A Hot Bath: My Guilty Pleasure

I have a confession to make…I’m crazy about taking a hot bath. Even though it makes me feel guilty, I’ll frequently indulge myself with a soak. Why the guilt? Well, as a mom of three and an entrepreneur, other tasks are always calling me. Laundry to do, supper to start, a dog to walk—not to […]

The Fat Truth

Finally, the truth about fat. You can have your bacon and eat it, too: “The Questionable Link Between Saturated Fat and Heart Disease.” Good thing we’ve been listening to Dr. Royal Lee. Listen for yourself: Eat Animal Fats, Lose Weight: 1964 Photo from iStock/Demid

Chef’s Tips for Making Butter from Raw Cream

Ask Chef Phyllis: Will the butter I make from raw cream spoil? It has an unfamiliar odor that I’m not sure I like. Is it bad or unsafe to use? —Joanna Lynch, Colorado Springs, CO No, the butter is good and usable. Many homemade butter makers let the cream sour before turning it into butter. […]

Do You Know This Health Care Disruptor?

Using today’s terminology, Dr. Royal Lee was the healthcare leader of Disruptive Innovation – an innovation that eventually disrupts an existing market and value network (over a few years or decades), displacing an earlier technology, thinking, and lifestyle. The AMA was a phone booth. Royal Lee was a smart phone. Through his Lee Foundation (1940) […]

Has Your Spring Garden Had Its Inoculations Yet?

Have you visited any commercial ag farms recently? In nearby Weld County, here in Colorado, the fields are tilled and ready for their spring inoculation of such poisons as 2-4D and Roundup. The sterilized soils are so dead they can no longer produce without the use of these synthetic chemicals. I wouldn’t have a problem […]

Grilled Duck Brochettes with Sweet & Tangy Red Cabbage

Duck is a little bit foreign to many people this side of the Atlantic. I believe this unfamiliarity, paired with the misconception that duck is difficult to deal with—too fatty or too extravagant—leads many people to shy away from an excellent, and delicious, protein alternative. Instead, we savor it only on special occasions when a […]

4 Lessons from Mother Earth

On this day 44 years ago, we officially started celebrating Mother Earth with the first Earth Day. The thing is, she’s been teaching us lessons a lot longer than that. We’d be wise to recognize what Mother Earth has to share. Here’s a countdown of the top four lessons Mother Earth can teach us about […]

Get in the Rhythm with Vitamin B

“Why do we need vitamin B complex? Principally for our nerves. It maintains the normal rhythm of the heart. In a deficiency, irregular heart rhythm may occur. This is a loss of teamwork among the heart muscle areas, where, instead of all contracting together, one part contracts while another part relaxes. This is, of course, […]

Announcing the Men in Kitchens Series!

Do more than just man the grill! The first eBook in our Men in Kitchens series, A Good Day to Dine Hard, will teach the guys how to make healthy, mouth-watering meals for friends and family. Nick Armstrong and Patrick Earvolino share a dozen of their favorite manly recipes—but they don’t stop there. They also […]

Mixed Berry Shortcakes with Honey Whole-Wheat Biscuits

Shortcake is a choice dessert for a healthy makeover, since it’s not terribly sweet to begin with. By subbing whole grain flour for typical refined white flour, and using honey and maple syrup to sweeten, I’ve been able to create a treat that you don’t have to feel terribly guilty eating. Rich and buttery, and […]

The Egg: The Villain That Never Was

I’ve lost track. Are we eating eggs now, or are we still too afraid to enjoy them? It’s hard to think of another food with a reputation that’s flip-flopped as much as this poor, humble morsel’s. Another silent victim of misinformation. Unfortunately, the majority of us bought into the idea that eggs were bad for […]

Spring Cheepers

They’re so darn cute—those tiny, fragile, yellow and brown fluff balls of adorable goodness. The cheeps from the baby chicks and ducks remind us that spring is here. But their journey started long before their eggs began to crack. Reasons for hatching your own birds can vary. You may want to establish a strong and […]

Become a Self-Healther

Are you interested in eating healthy but don’t know where to start? With all the conflicting dietary advice out there, it’s no wonder that confusion reigns. Eat low fat. No, eat low carb. Eat vegetarian. No, eat like a caveman. How can you tell fact from fiction? There’s only one way: Get educated. With the […]

My Favorite Spring Tonic

I love homemade, freshly-pressed juices, but I always feel as if a lot of valuable fiber in the pulp is left behind after juicing. Between this and my juicer failing to extract much out of leafy greens, I set out to concoct a nutrient-rich vegetable smoothie instead. This favorite combination is as delicious as it […]

Growing Yourself Some Peace of Mind

Meditation is all the rage. But I would venture to say that if you are someone who enjoys time in the garden, you’ve been meditating all along. My own loose definition of meditation is a state of being completely aware of, and involved in, the moment—alert to every detail, no matter how small. Meditation is […]

Easy, Healthy Pie Crust for Rustic Apple Tart

Ask Chef Phyllis: I often have trouble with pie crust. At holiday time, when I need pie crusts the most, I wind up buying them from the supermarket. After reading the ingredients, I’m disappointed. Can you help me make a healthier pie crust? —Patricia Schaeffer, Central Islip, New York To make a healthy pie crust, […]

It’s Time to Get Dirty

Discover the joys of self-reliance! As concerns about food safety grow, more and more people are turning to self-sufficiency. For some, it’s about their yearning for a deeper connection with the land, one like their grandparents had. Others just enjoy backyard farming as a hobby. If you’d like to turn your backyard into an oasis […]

Overstressed Pets

Stress is something we humans deal with every day. But let’s stop and think about our pets.  Do they have stress in their lives? If so, what types of stress do they deal with?  There’s a quote that goes: Handle every stressful situation like a dog. If you can’t eat it or play with it, just pee […]

Support The Food School

Selene River Press proudly supports The Food School at Common Ground Urban Farm, a nonprofit advocate of real food, local food systems, food justice, and agricultural education for kids. Here’s your chance to support a worthy cause! Come enjoy live music from Fort Collins’ own Grateful Dead tribute band Switchman Sleepin’ while you  help raise […]

Avgolemono (Greek Egg Lemon Soup)

I love the versatility of eggs. They’re my favorite go-to protein when I need something simple, enjoyable, and fast. I definitely don’t reserve them for breakfast, either. In fact, I think I probably eat more eggs for dinner—atop a crisp salad or whipped into a quick frittata—than I do for breakfast. Since I’m regularly looking […]