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RFD Celebrates National Farmers’ Market Week

  Photography by Culinary Director, Chef Tara Punzone  This week, August 3rd-9th, 2014 is declared as National Farmers Market Week. This official proclamation by the USDA, signed by Secretary Vilsack, marks the 15th Annual National Farmers’ Market Week – allowing us to take a moment out of our busy lives to recognize the importance of […]

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RFD and Muir Ranch’s Mud Baron Collaborate

I’m honored to say that I’ve been asked to sponsor the talented Mr. Mud Baron’s “Garden Chic” Farm-to-Table Dinner at Muir Ranch this Saturday night. Held in the organic garden of John Muir High School in Pasadena, the event will be catered by my restaurant, Real Food Daily, using some of the fresh organic produce […]

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Farm Bill, changing now in 2012.

By Ann on June 7th, 2012 in Blog, Green Food Movement, Organic, Sustainability

2012 Farm Bill in Congress NOW! In a national poll last year, 78 percent of Americans said making nutritious and healthy foods more affordable and accessible should be a top priority in the 2012 Farm Bill.  I know you are like me and want to make sure that our food choices are protected and honored and that we […]

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It’s the Golf Courses Stupid! NYTimes vs. Organic Farmers

By Ann on January 9th, 2012 in Blog, Green Food Movement, Organic, Sustainability

It’s the Golf Courses Stupid! NY Times vs. Organic Farmers I’m always amused by PR efforts to demonize organic farmers. When I started Real Food Daily in 1988, there was no USDA National Organic Program. Organic farming was more of a novelty. Today organic farming is a burgeoning segment of modern agriculture innovating cost effective […]

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My Favorite Cookbooks of 2011, mostly vegan and then some

By Ann on December 16th, 2011 in Blog, Green Food Movement, Lifestyle, Organic, Sustainability, Vegan, Vegetarian

This was an exceptional year for cookbooks focused on healthy eating and living. My latest cookbook, Vegan Family Meals, Real Food for Everyone has made several Favorite Cookbook Lists.

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Roasted Vegetables Recipe: Japanese Sweet Potatoes

By Ann on December 6th, 2011 in Blog, Lifestyle, Organic, Recipes, Sustainability, Vegan, Vegetarian

Reading Lisa See’s books, Snow Flower and The Secret Fan, Shanghai Girls and Dreams of Joy lured me to Japanese Sweet Potatoes.
I have been roasting, eating and enjoying these soft sweet potatoes ever since.

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Thanksgiving for Seven Billion

By Ann on November 29th, 2011 in Blog, Green Food Movement, Lifestyle, Organic, Sustainability, Vegan, Vegetarian

Being a restaurateur and a mother, I spend a lot of time thinking about food and how to feed both my customers and my family. When I think about how to feed the world, it seems logical that a plant-based diet is the solution.

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Last Minute Winter Squash Recipes For Holiday Cooking

By Ann on November 22nd, 2011 in Blog, Gluten-free, Kids, Lifestyle, Organic, Recipes, Sustainability, Vegan, Vegetarian

When I do my own personal food shopping at my local natural foods store or farmer’s market, it’s inevitable that while I am in the produce section or piling sweet dumpling squashes into my shopping bags, I am often stopped my fellow shoppers with looks of bewilderment.

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8 Plant-Based, Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes

By Ann on November 19th, 2011 in Blog, Gluten-free, Lifestyle, Organic, Recipes, Sustainability, Vegan, Vegetarian

I am in the restaurant business and Thanksgiving is one of the busiest days of the year. In my first year in business, I was looking forward to a day off. My plans for a much-needed day off had nothing to do with cooking or eating or the demands of feeding others.

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Healthy Food – Against the Law?

By Ann on November 2nd, 2011 in Blog, Green Food Movement, Lifestyle, Organic, Sustainability, Vegan, Vegetarian

Did you ever think there could be a police crackdown against raw food? It’s a reality, and right here in Los Angeles.  In fact, the police are taking “heat” (pun intended) for one “crackdown” that’s back in the news. The story of the “bust” itself last summer was already an insult to our freedoms, but […]

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