`We all know that food can nourish us in more ways than one. Those that feed our emotional well-being we call comfort foods. Sometimes they call up positive memories of childhood (think macaroni and cheese or mashed potatoes), and other times they soothe via indulgence (chocolate, anyone?).
More often than not, comfort foods are home-cooked foods (not gourmet) and, well, they're not always wholesome. But that doesn't mean they can't be made more nutritious while still satisfying. Upgrading begins with choosing or adding healthful, quality ingredients.
By Kristie Snyder,
Coffee tends to be a passionate subject, and Ithaca's newest coffee roasters are passionate about offering a great product. For Danny Burns and Mary Loehr, longtime friends and owners of Silent City Uprising Coffee, roasting coffee complements their lifestyles as peace and justice activists. They state right on the product label: "We are pro-worker, pro-farmer, pro-union, peace and justice roasters, and we're not ashamed to say it!"
Roasting coffee offers a way for the pair to work part-time, allowing them time to travel, participate in protests, be arrested and go to jail if need be in support of their causes, while at the same time supporting organic, Fair Trade coffee farmers abroad and local causes closer to home. A percentage of profits from each batch goes to a cause such as Veterans Sanctuary or Loaves and Fishes. Recently they sent six pounds of beans to the Occupy Wall Street protestors.
Silent City was named for a historic area of Ithaca along the inlet that was populated by mostly immigrant families, who lived in shacks made of gathered materials and supported themselves by poaching, fishing, day jobs and whatever else they could cobble together – and by supporting each other. "They supported each other and looked after each other," Mary says, "and that's why we chose the name."
By Sheela Kingsbury
Tea is nought but this:
First you heat the water,
Then you make the tea.
Then you drink it properly.
That is all you need to know.
— Sen Rikyu, 16th century Tea Master
These simple instructions invite us to step into a profound and nuanced experience of the present moment known as Chanoyu — the traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony. Chanoyu literally means "hot water for tea." Its ultimate aim is the attainment of deep spiritual satisfaction through the drinking of tea and quiet contemplation, similar to the practice of Zen meditation.
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Whatever winter holiday you're celebrating, we've got sweet treats, gifts, and goodies to make it special.
Ahhhh, just as you were indulging in images of hibernation as the cold wind whips against your windows, you then realize ... there's still another holiday to go! Yes, it's true, and GreenStar is here to make sure all of your holiday needs are met! Whether you're celebrating the change of seasons or following the traditions of your choice, we have all the wondrous things you need to make it special: organic and Fair Trade chocolates, candies, gingerbread kits, nogs of every kind, cream-filled cookies of gluten-free goodness, candy canes, spiced teas, holiday gummies, and chocolate-drizzled popcorn! Here's your last chance to titillate your taste buds before your conscience starts whispering at you to consider New Year's resolutions, to think about all those fasting and cleansing products you see in Wellness, and to wonder if eating that whole bag of Fair Trade Christmas tree chocolates was really such a hot idea....