Tag Archives: food issues

Tales from the Lunchroom: The Story Continues

12 Jan

So a couple of days ago I posted a note I had sent in to my son’s first grade teacher.

Guess how this turned out?

Guess how this turned out?

The story goes that he started complaining that his friends wouldn’t sit with him in the lunchroom because they said his food smelled bad. Regular readers know the lengths I go to to make sure he has good home-cooked food every day, which is mostly rice and beans, pasta with vegetables, quesadillas (yes, with beans sometimes). I would very much like to be able to send him in with lunch money, but what I have seen from the cafeteria menus looked pretty, well, not-what-we-eat-dear (mind you, the new January menu looks like someone has made some changes: baked chicken fingers, homemade macaroni and cheese…so I am giving it another look this month since I need a break!).

So I sent in the note, a bit skeptical of the story and thinking that perhaps this was actually a play for lunch money and tater tots for lunch. Then at dismissal the teacher asked to speak to me. Continue reading


4/8/13 Food Bloggers Against Hunger: Please Join Us!

20 Mar

“What Would You Do If You Were Hungry?”

Nicole Gulotta wants folks to think about that and think about the millions of Americans who live on what we used to call food stamps a.k.a. Electronic Bank Transfers (EBT) from the govermment. Their food dollars work out to $3-$4 a day. I cook cheap, but not that cheap.

So Nicole started Food Bloggers Against Hunger, as a way to encourage people to take action. On April 8th, food bloggers around the United States (including me!) will be posting items related to hunger in the U.S., sort of donating their blog space to the cause.


Food Bloggers Against Hunger! Click the image for more information

Food Bloggers Against Hunger! Click the image for more information

I am still developing my April 8 post and learning more about the issues. Click on the above logo and find out what you need to do to be part of this. It’s easy! And important.

You can go to Share Our Strength to learn more or to take immediate action, send a letter to Congress , or check out the trailer for A Place at the Table. (Jeff Bridges and Tom Colicchio are among the participants!) I hope you will join Nicole and me and a whole lot of other food bloggers in this very important effort!


Wanna Know Why Junk Food is Addictive?

20 Feb

While I work on other posts that help you make real food, please take a few minutes (it is long, but riveting) to read this New York Times article how the junk food industry formulates their products! Illuminating, scary, weird science, indeed! Just click on the header, or the picture and you should get there.

The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food

Genetically Modified Crops vs. Organics (New Poll!)

10 Feb

The debate on GMOs and its effects on organic growers is hitting the courts. You can read about it in this NYTimes article by Julia Moskin and you can share your opinion here! You can select ALL that apply

A quick link to some important New York Times magazine stories on food

5 Aug

As a foodie and food writer, Mark Bittman and Michael Pollan are among my personal heroes. The New York Times today published a short list of some important stories by them (and Gary Taubes, who I am just getting to know). They are longer articles, but well worth a look, if you are interested in the state of the American diet!


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