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Bean There, Done That?

Bean There, Done That? Christiana Langenberg The newscasters describe the summer heat waves we’re experiencing as “air you can wear,” including temperatures that will bake, roast or scorch large sections of the country.  Then there are the compelling pictures of eggs being fried on sidewalks, and videos of thermometers on the dashboards of cars showing the

Cheater Cheater Chilies Eater

Cheater Cheater Chilies Eater Christiana Langenberg The one bowl breakfast.  The one plate lunch.  The one pot dinner.  All about simplicity, yes, and convenience for the cook.  But here’s another way to look at it:  endless opportunities for creativity. When my kids were young they enjoyed “build-your-own [insert food type]” night. We’d do pizzas or nachos or rice/quinoa/pasta

Aspire to Asparagus

Aspire to Asparagus   Olivia Langenberg   What is the first sign of spring? Some may say snow melting, having the kids off of school for spring break, or the chocolates and peeps frenzy that Easter has come to signify. For me, it's when I see the first spears of asparagus pop up in the garden or grocery

Share the Salty, Sweet Love

Share the Salty, Sweet Love   Olivia Langenberg   I learned early on that baked goods will get you very far in life; and I don't just mean some serious credit at the school bake sale. As a child I watched my mom barter her baking skills with other people’s talents in the neighborhood. A few batches of

Dinner in a Jewelry Box

Winter brings out the desire for comfort food in most of us. We wake up for work or school in the dark and get home in the dark, spending our day time hours looking for or looking forward to large bowls of warm, preferably creamy and filling main dishes like mac n cheese, spaghetti,

Shares Well With Others

Christiana Langenberg So it’s crunch time! While the default meaning for that phrase is hook up to a nice bowl of Luke’s Organic potato or multigrain chips or crackers, this time I’m referring to that “OMG, I still need to give [insert friend or coworker’s name] a gift for the holidays!” feeling or, (depending on

Kitchen-light Savings Time

Olivia Langenberg When I grow up, I'll never treat my kids like this! Trenton announces, in response to being told that leftover Halloween candy is not an acceptable breakfast and I will not be serving it to him in bed. Although I remember making similar vows as a kid, I now realize how lucky I

Best Blond Burger?

Christiana Langenberg At Luke’s Organic, we like the fact that we keep our products gluten-free and simple. You don’t need a dictionary or ten long minutes to read through our ingredients. Yet many other gluten free foods are made with refined ingredients like white rice flour, corn, potato and tapioca starches, plus gobs of salt

Preserving Summer

Christiana Langenberg I was sitting on the couch, enjoying a glass of sun tea and waiting for my favorite slant of light to come streaming through the window in late afternoon.  What I got instead was a steadily darkening sky and dire warnings of torrential rainfall and an impending “wind event.”  Within minutes it was

Green, Greener, Greenest!

Olivia Langenberg Ahh the way summer offers us the opportunity to reinvent our days… and ways of thinking. Bedtimes are later, waterparks are open, camping (or just sleeping in the backyard in a homemade fort) becomes a possibility, and many of us change our eating habits. As a kid I used to spend weeks in