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Category: Gardening

Drought Drives Up Food Costs; How to Stretch Your Food Budget

As my friend Nonna Joann Bruso predicted, we are seeing rising food prices as the effects of this summer’s drought conditions sink into the food supply chain. Restaurants are responding by shrinking portions or raising prices, but the home cook needs to get creative to stretch the food budget. Here are some tips for making […]

Why You Should Always Buy Organic Apples

When deciding what to buy organic in the produce section, I try to keep in mind both the EWG’s Dirty Dozen and the list of Genetically Modified vegetables and grains. Apples are one fruit that I always buy organic because of their high load of toxic pesticides. Today’s apples are vulnerable to pests because of […]

Why You Should Avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)

Yesterday I wrote about the surprising prepared/processed/packaged foods that may contain corn syrup or its derivatives. Today I want to touch on why high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) might be harmful for your health. The last time I wrote about high fructose corn syrup and sugar, I unexpectedly received a large package by snail mail […]

One-third of kids born in 2000 will develop Type II diabetes

Current estimates show that one in three children born in 2000 will develop Type II diabetes during their lifetime. Are you as appalled as I am? Thirty percent of our population is destined to contract a disease inextricably linked with obesity? The better question might be: why are a third of Americans destined to become […]

Natural Mosquito and Insect Repellent Options

I know that DEET is the party-line for a recommended ingredient in insect repellent, especially in the fear of mosquito-borne West Nile virus, but it is so toxic that I shudder to consider putting it on my skin. What you may not know, is that there are alternatives to using this toxic chemical that may […]