Sunday Food: Spring Is Mushrooming

By: Sunday April 13, 2014 4:00 pm

The gardening I’m just taking up is growing mushrooms, and I have the logs here to do it right. I noted that maple is particularly recommended, and have now some spores at work in the first, hole filled, log.

Cannot stop kicking a poor person and succumb to good policy

By: Thursday March 6, 2014 1:30 am

Good luck dodging that virus.

Food Sunday: Spring’s Coming, Do You Know Where Your Garden Is?

By: Sunday March 2, 2014 4:52 pm

As we are watching Winter Storm Titan, the Weather Channel’s latest creation, dump fluffy white stuff where our garden will be, it’s time to begin planting.

The growing season here in NW PA is a tad shorter than it is in N.TX. so we adjust. Some plants won’t produce anything if they’re not started yet, yes, I’m looking at you, tomatoes.

A Conversation With Scott Crow, Part 2: Mutual Aid

By: Sunday February 16, 2014 9:21 am

One reason I wanted to chat with Scott Crow was his experience with Common Ground Collective in New Orleans. In recent years, we’ve seen similar collectives spring out of the activist networks formed by Occupy Wall Street — projects like Occupy Sandy. Late last year, alongside key Common Ground Collective organizer Lisa Fithian and many others, I organized Austin Common Ground Relief to respond to a record-breaking flood on Halloween. As the group’s dispatcher, I relied on the networks and skills formed during Occupy Austin.

After SNAP Cuts, More New York City Residents Appearing at Emergency Food Programs

By: Saturday January 25, 2014 4:00 pm

There was an increase of people at emergency food programs in New York City due to the Nov. 1 Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program cuts, according to a latest research brief from the Food Bank of New York City.

As the brief mentions, this took place as the number of soup kitchens and food pantries in New York City fell by 25 percent under former Mayor Michael Bloomberg during 2007 to 2012. Meanwhile, Congress decided to let five billion dollars in SNAP benefits expire, which were extended under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, expire on Nov. 1, leaving the 47 million Americans relying on SNAP $121 (for a household of one) to $396 (for a household of four) short.

Food Sunday: Dublin, Ireland

By: Sunday January 5, 2014 7:00 am

I’ve been coming to Ireland for decades and have watched food here shift and change, growing progressively healthier, locally sourced and delicious. This trip I made it a point to eat in two of Dublin’s most interesting and acclaimed restaurants, something I saved up for. (And there were others that beckoned me with their siren scents of grills, curries, and chips). I also had fish and chips at Leo Burdocks, now entering its second century. And to counteract the rich food featured in these photos, I made sure to have a daily detox smoothie from the local health food shop.

Sunday Food: Pralines

By: Sunday December 8, 2013 1:05 pm

One treat that I could expect at the Christmas season was home made candy from family, and my favorite was the pralines.  If you’ve never had them, you should try, at least once. They’re so much trouble, you’ll work off the extra pounds just doing this.

‘From Bean to Cup,’ Starbucks Labor Action Heats Up

By: Friday December 6, 2013 6:58 pm

The Starbucks cup, with its iconic green mermaid logo and smart cardboard sleeve, seems to embody the essence of the urbane yuppie lifestyle. But the carefully constructed cool of the coffee mega-brand belies some serious anger percolating beneath the surface of Starbucks’ supply chain.

That cup means something different to Ray Allen, a machine operator at a paper goods plant run by Pactiv, a major Starbucks supplier.

Pull Up a Chair: Food Glorious Food

By: Saturday November 23, 2013 4:00 am

Share your traditions, your favorites and your memories.

Foodstamp Cuts Impact Families and Children in Every PA County

By: Friday November 8, 2013 7:00 pm

A major funding cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) took effect November 1, impacting 1.8 million Pennsylvanians.

SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, is our nation’s first line of defense against hunger and a powerful tool to help keep families out of poverty. Benefits are modest, offering many Pennsylvania families a crucial bridge in this slow economic recovery.

The November 1 cut is the result of an expiring provision in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) that temporarily boosted SNAP to strengthen the economy and ease hardship in the wake of the recession. The cut totals $5 billion nationwide for the remaining months of the federal fiscal year (November 2013-September 2014), including $183 million in Pennsylvania.

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