Oct 20, 2014
by Inger

Easy Pumpkin Coconut Soup and a Harvest Party

We have a fall joke in our family.  It dates back to when our oldest was around three and declared to her auntie, “Fall is the best time of my year.”  Whenever we are really loving the season, someone spouts out the now familiar words.  We are certain to hear them at the annual Rare Earth CSA Harvest Party where we carve pumpkins, eat delicious natural food and commune with nature.  This year my potluck contribution was an Easy Pumpkin Coconut Soup that comes together in a snap.

Easy Pumpkin Coconut Soup

Easy Pumpkin Coconut Soup

The recipe is based on a soup from Daisy Martinez that I made a year ago and turned completely vegan for a blogger weekend.  The vegan part was simple–just sub veggie broth for chicken stock.   But the original called for cooking a squash, which is time consuming.  So when I was running late before the party, I used canned pumpkin and made the super simple version below.  Continue Reading →

Oct 18, 2014
by Inger

Roasted Vegetable Salad with Macadamia Nut Vinaigrette

Fall can be beautiful.  Brilliant leaves, colorful pumpkins, fire-lit nights.  But after four days straight of rain, my fall is downright dreary.  So I am making a lunch that brings out some warmth–a roasted vegetable salad with macadamia nut oil dressing.

Roasted Vegetable Salad, Served

Roasted Vegetable Salad, Served

The initial inspiration for this came from Alysha of She’s on the Run who made a version of this salad for a blogger getaway.  The recipe itself was prompted by Emile Noel, a maker of high end, organic, fair trade oils who sent me a bottle of Macadamia Nut Oil in celebration of non-GMO month.  What perfect timing!  Continue Reading →

Oct 9, 2014
by Inger

Guacamole and the Red Hot Blues

With a title like Guacamole and the Red Hot Blues, I wish I could start this post with a wonderful story.  A tale of snacking in the deep south, notes of a blues band drifting in from the shadows. Moody bar, soulful tunes and a smooth-spicy dip.guacamole-from-aboveInstead it was guacamole before the swim meet accompanied by Red Hot Blues chips provided by Garden of Eatin’ .   Life is good… Continue Reading →

Oct 6, 2014
by Inger

Making Good Food Available for All: Fondy Farm Tour

For farmer’s market aficionados who live in Southeastern Wisconsin, the Fondy Farmer’s Market is a well known venue.  The oldest producer-only market in the area, it recently hit its 97th birthday, marking nearly a century of serving the Milwaukee community.  More importantly, it addresses one of today’s real issues–how to make good food available to all. 

Large Turnip

Making Good Turnips Available to All

Many people would prefer to eat fresh, local, sustainably grown food, but what if fast food is more available and affordable?  Inner city farmers markets have the potential to change this equation.  Continue Reading →