Eat More Vegetables

As Michael Pollan so brilliantly said, the most basic rule of healthy eating can be summed up in seven simple words: “Eat food, not too much, mostly vegetables.” For most folks – especially most Americans – ‘mostly vegetables’ is perhaps the hardest of Pollan’s tenets to follow. Although consuming mostly vegetables has certainly been a…

A Day of Healthy Eating

On the whole, my wife and I are fairly healthy eaters. While we don’t diet, own gym memberships or jump on the bandwagon for hip new superfoods, we nevertheless remain conscious of what we consume. We do our best to eat a balanced, fulfilling diet, which is not only excellent for our overall well-being, but…

Where’s The Beef?

Over the past couple of months, I’ve written several “Top Five” articles featuring my favorite recipes for vegetarian, chicken, pork and seafood dishes. One notable protein, however, has been omitted from my series: beef. Instead of bringing you “Top Five: Beef Dishes,” I want to take a moment to explain why my wife and I…

Date Night Cincinnati

For the past few months, in addition to starting a new job as an employment service provider at Talbert House – a local non-profit – I’ve also become a contributor for Date Night Cincinnati. Touted as the Queen City’s “resource to plan a night out,” Date Night Cincinnati features restaurant reviews and information about local…

Brown-Bagging It

Although few people do it and despite its reputation of difficulty, packing one’s lunch boasts a host of benefits. On the one hand, it saves money, as always going out for lunch can really rack up the week’s expenses. On the other hand, it’s a healthier and quicker alternative to going out or merely snacking….

Eat It All

When it comes to eating, I have quite the penchant for adventure. I jump at the chance to try exotic dishes and experience exciting new flavors, and I never turn away from something unfamiliar. Throughout the years I have eaten everything from calf brains, pig ears and goose carpaccio to tripe sandwiches, mealworms and horned…

A Food Writer’s Vocabulary

I love words. I’ve always been fascinated by syntax, etymologies and connotations, and that’s one of the key reasons why I enjoy reading fiction and poetry. It’s also why I gravitated to English as my undergraduate major and why I pursued a graduate degree in Literature and Cultural Studies. I enjoy dissecting words and phrases,…

Why Buy Ugly?

According to National Geographic, about one-third of all global food production goes to waste. Even more staggering, nearly two-thirds of that waste is caused neither by drought, poor refrigeration nor insects, but rather results from the way the food looks. That means that “an estimated six billion pounds of fruits and vegetables are wasted every…

Shopping Sales & Looking Beyond The Coupon

Growing up with a mother who couponed like a fiend made me forever averse to creating a grocery list centered exclusively upon sale items. Not only is the process tedious and time-consuming, but it also forces you to buy larger quantities of food than you need. All of these extra items then must either be…

Ed-Mar Dairy Farm

Last week, I wrote an article for the Northern Kentucky Tribune on Ed-Mar Dairy Farm in Walton, Kentucky. Although rural Northern Kentucky may not be where most people expect to find artisanal, handcrafted cheeses, Ed-Mar defies expectations. Their aged, raw milk cheeses can be found in some of the best restaurants and stores throughout the…

Budgeting a Weekly Grocery List

In my last post, I discussed the importance of recognizing the necessity of paying an appropriate price for sustainable groceries. However, I also stressed the fact that shopping at organic, environmentally-conscious grocery stores doesn’t have to mean spending exorbitant amounts of money. Instead, by shopping wisely, consumers can find the Aristotelian mean between extremes, staying…

Whole Foods Doesn’t Have to Mean Whole Paycheck

I am a regular face at my local Whole Foods Market, and my wife and I shop at the Rookwood store in Cincinnati every week. Although we used to get our proteins and some produce from Findlay Market – before it started to become unmanageable on the weekends – we have been getting all of…