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My neighbors are Syrian, and over the years we've developed a friendship based mostly on food (as all good relationships...
11/21/2015
An exchange of food and tea

My neighbors are Syrian, and over the years we've developed a friendship based mostly on food (as all good relationships are). I wrote about it here.

When I first started my garden, a lot of people stopped and said hello. Gardening in the city is a revolutionary act, or at least an unusual one, and a certain type of person can't help but stop and talk to you about it. On one of those early days, my neighbor made her way across the alley and we ma…

Dr. Aditi Nerurkar, an integrative physician and professor at Harvard Medical School, takes a look at life satisfaction ...
02/10/2015
What a Happy Cell Looks Like

Dr. Aditi Nerurkar, an integrative physician and professor at Harvard Medical School, takes a look at life satisfaction and its impact on cellular functioning and DNA.

A growing field of research is examining how life satisfaction may affect cellular functioning and DNA.

Fascinating article on patient research and the (possibly) collaborative future of medicine. We live in exciting times!
02/06/2015
How One Woman Deciphered Her Own Genetic Mutation

Fascinating article on patient research and the (possibly) collaborative future of medicine. We live in exciting times!

As access to medical information becomes more democratized, patients have new power to investigate their problems.

01/08/2015
Gut Feelings

Upping my podcast consumption in the New Year. Radio Lab is one of my favorites, and there are so many I've never listened to! Here is one of my favorites, about gut bacteria, of course.

While Jad was on paternity leave, Carl Zimmer told Robert and producer Soren Wheeler about the ecosystem inside each and every one of us. According to Carl, when we're in the womb, we have no bacteria in us at all, but as soon as we're born we start gathering up the bugs. And by the time we're grown…

AUA has some great tips for how to put your garden to rest for the season. Good way to spend my birthday if you ask me!
10/15/2014
Putting the Garden to Bed

AUA has some great tips for how to put your garden to rest for the season. Good way to spend my birthday if you ask me!

Tips on how to put the garden to bed and fall gardening cleanup from The Old Farmer's Almanac.

Sarah Kersten makes the most gorgeous fermentation crocks you'll see anywhere. Thanks to her success, she's building a n...
10/13/2014
Sarah Kersten Handmade Studio

Sarah Kersten makes the most gorgeous fermentation crocks you'll see anywhere. Thanks to her success, she's building a new studio-- help her out and get some amazing prizes by donating to her Kickstarter!

Help build a studio space for Sarah Kersten Handmade, a small ceramic production company in Berkeley, California.

Do yourself a favor and sign up for a Food as Medicine workshop with Dr. Geeta Maker-Clark and Chef Ellen King of Hewn B...
07/09/2014
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Do yourself a favor and sign up for a Food as Medicine workshop with Dr. Geeta Maker-Clark and Chef Ellen King of Hewn Bakery. Next one is July 17th. Click for details and workshop pics!

self sufficient living

Fantastic article on new research being done on the human microbiome. Love your microbes!
01/30/2014
What is a ‘Healthy’ Microbiome? — NOVA Next | PBS

Fantastic article on new research being done on the human microbiome. Love your microbes!

After years of studying Western microbiomes, scientists are wondering, what bugs does the rest of the world harbor? Could that knowledge change medicine?

Broken your resolutions yet? Here are three things you should do instead of those promises you won't keep.
01/26/2014
Broken your resolutions yet?

Broken your resolutions yet? Here are three things you should do instead of those promises you won't keep.

Ah, a new year. It's only 21 days into the brand-new 2014, so I imagine everyone is still going strong on all the resolutions that were started with gusto on the 1st, right? Right? If you do happen to be one of the few people who are wavering in your resolve (which I'm sure you…

Everlasting produce!
01/17/2014
10 Vegetables & Herbs You Can Eat Once and Regrow Forever

Everlasting produce!

There are some ingredients I cook with so often I can never buy too many of them, and most of them are produce. Onions, garlic and fresh herbs are staples in a lot of dishes, and they may be inexpensive, but when you use them on a daily basis it can add up. Some foods are easy to regrow at home from...

Here's a recipe for a simple face and body scrub. I use bergamot essential oil for a citrusy scent, but you could also s...
01/09/2014
Bergamot Olive Oil Scrub

Here's a recipe for a simple face and body scrub. I use bergamot essential oil for a citrusy scent, but you could also sub lavender or mint, or leave it unscented.

My shower product are, admittedly, spartan. These days I'm generally satisfied with bar soap and a weekly shampoo. But every once in a while, as we all do, I crave some luxury. In the past, this craving would lead to an impulse buy of some new product at the local Walgreens. It was usually purchased...

Great article on Fermentation in Refinery29 today!
01/08/2014
Fermented Foods 101: Why You Need To Be Eating Bacteria

Great article on Fermentation in Refinery29 today!

Foodie Underground, a project curated in part by Anna Brones, explores our relationship with the origin of our eats. Motivated by an unwavering belief that food should never be complicated or pretentious, Anna — author of vegetarian and GF primer The Culinary Cyclist, is serving up everything

Ideas for ethical and heart-felt gifts from Kinfolk.
12/20/2013
Presents of Mind - Kinfolk

Ideas for ethical and heart-felt gifts from Kinfolk.

Some of the most meaningful gestures that can be given are not, in fact, wrapped in red bows, but are actually experiences to be shared together. Continue reading →

Start the New Year off right by learning something new. Another kimchi and sauerkraut workshop on January 5th!
12/10/2013
Live-culture veggies workshop: Sauerkraut and kimchi

Start the New Year off right by learning something new. Another kimchi and sauerkraut workshop on January 5th!

Learn all about fermenting vegetables, with a special focus on kimchi and sauerkraut. Topics covered will include the history and biology of fermenting veggies, ingredients and variations on recipes, troubleshooting and FAQ, and live demonstration. Participants will leave with the confidence to safe...

How radishes and I became friends.
12/01/2013
Easy Pickled Radishes

How radishes and I became friends.

There are vegetables I don't have a problem admitting I hate. Radishes are one of those vegetables. We get them in our fall CSA every year, and I have tried everything to get myself to eat them: roasting, raw on salads, seasoned radish chips, the list goes on. The only preparation of radishes I can…

"So I got myself a caravan from Freecycle, parked it on an organic farm I was volunteering with, and kitted it out to be...
11/19/2013
Expanded Consciousness: The man who lives without money

"So I got myself a caravan from Freecycle, parked it on an organic farm I was volunteering with, and kitted it out to be off the electricity grid."

If someone told me seven years ago, in my final year of a business and economics degree, that I’d now be living without money, I’d have probably...

Alright, it's official! First workshop will be Dec. 8th. Sauerkraut/Kimchi and variations on the two. Get yer tickets! h...
11/14/2013
Fermented veggies workshop: Sauerkraut and kimchi

Alright, it's official! First workshop will be Dec. 8th. Sauerkraut/Kimchi and variations on the two. Get yer tickets!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fermented-veggies-workshop-sauerkraut-and-kimchi-tickets-9308043609

Learn all about fermenting vegetables, with a special focus on kimchi and sauerkraut. Topics covered will include the history and biology of fermenting veggies, ingredients and variations on recipes, troubleshooting and FAQ, and live demonstration. Participants will leave with the confidence to safe...

11/11/2013

Wowza! Over a hundred likes in just 2 days. Thanks everybody!

Proud to say I'll be leading workshops with Rebuilding Exchange later this winter-- even more so now that they just won ...
11/08/2013
Who Do You Love 2013 Winners | Everywhere - DailyCandy

Proud to say I'll be leading workshops with Rebuilding Exchange later this winter-- even more so now that they just won DailyCandy's best workshops category!

Welcome to the Winner's Circle In the spirit of celebrating the best of 2013, we asked you to weigh in on your favorite spots to shop, nosh, and play in New York, L.A., Chicago, and San Francisco. It was a ten-day race to the finish line, and your votes are in and tallied. The cream of this year’s c...

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