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Urbivore's Dilemma, Week 19: Fresh bok choy and Chinese take-out

Week 19's CSA bounty.Photo: Jennifer Prediger Somehow I've made it to week 21 of this new Community Supported Agriculture life, which I, a lapsed take-out addict, am keeping track of here in this Urbivore's Dilemma column. If old habits die hard, then old eating habits die harder, and include the power of rising from the dead. Two weeks ago, the bok choy I received revived some old habits. OK, it's wrong to blame the bok choy, but the bok choy don't mind and the bok choy don't care. I've got to blame it on someone ... (Apparently Milli Vanilli memories …

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Urbivore’s Dilemma, Week 18: Tomatillos, cilantro, hot peppers, oh my!

Week 18 of my CSA bounty.Photo: Jennifer Prediger It's week 18 of living the Community Supported Agriculture life, which this former takeout addict is tracking here in my Urbivore's Dilemma column. This week's "box," in quotes because the food at the Cobble Hill CSA is laid out on tables, you bring your own reusable bags for the pickup -- there has never once been a box in sight -- was full of surprise. Lettuce (so fresh!), summer squash, Swiss chard, and another week of string beans. But the intrigue in this week's share came from the CSA-suggested makings of salsa …

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Urbivore’s Dilemma, Week 17: The many uses of baking soda

It’s Week 17 of living the good life of Community Supported Agriculture, chronicled here in this Urbivore's Dilemma series. This soda has been good for a lot more than baking. Photo: Jennifer PredigerIn 12 weeks I will be CSA share-less. Thinking ahead, I was already feeling tempted to eat to-go pizza every night until the CSA starts up again in summer. But thankfully, a fellow CSA member told me there’s a frozen-foods CSA share you can buy into for the winter. Hoorah! Frozen, delicious local vegetables. Actually, will they be good? Ah, it's hard being so spoiled by fresh food. …

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Urbivore's Dilemma, Week 16: Food in a time of loss

This week’s bounty, most of which is stuffed in my suitcase. Photo: Jennifer Prediger It's week 16 of my attempted journey from takeout lame-o to real-food goddess via a Community Supported Agriculture box, which I am chronicling in this Urbivore's Dilemma series. I'm riding Amtrak Regional train 133 headed to Washington, D.C. as I write. My mom called me yesterday to let me know my almost 89-year-old grandfather was dying. She wants me to be there. I hate to admit I actually debated whether I should go for a few seconds. There were things to get done here, a work …

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Urbivore’s Dilemma, Week 15: Roasted squash, perfect pears spell summer into fall

Week 15’s bountyJennifer Prediger photos It’s week 15 in this Urbivore’s Dilemma series in which yours truly journeys from takeout food to Community Supported Agriculture maven. My how time flies when you’re eating well! This week’s fruit and vegetable share had acorn squash, lettuce, shelling beans, summer squash, sweet peppers, mini tomatoes, pears, and nectarines. I sampled fall with roasted acorn squash. I went wild and followed Paula Dean’s squash-roasting recipe, though I didn’t use maple syrup, brown sugar, or as much butter. So actually, I didn’t follow the recipe at all -- I used it to improvise from. I …

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Balancing commemoration and conservation on Sept. 11

The 9/11 light tribute with birds in dangerous spiral.Photos: Jennifer PredigerMuch was illuminated this past Saturday, September 11, as two beams of light glowed in New York to memorialize those lost nine years ago in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. The "Tribute in Light" soars up through the space over Manhattan where the Twin Towers once were. Every year, the lights symbolize and resonate. They also highlight something majestic happening in the skies. From across the East River on Governor's Island, the lights appear to be filled with glitter. Golden specks twinkle in the rays. Get closer, …

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Urbivore’s Dilemma, Weeks 13 &14: Being away from my CSA box

Week 14’s bounty from the farm. Photos: Jennifer Prediger Weeks 13 and 14 have come and nearly gone in this Urbivore’s Dilemma series, where I’m charting a city-dweller's transformation from eating out to eating in, Community Supported Agriculture style. We’re halfway through my CSA's season this week and I feel inspired to reflect. Week 13’s farm share.I had time to take pause and think about the profound greatness of eating fresh, local, seasonal food last week while I was away on a trip. Week 13’s CSA share had mini tomatoes, cucumber, summer squash, okra, watermelon, sweet peppers, blackberries, and raspberries …

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Urbivore’s Dilemma, Week 12: Salting vegetables and nonstick cookware

Week 12's bountyPhotos: Jennifer Prediger It's week 12 of eating real food from a Community Supported Agriculture box instead of takeout from a plastic coffin. I am documenting the transformation here in this Urbivore's Dilemma series. August marks a rich point in summer when everything seems ready to burst on the vine. I haven't been around many actual bursting vines, but the basil and mint growing in the kitchen window have gotten noticeably more robust in the last several weeks. And the CSA share has gone gangbusters. With summer squash, cucumbers, big tomatoes, celery, string beans, and cantaloupe, the heavy …

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Urbivore’s Dilemma, Week 11: Cast iron and pot luck

Week 11’s bountyPhoto: Jennifer Prediger It’s week 11 of my transformation from takeout junkie to appreciator of real food via a Community Supported Agriculture box. I am keeping track of this food-finishing-school-of-sorts in this Urbivore's Dilemma series. This week, a variety of delights -- summer squash, cucumbers (which I again threw into pickle juice), mini tomatoes, green beans, sweet peppers, an eggplant, and a cantaloupe -- all graced my kitchen, courtesy of my ever-bountiful CSA. Meanwhile, I’m making progress as a maker of fresh foods. I had five people over to dinner, a feat I've never attempted in my smallish …

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The (incredibly loud) sound of SunChips on the Today Show — featuring Grist!

SunChips' biodegradable bag hit snack shelves this past Earth Day and has been making a lot of noise ever since. Literally. The excessively loud crackle of the new packaging has inspired a rash of less-than-chipper-sounding YouTube videos and Facebook pages. People have compared the bag sound to sirens, and an Air Force pilot said it's louder than the cockpit of his airplane. Watch the Today Show -- and me! -- break down the issue of the biodegradable bag: The new chip bag is made from plant material instead of plastic polymers but clocks in at 95 decibels (about the same …