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10 Organic Foods You’ll Always Find in My Kitchen

10 Organic Foods You'll Always Find in My Kitchen

For someone who loves organic food so much and cooks so often, my refrigerator is surprisingly empty. How could this be? Well, I go food shopping A LOT and pretty much only buy whatever I need for the next meal that I’ll be eating. I have the good fortune of being able to do this […]

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artisana-coconut-oil-680x1024 (1)For someone who loves organic food so much and cooks so often, my refrigerator is surprisingly empty. How could this be?

Well, I go food shopping A LOT and pretty much only buy whatever I need for the next meal that I’ll be eating. I have the good fortune of being able to do this because an amazing organic market is literally less a one minute walk from my apartment

Plus, I LOVE going food shopping and making multiple trips to the market in one day is not exactly a burden. Staring at all of the amazing fruits and vegetables in the produce section is one of my favorite things to do.

Even though I do tend to “buy on demand”, you’ll pretty much always find these 10 organic foods in my kitchen:

COCONUT OIL I am a huge fan of coconut oil.  Not only is it high in lauric acid and great to use after a workout but it is one of the few oils that you can safely heat and cook with. (Olive oil is not one of them.)

Aside from using organic coconut oil in my smoothies, I use it as a moisturizer as well. Read more »


Being Political, What I Try To Do Here

Being Political, What I Try To Do Here

I was at a Super Bowl party on Sunday and ran into a friend that I hadn’t seen in quite a while. We started talking and he mentioned someone’s name to me, a former Wall Street professional who is now an organic foods chef. The first thing that he said about this individual is “He’s […]

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I was at a Super Bowl party on Sunday and ran into a friend that I hadn’t seen in quite a while.

We started talking and he mentioned someone’s name to me, a former Wall Street professional who is now an organic foods chef.

The first thing that he said about this individual is “He’s very political.”

Without hesitation, I responded “So am I. When you see what is going on, how can you not be?”

Given my background, it is hard to believe that these words now come out of my mouth.

Even though my college was a hotbed for political activism, I avoided that scene altogether and never had any strong opinions, about politics or otherwise. Read more »


Organic Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Organic Ideas for Valentine's Day

Whenever holidays come around, it doesn’t mean that I take a holiday from eating organic. Since the majority of the world is not yet on the organic bandwagon (including most of my friends and family), it requires that we plan in advance and get resourceful. But it also presents a great opportunity to expose people […]

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Whenever holidays come around, it doesn’t mean that I take a holiday from eating organic.

Since the majority of the world is not yet on the organic bandwagon (including most of my friends and family), it requires that we plan in advance and get resourceful. But it also presents a great opportunity to expose people to some excellent organic products.

Here are a few ideas for an organic Valentine’s Day.

Equal Exchange is selling a fantastic box called My Fair Valentine Cards & Candy.

Each set includes 24 Valentine’s Day cards and 24 fairly traded, organic dark chocolate minis. The colorful cards are illustrated with animals, and the informative bookmark explains where fairly traded chocolate comes from. Read more »


Beet Kvass – What is it and Why am I Drinking it?

Beet Kvass - What is it and Why am I Drinking it?

Organic beet kvass isn’t exactly a household name, similar to a coconut water or even kombucha. And I don’t believe that it will ever come close to having the same name recognition as these other two drinks. Yet, its health benefits and utility may surpass them both. A lacto-fermented beverage of Russian origin, beet kvass […]

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Organic beet kvass isn’t exactly a household name, similar to a coconut water or even kombucha.

And I don’t believe that it will ever come close to having the same name recognition as these other two drinks.

Yet, its health benefits and utility may surpass them both.

A lacto-fermented beverage of Russian origin, beet kvass provides the body with beneficial bacteria and aids in digestion.

It is also touted as a blood purifier and an excellent way to cleanse the liver.

Unlike kombucha, which uses sugar in the fermentation process, the beet kvass from Hawthorne Valley uses no sugar at all. And because it is a raw drink, all of the vitamins and minerals remain intact.

While I tend to drink it straight, the other great thing about beet kvass is that it can be used as a base for soups, salad dressings or marinades. Read more »


My Friday Night Dinner at The Natural Gourmet Institute in NYC

My Friday Night Dinner at The Natural Gourmet Institute in NYC

The Natural Gourmet Institute, a cooking school in NYC that places a very strong emphasis on organic, hosts Friday night dinners that are open to the public. I had been hearing very good things about these fixed-price, four-course dinners at The Natural Gourmet Institute and finally decided to check it out last week. Here’s what […]

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The Natural Gourmet Institute, a cooking school in NYC that places a very strong emphasis on organic, hosts Friday night dinners that are open to the public.

I had been hearing very good things about these fixed-price, four-course dinners at The Natural Gourmet Institute and finally decided to check it out last week. Here’s what I had:

HIJIKI CAVIAR BLINI

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A Fantastic Tasting Organic Dinner for Two for Under $15…Here’s How

A Fantastic Tasting Organic Dinner for Two for Under $15...Here's How

The one criticism that I hear all of the time about organic is that it costs too much. Yet, if you take the time to shop correctly and cook at home, organic can definitely be affordable. Here is how the costs broke down to make this great tasting quinoa dinner, and every single ingredient was […]

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The one criticism that I hear all of the time about organic is that it costs too much.

Yet, if you take the time to shop correctly and cook at home, organic can definitely be affordable.

Here is how the costs broke down to make this great tasting quinoa dinner, and every single ingredient was organic. Read more »


Organic vs. Local? Transparent, Says Alberto Gonzalez of GustOrganics

Organic vs. Local? Transparent, Says Alberto Gonzalez of GustOrganics

One topic that frequently gets discussed is whether it is preferable to buy organic or to buy local. To many people, especially those in Brooklyn, there can be nothing better than local. In a recent blog post, I address this very issue in detail and discuss why I choose organic. My friend Alberto Gonzalez, owner […]

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One topic that frequently gets discussed is whether it is preferable to buy organic or to buy local.

To many people, especially those in Brooklyn, there can be nothing better than local. In a recent blog post, I address this very issue in detail and discuss why I choose organic.

My friend Alberto Gonzalez, owner of NYC’s only certified organic restaurant GustOrganics, wrote an excellent piece in The Huffington Post yesterday about this subject but distilled it down even further.

What he wants is transparency.

Unfortunately, the word “natural” has become a completely abused marketing term, stands for almost nothing, and is the reason why Naked Juice, Wesson Oil and Frito-Lay are facing class action lawsuits.

Therefore, “organic” has become the term which identifies the “cleanest” foods that we can eat. Read more »