DULUTH — My love affair with cheese began when I moved to Wisconsin as a teenager with my family. Before that, the only time I enjoyed cheese was when it was on pizza or placed between two pieces of bread that were buttered and then grilled. In fact, macaroni and cheese repulsed me, as did the idea of consuming anything called "blue cheese."
DULUTH, Minn. — While growing vegetables and raising animals for food is a rewarding process, I find foraging to be more holistic. Consuming a meal composed of found foods gives me a feeling of connectedness to Mother Earth.
DULUTH — In preparation for the arrival of spring every year, I choose to observe the Baha'i 19-day fast. It is a welcomed time of reflection for me, a chance to be more intentional and conscious of all of the food I am eating.
DULUTH — "Soul food" is a term derived from the 1960s and the Black Power movement. It reflects the traditional foods — like collard greens, black-eyed peas and sweet potatoes — of southern African-Americans that have existed since the arrival of black people via the Transatlantic slave trade. Recently, I was exposed to the truth that Africans who were brought to the States via slavery brought food products and techniques for agricultural cultivation that are prevalent in American cuisine today.