Submitted by Melissa on Mon, 11/11/2013 - 21:16
My travels started when I made an off-hand comment to a friend in the UK about WWOOFing in Scotland
“I really want to WWOOF in Scotland for some reason.”
For the uninitiated, WWOOF
stands for “World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms” and it’s a loosely organized international directory of farms that accept volunteer labor, usually in exchange for some degree of room and board.
Submitted by Melissa on Sat, 08/31/2013 - 12:43
Note: if you do not plan to read the whole post, please skip to the last section
Kale is one of those vegetables that everyone thinks is so healthy. From kale chips to kale salad, kale has become an extremely trendy vegetable. But people have embraced kale without thinking enough about the chemicals it contains and its effects on the Earth. What you don't know could kale you.
Submitted by Melissa on Sat, 08/10/2013 - 21:17
Submitted by Melissa on Mon, 07/15/2013 - 23:39
“I was always conflicted about being from the South” says Andrew Beck Grace at the beginning of Eating Alabama, a documentary about attempting to eat local which I watched while I was in Alabama.
Submitted by Melissa on Wed, 06/12/2013 - 21:41
Submitted by Melissa on Tue, 05/28/2013 - 01:01
My last name came from Scotland. I’m not sure how the McEwens ended up in the United States. The last in the line I can trace is to an overcrowded Philadelphia tenement. They seem to have been very poor. There are rumors of a murder, a flight to South America, and then somehow they ended up in Arkansas.
Submitted by Melissa on Sat, 05/25/2013 - 12:01
Someone I know who follows a gluten-free diet said that he saw an ad for this product called GlutenCutter, an supplement that claims it helps people digest gluten, on Facebook. I would assume he "likes" many gluten-free/paleo/etc. blogs on Facebook that that is why he saw this ad. I looked at the product out of curiosity and it is a bit worrying, particularly the FAQ:
Q: Is Gluten Cutter intended for those with Celiac Disease?
Submitted by Melissa on Wed, 05/22/2013 - 18:59
Every two years or so I notice a cyclical trend in the online “paleo” community. It’s the resurgence of dogmatic carnivory. It has two main themes: plants are “poisons” that cause most of our health problems and humans “evolved to be” very low carb. Always an undercurrent with some very zealous devotees (“The Bear” of Grateful Dead fame was probably one of its most prominent popularizers), it suddenly finds popularity among normally more moderate people, picking up some non-paleo low-carb followers in the process.
Submitted by Melissa on Mon, 05/13/2013 - 21:48
I guess I’m kind of late to the party on reviewing this book, but I actually haven’t noticed a lot of reviews of it, which is surprising given the amount of buzz the articles about it generated. I also suspect some reviewers didn’t actually read it, since they seemed abnormally fixated on defending their paleo diet, when the book only has two out of ten chapters devoted solely to diet and covers many other topics.
Submitted by Melissa on Thu, 04/18/2013 - 23:53
My friends and I got a mention in the Chicago Reader's Food Edition for our themed dinner club that we call The Sup Club. It's been a fun year of cooking with them. We've cooked foods inspired by all kinds of places and times.