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December, 2016

Year of the Turkey, part 2

  If there is one thing I’ve learned about turkeys, it’s that people are very particular about their bird. What is the best way to prepare it? Is brining the best option, or is it a complete insult?   Some swear by frying the turkey, but that could be dangerous. You could also tent your bird, …

December 5th, 2016  |  Posted by Kaylan Smith | Published in In the Kitchen

Thanksgiving Tips: Part 2

According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, getting food onto Americans’ plates accounts for 80 percent of the country’s fresh water consumption, 50 percent of American land use and 10 percent of the total United States energy budget. Although the system as a whole is not perfect, food is a necessity for human life and …

November 23rd, 2016  |  Posted by Maddie Doyle | Published in Family, In the Kitchen, Sustainability

Thanksgiving, from Plymouth Rock to Standing Rock

Thanksgiving is a holiday that puts food and people front and center: meat and vegetables, Pilgrims and Indians. But ever since I visited the Sacred Stone Encampment of the Standing Rock Sioux, I’ve been thinking more deeply about the foods and people commonly linked to Thanksgiving, and about the complicated nexus of culture, history, mythology, …

November 23rd, 2016  |  Posted by Terra Brockman | Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues

DIY Pumpkin Bowl

Could you think of anything more festive than eating out of a pumpkin? This pumpkin bowl makes for the perfect vessel for basically any food on your Thanksgiving table. Here’s how to create this statement piece that is sure to wow your guests and make them even more excited to eat the stuffing, mashed potatoes, …

November 18th, 2016  |  Posted by Rootstock Editor | Published in Featured Post, In the Kitchen

Have a Local, Organic Thanksgiving, Naturally!

Thanksgiving is the easiest time of year to “eat local and organic,” for the simple reason that nearly everything that appears on a traditional Thanksgiving dinner table has its roots in local, seasonal, organic foods. And that’s because Native Americans, and the Pilgrims they shared their food with, ate organic food long before it was called organic. Our …

November 17th, 2016  |  Posted by Terra Brockman | Published in Earth Dinner, Featured Post, In the Kitchen, Organic Farming, Sustainability

Thanksgiving Tips Part 1

Thanksgiving is more than just an opportunity to spend quality time with family; it is also a time to express gratitude for all of the wonderful gifts in life, such as the farmers, farm laborers, cooks, and food service workers who help to make the holiday (and every meal) possible. While we are at it, …

November 11th, 2016  |  Posted by Maddie Doyle | Published in Family, Sustainability, Sustainable Living

Vanilla Spice Ice Cream

I know it’s a little crazy to be thinking about ice cream right now. With the cold and snow my dessert cravings are pushing me towards pies, fruit crisps, and other comforting dishes. But, I think we can probably all agree that a warm fruit pie or crisp is infinitely better when it has a …

November 23rd, 2015  |  Posted by Annie Christianson | Published in In the Kitchen, Recipes  |  2 Comments

Confessions of a turkey turncoat

I really can’t say for sure how circumstances led me to such despicable acts. I am a traitor of unspeakable proportions. Okay, okay, in keeping with the theme of personal untrustworthiness, I really can say for sure. Taste and texture led me. Years ago, I was invited to Thanksgiving dinner at my sister-in-law’s home in …

November 23rd, 2015  |  Posted by Andy Radtke | Published in CROPP Culture, Featured Post

Confetti Cornbread

Is plain-jane cornbread getting you down?  Is its lack-luster flavor and dry texture making it only suitable for crumbling over a bowl of soup?  Never fear Confetti Cornbread is here! You can slice this cornbread without it falling to pieces and the flavors are delicious – peppers, onions, garlic, and thyme pair with whole kernel corn to …

October 15th, 2015  |  Posted by Emma Grinde | Published in Recipes

Have You Considered a Vegetarian Thanksgiving?

I’m not vegetarian, let me say that straight up. I really like meat, and I respect that it once was a living animal. So I don’t want to vilify turkey or meat-eating here, but there are a significant number of people who do vegetarian Thanksgivings these days, whether they are a daily vegetarian or just want …

November 26th, 2014  |  Posted by Wendy Allen | Published in In the Kitchen, Recipes

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