Since I work around food, I occasionally encounter some strange bit of information that's new to me, or realize that there are common misconceptions about certain food related things. That being the case, I thought it might be interesting to do another round up of "True or False" ideas about food. ... More >>
Tex-Mex and Latin cuisine gets a bad rap for being high in calories, fat, sodium and everything else in between. After a bowl of chips (that never becomes empty) plus guacamole, queso, sizzling fajita meat and veggies doused in oil, several flour tortillas, cheese, sour cream, beans (refried or char ... More >>
The feds see no evil as a belligerent strongman seeks control of America's food supply.
Increasingly, Houstonians -- from individuals to restaurateurs to activist groups -- are contributing their grain of salt toward the fight against unsustainable agricultural practices. But locals Andrew Alvis and Matthew Braud are tackling this same endeavor in a unique way. The pair created Sustain ... More >>
As nice as it is to buy healthy foods -- especially organic produce and boxed items -- it is unfortunate that the price can be much higher than ordinary food products. In comparison, organic produce tends to be more expensive than regular produce. In an effort to feed an entire family, many househo ... More >>
Ever since the New York Times first reported on the radically Natural wines of Mt. Etna, Sicily producer Frank Cornelissen in 2009, the wines have captivated the attention of Natural wine writers, enthusiasts and detractors across the United States. To my knowledge, the wines have never been availa ... More >>
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Ken Cousino knows exactly when the move to legalize chicken farming in Houston took off. Isabella, a nearby nine-year-old, had been a steady customer at Cousino's Quality Feed and Garden, picking up fodder for her few pet chickens. One day, she entered in tears. The city had arrived, she said. Tol ... More >>
A recently released Stanford University study, which reviewed and analyzed more than 200 previously conducted studies comparing the health effects of organic and conventional foods, suggests that organic food may not be a shining star in the department of nutritional value. The study's findings, in ... More >>
If you've been following along here at Wine Time, then you certainly know a thing or two about Natural wine and the often heated debate in the U.S. about exactly what Natural wine is, who makes true Natural wine, and who's allowed to write about Natural wine (it's a good thing that the self-appointe ... More >>
Alice Waters is a modern-day icon, the mother of the farm-to-table movement and of farmers markets across the nation, the originator of California cuisine -- for better or worse -- and of the notion that eating and cooking local, organic, seasonal foods shouldn't be a socio-political issue but one o ... More >>
John KielyNot as impressive as Kathryn Creech's yield.If there's any such thing as easy success in a warm-season Houston garden, it's green beans. As a first-time grower, I just plowed a 2-inch-deep furrow, dropped in the curved white seeds of Bush Snap beans, covered them with dirt, and wat ... More >>
On Monday we provided a snapshot into the disturbing world of mechanically separated chicken with a lovely photo of a strawberry pink, soft-serve like chicken slurry on its way to becoming nuggets--one of the processed foods celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has campaigned against in schools throu ... More >>
Photo by jonlThe Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association at the 2008 Roundup.Attention, Houston-area organic chefs, farmers and food producers: Fredericksburg wants you! The annual Renewable Energy Roundup and Green Living Fair, which takes place this year from September 24 to 26, is l ... More >>
It's like a not-so-secret, secret society. The devotion it inspires may even be cult-like at times. Folks who shop at Costco love shopping at Costco. And they love talking about how wonderful shopping at Costco is. The selection! The samples! The sizes!
Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. Houston Wok: Yes, there's a recipe for Korean stuffed peppers (which look like ... More >>
I paid 70 cents for a 36-count bag of tortillas at Ayala's Tortilla Factory on Fulton the other day. As you might imagine, the tortillas at the factory are extremely fresh, along with being cheap. Of course, I was hoping that this seemingly obscure tortilla factory was making masa from fresh ... More >>
Garden slugs, green activists and organic food lovers will gather for cocktails from five to seven p.m. tomorrow night at Last Concert Café at a mixer sponsored by Houston Green Scene. Drinks will be followed by a dinner to benefit Last Organic Outpost's community gardening efforts. The Liv ... More >>
So I finally got some salad greens growing in my new organic garden. I was pretty proud of those little sprouts. The "Bright Lights" chard was looking good too. My doubting spouse still suspects it was a mistake to tear out the jasmine landscaping and plant these organic vegetables. So I drag ... More >>
Michelle Obama appeared on Iron Chef America last Sunday to promote healthy eating. Ever since she planted that organic garden last year, she has become a spokesperson for eating your vegetables and therefore a lightning rod for controversy. The White House communications office reached out t ... More >>
Here's a radish that you could snack on for a few days. It's called a watermelon radish. The first time I recall seeing one was at Soma, the upscale sushi restaurant on Washington. Here's what I said about it in the review: "The salad came on a glass plate with one cobalt-blue edge. It was ... More >>
Photo by Marco VeringaMolecular gastronomy, one of ten major innovations and trends of the last decade.What funny food trends have marked the last decade? And what innovations do we hope carry us into the middle ages of the millennium? Here are a few things that have kept our tongues wagging. ... More >>
Photos by Robb WalshGrass-fed sirloin hamburger steak is downright delicious. No doubt grass-fed beef raised without antibiotics and hormones is better for you too. Grass-fed sirloins lack the marbling that makes for tender steaks. But grind it up, and you get all the bold herbaceous flavor w ... More >>
I am such a Johnny-come-lately to this party, I fear. But then again, perhaps it is for the best that I did not realize any sooner that Gwyneth Paltrow has what has to be the most self-indulgent, ridiculous website ever, and it's named -- for some reason -- Goop (with the tagline "Nourish the Inner ... More >>
Photo by Katharine Shilcutt Canapes with house-made chevre and garden herbsAs the fourth course of the meal was set in front of me, I marveled at its elegant construction but was more struck by a far subtler thing: Every ingredient in the dish had been plucked fresh from the organic garden o ... More >>
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