Let’s Bake Organic Bread and Change the World Together

Join Chef Heather, from Farm & Flame catering/food truck and me, Florencia Ramirez, at the Farm and Flame commercial kitchen to bake and break bread together this Thursday, January 18 from 6:00-8:00 in Westlake Village, CA. Upcoming class on Wednesday, January 31 in Downtown Oxnard's Fresh & Fabulous. On Wednesday, Heather and I met at … Continue reading Let’s Bake Organic Bread and Change the World Together

Spend three times the money on pasture-raised eggs or eat three times the eggs

I hosted an impromptu brunch for 11. Bell pepper, onion, kale, cheese, and butter leftover from last week's farmers’ market were perfect ingredients for a tasty omelet. Apples and bananas leftover from the week's grocery trip earlier in the week, and oranges from our backyard tree became the fruit salad.  The guests, already in my … Continue reading Spend three times the money on pasture-raised eggs or eat three times the eggs

Have You Been to a Fermentation Festival?

  "I don't want to go to a fermentation festival," complained Joaquin, my ten-year son. "I don't like kimchi or sauerkraut," he groaned. I reminded him of other fermented foods, which don't involve cabbage he likes, like salsa, pickles, kombucha and chocolate. He wasn't convinced, but he and my youngest daughter, Estrella had no choice … Continue reading Have You Been to a Fermentation Festival?

Eat Less Water Coming to Bookstores Near You Fall 2017

I hit the send button for my completed manuscript for Eat Less Water (with a little help from my three children)! It took seven years, 16,000 miles of travel and a whole lot of faith to finish. But as Nelson Mandela said, "It always seems impossible until it's done." My book research extended from California … Continue reading Eat Less Water Coming to Bookstores Near You Fall 2017

Sing, Dance the Conga Line, and Eat Right with Grammy Nominated Jose-Luis Orozco

  Get ready to dance! Jose-Luis Orozco, a beloved singer and musician for children, is joined by LA's top Grammy-Award winning musicians, on his latest album Come Bien! Eat Right! released on the Smithsonian Folkways label. The album is a mixture of Latino rhythms, from samba, salsa, traditional corridos, performed by members of LA Grammy-winning bands, Quetzal … Continue reading Sing, Dance the Conga Line, and Eat Right with Grammy Nominated Jose-Luis Orozco

Why give fair-trade chocolate to your valentine: A recipe for chocolate cake

"Is this slave chocolate?" my son Joaquin asked after he swallowed a big piece. Seventy percent of the world's cocoa beans are grown in West Africa, much of it produced using enslaved child labor. An estimated 1.8 million children are involved in cocoa production in West Africa according to a Tulane University report . This disturbing child slave/chocolate … Continue reading Why give fair-trade chocolate to your valentine: A recipe for chocolate cake

The Water and Organic Food Daily-Subscribe

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