“Farm-to-table” is hardly a new term in our fast-paced food lives. It sounds trendy, but unlike IPAs and molecular gastronomy, it has inherent value. Direct farm-to-table systems support neighboring businesses, rather than corporate ones, which strengthens the local economy. Small-scale distribution also reduces the amount of fossil fuels needed to feed people, since the food is grown in a driving radius of a few hours at most. In the kitchen, chefs sourcing locally get acces
We've already discussed why animal products are an important part of a healthy diet, but there is a caveat: for optimal benefit, the meat, eggs and dairy should be pastured. Foods from pastured animals are much higher in many desirable nutrients like omega-3s, Vitamin E, Vitamin A and CLA (conjugated linoleic acid). Sadly, pastured meats, eggs and dairy have a reputation for being outrageously expensive.
While I've definitely seen my share of overpriced "backyard eggs," eth
One part of eating a healthier, ethical, and more sustainable diet that is often overlooked is offal, especially organ meats. Organ meats are not only delicious, but healthy, inexpensive, and prevent food waste. In the US, a lot of offal is thrown out or turned into animal feed, which is a shame because with the right preparations, it can be very delectable. In this post, we will be talking about three common organ meats: beef tongue, heart and liver. Make sure to source your
I do enjoy a good burger on the grill with a hefty serving of veggies. That is probably the more typical Memorial Day fare enjoyed at BBQs all over the country. This year, I’m trying a different cookout meal: tacos! This recipe is great for enjoying a local, grass-fed steak while stretching the portions to feed more people. There is ethical and sustainable beef available in Western PA, including from Pasture Perfect and Burns Angus Farm. Many local stores, like Naturally Sor