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The 10 Easiest Ways to Celebrate Earth Day on April 22!

21 Apr
"Design Scavenger project herb garden"

Photo courtesy of Design Scavenger, http://www.designscavenger.com

FOR YOU TO LIVE A SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLE, IT’S ALL ABOUT BEING PRACTICAL.  AFTER ALL, THROWING YOUR ENTIRE PAYCHECK INTO A HEMP WARDROBE MIGHT BE ECO-FRIENDLY, BUT NOT EXACTLY A TREND ANYONE WOULD WANT TO SUSTAIN.  CHECK OUT THIS LIST OF THE 10 EASIEST WAYS TO CELEBRATE EARTH DAY, MADE ESPECIALLY FOR THE FOODIE IN YOU.
1. Be a conscious eater.  Takeout King or Queen? Cook at home once a week to reap the therapeutic benefits of cooking while cutting back on the packaging that’s wasted on to-go meals.  Additionally, go meatless once per week to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 51%.  That’s emissions the animals and you produce.  I’m pretty sure people will be happier with that switch!
2. Start your own organic urban garden.  How great would it be to have fresh fruits, veggies & herbs in your backyard or on a patio or windowsill? You’ll be eating nutritious food free of pesticides and chemicals that do more harm to your body than good.  Check out the rolling herb garden that my fiance, Kris Kaufman, a.k.a. Design Scavenger, made for me out of an old trash can and wood off the side of the road.
3. Reuse your shopping bags.  Paper or plastic? How about neither. Bring reusable grocery bags to reduce your impact on landfills.
4. Abide by the Dirty Dozen.  Don’t throw good money away. Keep the Dirty Dozen cheat sheet by your side to remind you of what to organic fruits & veggies you should splurge on and what conventionally-grown items are OK to consume.
5. Plant a tree.  Did you know one tree might absorb as much as one ton of carbon over a 40-year lifespan.  That’s some staying power if you ask me.  Why not make it a Meyer lemon tree so you can make lemonade?
6. Save water. We’re such wasters of nature’s precious resources. Only use the dishwasher when it’s full and be mindful of over watering your garden because you might actually kill your plants.
7. Get physical. Physical fitness boosts your mood.  Get out of the big box gym and instead take a hike, ride a bike or practice yoga.  Outdoor fitness connects you with nature and allows you to create your own energy instead of wasting it at the gym.
8. Stay local.  Dinner date downtown? Cancel those plans for a restaurant within walking distance.  Support your local Farmers’ Market to beat the 15,000 miles produce can travel to get to your local grocery store. And, ask questions—there’s so much to learn from your local farmers!
9. Recycle.  Preventing unnecessary trash in our landfills is easy.  Donate unwanted kitchen accessories and trinkets.  Or, throw a “swap” party with your friends.  You might be surprised someone actually wants that old can opener of yours.  Use empty liquor and wine bottles or mason jars as candle holders or vases.  Clean out the fridge and recycle all those expired beer bottle, sauce containers and dressing jars.  After all, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
10. Find a celebration in your neighborhood.  Get educated and find out how you can get involved at your Local Earth Day event.
SEE, THERE REALLY ARE EASY WAYS TO CELEBRATE EARTH DAY.  SO WHY NOT MAKE EARTH DAY HAPPEN EVERYDAY?

Sunday Funday Cooking Demo at Mar Vista Farmers’ Market

13 Mar
Food, I Love You! Mar Vista Farmers Market Cooking Demo

From L-R: The Food, I Love You! girls, Allie Zack, Cara Donnelly & Colleen Donnelly cooking up Strawberry & Asparagus Quinoa Salad at the Mar Vista Farmers' Market.

This past weekend was superb.  Because I had the chance to share my love of good-for-you food at the Mar Vista Farmers’ Market on Sunday!  I couldn’t have asked for a better community to celebrate my inaugural public appearance.  And, it gets better!  I will be conducting food demos once per month at MVFM, starting Sunday, May 20, 2012!

Every farmers’ market has a special personality.  But there’s something truly special about Mar Vista.  It’s quaint, local, hip and REALLY community-oriented.  The vendors are friendly and the visitors are eager to learn and support local farmers wholeheartedly.  I felt like the luckiest girl in the world on Sunday and because I loved the experience so much, I decided to blog about all the fun we had.

WHO: Me and my fabulous and beautiful sidekicks, Cara (amazing sister) & Allie (childhood BFF & post-college roomie).

WHAT: We prepared Strawberry & Asparagus Quinoa Salad for patrons to enjoy.  Some stopped by for a quick taste while others got cozy and watched us blanch asparagus (boil, drain & shock) and reduce balsamic vinegar down into a richer, oh-so-divine version of itself.  View more photos on the Food, I Love You! Facebook page.

WHEN: Sunday, March 11, 2012

WHERE: Mar Vista Farmers’ Market

WHY: To encourage people to make healthy food choices and enjoy the food that loves them back.  I also needed to get over my nerves and take care of business already!

PRINTER-FRIENDLY RECIPE: Strawberry & Asparagus Quinoa Salad

A special thanks to:

  • Helen, Diana and Karen from the market.  Your ability to organize the market and inspire those you meet is such a special gift.  I am truly looking forward to the months ahead!
  • MilkMan Cheese | That goat gouda was to-die-for.  Thank you, and I.O.U. a vat of quinoa salad that’s for sure!
  • J.R. Organics | Your organic strawberries are SUPER sweet right now! Yum!
  • Atkins Produce | You have the juiciest navel oranges!
  • Sun Coast Farms | I’ve never seen such beautiful asparagus! The tips were a gorgeous green/purple.  PERFECTION!
  • Mar Vista Mom for the shout out!