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Zucchini Noodles with Lemon Cream Sauce

I never thought that I would have such an obsession with a kitchen gadget, but the time has come. I am in LOVE with my new spiralizer. This tool turns any starchy vegetable or fruit (apples, squash or potatoes just to name a few) into noodles! My favorite spiralizing victim, however, has got to be …

November 6th, 2014  |  Published in In the Kitchen, Recipes

New Propositions Place GMO Labeling on the Ballot

Back in November of 2012, Proposition 37 calling for mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods in California, was defeated by a narrow margin of 51.4%. If passed, Prop 47 would have required labeling on raw and processed food if it was from plants or animals with genetic material changed in specified ways. The proposition would …

October 23rd, 2014  |  Published in Food & Ag Issues, Sustainability, Sustainable Living

Cookie Dough Truffles

In the present day, there is almost nothing we can all agree on. Politics, agricultural policies, even the best restaurants – there is always room for debate. There is, however, one thing I believe we can all agree on: that cookie dough is always better than the actual cookie. These little truffles let you enjoy …

October 16th, 2014  |  Published in Featured Post, In the Kitchen, Recipes

Why You Should Jump on the Local Food Bandwagon

The localvore lifestyle is all the rage right now, and for good reasons. There are numerous health and environmental benefits of embracing locally grown and produced food, and the growth in this trend has made this lifestyle choice increasingly accessible. Here are my top five reasons why you should incorporate more local foods into your …

September 29th, 2014  |  Published in Food & Ag Issues, Health & Wellness, Sustainability, Sustainable Living

Gaining Perspective from the Grand Canyon

Spending a semester studying in Europe, I have had the privilege to explore many countries abroad. Despite my extensive foreign travels, I have ventured to only a small fraction of the states in America. For years, I have longed to go to the Grand Canyon, and this past week I was able to add not …

September 26th, 2014  |  Published in Outdoors, Sustainability

Update: Climate Summit 2014

This week marked the commencement of the United Nation’s Climate Summit 2014 hosted by United Nations’ General-Secretary Ban Ki-moon. 126 heads of state including President Barack Obama, David Cameron and Dilma Rousseff are among leaders speaking in New York City. Among those not in attendance are representatives from China and India, two of the top five …

September 24th, 2014  |  Published in Sustainability  |  1 Comment

Homemade Pancakes

There’s practically nothing more perfect than a lazy Sunday of waking up late and enjoying a stack of scrumptious pancakes. You could just add water to a mix, but why do that when this recipe is so simple and so delicious? Unlike traditional pancakes, this recipe has a hint of vanilla, which brings a subtle …

September 22nd, 2014  |  Published in In the Kitchen, Recipes

Quinoa Porridge

I previously shared my easy grab and go breakfast smoothie recipe, but on the weekends I enjoy spending a little more time preparing my morning meal. This recipe was inspired by my semester abroad eating Danish oatmeal, or what they affectionately refer to as, “porridge.” Upgrading to quinoa instead of regular oats is a great …

July 29th, 2014  |  Published in In the Kitchen, Recipes

Climate Report: Having the Hottest May on Record is Anything but Cool

We all know that our planet is changing, but what most of us really care about is the question of whether or not this will really affect us. Latest in climate news is NASA’s announcement that the average worldwide temperature for the month of May was 1.38°F above average, making it the hottest ever recorded. …

July 28th, 2014  |  Published in Sustainable Living

Blueberry Lemon Cookies

With summer in full swing, there’s one thing on my mind; fresh berries.  Their burst of flavor is a perfect complement to any summer meal, and summer marks their peak growing season. Mid May though June is best for purchasing strawberries, early June through mid-July for raspberries and July through early August for blueberries! These …

July 24th, 2014  |  Published in In the Kitchen, Recipes


Casey Weiss is an Environmental Policy major at Washington University in St. Louis. Coming from the east coast, she enjoys anything involving the outdoors and since coming to the Midwest has acquired a new found appreciation for cheese and farm life. This summer she is the Internal Sustainability intern for Organic Valley working to maintain and promote environmentalpractices at headquarters in La Farge.