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World’s Largest Cucumber Comes Out of My Garden

  This is Patty with a cucumber that somehow escaped notice in my garden until it became The Vegetable That Ate Chicago. It wouldn’t work in a salad. But I refused to throw it in the compost. It made three pints of juice! It wasn’t really yummy, not gonna lie. Kinda bitter. But, we made […]

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Organic vegetables are our birthright!

Check out the two tomatoes Patty is holding on the left. They came from the several acres growing 100 yards from my house, conventionally sprayed with toxic pesticides that will last literally generations in the groundwater and in my body and everyone else’s who live on this street. My children are breathing it, and tracking it into my […]

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It’s Tomatoes Galore at my house: RECIPES for you

Juan, my handyman-garden-guy, said, very proud: “We didn’t plant a variety of big tomatoes– they were supposed to be small, according to the seed packet. But look at these!” He brought the first 12 in to show me, rivaling the Texas grapefruit in size. The tomatoes benefited from our rich compost pile. At the moment […]

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Libby and the Garden

  I have this photo of me and my younger daughter, Libby, working in my garden about five years ago, when I first put the site up. The photo is in Chapter 5 of 12 Steps to Whole Foods. She looks so little. And now she’s turning 15. Some time ago, Libby discovered that if […]

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Be the Change….part 3 of 3

I will be talking more about alternatives to root canals, and the fluoride / amalgam fillings controversies next week. I’m researching and interviewing. I know I kinda left that hanging—a root canal isn’t acceptable, but neither is pulling a tooth. Stand by. I will have good stuff for you. Including comments and ideas from dentists […]

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Are you gardening yet?

I hope those of you doing 12 Steps are ready to look at Chapter 5, to plant an organic garden and use everything in it! Today Jenni told me about this cool online tool, very easy to use, where you can map out your garden just by dragging and dropping the crops you want in […]

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Help! I’m in Zucchini Hell!

I have this kind of random list of questions to ask God when I get on the other side. Some of them are The Big Questions. Why do 15-year old crackheads get pregnant so easily when my friend Jamie, who would be a world-class mother, can’t? Why are people supposed to make huge decisions like […]

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a Time Magazine article you should read

http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1917458,00.html Please read this article about the high price of the cheap food we eat. I am extremely unhappy with our president’s health care reform plan.   (My health care reform would include disincentives for prescription drug use and incentives for healthy living “preventive” measures.)   But I’m a big fan of Michelle Obama’s organic […]

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the raw food diet

I’m going to be talking for a while about the raw food diet.That’s the only “diet” I approve of (the very word is annoying, isn’t it?).Why?First, because it’s the biggest focus of this web site and the program of whole foods I promote: raw plant foods.Of the 9,000 new visitors to this site monthly, many […]

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I’m having this overpowering craving

It’s late at night and I am having this huge craving . . . for arugula. Yeah.   Arugula. It’s one of my favorite foods.   If I type the word, I salivate.   Weird, huh.   In the winter, I buy it and can’t wait till I get it home before I fish around […]

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