G is for Good, Green, and Sometimes, Gnarly, and How To Cook a Perfect Artichoke

Last week, regular artichokes were $1.99 at my local grocery store. The conventionally-grown chokes were blemish-free, uniformly sized and overall quite appealing – both visually and financially.

Organic artichokes, on the other hand, were $3.99. These green globes were different shapes and sizes, and the outer leaves were split and covered with brown . . . → Read More: G is for Good, Green, and Sometimes, Gnarly, and How To Cook a Perfect Artichoke

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Day 21 of the January Money Diet – Cook a Vegetarian Meal

If you’re accustomed to always cooking dinner that includes some sort of meat, try to sneak a vegetarian meal in from time to time. Pasta, burritos, soup, stir-fry, a hearty salad, bruschetta — many recipes are already vegetarian or just need a substitution (beans instead of beef in chili, for example) for a . . . → Read More: Day 21 of the January Money Diet – Cook a Vegetarian Meal

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Day 14 of the January Money Diet – Plan Your Garden

In case you’ve just joined us, the January Money Diet is a challenge to take a 31-day break from nonessential spending. You can learn more about the money diet here — and jump right in!

Photo: The Hills Are Alive

Don’t you love daydreaming about planting the spring garden in January? Now . . . → Read More: Day 14 of the January Money Diet – Plan Your Garden

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

11 Easy to Grow Vegetable Seeds You Can Direct Sow Now and Enjoy an Organic Harvest this Summer

Photo by Jeremy Bronson

If you never got around to starting any seedlings this spring and now you’re fretting about the expense of buying vegetable plants at the garden center, fear not! Many vegetable seeds can be sown directly in the dirt, where they’ll happy germinate and provide you with a nice harvest. . . . → Read More: 11 Easy to Grow Vegetable Seeds You Can Direct Sow Now and Enjoy an Organic Harvest this Summer

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

A Letter to the Meat Industry

Photo by Joost J. Bakker IJmuiden

Yesterday I read an article on the PR news site Bulldog Reporter about the meat industry’s “image crisis.” From the public outcry against “pink slime,” to a recent incident of mad cow disease in a dairy cow, to the Harvard study released this spring that suggests . . . → Read More: A Letter to the Meat Industry

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Mid-Summer Garden Update

For gardeners everywhere, the summer of 2011 has been an interesting one. It seems that record-setting weather is the norm rather than the exception for most of the United States, and many other parts of the world as well. Here in Colorado, June was hot and dry followed by one of the wettest Julys on . . . → Read More: Mid-Summer Garden Update

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Do You Eat These 30 Healthy Foods?

Swiss Chard – One of the 30 healthiest foods

A recent article in Real Simple magazine about nutritious eating strategies included a list of the healthiest foods. According to the country’s top dietitians and nutritionists, these are the 30 ingredients we should be regularly incorporating into our diets:

Walnuts Whole-Grain Pasta . . . → Read More: Do You Eat These 30 Healthy Foods?

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Top 15 Fruits and Vegetables to Buy and Eat Organic

March, for me, always signals the start of spring. Cut daffodils start appearing in the grocery store, along with baskets of ripe strawberries and bundles of tender asparagus. The produce may look gorgeous, but according to the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit research group based in Washington, D.C., certain conventionally grown foods retain . . . → Read More: Top 15 Fruits and Vegetables to Buy and Eat Organic

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.