Read about our cooking group’s November event: Our annual business meeting and dinner at William’s home! Click through to our Kiss the Cooks blog!

Read about our cooking group’s October event: Ropa vieja and other Cuban delights, courtesy of Fernando! Click through to our Kiss the Cooks blog!

These were amazing! William shared all his secrets, and reiterated his offer to coach us through it in person. Click through for the recipe…You’re welcome!

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Nearly stepping on a dead rat should have been my first clue. Nevertheless, I blithely soldiered on to the office and another day at work. Wonder what messaging method the universe will use tomorrow?

Read about our cooking group’s September event: Capturing summer in a jar via canning with Frank and Anne. Click through to our Kiss the Cooks blog!

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Besides being as cute as a button, I found the content of this little girl’s video to be important. Elise decides to do an experiment to see how long it takes a sweet potato placed in a glass of water to grow vines.

Time needed to grow vines for conventionally-grown sweet potatoes, sprayed with “Bud-Nip:” Forever. No vines will grow.

Time needed to grow vines for organic sweet potatoes from the supermarket: After a full month, the potatoes yielded a few “wimpy little vines.”

Time needed to grow about a bajillion hearty vines from organic sweet potatoes from a local certified-organic market: Less than a week, and the vines that have grown are close to taking over the kitchen!

Young Elise goes on to explain that Bud-Nip is the commercial name for common herbicide Chlorpropham, and that it works systemically within the plant, so washing produce treated with Bud-Nip has very little effect on reducing the amount of this chemical that one would presumably consume. Bud-Nip is commonly used on conventionally-grown blueberries, carrots, onions, spinach, tomatoes, beets, and cranberries.

I think young Elise says it the best: “Which potato would YOU rather eat?”

Read about our cooking group’s August event: Easy, breezy summer pasta dinner with Meg and Shawn. Click through to our Kiss the Cooks blog!

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