Setting Up Your Container Garden – Tips for Apartment Dwellers and Small Spaces

Many moons ago, I tried to convince a boyfriend to let me grow food in his yard, tearing out existing landscape. (He declined and now has a vegetable bed in the worst place, which I secretly love.) I have a habit of sizing up random yards searching for the perfect place to grow food because sadly, I don’t have a yard or garden of my own. I’m relegated to planting any food I want in pots. It’s honestly not my preference, but still, I like to think that I’ve perfected the art of growing in my microclimate. I know I share circumstances with many of you: without some pots on a patio, balcony, or windowsill, we would be plant-less. No fun. So, here, I am covering container basics for the urbanite looking to supply their kitchen with some garden goodness.

Filling pots

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5 for Friday – Sheri Wetherell, Co-Founder & CEO Foodista.com

I have the great providence of being surrounded by inspiring people. 5 for Friday questions will be asked of artists, farmers, curators, creators, innovators, entrepreneurs etc – all of the people that I find interesting. Everyone gets the same five questions.

Sheri WetherellOh, where to start with this one?? I met Sheri Wetherell in the late 90’s – she was on the team I joined after being hired by Amazon.com. We only worked together a year or so before getting canned, but as working in group office and traveling for work will do, we became fast friends. Plus, we’re both Geminis (our birthdays only 3 days apart) so how could I not love her? Sheri was with me in the days after my house burned down and rather then try and put band aids on things and make them sunny, she embraced the gravity of the experience and just let me cry when I burst into sudden tears remembering things I’d lost. I’d be talking and laughing one minute, and then frozen in a fit of panic the next. I’d bawl, wipe my face and she’d just keep talking – like a little anchor of normalcy that I so needed then. We’re the kind of friends who’ve been through fires, divorce, new loves, big moves, the sadness of death and the joy of new children (hers, not mine!) together – a real gem of a friendship. Continue reading

Perfect Oatmeal Cookies

Cookie StackWelcome to Cookie of the Month, the absolute antithesis of my posts (and lifestyle) on Clean Eating! It was my boyfriends idea to write a Cookie Of The Month column, no doubt because it allows him to sample the cookie test results, but I think it’s a great idea! Last fall, I posted a pic of my friend Marcus’ Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies – he used a recipe from Cooks Illustrated – and it turns out it was one of the most popular posts on my site. So while everyone is juicing and eating clean, there are those of use who still indulge in the occasional sweet. And now it’s February, so I know many of you have completed your detox. Continue reading

3 Easy Steps To Being a Better Cook

_MG_5594One of my most grateful experiences in life is that I’m surrounded by home cooks, single people who don’t cook and non-foodies who aren’t hip on the latest food trends. While I’m in the food business and think about food all day, it’s refreshing to be surrounded by people who can honestly give less of a shit about a sauce reduction or what grape we’re drinking.

That said, it is also great r&d, as I get to see how every day people cook and eat at home. Here, I’ve compiled small, but effective cooking suggestions to institute immediately in your kitchen. They may seem innocuous, but they’re game changers, I promise. Hit me with q’s in the comments, if so inclined. oxo amyp Continue reading