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GOT DINNER? 13 May 2010

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Here's my latest post on Be Well Philly:   


This week I’d love to talk about the pleasure of preparing your own food and… eating in!  I love to cook and I’m passionate about Slow Food, sustainable living and eating.  I always prefer natural, whole-foods and ingredients.  I’m also just as passionate about visiting the latest celebrated restaurant, but I try and prepare all my meals at home Monday through Thursday. 

Believe me, I am no chef, but preparing my meals at home allows me to spend time with loved ones, get familiar with my stove and truly nourish my body and mind.  I find that cooking builds confidence, gives you a sense of accomplishment, strengthens your relationship with food and your significant other, builds community, celebrates culture and diversity and allows you to create traditions within your home.

Most of us are so busy juggling work, family and our social lives that the thought of preparing every meal at home can be daunting.  You CAN do it!  Here are some suggestions:  Join your local CSA.  Celebrate dinner with friends and do potluck once a week.  Have roommates?  Build a natural food pantry and have each person make dinner one night a week.  Don’t shop alone-trips to the farmers market or field trips to the farm with friends are twice the fun.  

Looking for healthy, organic recipes?  Check out Heidi Swanson’s blog, 101 Cookbooks www.101cookbooks.com. Want to learn more about Slow Food and Slow Food philosophy?  Check out www.slowfoodusa.org.  Looking for inspiration?  Check out the simply fascinating book, The Art of Eating In at www.theartofeatingin.com.

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I just read The Art of Eating In. Very inspiring! I made the Minty Morrocan Couscous for a 4th of July BBQ and it was a big hit. Thanks for the tip!

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