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Dads Can Cook

By Lari Robling - April 28th, 2012

No, it’s not a reality TV show! At a South Philly Early Headstart program, fathers come together to learn nutritious ways in the kitchen — for themselves and their children.


It Takes a Chef

By Lari Robling - April 21st, 2012

Life in the kitchen means long hours, stress and plenty of opportunity for over-eating. We talk to local chefs Walter Staib, Brad Spence and Moncia Glass about their efforts to stay healthy amidst the temptation. And Allison Adato weighs in on what she learned while writing “Smart Chef’s Stay Slim”


Tunnel of Veg

By Lari Robling - April 14th, 2012

Sure, eating locally is easy in places like California where there is practically a year-round growing season. And while it will never be California in the Delaware Valley, Penn State University says a simple structure known as a High Tunnel can add months of productivity to rural and urban farms. Discover how this technique is being used to provide not only food to our neighborhoods, but also nutrition and education programs.


Of Bitter Herbs and Vegetables

By Lari Robling - April 7th, 2012

Jews around the world are celebrating the spring time ritual of Passover and the story of Exodus, when the Jews were freed from slavery in ancient Egypt. Joan Nathan, who has written ten cookbooks including the much-acclaimed Jewish Cooking in America and most recently, Quiches, Kugels and Couscous, says you can keep the traditions and still lighten up the meal. She looks to Tunisia for vegetable salads and North Africa for Eggs Baked in Sand.


We’ll Always Have Paris… and Vegetables!

By Lari Robling - March 31st, 2012

French home cooks have a way with vegetables. Discover their secrets with Dorie Greenspan, author of “Around My French Table.”


The Pressure’s On

By Lari Robling - March 30th, 2012

If your memories of a pressure cooker are grandma’s noisy, sputtering explosive cooker, there’s good news. Today’s pressure cookers are fool proof, cut cook time by about a third and make dried beans an easy as well as nutritious addition to your dishes.


A Matter of Taste

By Lari Robling - March 24th, 2012

We all eat — but what makes some foods taste better than others? Can we use that to help us make better food choices? As Top Chef winner and chef/owner of Sbraga Restaurant, Kevin Sbraga has a highly developed sense of taste. He explains how he approaches this sensory experience while Barb Stuckey, author of “Taste What You Are Missing,” says with a little knowledge about the science of taste everyone can get more enjoyment out of food and make every bite count.


Around the World with Eighty Spices

By Lari Robling - March 23rd, 2012

Lori Tharps says ethnic foods are often healthier and more frugal than our traditional meat and potatoes fare.


Make Mine Monday

By Therese Madden - March 17th, 2012

When this dinner bell rings, neighbors in one West Philadelphia community answer its call. The goal is to build a stronger community and ultimately, with all that healthy cooking, stronger individuals.



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Vital Signs Ep. 1 – Part 4

September 19th, 2011

Noelle Dames looks to extending the Greensgrow LIFE program. While, Joseph Mitsouras and his family preserve their share.



Vital Signs Ep. 1 – Part 3

September 12th, 2011

Joseph Mitsouras shares how his family includes children in meal planning.




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Move Over, Kale Chips! Kale Buds Are Here

By Lari Robling - April 18th, 2012

High Tunnel farming caught my eye because its extended growing season adds to the amount of local produce we get. While farm manager Aviva Asher was tidying up the winter crop to make way for spring, I discovered another benefit of local growing: use what you’ve got.

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