Recipe: April Bloomfield's Roasted Carrots with Carrot Top Pesto and Burrata


“I’m known for all things porcine, but I really love my vegetables," says JBF Award winner April Bloomfield. "They are so beautiful and versatile.” During her JBF Taste America cooking demo in New Orleans, she proved her claim by whipping up a stunning and delicious dish of roasted carrots with carrot top pesto and burrata. “Always taste your vegetables first,” cautioned Bloomfield. “If they aren’t perfect, use whatever’s in season. This salad would also work really well with lovely roasted beets and beet greens, or sweet fennel with fennel fronds.” Known for her nose-to-tail approach to pork, Bloomfield applies the same principles to vegetables. “I love to use the whole thing, without... Read more >

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What We're Reading: October 20, 2015


New science suggests crustaceans have a similar neurology to vertebrates, potentially adding a new moral quandary to all those lobster rolls. [MUNCHIES


Dining solo: Opentable reports that reservations for one are on the rise. [NY Daily News


Oatmeal isn’t just for your morning porridge: ten ways to break those oats out of the bowl. [The Kitchn


State and federal regulators are... Read more >

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What We're Reading: September 21, 2015


One way to cut down food waste? Stop peeling your vegetables before you cook them. [Bon Appétit


Eater breaks down the lifecycle of a food trend. [Eater


The USDA’s new program is geared towards transforming veterans into farmers. [Department of Defense


A properly timed cup of coffee could be the key to beating jet lag. [MUNCHIES

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Waste-Less Tips for Storing Produce


What category of food do you end up throwing out the most? If it’s produce, you’re definitely not alone. The average household ends up throwing out 22 percent of all the fresh fruits and vegetables they buy—that’s more than two of every ten strawberries! If you want to ensure you’ll eat all that healthy produce before it goes bad, it helps to know how long it will last and where to store it for maximum shelf life. To help, Sustainable America created the handy produce storage cheat sheet below that you can print, hang on your fridge, and consult when you’re unpacking your groceries. First, a few general tips:


  • Most fruits ripen best at room temperature. Once ripe, store fruit in the refrigerator in a plastic bag according to the times in the chart. 
  • Berries, cherries, grapes, and figs need to be refrigerated immediately. Discard any moldy berries before

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Sustainability Matters: August 28, 2015



Despite the drought, California winemakers have continued to prosper and think outside of the box. [NYT]


Massachusetts stays one step ahead: a new ballot measure could require cage-free eggs, pork, and veal. [MF]


Sweden’s ocean ambassador insists that putting a price on natural capital could be the key to conservation. [Grist]


High-quality and low-carbon: food waste and beef fat can be used as renewable jet fuel. [... Read more >

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Waste-Less Recipe: Dan Barber's Root Vegetable Peel Chips


Our latest mantra: think before you toss! Chances are you can stretch your market haul into many more meals by just reimagining items you’d normally chuck in the trash (or, for bonus points, compost). Here, multiple JBF Award winner Dan Barber of New York City's acclaimed Blue Hill recommends turning oft-discarded peels from root vegetables (anything you have on hand will work, such as carrots, turnips, or parsnips) into crunchy, addictive chips. This simple, delicious recipe makes creative use of a kitchen staple you’re most likely already buying, and in turn, does wonders for your wallet—and the environment.... Read more >

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Root to Flower: Cooking with the Whole Vegetable


With "nose-to-tail" flying around the culinary scene like a swarm of bees, it was only a matter of time until the ethos of full, purposeful utilization made its way into the world of vegetable scraps. In this series, Tasting Table talks to food experts who are treating former cast-offs like broccoli stems, potato peels, or cabbage cores as ingredients to be cherished.


Justin Yu opened Houston's Oxheart in 2012 with a focus on the bounty of the Gulf Coast. His approach creates luxury from what may seem like unremarkable ingredients, lending them new weight through clean and focused cooking. "It just takes a little extra thought to figure out how to make vegetable skins, stalks, or roots taste good," he says.

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Video: Waste Less, Enjoy More



A recent report highlighted a staggering statistic: 40% of food in America is discarded. All of this uneaten food ends up rotting in landfills and increasing greenhouses gases. Our friends at Sustainable America created this video that demonstrates the magnitude of food waste in the United States. Watch the video, learn what different meals reveal about food waste, and take their interactive quiz to determine your own steps in this effort. And if you get inspired, you can even take action.


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What We're Reading: August 25, 2015


Ensure your heirloom tomatoes retain their peak flavor with this quick and easy tip. [Food52


A grocery store in Germany has completely eliminated packaging, asking customers to bring their own containers to help fight waste. [Curbed


Meet the humble buckle: a dessert designed to adapt for any season. [NYT


Researchers are working on “smart caps” for milk cartons, which would be able to warn drinkers of the presence of sour bacteria. [... Read more >

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Waste-Less Recipe: Amanda Cohen's Beet Greens Pesto


Our latest mantra: think before you toss! Chances are you can stretch your market haul into many more meals by just reimagining items you’d normally chuck in the trash (or, for bonus points, compost). Here, vegetable maven Amanda Cohen of New York City's acclaimed Dirt Candy recommends combining the oft-discarded beet greens (rich in vitamins A, C, and folate) and addictive pistachios into a rich, vibrant pesto. This simple, delicious recipe makes creative use of a kitchen staple you’re probably already buying, and in turn, does wonders for your wallet—and the environment.


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We're focusing on solutions to fight food waste all... Read more >

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