The Imminent Extinction of the Honey Bee

Honey bees are essential to the continuation of our diverse diets and physical welfare. The USDA has estimated that one-third of the total human diet is derived directly from insect-pollinated plants (fruits, legumes, and vegetables), and approximately 80% of insect pollination is accomplished by honey bees alone. In addition, certain foods such as almonds can…

Chilled Beet, Cucumber and Tomato Soup

There’s nothing like a chilled soup full of fresh produce to energize you during the long, hot days of summer. With myriad chilled soup recipes available, it’s hard to choose just one. My approach to meal preparation generally begins with an assessment of what produce I have in my kitchen and in my garden, and…

Ratatouille Pasta Salad

Believed to originally hail from Provence, France, ratatouille is a classic meal that exquisitely displays the bounty of summer. With some recipes calling for only tomatoes and squash, and some insisting on the use of Herbes de Provence, the dish greatly varies depending on the source. Though generally considered a staple of rural Provençal cuisine,…