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’tis the season to celebrate seasonal apples

applepie

Tweet With autumn festivities in full swing, there is nothing more rewarding than the simplicity of celebrating nature’s generous gift du jour: seasonal, locally-picked apples. And a sumptuous gift indeed. This year, we discovered arguably the best apples ever to be eaten– called Zestar! (yes, spelled with an explanation point–well deserved emphatic punctuation but not added by […]

seasonal arugula garlic scape pesto

seasonal arugula garlic scape pesto

Tweet It’s summer CSA veggie time again, and, in keeping with the inspiring summer ritual, I schemed up this light, creamy recipe for pesto bursting with flavor that uses numerous ingredients from my weekly delivery in early June. This vegan recipe with a heavy load of leafy greens is more of a sauce than a traditional […]

home made organic watermelon juice

watermelonjuice

Tweet With spring in full bloom and seasonal fruit in abundance, there is no better time that the present to make a refreshing, simple, healthy drink from scratch for the entire family: home made watermelon juice. Sweet Bean used an organic watermelon; however, watermelon is one of several fruits considered to have relatively low levels of pesticides, […]

Andalou Naturals: plant-based luxury in a bottle

Andalou Natural's 1000 Roses Collection

Tweet Sweet Bean recently won a contest on my beloved cruelty-free fashionista online mag Girly Girl Army for a cosmetics collection from the Novato, California-based skincare company Andalou Naturals.  A hapless loser who never wins contests or prizes, I was pleased at the news. What I didn’t expect from my winnings:  a box packed abundantly with the […]

the Nest saves power and money, oh my!

The Nest saves energy by controlling your thermostat remotely.

Tweet Sweet Bean growled at my husband when he recently installed in our house what I wrote off as a silly man toy: The Nest, a fancy gadget that allows you to control your thermostat (i.e. both heat and air conditioning) remotely. I failed to think through the logic of it, to say the least. Win for […]

when organic isn’t enough

the third plate

Tweet Right when we thought we’ve come so far in our efforts to embrace the organic movement and subsequently protect the planet, someone has come along and popped our proverbial, righteous bubble. Dan Barber, chef of the sophisticated, suburban New York farm-to-table restaurant Blue Hill at Stone Barns, knocks tree-hugging environmentalists on their behinds while issuing a sharp critique of […]

gluten-free sweet potato chamomile muffins

SPchamomilemuffin

Tweet Nothing hits the spot on a bitter winter morning more than a mighty muffin rich in flavor and nutrition. This gluten, dairy and sugar-free recipe uses sweet potatoes–prolific this time of year and a root veg of choice for seasonal produce loyalists–gluten-free millet flour, a dash of garbanzo bean flour for added nutrition, and Norbu, which Sweet […]

sweet potato chili latkes

SPlatkes

Tweet Tis the season to honor our traditions while re-inventing them to bring more nutrition and style to your holiday table. With that thought in mind, this recipe brings a hearty edginess to traditional Hanukkah latkes by using sweet potatoes and fresh or dried chilis. I love cooking with sweet potatoes when in season since they are a power […]

eco fashion ignites

guesssneaker

Tweet Just in time for global warming and the excess garbage crisis, we have a movement in the fashion industry to embrace conscious choices: making clothing, shoes and accessories that are organic, plant-based and/or vegan (free of animal products).     Some major retailers are hopping on board. H &M, the Sweden-based clothing company, now features […]

new, no-sugar goodness

n0rbu

Tweet Current knowledge of the harmful effects of cane sugar, corn syrup (proven to cause inflammation and high blood sugar) and processed sugar alternatives (studies are showing that low-calorie artificial sweeteners convert to fat and sugar in the body after they are eaten), is making conscious eaters seek alternatives. Of  course, while baking with brown rice syrup or maple […]