Month: February 2021

Alt-Eats: Beyond Meat Italian Meatballs

Up until we discovered Beyond Meat’s Hot Italian Sausages, I found most alt-meats crappy. The burgers tasted off; I’d much prefer a homemade bean burger (still do) to the patties of ground-beef-looking stuff shaped into thin discs. Faux-chicken patties were bland and really just vehicles for deep-fried things. Tofu dogs were gross.  I remember feeling …

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Plant-Based Meat (Finally) Eats Into Animal Flesh Market By Nailing Flavor, Texture

Just five years ago the meat problem seemed intractable. People love eating meat, me included until I rejected it last year. We experience not only sustenance but immense pleasure pulling strips of charred pork from ribs with our teeth, biting into a mustard-slathered bratwurst and savoring the crunch of deep-fried chicken wings. But commercial meat …

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Nation’s Most Ambitious Farm-To-Table Operation A Community Treasure

It’s hot, nearly 100 degrees, and here stands the chef in his straw hat and sandals, nearly entangled in the riot of green that at some point will cease being the stuff growing around the front door of his house and become part of someone’s meal. The chef, Eric Skokan, had been up since 8 …

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Zero-Waste Movement Expands As Consumers Ditch Packaging

Grocery stores introduce much more than oatmeal, chicken, beans, chocolate donuts and soda to our homes. They also fill our trash cans with packaging: styrofoam trays that held meat, plastic-lined cartons of almond milk, bottles and jars, cereal-containing pouches within boxes, bags of chips.  Most of it never gets recycled. Instead, trucks ship it to …

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Hempitecture Goal: Bring Hemp Building to Everybody

A frisson of exhilaration routinely charged my market visits when CBD tinctures, lozenges and salves first began appearing on shelves, somewhere around 2016. These weren’t sad displays of weedy products in dreary dispensaries, which quickly grew familiar in Colorado after the state legalized recreational cannabis sales in 2014. Instead, the CBD-bearing shelves rose in shiny …

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