Eco-Activism

Plastics and Our Health

John Bagnulo and I offered a Fall Cleanse retreat last week. Our focus was on Plastics, Gut Health and a Low Carb Diet. Gut health and the interrelationships between environmental or psychological stress was the common thread throughout the week. Plastics have a huge effect on human health, and cause long-term pollution in our...

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Support your Local Egg Farmer

Support your Local Egg Farmer

Here on Martha’s Vineyard, Kitchen Porch Catering is cooking up a bunch of egg recipes! We have a bunch of farmers who have tons of eggs this time of year. We are testing recipes with eggs and eating eggs for breakfast and lunch and omelettes for dinner!   Check out your local egg farmer...

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Women’s March in D.C. January 2017

Women’s March in D.C. January 2017

I marched in the Washington D.C. Women’s March and although there were thousands of us gathered at the march, it felt communal and strong and peaceful and there was a strong conviction that it is time for all of us to start paying attention. The day before, I had the opportunity to work with...

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The Sustainability Claim

Notes for Talk on Sustainable Claim: Written for talk on Women, Chefs, and Restauranteurs in Los Angeles 4/18 I’m a caterer on Marth’a Vineyard and supporting my local farmer’s is what gets me excited! We have been creating menus with fresh produce from our Vineyard fields, and seafood from our our shores for 26...

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Easter Lamb

For years, I claimed that most lamb was 100% grass-fed, since lambs grow fairly quickly (8-10 months) and can thrive on minimal land.  So imagine my surprise when I discovered that over half of American lamb is actually confined and “finished” on fed grain (GMO CORN!) To make this more complicated this past January,...

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Demystifying the labels continues…

Demystifying the labels continues…

Today I saw an egg carton that had the term “Free Run” written across it. There’s a new term I am not familiar with… most likely another confusing marketing ploy to make consumers think they are buying something better than free range? It’s bad enough that the term “free range” doesn’t really mean either...

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Eggs – The Best Way

Eggs – The Best Way

In a 2007 egg-testing project, Mother Earth News compared the official U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrient data for commercial eggs with eggs from hens raised on pasture and found that eggs on pasture have 2/3 more Vitamin A, 1/3 less cholesterol, ¼ less saturated fat, 2 times the omega 3 fatty acids (LONG...

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Mayonnaise: Spreading Truth

Mayonnaise:  Spreading Truth

Last week, we were butchering the pigs and the BEST part of butchering the pig is taking whatever piece of meat you want, cooking it up right there and eating it! There is nothing like fresh meat taken right off of a primal cut. So, last week it was lunch time – there were...

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Green Weddings

Green Weddings

Martha’s Vineyard Catering on the Vineyard. Creating Weddings with a  Low Impact on the Environment Something borrowed… Something simple… Something beautiful… Something GREEN! It is an interesting time to be planning a wedding. Weddings are a big investment in time, money and resources. I say spend loads of time thinking about what you really...

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Chicken Island – Coop de Ville: Part Two

Chicken Island – Coop de Ville:  Part Two

Read Part One A Few Terms to Understand About Chicken-Raising Here is an outline of farmers who raise chickens and sell eggs.  There are many growers and I do certainly know many of them, these are the larger egg producers that I am familiar with. The farmers I know who are feeding their chickens...

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Chicken Island – Coop de Ville: Part One

Chicken Island – Coop de Ville:  Part One

I am one of the leaders of Slow Food Martha’s Vineyard and on August 4th, Slow Food MV will host The Coop de Ville Tour. This is the celebration of the local egg and chicken-raising on Martha’s Vineyard. We at Slow Food MV believe that what we do best is to bring educational experiences...

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Monsanto: What are we eating?

Monsanto:  What are we eating?

Why are there so many campaigns against Monsanto? The Organic Consumers Association’s “Millions Against Monsanto” campaign “Occupy Monsanto” The most recent “March Against Monsanto” Monsanto’s first product was the artificial sweetener, saccharin, later found to cause cancer in lab rats, yet is still sold today as Sweet’N Low (Kitchen Porch Catering refuses to serve...

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