there. My next mission of research is food! Where to find the best markets and restaurants, the best espresso and gelato, the best pizza and pasta. Its going to be a culinary feast while we are there and it’s gotten...

Pine Twenty2

Pine Twenty2

Jun 05

Our original goal in changing our diet was to stop supporting industrially-produced meat — which we feel harms people, animals and the planet — and start supporting sustainable methods. We quickly discovered that while there are numerous opportunities to buy raw sustainable meat, it is much more difficult to find restaurants that serve it. So we were very excited to find Pine Twenty2, a...

Pine Twenty 2

Pine Twenty 2

May 28

About two years ago, John after eating a burger out at a restaurant, turned to me and said “Don’t let me eat burgers out anymore.” The burgers out always seemed too big, too fattening, too greasy, too loaded down with mediocre toppings and a bad bun, all of which left him feeling yucky after he finished. So I have kept him to the no burgers out agreement, until now. While...

Book Review: The Town That Food Saved

Book Review: The Town That Food Saved

May 26

I’ve been working on this book for a while, reading chapters intermittently between all the other books and magazines on my plate. (Perhaps you remember Laura’s initial post on this book, after we first heard about it?) Originally, Laura and I sought out this book after a friend mentioned Hardwick, Vermont, a small town that is trying to be a model for local food economies throughout...

Recipe Wednesday: Blueberry Soda

Recipe Wednesday: Blueberry Soda

May 25

For Christmas John and I got a soda carbonator, SodaStream, and we love it. Why drink still water when you can have it bubbling on your tongue? Unfortunately when it come to flavored sodas, the ones the company sells are full of excess crap. John has discovered that he loves making flavored syrups that use natural ingredients, usually some water, sugar and a fruit or extract, nothing more. Well,...

Veg Boot Camp

Veg Boot Camp

May 20

Vegetarian Times magazine is currently doing a Veg Boot Camp, where they have an all vegetarian, 28-day diet plan. They of course want everyone to try it and go veghead full time, I just like it because I think it’d be a great way to get everyone to eat a more plant based diet (and for those of us who already do, there is a lot of yummy, innovative recipes to freshen up your meal...

Recipe Wednesday: Ketchup

Recipe Wednesday: Ketchup

May 18

I am a big fan of Jamie Oliver. I loved Food Revolution, his TV series about making food better in the public schools and teaching people to eat better, and Season 2 started yesterday. I think he’s brilliant and how can you not fancy a chef with an adorable British accent? In his honor, I post his recipe for homemade ketchup. I made this recipe in a mondo sized batch in December to give the...

Recipe Wednesday: Rice Pudding

Recipe Wednesday: Rice Pudding

May 04

I made my first rice pudding back in 2006. I hadn’t ever had one before but I figured I liked rice and I liked pudding, so why wouldn’t I like it? The first recipe I made from was Eating for IBS by Heather Van Vourous, and it is from that recipe that this one was adapted. This recipe makes a great, creamy rice pudding is wonderful anytime of day, even for breakfast (not to...

Recipe Wednesday: Sopes with Zucchini filling

Recipe Wednesday: Sopes with Zucchini filling

Apr 27

My Sister-in-law is a vegetarian and even before John and I cut back on eating meat, I loved looking at her old copies of Vegetarian Times Magazine. Since then, she’s gotten me my own subscription which is full of recipes that highlight what veggies and fruit are in season. Bookmarked in a copy from Summer 2009, was a recipe for Sopes (SOH-pehs). The thick oven baked version of the corn...

Recipe Wednesday: Summer Rice Salad

Recipe Wednesday: Summer Rice Salad

Apr 20

With summer upon us, it’s time to pull out those recipes for cooling, relaxing, eat-on-the-patio-under-the-setting-sun foods. To this cause, I contribute a recipe for my Summer Rice Salad. The flavors in this recipe are crisp and fresh, perfect for a summer meal, and it’s such a loosely mixed hodgepodge that it’s easy to make extra for parties or leftovers. For a really fast...

Find Local Food: Online Resource Roundup

Find Local Food: Online Resource Roundup

Apr 20

I’ve posted many online resources for finding local food, but I realized recently that they are all over the place. Some are in the links section, others are in full posts, and others may be just on Facebook. So, here’s a round-up of all the websites I’ve found that help you find farmers markets, local food, and restaurants that serve local food. Local Dirt: Find local...

Book Review: One-Straw Revolution

Book Review: One-Straw Revolution

Apr 18

I was somewhat skeptical about this book, The One-Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka, with its Eastern-philosophy title and the monk-on-a-mountain synopsis. It’s not as if I have anything against Eastern philosophy, or monks teaching on mountain-tops, but agriculture is very practical, filled with physical activity, dirt and living things. And that’s what I’m really interested...

UCF Arboretum

UCF Arboretum

Apr 15

I spent my morning at the organic community garden at the UCF Arboretum. The Arboretum sits on the UCF campus and is part of conservation land. The Arboretum was started years ago with the mission of giving “students, faculty, staff, and the greater community of Central Florida a comprehensive environmental and outdoor living laboratory for education, research, recreation, and human...

State of the Organic Industry

State of the Organic Industry

Apr 14

I found this nifty graphic posted on Facebook, created by Philip Howard at Michigan State University, showing the ownership and affiliations of organic brands. Notice that, although most of them are marketed as small, back-to-their-roots kind of companies, they are in fact owned or controlled by multinational corporations. For an even more eye-opening look at the industry, watch this great...

Recipe Wednesday: Balsamic Onions

Recipe Wednesday: Balsamic Onions

Apr 13

I have growing in my garden right now some sweet onions, and I can’t wait for harvest. After I planted them, I was told that root crops in Florida soil don’t always work out so well, especially onions and garlic. But I am an eternal optimist and I am hoping to get enough to make a big dish of Balsamic Onions! I discovered this recipe from Martha Stewart a few years ago, and it’s...

Local Producer Spotlight: Sundew Gardens

Local Producer Spotlight: Sundew Gardens

Apr 08

“I’ll give it to the chickens,” says Tom Carey, owner of Sundew Gardens in Ovideo, Florida, as he demonstrates a head of lettuce gone to seed. “These leaves will taste way to bitter for people to enjoy.” It’s a warm Spring morning that is quickly becoming hot, and Tom is explaining his techniques for soil cultivation, pest control, and planting cycles, while...

Recipe Wednesday: Tea Infused Oatmeal

Recipe Wednesday: Tea Infused Oatmeal

Apr 06

I hate breakfast, but I love oatmeal! During the week, breakfast is usually some dry cereal and some fruit on my way to work (or sometimes when I get there). I am just not one of those people who can eat early in the morning, I have to be up and awake for awhile before I can stomach it. I know, I know, it’s the most important meal of the day, but really I just can’t do it at 6am!...