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From the Farmbox

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Shawn Traylor ramps up his farmbox cooking adventure. On the menu: Mixed seafood grill with ramp pesto spaghetti.

It’s a fairly unassailable assertion that you’ve heard a bazillion times (possibly from a Brazilian?) – food cooked outside tastes better. I know. Duh, right? And there are many who would go further and argue that food cooked over charcoal is far superior to food cooked on a gas grill. I count myself among them. Then there is another smaller circle in the Fuel Preferences of......read more

Seattle Takes On Fast Food Packaging

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Progressive regulations will eliminate most fast food packaging from the landfill.

Never mind, for now, fast food's negative nutritional value and its contribution to America's obesity problem; the one thing that really irks us about the industry is all the garbage it generates. If you're wondering where all those boxes, wrappers and cups end up when you're through, look no further than your local landfill, where they sit, for all intents and purposes,......read more

OfficePOD

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Tan Lun Cheak's dual purpose table lamp/food cooker.

More and more people are working from home, and that trend doesn't look like it's going to reverse anytime soon. Which is great. We welcome a shift that blurs conventional lines between life and work. And the most eco-friendly commute is no commute at all. But between the fridge, the TV, and the stereo, it can be hard to stay focused on work. Trust us. Inhabitat hips us to a UK design......read more

From The Farmbox

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Shawn Traylor's kicks off his food co-op cooking odyssey. On the menu: Beef shortribs with beet orzo and a pea shoot gremolata.

Farmbox Ingredients: * Beets * Mixed color carrots * Hardneck garlic * Pea shoots   Listening to: * Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion * Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run * Mission of Burma – Signals, Calls and Marches   All these root vegetables and nowhere to go but to the braised shortribs. Mario Batali’s shortribs from his Babbo cookbook......read more

Eating Green on St. Patrick's Day

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(Without the food coloring.)

St. Patrick's Day is here, which means green food coloring sales are through the roof. No offense to food coloring companies, but we'd rather do it the natural way. Ann Hodgman, writing for Slashfood, has some ideas: Add some green peas to your mashed potatoes to change the color (but not the taste). Use pesto to double green your spinach pasta, or to make green garlic bread. Green......read more

Food for Thought

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SHFT food writer David Vega on how growing food for his family and friends changed the pace of his life.

It almost sounded like some hippie mantra. I was on the patio, staring at an odd collection of building materials I’d gathered in the past week, reminding myself over and over again that "Nature required my patience." Well, actually, she didn’t actually need a damn thing from me; she’d get along just fine without me. I would need to accept the pace of things if I was to get......read more

Greener Gadgets Winners Announced

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First place goes to local food-promoting smartphone app.

The results of this year's Greener Gadgets design competition were announced Friday in New York. And while according to Treehugger neither the judges nor the audience were roundly impressed with the entries, there were some pretty cool ideas on the shortlist. The defining concept of the conference was that we need is not more stuff, but innovations that make stuff we already have help us......read more

Happy Birthday Slow Food Movement

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International eco-gastronomic organization celebrates twenty years of fighting fast food.

Last week marked the 20th anniversary of the the international Slow Food Movement. Celebrants around the world took part in the first ever Terra Madre Day last Thursday, which marked two decades since the signing of the Slow Food Manifesto in Paris in 1989. The manifesto laid the groundwork for the eco-gastronomic, member-supported non-profit, which is intended to revitalize local food traditions......read more

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