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 …

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 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

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 …

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

A Letter to the Meat Industry

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 …

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 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, …

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Do You Eat These 30 Healthy 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 …

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 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

Strawberries signal springtime

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 higher levels of pesticides. The U.S.D.A. also puts out a list about produce that retains higher pesticide levels. After combining the lists and eliminating the duplicates, here is

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.