Dirty Dozen

Dirty Dozen & Clean Fifteen

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a non-profit group that is dedicated to protecting human health and the environment.  Every year, they come up with a list of the 12 (+) worst produce items, as well as the 15 (+) best, in terms of pesticide residue. From their website: EWG analyzed pesticide residue testing data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration to come up with rankings for the following popular fresh produce items. DIRTY DOZEN CLEAN FIFTEEN 1. Strawberries 1. Sweet Corn* 2. Spinach 2. Avocados 3. Nectarines 3. Pineapples 4. Apples 4. Cabbage 5. Peaches 5. Onions 6. Pears 6. Sweet Peas (Frozen) 7. Cherries 7. Papayas* 8. Grapes  8. Asparagus 9. Celery 9. Mangos 10. Tomatoes 10. Eggplant 11. Sweet Bell Peppers 11. Honeydew Melon 12. Potatoes 12. Kiwi   13. Cantaloupe   14. Cauliflower   15. Grapefruit *Sweet corn and papaya are Read More

Dirty Dozen

Hearty Chili

I will start by saying that I am not a fan of tomatoes.  I can not eat them raw, I just can’t do it!  But if you cook them, blend them and add enough spices (as in pasta sauce, ketchup and pizza sauce), I like them.   I always thought of chili having big chunks of tomatoes and there is no way I could bring myself to eat it.  It wasn’t until Tyler suggested blending the tomatoes to more of a paste consistency since he doesn’t love them either, that I actually tried and fell in love with chili. This recipe has a mild taste because that’s what Tyler and the boys prefer, though if I was making it for myself, I would probably add more chilies to give it a bit more of a kick.  -Cassandra