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Edible Sarasota: Lolablue Soaps

Posted by on Aug 5, 2013 in Blog, Do, Go, Make, Read, Sarasota, Websites | 0 comments

Edible Sarasota: Lolablue Soaps

Here’s another story from our Edible Sarasota Summer issue about decadently-scented, eco-friendly Lolablue soaps and the incredible superwoman behind them, Jamie Lovern.  Plus, a killer recipe for homemade laundry soap that’ll leave you so fresh and so clean.     WORDS BY MEGAN GREENBERG PHOTOS BYJENNY ACHESON   With a name like Jamie Lovern, you can’t be putting out products that people hate. You just can’t. It would defy the laws of nature. And Jamie Lovern is not about to defy the laws of nature. In fact, her business— Lolablue, which makes eco-friendly soaps, candles, lotions, and even bug spray— does everything in its power to...

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Edible Sarasota: Close To The Hive

Posted by on Jun 4, 2013 in Blog, Read, Websites | 0 comments

Edible Sarasota: Close To The Hive

Hey, you know how I like to talk about honey like all the goddamn time?  Well, here’s a lengthy article I did for Edible Sarasota‘s last issue which delves into CCD and the importance of sustaining our honeybee population.  It also explains why Monsanto is the devil, just in case I haven’t made that clear in previous blogs.  :)       WORDS BY MEGAN GREENBERG • PHOTO BY JENNY ACHESON Sure, it says “honey” on the label, but there’s a good chance that if you got your squeeze bear from the grocery store the only thing you’re adding to your morning tea is high-fructose corn syrup. Now would be a good time to purchase the Jaws...

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American Food History X

Posted by on Apr 5, 2013 in Blog, Read, Websites | 0 comments

American Food History X

Ok, so I’m a sucker for an infographic.  I can’t help it.  You could infographize (oooh, that should totally be a verb) just about anything and I would find it fascinating.     See…words with drawings is a total win.  If everything could just be taught through pictures, I would be the smartest girl in the world. But, perhaps the title ‘marvelous’ on this infographic is a bit misleading.  Embarrassing?  Maybe.  Saddening?  Maddening?  More likely.  How we went from the invention of agriculture to creating hamburgers in labs is beyond me.  But, this pic is pretty interesting, nonetheless. What do you think about...

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Wholesome Kitchen

Posted by on Apr 4, 2013 in Blog, Cookbooks, Read | 2 comments

Wholesome Kitchen

Friends often laugh at my assortment of coffee table books, as most would keep my collection closer to the kitchen.  While most pile up art and design books, filled with gorgeous photos and fascinating anecdotes, my table tops hold an assortment of cookbooks with photos and stories just as sensational, if not more so.     I’ve recently fallen for ‘Wholesome Kitchen’ with lip-smackingly scrumptious recipes by Ross Dobson and photography by Peter Cassidy that is positively flavorful!     The book boasts recipes made with ‘beans, lentils, grains and other natural foods’ …which could run the risk of sounding too...

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Liz Thorpe: The Cheese Chronicles

Posted by on Mar 11, 2013 in Blog, Books, Read | 2 comments

Liz Thorpe: The Cheese Chronicles

Cheese lovers, book nerds, foodies, animal lovers, humorists and travel hounds, Liz Thorpe‘s ‘The Cheese Chronicles’ has something for everyone.  Well, so as long as you’re sticking with those topics.  Looking to brush up on sailing techniques?  This is not the book for you, but want to hear a humorous synopsis of Liz’s day of cheesemaking while hungover and a beautiful description of the menu at French Laundry?  Liz doesn’t disappoint.     Here’s a little about Liz straight from her site:     ‘A Yale graduate, Liz Thorpe left a “normal” job in 2002 to follow her passion for cheese by working...

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“I Feel Bad About My Neck”

Posted by on Feb 22, 2013 in Blog, Books, Read | 0 comments

“I Feel Bad About My Neck”

The world has been a lesser place since Nora Ephron left us, many months ago.  At least we can take solace in the fact that she has left behind so many tangible reminders of her comedic genius.     I, for one, never let a month pass without watching one of her classics – When Harry Met Sally, Heartburn, You’ve Got Mail and the ultimate of all ultimates: Sleepless in Seattle.  Seriously, that movie could be on non-stop replay and I still wouldn’t get my fill. Nora’s movie may be her bigger claim to fame, but her books hold an equally impressive torch.  I finally picked up “I Feel Bad About My Neck” last weekend and laughed...

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Cinnamon Tea

Posted by on Feb 4, 2013 in Blog, Do, Make, Read, Recipes, Websites | 0 comments

Cinnamon Tea

Friends, I don’t think we are ingesting enough cinnamon in our daily lives.  I’m certainly not, at least.  And I really can’t recall the last time I saw a friend sitting down with a nice bowl of cinnamon.     What’s our problem?  It tastes rich and heady and is just the teensy tinsy-est bit of spice.  It gives desserts a warmth, it adds depth to fruit and can even be used in savory dishes like quiche or lamb.  Plus, cinnamon has, like, legitimate super powers.  Chinese medicine and Ayurveda have been revering cinnamon since forever – considering it a magic wand for ailments from colds to cramps.     Here’s...

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Two-Ingredient Maple Souffle

Posted by on Jan 27, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Read, Recipes, Websites | 2 comments

Two-Ingredient Maple Souffle

StumbleUpon is internet crack.  Do people still do crack?  What’s the 2013 version of crack?  Meth?  Pills?  Reality TV?  Whatever you deem to be one of the most highly addictive substances of our time – that’s what StumbleUpon is.  It’s a website you sit down to click through on a Thursday night in June and emerge from on a Tuesday morning some time in September.  Like going into a coma.  A really great coma.     It works like this: You pick a topic of your choosing – anything, seriously, get crazy.  Are you looking for gerbils in hats?  StumbleUpon has it.  Probably.  (I’ve never looked for gerbils in hats,...

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Frank Stitt’s Southern Table

Posted by on Jan 26, 2013 in Blog, Cookbooks, Eat, Read, Restaurants | 1 comment

Frank Stitt’s Southern Table

Mac ‘n cheese, cornbread, creamy grits, fried oysters and just about anything thrown on the grill …no other cuisine can comfort your soul quite like Southern Food.  And when that Southern food is served up all fancy like, as it is in Frank Stitt’s delicious cookbook, Southern Table, you’ve got a match made in…I don’t know, what’s something better than heaven?  You’ve got a match made in the green room where Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hung out before the Golden Globes.     Dinners in my home usually consist of whatever mishmash I find in the fridge and whatever mood I’m in.  The usual suspects are often...

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Food Blogs That Rock

Posted by on Jan 10, 2013 in Blog, Read, Websites | 3 comments

Food Blogs That Rock

Smart phones and social media make it easy to follow and fall in love with your favorite blogs – new and old. Thanks to Instagram, Stumbleupon and Facebook, I have been running across food blogs that I have come to adore. They all have their own unique style, but with several common threads: good food, good humor, good style. I love following these ladies as they are incredible and inspirational. They make good food, they eat good food and they have a fun time telling their followers about it. They aren’t making extremely difficult dishes, they are making wonderful meals that require some culinary know-how, but really require more of the desire to have fun in...

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