All posts tagged: organic

BEYOND ORGANIC: TO CERTIFY OR NOT TO CERTIFY? For Boomtown Table

In the 1970s, each of the United States determined organic standards based on regional limitations and production practices. But the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 claimed too much variability existed across state lines, and by 2000, the USDA had developed standardized national organic certification standards. Now, disparities many consumers aren’t aware of exist among the quality of (and ethics behind) organic food available through farmers markets, directly from farms, and from big chain grocers. Fast forward a quarter of a century to 2017, and we’re left wondering who those labeling and certifying regulations protect: is it the consumers, local farmers and small businesses, or big organic corporations? And at what cost? The big question for everyone today is whether to certify or not – and why? Photo by Steve Carter, Social Strategist for Boomtown Table FOR FARMERS PRACTICING ABOVE AND BEYOND ORGANIC STANDARDS, THEY SAY LITTLE MOTIVATING INCENTIVE EXISTS FOR THEM TO CERTIFY – AND OUR INTERVIEWEES AGREED: IF ANYONE SHOULD BE UPHELD TO CERTIFICATION STANDARDS, IT IS THE FARMERS USING GMOS AND PESTICIDES IN THEIR GROWING.  …

Nucifera Spreads Love To Garden Eats

We are obsessive about what we put into and onto our bods at Garden Eats- obviously you are too, I mean, you’re here at our blog after all. Basically, if a skincare product is near-edible, it’s for us. We love our friend Meredith Baird’s luxe body quench, The Balm. Her medicinal grade ingredients are the stuff all personal care products should be made from. It goes on + our hair + our lips + every inch of our skin + {potential} wrinkles + décolleté + feet + under eyes + your baby’s bum … yes, basically everywhere. I even just used it to cup my daughter to help ward off a cold. In a word, The Balm is nourishing. We want you to feel nourished- because Meredith is super sweet, we’re happy that all of our Garden Eats friends can now feel nourished with 10 % off Nucifera. Before you checkout, enter in all caps, code GARDENEATS. If you’ve already gotten your hands on Nuci, tell us how your bod is loving it! xo

West Comes East Dinner: Lives Styled X Christine Dionese

West comes East + A celebration with friends new and old that brought the SoCal vibe I love to my Rochester roots through the colors of vibrantly alive food & drink. + Collaborating with friends Hannah & Maryn of Lives Styled has been organic from the start- this special night was yet another reminder of why the three of us love to entertain & connect with people over food. + Guests arrived as the last hours of Sunday’s natural light poured through the Lives Styled loft and stayed to chat until it was lit by candlelight. H E L L O A M U S E  B O U C H E P E T I T E  C O C K T A I L S   S H A R E D  C O U R S E G O O D N I G H T T H A N K  Y O U ! … to designer Devry Drosky, Grandma Rose, Collin McConville with Apple Country Spirits, The Flower Well, Cassandra Poindexter …

Pistachio Nut Mylk X Vegan Eggless Nog

Styling & photography by Lives Styled in Rochester, New York If you haven’t added pistachio to your list of alternative mylks, the winter months are the perfect time to cue up my aromatic (and sensual!) steamy pistachio mylk essential oil concoctions to relax and warm up. Super rich in B6, pistachios also offer the thymus and lymph glands a little extra help to stave off infection-causing viruses and bacteria we often become vulnerable to throughout the holiday season. The Chalkboard Magazine featured my recipe last week- you can link to it below. Skip the essential oils & go for  V E G A N egg nog instead too… Ingredients Serves 4-6 4 cups pistachio nut mylk {try my recipe at The Chalkboard Mag} 3/4 cups full fat coconut cream Bourbon or dark rum {as little as 4 oz as much as 8 oz} 1-3 Tbsp Royal Rose Anise syrup if you like it sweet 2 tsp nutmeg 1 tsp cloves 1 tsp sea salt Note: If using canned coconut cream, chill can, take cream from top, …