The Last Supper … A Sign of Supersizing?

Brian Wansink, one of our favorites and the author of Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think, teamed up with his brother, Craig Wansink, to conduct a study recently. Only his brother isn’t a fellow scholar of eating behavior; he’s a professor of religious studies at Virginia Wesleyan College. The two cross-pollinated their specialties to take a look at portion sizes as represented by 52 paintings of the Last Supper over the past millennium.

Strawberry Cheesecake Tartlets

With this easy recipe you get to have your luscious strawberry cheesecake but in a perfect portion-controlled tartlet size. You can enjoy all of it too . . . without worrying about overindulging.

Dying Onion Easter Eggs – The Beauty of Imperfection

Skip the artificial dyes and decorate your Easter eggs with this simple, natural technique using onion skins. The results are stunning!

Distinguish Between Farmer and Food Producer

As I was working on the first installment of our Food Policy series (nothing like trying to wrap-up agricultural policy in 500 words when the Farm Bill itself is 1,770 pages), a clear distinction stood out between "farmers" and “food producers.”

Pasta with Asparagus and Prosciutto

This pasta is springtime in a bowl--use the freshest asparagus you can find. You'll be amazed by how much richness and flavor just one egg yolk can bring to a dish.

The Great Burrito Challenge: Fast Versus Fresh

As the dinner hour approaches, the cheap price and sheer convenience of fast food makes it a seductive option for millions of Americans each day. But what if we broke down the “cost” of that convenience into all of its correlating parts? The quality of the ingredients; the nutritional profile of the meal; the financial cost; the environmental impact; time; flavor, texture and color; and the social experience at the dinner table. Only by examining all of these factors can we truly gauge whether, on busy nights, the drive-thru is truly the better option.

Homemade Beef and Bean Burritos

Talk about fast food. This quickie meal uses high quality store-bought ingredients, pantry spices, and fresh veggies to deliver an improved version of a fast-food staple. Nothing fancy here, but when your schedule is frenzied and you’re considering the drive-thru, consider this 20-minute DIY meal instead. Decrease the chipotle slightly if you’re serving less adventurous palates.

Understand Ecosystems

In this age of green, the term ecosystem gets tossed around quite a bit--from technology to tide pools. But it’s an important concept to grasp, as in really understand, when talking about creating a sustainable food system.

Buffalo Blue Burgers with Celery Slaw

These buffalo burgers take their flavor inspiration from a classic American dish to create memorable barbecue fare.

Early Spring Menu

Weather is so strange. In the East, y'all are just cleaning up after a veritable hurricane. Here in the West, after months and months of cold and rain, it's suddenly 80 degrees and gorgeous blue skies. So while my husband fetches a rose to pop tonight, I'm going to pull together an early spring menu: