Origin of our Food: How Much Do We Want To Know?

Simple summer fresh sweet treat

Summer berries, fresh whipped cream, and vanilla cake That is what we crave in the heat.  Nature provides these gorgeous berries throughout the season.   Combine that with a simple vanilla cake and whipped cream to add the sensation of full-bodied flavor, sweetness and texture. The one, two, threes…it is

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The Isle of Capri, layered in a chicken breast

Gratefully I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to travel to some of the most luxurious locations in the world (trust me, my journeys have just begun!). Treasured ingredients offered in each unique location become another grain of sand on my “culinary beach”. Each experience building my palette, my appreciation and

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Sushi At Home–Yes You Can!

Sushi.  I crave it at time.  The flavors, so fresh, intrigue my palette.   Going out for sushi dinner is one of my favorite meals out.   One of my dear friends is a Japanese Sushi Master, he’s taught me a few tricks to create these same healthy tastes at

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How much connection do we want to have with the origin of our food?

This is completely dependent on the individual, and truly it varies so much.  Some people plant all their own vegetables and herbs starting from seeds.

Starting them off indoors, delicately under sunlamps, nurturing its first burst through the soil like a proud parent.  Inside the individual, grows a sense of accomplishment, knowing they are creators. When they finally harvest these growings, cooking up dishes truly from the” fruits of their own labors,” it brings a sense of pride, a joyful pleasure.  On the flip side, there are many consumers who just want to go to the store and buy it. They don’t have time nor desire to grow their own food.  Some buy fresh herbs and produce, some buy dried and frozen, some buy it all prepared so all they need to do is heat it in the microwave.  They don’t think about the growth of the plant nor the life of the animal nor anything, they only care if it taste good.

Are these people wrong?  No way!  There are no rights and wrongs!  They are just exercising their right to live and exist in this fast paced consumer reality.  It’s every eater’s right to choose their comfort level with the origin of our food source.  Truth be told, on a rainy day, when I come in from my run, I smell like a worm!  That is not so appealing to those gathered at the breakfast table.  But worms are ultimately responsible for the fertile soil which becomes the first nourishment for all our growing food.

Just this image alone gives you more compassion for those who choose not to involve themselves in the origin of the food chain.  It’s every individual’s right to choose, but it is so fun to harvest your own dinner from your backyard!

Where do you fall in this spectrum of involvement with the growth of our food?

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