On Raw Milk, and current regulations in Vermont

Vermont’s legislature is currently debating the regulations around the availability of raw milk, and earlier this spring I spoke to the House Committee on Agriculture and Forest Products as a raw milk consumer.  (This post is an adapted version of what I said there.) You can find all the House Ag Committee documents related to…

Dandelions Take a Stand for Contraception?

This image, I have to admit, almost leaves me speechless.  My first thought was to note the amazing feats of illogic.  How, for example, does the use of contraception lead to single-parent homes?  Contraception – by definition – prevents you from becoming a parent in the first place.  And why is contraception the root of…

Book Review: The Wild Medicine Solution, by Guido Masé

I’m giving a great big virtual cheer that The Wild Medicine Solution: Healing with Aromatic, Bitter, and Tonic Plants has been published and is on my shelf. I’ve been anticipating this since I first heard last May that Guido Masé – clinical herbalist, cofounder of the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, part of the team…

Stonecutters Kitchen, Doolin, Co. Clare

If you’re on your way to Doolin or the Cliffs of Moher, be sure to stop by Stonecutters Kitchen.  It’s right on the main road between Doolin and the Cliffs, and has some of the freshest and tastiest food I’ve eaten in Ireland.  One of my favorite ways to pass a day on holiday in…

Vermiso Soup

Miso soup is my go-to food whenever I’m feeling a little bit overindulged, motion sick, or just plain queasy.  It helps that it’s yummy and nourishing, and I love to eat it anyway!  Most miso soup contains seaweed, and we don’t have local seaweed in Vermont (what with being landlocked).  But we do have lots…

Zoom Zoom Zoom (Balls)

I’ve had a couple of requests for this recipe, so here you are:  Zoom balls are nut-butter-based snacks that are as indulgent as cookie dough and better for you (by my standards, anyway) than an energy bar.  These were created by Rosemary Gladstar, and you can find one of her variations here, on Herb Companion. …