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Eat Local: Rainbow carrots grown organically in Maryland.

  In the United States we’re becoming increasingly aware of how important our food sources are, beyond just choosing organic options from the produce isle at the grocery store. In fact, what I’ve learned over the past few years is that while organic stuff is good, you can eat just as healthfully by understanding where your food comes from, and also how it’s grown—even if it doesn’t hold the coveted USDA organic label. Eating Local So, in case you didn’t know, it’s expensive to be Certified Organic by the USDA. Small-scale farmers often don’t have the ability to pay for the…

These blueberry muffins are simple to make (full of tart and yummy blueberries), and wonderful to enjoy as a quick breakfast or an after-school snack. Yum!

  These blueberry muffins — chock-full of tart and juicy blueberries! — are simple to make and wonderful to enjoy as a quick breakfast or an after-school snack. Yum! Let’s face it. Whether you’re working from home, working outside the home, or busy managing the household as a stay-at-home parent, breakfast is one of the toughest things to pull off Monday through Friday. What I like for breakfast during the week is something that doesn’t need to be hot, that’s portable, and that still tastes okay if it takes me a while to eat it—because meetings and conference calls and deadlines.…

This old fashioned creamy potato salad is a huge favorite of ours. It's the perfect side dish to burgers and dogs on the grill!

  This old fashioned creamy potato salad is a huge favorite of ours. It’s the perfect side dish to burgers and dogs on the grill! Don’t like potato salad? I hear that a lot. Until people try this creamy potato salad. No, seriously. My husband won’t eat potato salad unless it’s THIS potato salad. And he’ll eat leftovers. (He’s not typically a “leftovers” kinda guy, unless it’s steak or his mother’s enchiladas.) Starting in spring, this — and only this — potato salad is requested at every family gathering. Yes, every. Friends who have tried it? Same request. What is it about this recipe…

Homemade double chocolate chip cookies are so incredibly delectable, especially warm right out of the oven!

  Homemade double chocolate chip cookies are so incredibly delectable, especially warm right out of the oven! Almost every weekend I make cookies. It takes less than 30 minutes to whip up the ingredients and then bake them off. Let’s face it, we’re all crazy-busy and time is valuable – but, 30 minutes for homemade cookies is a well-used chunk to part with, in my book! Plus? COOKIE DOUGH. Recently, I let my seven year old decide which cookies we’d be having for the week. Usually his first choice is Snickerdoodles (he’s a big fan of cinnamon), but this time he surprised me.…

Can You Drink Camel Milk?

  Back in 2010, I was perusing the Twitterverse (in between real conversations with fellow Tweeps — remember those days?) and stumbled across a link to an article touting the next variety of mammal milk that’s being grossly underused, yet would be amazingly beneficial health-wise. Human milk, you’re thinking? Nope. That’s SOOOO 2008’s news buzz. Remember when the PETA folks tried to get Ben & Jerry’s to use human milk in their ice cream? (It was kind of a joke meant to prove their point about the absurdity of believing it’s okay to drink and use another mammal’s milk, while being squeamish about consuming human milk—though…