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Chemical Breakdown

A friend handed me red wine in a Styrofoam cup at the Santa Cruz camp talent show this Labor Day. We laughed - it brought back memories of how much I hate...

Original post made by Laura Stec on Sep. 5, 2016
Last comment by Susan Cann, on Sep 9, 2016 at 9:23 am | 19 comments | 31571 Views


Time to Say Goodbye

You Dirty Little Thing. We’ve been together for so long. I remember when we first...

Original post made by Laura Stec on Sep. 7, 2017
Last comment by 19th Century Man, on Sep 14, 2017 at 4:31 pm | 19 comments | 18676 Views


I Just Ate Beets for the First Time

"I just ate beets for the first time two days ago." This statement was recently emailed to me by a 30-something Food Partier! It stopped me in my tracks. How...

Original post made by Laura Stec on Apr. 2, 2014
Last comment by Laura Stec, on Apr 8, 2014 at 11:18 pm | 19 comments | 66088 Views


Creamy Strawberries with the Blues

Last week’s conversation about Guns and Butter left me feeling sad, does that sound silly...

Original post made by Laura Stec on Jul. 2, 2016
Last comment by What2ndAmendment?, on Jul 14, 2016 at 2:21 pm | 19 comments | 21995 Views


Wash Your Hands!

What a difference a week makes eh? But before you keep reading, please go wash your hands. All of a sudden things are stopping. I was on my way to the ==I Natural...

Original post made by Laura Stec on Mar. 4, 2020
Last comment by Mountain Out Of Molehill, on Mar 11, 2020 at 4:10 pm | 18 comments | 14908 Views


reThink Farming ? Planet Enemy #1

"If farming were invented today, it wouldn't be allowed. Food production has had more impact on the planet than any other human activity." So began

Original post made by Laura Stec on Nov. 14, 2014
Last comment by CrescentParkAnon., on Nov 21, 2014 at 11:39 am |
18 comments | 31797 Views


Holiest Meal and I Can't Eat?

I am back in Michigan this week, visiting family and working an encore performance of my mom's famous garage sales. She has quite the yard sale CV, including 20...

Original post made by Laura Stec on May. 20, 2014
Last comment by Laura Stec, on May 25, 2014 at 12:04 pm | 18 comments | 28429 Views


Become a Master Gardener - Deadline Sept 21

Become a UC Master Gardener - Application Deadline is September 21! The UCCE San Mateo and San Francisco Master Gardener Program is now...

Original post made by Laura Stec on Sep. 15, 2017
Last comment by This is crazy!, on Sep 30, 2017 at 10:11 am | 18 comments | 17020 Views


Oh Darn, We Might Run out of Meat - Try #2

You might be begging for your bacon soon; industry experts are starting to worry about US supplies of pork, chicken and beef, due to COVID-19. As of April 16th,...

Original post made by Laura Stec on Apr. 18, 2020
Last comment by Recall Recall Recall, on Apr 28, 2020 at 7:00 am | 18 comments | 17353 Views


Microbiotic Bowl / Stanford Cook in Pictures

Researchers at Stanford are starting to think that not only what we eat, but the order in which we eat it, might effect our microbiome, the bacteria that live...

Original post made by Laura Stec on Aug. 25, 2018
Last comment by Duong, on Aug 30, 2018 at 3:05 pm | 18 comments | 15970 Views


Farm Bill. Not Sexy. Really Matters.

Approximately every five years the United States renews its commitment to our food system, farmers, school children and to all Americans. The Farm Bill, a massive...

Original post made by Laura Stec on Feb. 13, 2023
Last comment by Raoul Marquez, on Feb 19, 2023 at 11:33 am | 18 comments | 6506 Views


A Woman's Place is in the Kitchen, and in Lingerie

It's a step forward for all of us to see and accept Caitlin Jenner. Over 10 years ago, a friend's son-in-law made the switch from man to woman and I have to say...

Original post made by Laura Stec on Jun. 4, 2015
Last comment by Robert, on Jun 10, 2015 at 11:58 am | 17 comments | 27462 Views


Farm Bill Passes Congress

The Farm Bill, the biggest piece of environmental and public health legislation this year,...

Original post made by Laura Stec on Dec. 16, 2018
Last comment by We Built An Outhouse For Carnivores, on Dec 24, 2018 at 12:56 pm | 17 comments | 16386 Views


Food Safety and Coronavirus: A Comprehensive Guide

This is the best information I have read about how the virus interacts with food. Thanks to author and Wursthall San Mateo chef J....

Original post made by Laura Stec on Mar. 21, 2020
Last comment by Ed, on Jun 13, 2020 at 10:16 am | 17 comments | 91737 Views


Opus One

It’s cold around here. While our friends and family back east suffer record heat and drought, I turned on the heat tonight. I get all unseasonally-snuggly...

Original post made by Laura Stec on Aug. 29, 2016
Last comment by Lauralies, on Mar 17, 2017 at 8:23 am | 17 comments | 27475 Views


Peace Through Hummus

What are you thankful for? That’s the question many of us will discuss this week around the Thanksgiving table. I was thinking about it last week. The first...

Original post made by Laura Stec on Nov. 21, 2015
Last comment by Laura Stec, on Nov 27, 2015 at 8:18 am | 17 comments | 25194 Views


To Rome with Love

I returned to Rome to find out if there was something more to this relationship, or if it was all just a passing fancy. "What relationship?" friends...

Original post made by Laura Stec on May. 14, 2016
Last comment by Ravi singh, on Aug 3, 2016 at 5:06 am | 17 comments | 31179 Views


Journey Through Covid (with bone broth)

It was the first weekend back to some semblance of normal. “Everybody can take off their mask,” and yes indeedie – that’s exactly what...

Original post made by Laura Stec on Mar. 10, 2022
Last comment by John Jeffers, on Mar 14, 2022 at 4:25 pm | 16 comments | 17318 Views


Best Coney Island in America

Happy New Year and hi from Detroit. I’m visiting friends and family, while getting in some of the classic hotspots. Happy to report what used to look like...

Original post made by Laura Stec on Dec. 31, 2018
Last comment by John Z, on Mar 14, 2019 at 7:55 pm | 16 comments | 19242 Views


Traveling Solo – Bombay Beach – Slab City

No more waiting around to live. Our solo road trip continues. You might recall we were visiting the falling-apart yet artsy Bombay Beach, a possible up-and-coming...

Original post made by Laura Stec on Apr. 30, 2022
Last comment by Alan, on May 5, 2022 at 11:13 am | 16 comments | 14989 Views
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