Lime Fresh Mexican Grill

Lime Fresh Mexican Grill

Oct 17

My Mother pointed out an article in the Orlando Sentinel yesterday about Lime Fresh Mexican Grill. It is a restaurant with 9 locations, mostly in south Florida, but one opening up the end of this week over in Dr. Phillips area. Why it’s so cool is that they are the first restaurant to be certified humane by Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC). HFAC is a non-profit group set on enforcing their...

Good Thing: Number 4

Good Thing: Number 4

Oct 12

National Sustainable Agriculture Information Source I don’t remember how I stumbled across this website, but it is such an amazing resource for farmers. It has tons of information and studies listed on ways to turn a regular farm to an organic one, how to rotate crops and animals, selling food locally, starting up a sustainable farm, water and pest management, and lots more. Now they...

Flank Steak with Chimichurri Recipe

Flank Steak with Chimichurri Recipe

Oct 04

Last nights dinner was delicious! John told me it was one of the best meals he had had in a long time and that it even beat out his steak from Founding Farmers! So for your eating pleasure I have included the recipe: Flank Steak Marinade 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1.5 tablespoon Montreal Steak Seasoning) 1 teaspoon ground chipotle chili powder 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce 2 tablespoons...

Book Review: Righteous Porkchop

Book Review: Righteous Porkchop

Oct 02

Changing your diet for the sake of the animals may seem like a quaintly liberal, faintly extreme thing to do, even to those who normally tend toward a naturalistic worldview. For some, it’s right up there with free love, nature-worshiping, and communal living. If there’s any book that will open your mind and direct you to the more practical and quantifiable effects of large-scale...

Avoiding Factory Farms

Avoiding Factory Farms

Sep 28

Here's a great guide to avoiding factory farms from the author of one of the books I read recently, Nicolette Hahn Niman. She's a vegetarian environmental lawyer turned cattle farmer (still vegetarian, I believe) who really knows her stuff. A lot of it expands on things that Laura and I have posted. Have a look for yourself:

Budget

Budget

Sep 28

I mentioned last month that my goal was to keep our food budget the same, despite the fact that meat and dairy that are sustainable, organic and humanely treated are much more expensive. I have to admit that we went way over our budget in August, failed miserably to be honest! Usually I budget $250 a month for groceries, and then add the extra money from other things (i.e. when we budget $130...

Grow Box

Grow Box

Sep 26

I posted last week about John and I planting our Second Spring garden. Our seeds are sprouting nicely and I am excited to see them inch high and higher. Last weekend at the Evening on the Farm event we attended, we learned about the Winter Park Harvest Festival. It is a food festival held 5 days before Thanksgiving, with cooking demos, meet the farmer sessions, and most importantly, a farmers...

Evening on the Farm

Evening on the Farm

Sep 25

Last Saturday night, John and I drove out to Lake Meadows Naturals, for the Slow Food event, an Evening on the Farm. We had been really excited to finally make it out to Lake Meadows, since that’s where the eggs we buy through Big Wheel Provisions come from. And we were not disappointed by the farm at all. It for one, it’s gorgeous. Green and lush, with a acres of fields full of happy...

Day 53: Is Meat Manly? (Review of Founding Farmers restaurant)

Day 53: Is Meat Manly? (Review of Founding Farmers restaurant)

Sep 22

We have not had a "meat meal" (where meat is the main course) for a couple weeks now. Frankly, I find that I'm not really craving a big hunk of meat the way I thought I would. The last time I had a "meat meal" was at Founding Farmers in Washington, DC. They believe that every person has the right to enjoy a "green 'meal away from home' and strive to buy ingredients that are sustainable over ingredients that are local or organic. Read on for a full review!

Day 45: Oefs en Meurette

Day 45: Oefs en Meurette

Sep 14

Inconvenient circumstances today led me to buy a tuna sandwich for lunch. The tuna is fine, of course, but it was drowning in mayonnaise, which I was not happy about. The good part? It was only $1.95 for an 8-inch sub on good bread. Aside from these cirumstantial slips, though, our diet is great. We feel better and more confident about what we eat. So far, I can’t say we feel healthier,...

Day 45

Day 45

Sep 14

Sorry (again) for the lack of posts, we are watching my nephew this week, a little 9 month future foodie, and he takes up a lot of time! John and I bought tickets for a bash on Saturday night, the annual Slow Food Dinner hosted by Lake Meadow Naturals (the farm where we love to get our eggs.) At the dinner we will “Tour the farm and enjoy culinary treats masterfully created by Central...

Roasted Baby White Eggplant

Roasted Baby White Eggplant

Sep 01

Seasoned breadcrumbs have been a staple in my kitchen for a long time. They are useful in a variety of dishes, but the seasoning is typically Italian-inspired. I started thinking recently that it might be interesting to make some seasoned breadcrumbs that are Asian-inspired instead. So we picked up some baby white eggplant at our local Asian supermarket, and I proceeded to make breaded, roasted...

Our Addiction to Meat

Our Addiction to Meat

Aug 29

Meat consumption per person has continuously increased worldwide in the last 50 years. And we're certainly not getting any healthier. For most of human history, meat has been a wealthy indulgence. Only recently has meat become more financially accessible. This certainly sounds like a benefit of modern technology and human ingenuity — bringing a formerly elite product to the masses — until you look at how it's accomplished. There is no such thing as cheap meat. Read on for plenty of sources and statistics...

Almost Meatless

Almost Meatless

Aug 28

Book Review While perusing at my local library I stumbled across a cookook called, Almost Meatless: Recipes That Are Better for Your Health and the Planet by Joy Manning and Tara Desmond. I took it home and dove right in. The preface is exactly what I was hoping! The two authors talk about how the American diet is way overloaded with meat, and that we don’t need to eat that much of it....

Crisp Summer Salad

Crisp Summer Salad

Aug 27

Although this salad is a common combination of ingredients, the idea for it just came to me one day. It was probably influenced by things I’d read or watched (I love the Food Network), but we never consulted a recipe to make these salads. They were, however, delicious and refreshing! There’s no cooking involved, so the recipe is very simple (and, again, approximate): 8 figs,...

Taking Action

Taking Action

Aug 26

If you've read some of my recent posts, I may be sounding a bit like a conspiracy theorist to you. So let me clear the air: This blog (and my conviction) is not about any one group plotting to control the world. The fact is simply this: People want to make money. Companies use their money to battle government legislature that would lower their bottom line by lobbying and intimidating. The government will continue to represent the companies (instead of us, the constituency) unless we make our voice heard. Here are seven ways you can make your voice heard. (It's a lot of info, but it's worth at least skimming!)

Keeping Antibiotics Out of Our Food

Keeping Antibiotics Out of Our Food

Aug 24

In most factory farms, animals are fed antibiotics almost daily in their food rations. Constant exposure to antibiotics encourages bacteria and viruses to mutate, creating new strains that are immune to the drugs. Right now is your chance to change that. The FDA is seeking public comments on proposed rules that would limit the use of antibiotics in animals. Send your comments before August 30, 2010. Click 'read more' to find out how!

Luma on Park

Luma on Park

Aug 21

We went out for a fancy dinner last night at Luma on Park, a restaurant who we heard sources their ingredients locally and organically. The food was delicious, the service excellent, and the meal was easily the best we've eaten in Orlando. Ever. Unfortunately, it was a bittersweet experience for us. We discovered this morning that the "local" and "artisanal" meats the restaurant uses are by and large NOT local and come from confinement operations! We are so angry at being fooled that we may not return, even though the food was so incredible.

Chinese Fried Rice

Chinese Fried Rice

Aug 16

One of the best dinners we've had at home recently is Chinese Fried Rice. I call it Chinese mostly for sentimental reasons, to acknowledge the influence of that cuisine, but what we made was far from traditional. I didn't keep very good track of amounts as I cooked, so they are all approximate, but I can offer a general recipe for a good and filling one-pot vegetarian dish. Click 'read more' for the full recipe. Pictures to come...

Eat Wild

Eat Wild

Aug 11

This site has been listed under resources in our sidebar for a little while now, but I wanted to post about it, since I assume you don't click all our links to see where they lead. (And if you, well, thanks for trusting us.) Eatwild.com is a huge repository of research concerning the differences between grass-fed beef (i.e. pasture-based) and feedlot beef (i.e. factory farm or CAFO). As the disclaimer on the main page says, it's authored by an investigative journalist who has written a New York Times bestselling book about the subject. (You can expect a book review in the coming months, if we can get our hands on a copy.)

The Butcher and the Vegetarian

The Butcher and the Vegetarian

Aug 10

A book about a vegetarian who asks, "Should we eat meat, how much meat should we eat, where do you buy it and how the heck do you cook it? With the redemption of broccoli on one shoulder, the temptation of bacon on the other, she tries to figure out the world of meat and the men who live in it." Click read more for full review.

Day 8

Day 8

Aug 08

We have been eating largely vegetarian meals, partly because we feel it's responsible to eat less meat, and partly because natural meat is just so darn expensive! On the dairy side, we are finding many options that are not so cost-prohibitive. We will be posting local producers here shortly. We uncovered some fairly exciting news: Semi-sweet chocolate chips and dark chocolate bars typically have no dairy! (Click 'read more' for a little more.)

Homemade Mayonnaise

Homemade Mayonnaise

Aug 08

I decided to make some mayonnaise yesterday. Guess what? It really is easy to make it at home. It's surprisingly fast, and I did it by hand with a whisk. The next time I make it, I will definitely use a food processor or blender. Click 'read more' to see photos of the process.

Daring! Adventurous! Raw!

Daring! Adventurous! Raw!

Aug 06

Laura and I visited a farmers market yesterday, where we found some fresh goat cheese. I urged Laura to buy some without hesitation, and we sampled it at home yesterday evening. It's delicious — slightly tangy, super fresh and, best of all, completely raw. Wait. What? Raw!? Yes, we bought and ate unpasteurized, potentially deadly goat cheese. And you know what? It felt a little daring, a little adventurous, and a little subversive. Basically, it felt good. Click 'read more' for some great information on pasteurization in general.

Day 5: Farmer’s Market

Day 5: Farmer’s Market

Aug 05

This phrase, like so many other American terms, has all but lost its original meaning: A locally-organized market where farmers can sell the fruits of their labor. Today's farmer's market is a far cry from the original — it's mostly just an arts and crafts fairs with some small food resale companies on the side. Tonight, however, we visited College Park's fairly young farmer's market and were pleased and surprised. It's one of only two local markets in Orlando, the other of which we have yet to visit, and it offered a lot of opportunities for us for the next three months.