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Oatmeal: Scratch vs. Shortcut:

| March 13, 2012 | 10 Comments
Oatmeal: Scratch vs. Shortcut:




Oh, oatmeal. There you sit on the shelf in your wholesome brown packaging, looking all grainy and natural. You wear the “healthy” badge like a prize and make even the most time-pressed citizens feel virtuous when they rip open your packaging and pour steaming water over you. Who can resist the siren call of your […]

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Rooting DC and Just Food Conferences: Food Fighters

| March 2, 2012 | 4 Comments
Rooting DC and Just Food Conferences: Food Fighters




The Food Fighters series is made up of M@M’s journeys across the U.S. and in her home city of Washington, D.C., journeys through which she is visiting as many organizations that work on issues related to food equity and justice as she possibly can. She is seeking to examine places that focus on food production, distribution, and […]

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Sassy Sweet Potatoes: Melissa@Market

| February 21, 2012 | 11 Comments
Sassy Sweet Potatoes: Melissa@Market




Oh, lord, this is a rough time of year. Yes, yes, I know I spent my last M@M post complaining about winter, but this precipice where the weather is just barely clinging to cold and appears thisclose to tipping over into spring leaves me clawing towards the light. It seems I can’t wish sunny days […]

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Red Velvet Cupcakes: Scratch vs. Shortcut

| February 14, 2012 | 16 Comments
Red Velvet Cupcakes: Scratch vs. Shortcut




Until I went to culinary school, I’m nearly positive I didn’t realize “from scratch” cakes were not only in the repertoire of the general public but also that most people had consumed one in their lifetime. Having been raised on box cake mixes and making mostly only intricate and complicated cakes in my limited exposure […]

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City Farm Chicago: Food Fighters

| February 3, 2012 | 4 Comments
City Farm Chicago: Food Fighters




The Food Fighters series is made up of M@M’s journeys across the U.S. and in her home city of Washington, D.C., journeys through which she is visiting as many organizations that work on issues related to food equity and justice as she possibly can.  She is seeking to examine places that focus on food production, distribution, and […]

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Scratch vs. Shortcut: Just Like Mom Used to Make

| January 24, 2012 | 4 Comments
Scratch vs. Shortcut: Just Like Mom Used to Make




Did you grow up in a home where the scent of yeast or melting butter hung in the air? Maybe some fresh tomatoes mixed with herbs and garlic gurgled happily on the stove? Opening the refrigerator meant a feast of tempting and multi-colored stews, soups or casseroles to greet the eye? No? Well, me either. […]

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Winter Stars: Melissa@Market

| December 13, 2011 | 4 Comments
Winter Stars: Melissa@Market




Melissa @ Market is feeling a little blue. It happens every year around this time when the farmer’s market starts to wind down for the season, the sun begins to set before I even feel I’ve finished lunch, and you can’t step outside without a scarf and mittens anywhere north of the Mason-Dixon line. When […]

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FreshFarm Markets: Food Fighters

| November 22, 2011 | 2 Comments
FreshFarm Markets: Food Fighters




The Food Fighters series is made up of M@M’s journeys across the U.S., and her home city of Washington, D.C.,  where she is visiting as many organizations that work on issues related to food equity and justice as she possibly can.  She is seeking to examine places that focus on production of food, distribution of product and […]

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The Thanksgiving Blues: Melissa@Market

| November 15, 2011 | 6 Comments
The Thanksgiving Blues: Melissa@Market




The secrets I harbor aren’t typically of the “you’ll never run for office” variety. They wouldn’t lead to jail time (well, at least not longer than a temporary holding cell). They probably wouldn’t cost me too many friends. You might be shocked by one of my first employers or surprised by some work place practices […]

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Philabundance- Stalking Down Hunger: Food Fighters

| November 1, 2011 | 1 Comment
Philabundance- Stalking Down Hunger: Food Fighters




The Food Fighters series is made up of M@M’s journeys across the U.S., and her home city of Washington, D.C.,  where she is visiting as many organizations that work on issues related to food equity and justice as she possibly can.  She is seeking to examine places that focus on production of food, distribution of product and […]

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