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Real Food: Honey and Urban Beekeeping

Honey is an all-natural, near-perfect sweetener. We use it often in our house in cooking and baking, as well as a topper for toast, waffles, or pancakes. But when one of our kids recently asked us where exactly honey comes from, we were taken off-guard. Our slightly embarrassing response went something like: “So the bee […]

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Real Food: Olive Oil

Update, 7/21: And the olive oil winner is… Lucky comment #13, Sarah P. Congrats, Sarah, and thanks to everyone for your comments! We are olive oil addicts in the Jolly Tomato household. Our olive oil consumption begins in the morning, when we drizzle some in the omelet pan before cooking eggs. Then it’s added to […]

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Real Food: Peach Picking and Packing

How do you like your peaches? In a pie? In ice cream? Or just fresh and whole, with juices dribbling down your chin? In the summertime we go through so many peaches in our house that it’s hard to choose a favorite way to eat them. And given that 70 percent of the fresh peaches […]

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Real Food: Blueberries

Did you open up a plastic clamshell of blueberries to serve at your most recent picnic? If you’re like most families, you probably polished off two or three containers’ worth before the kids had their fill. So how do those blueberries actually make it from the plant to the package? We took a Real Food […]

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Real Food: Bellanave Dairy

“How do you get milk from a cow?” goes one of the running jokes in our house. “You just right-click on it.” Of course our kids don’t really think this, but they might as well, considering how close they get to anything farm-like during the day. As far as they’re concerned, milk comes in gallon […]

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Real Food: Pike Place Market

I’m on a little interlude from blogging this week while hanging out in Seattle for BlogHer Food. I’ve met all kinds of incredible bloggers and food purveyors at the conference, and I can’t wait to share more about what I’ve learned. But in the meantime, while I get all of my things together to go […]

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