Mieko Diener

A Word on Waste: Part III

This article is part of a four-part series on buying, storing, preserving and composting foods to prevent waste We have an extreme problem with inefficiency when it comes to food production across the globe. The resulting excess usage of natural resources has an enormous effect on the environment. As individuals we can take small actions […]

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Crop Spot: Romanesco

Romanesco hits a sweet spot for me as a nutrition science geek. It is beautiful, nutritious and delicious, but best of all, the chartreuse buds spiral into Fibonacci sequence fractals. What more could you want, except for maybe some ideas on how to prepare it? 

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Roman Green Beans

Forget the mushy, flavorless green beans of the past. Try out this recipe for zippy, crisp beans! Our dietetic intern, Mieko Diener, prepared this dish at a recent cooking demo at the Pittsfield Township Farmers Market.

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Freshly Milled Flour: Worth the Splurge

The flour that we typically buy from the store is not usually something we given a second thought to, just a bland, white pantry staple without much character. At least, that’s was how I felt until I worked for a farm that grew and milled fresh, heirloom wheatberries into whole grain wheat flour. It completely […]

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A Word on Waste: Part II

This article is part of a four-part series on buying, storing, preserving and composting foods to prevent waste. In the previous article I discussed the massive impact food waste has on global greenhouse gas emissions. According to the UN, if food loss and waste were its own country it would rank third, behind the US […]

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A Word on Waste: Part I

This article is part of a four-part series on buying, storing, preserving and composting foods to prevent waste. Throwing out spoiled food is already a bummer, but many of us are unaware of the major impact food waste has on our environment and economy both locally and globally. Did you know that 40% of food […]

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Eggs: Unscrambling the Science

If it seems like every few years the recommendations for eating eggs changes, that’s because it does. The issue is that egg yolks are a rich source of dietary cholesterol, but do not contain saturated fats which co-exist in most other sources of cholesterol like red meats. Cholesterol is an important structural component in all […]

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