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Holidays: Celebrating Hospitality

Hosting and Guesting in a spiral of welcome to embrace whatever comes up in life: this is what I learned from my mother as the relational spirit of hospitality. I think of her as I reflect on this piece from the thirteenth century philosopher-scholar Jelaluddin Rumi: This being human is a guest house.  Every morning […]

Got Dirt? Give Thanks

Thanksgiving dinner is a rare American meal, and not just because it’s an annual event celebrated with family and friends. This day of gratitude tends to spin off the yummiest of leftovers, so mercifully little food ends up in the trash. That’s not the case for the other 364 days of eating we do. In […]

The Blessing of Variety: An Eco-Omnivore’s Thanksgiving

“If you are an environmentalist, why do you eat meat?” I get asked this a lot, often around Thanksgiving when of course the traditional meal contains a giant turkey with meat enough for days of sandwiches, casseroles, and pot pies. It’s tough enough being an environmentalist, but if you are an omnivore as well, and […]

Get Started on Your Winter Garden!

If we didn’t feel it already, last week’s East Coast snow blitz gave a sure sign that winter is on its way, bearing colder temperatures, wetter conditions and shorter days. Before you’re bundled in sweaters and dreading to leave the house, spare your garden the climate shock by taking the time now to dress it […]

Save the Turkeys: Order Your Heritage Bird Now

If you remember turkey tasting differently when you were a child, that’s because you were eating a different bird. Turkeys used to come in a panoply of sizes and colors, from sturdy, rufous Bronzes to blinding White Hollands to black-and-white Narragansetts with feathers like dazzle camouflage. They all derive from native North American wild turkeys […]

Get Rid of Old Drugs: Go To Your Takeback Day on October 29th

Delaware residents dispose of their unwanted, unused, and expired drugs Stocks of old drugs in medicine cabinets are a big problem and disposal of them can be an even bigger one–witness Prozac-happy Texas bluegills and gender-confused Colorado sucker fish that have absorbed hormones from birth control patches. Obviously, the fish aren’t the ones popping pills. […]

Fresh Local Tomatoes All Year Long

“Once you’ve tried fresh tomatoes, you’ll never go back,” Bing Wright tells me.  A neighbor of  mine in the Catskill Mountains, where frost in May and September is not unusual, Bing grows tomatoes by the bushel in a 20-by-30-foot vegetable patch. From that small garden, he can harvest and put aside enough tomatoes to enjoy […]

Hospitals to Serve Antibiotic-Free Chicken

Does it matter if the chicken you buy for your family is from a farm that uses low doses of antibiotics in the feed? Consider this: Premier Healthcare Alliance recently contracted with Murray’s Chicken of South Fallsburg, New York, to provide affordably priced Certified Humane Raised and Handled chicken to member hospitals and healthcare sites. […]

Keep The Milk Cool – Just Pay Less For It

Recently new refrigerator regulations were announced that will cut the amount of energy refrigerators use to a fifth of that used 40 years ago. Think about it–you’d have to own five refrigerators to equal the power consumption of that refrigerator in your startup home in the early 70s. I grew up with such a fridge […]

Sustainable Seafood Shopping Guide

When you’re poring over a menu or peering at your fishmonger’s fillets, how do you know which fish to pick? Seafood is a heart-healthy choice, but it’s important to avoid any that may be contaminated with brain-damaging mercury or that have been fished close to extinction. Yet buying fish doesn’t have to be confusing–follow these […]

Keep Your Drinking Water Safe

Do you need a home water filter? While it is true the United States has some of the best drinking water in the world, a disturbing report conducted by The New York Times revealed that one in ten Americans have been exposed to drinking water that contains dangerous chemicals, including carcinogens in the tap water […]

Enjoying Oysters and Saving Sea Life

Whoever said “it was a brave man who first ate an oyster” was a fool. From the salty suck of the brine to the oceanic tang of the flesh, oysters are a culinary pleasure without equal. Like wine grapes, they take their shape and flavor from the locale–from the flux and flow of minerals and […]

Healthy Summer Grilling

My wife and I love to grill in the summer. It’s fast, easy and one of the healthier, more environmentally responsible ways to cook. Healthy, environmentally responsible?…Aren’t we talking about hotdogs and hamburgers? No, not even close. Though we packed this past 4th of July weekend full with kayaking, parade watching and other kid-friendly activities […]

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