I know, I know. It’s been an absurdly long time since I last posted. But, life, you know: guests, birthdays, travel, more birthdays, more travel, emotional and physical exhaustion from all of the above. It’s a good one, but it’s life, nonetheless. And while I’m planning on posting either a real recipe or a recap of my travels sometime soon, in the meantime, I came across this super helpful discussion of what exactly all those descriptors on the chicken you buy means. I’ve often thought that sometimes the more you learn about eating healthy, mindfully, and conscientiously, the more you find out how much you don’t know. There’s a lot of obfuscation going around in the marketing world, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed and confused. So, I hope this article helps clear up some questions you might have!

After watching Food, Inc., last week, I decided that one of my goals this year is to cook more seasonally and to shop at the farmer’s markets more. One way I am making this a habit is to turn it into a social event–I’ve gone with friends twice, and we’ve dropped the line with others that we’d be interested in making a date of it.

So, when I came across this Q&A from Michael Ruhlman’s blog, I thought it might answer some questions that I know we’ve posed to ourselves during our forays and that I thought you might have uncertainties about when planning your own trips. What do you think? Will you be going to your farmer’s market this weekend?

If you’ve made the conscious decision to support your health, but you aren’t ready to commit to buying all organic, all grass-fed, all free range, all the time, the folks over at the Environmental Working Group have put together two lists to help ease you in:  the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen (here is also a printable pocket version!).  The rundown:  the Dirty Dozen are fruits and veggies that are most important to buy organic, because they tend to absorb high levels of pesticides, whereas the Clean Fifteen are the ones that are OK to buy traditional.  Even though I don’t always follow the list, I know that keeping these things in mind helps me make better choices in the grocery store, and I hope it helps you too!