Spit That Out!

The Overly Informed Parent's Guide to Raising Children in the Age of Environmental Guilt by Paige Wolf

Blogging about green guilt, eco-anxiety, and finding practical, reasonable ways to keep our families safe and healthy.
April 10th, 2015

When Did “Greenbashing” Become Sexy?


Back when I was writing my book it was cool to be green. People were waking up to the fact that conventional food is full of junk, plastic is not always your friend, and the planet was quickly becoming overrun by soda cans and wildfires. Recycling bins became the status quo and people generally started to give a damn.

Sure, there were the folks who revved up the engines on their 4x4s just to spite the “treehuggers.” Such dissection is expected, but overall we were letting it be known that this whole “green thing” was not a fad. It was a wake up call and a new way of life.

But where it was once becoming common acceptance that Monsanto is evil and Cheese Whiz is bad, writers are popping up to poke holes in the movement. And I’m not talking about Fox News, or even the mom bloggers hashtagging for the love of GMOs. I’m talking about Gawker, the mecca of celebrity gossip where today’s headline reads, “Marilyn Manson Allegedly Sucker-Punched at Canadian Denny’s.”

Lest you think the pro-chemical folks can’t be pithy, here’s a selection from this week’s “The Food Babe Blogger is Full of Shit:”

“…fussy assholes from the Food Babe Army who think that gluten causes your spleen to turn radioactive, or whatever lie she’s using to sell organic kale dipped in yak’s butter this week.”

I have been vocally honest about my issues with Food Babe (aka Vani Hari). I’m not a huge fan of her tactics or everything she writes. But overall I believe she is working for the betterment of the spectacularly screwed-up American food system. And as for profiting, find me one blogger or advocate who doesn’t need to use affiliate links to make a few dollars, supporting brands they believe in.

Unsurprisingly, the article’s author, who also runs the “Science Babe” Facebook page and business, comes from Amvac Chemical, “which found a profitable — and controversial — niche by buying manufacturing rights to older pesticides, many of them at risk of being banned or restricted because of safety concerns.”  Amvac also has a collaboration agreement with Monsanto to co-market Roundup ready platforms. The same Roundup that has glyphosate, which has been listed by the IARC and WHO as a probable carcinogen and the same Roundup that is directly associated with GMO crops.

Got all that?

Oddly enough, on the same day, Jezebel, Gawker‘s snarky sister site, published an article called, “What’s Up with Phthalates?”  This question was answered by a blogger with no discernible scientific background, but plenty of wit.

“Phthalate haters (“phthaters” as I call them) argue that they can cause developmental disabilities and delays in children, ADHD, metabolism problems, maybe even cancer, and one study suggested “less masculine play in boys.” Which, sounds fine to me. In fact, the internet and conversations with friends yielded no shortage of bad things people wanted to blame on phthalates. One friend, told me she suspects phthalates could be linked to autism, which isn’t just something she pulled off an internet forum. This link is mentioned here, in Scientific American. It seems like phthalates have been blamed for everything except stealing the Lindberg baby and being the Zodiac killer. Of course, just because phthalates have been linked to something, doesn’t mean they caused that thing. Phthalates were totally just holding onto their friend’s pot, they promise.”

She goes on to suggest that if we want to avoid phthalates we should go live in a yurt in Montana.

Aww, that’s really clever. But we could also go to Europe where they have been banned in children’s toys since 1999. Nine other countries, including Japan, Mexico and Argentina, have also outlawed the chemicals. China, which makes 85 percent of the world’s toys, has developed two manufacturing lines, one for the European market and the other like-minded nations that ban phthalates, and another one for the United States and dozens mostly developing and third world countries that don’t restrict them. Isn’t that clever as well?

Let me be clear that I am a believer in science. I believe that chemicals should be scientifically tested before they are put in my food or lipstick. And until you can be pretty damn sure they aren’t directly linked to cancer and diabetes, I’m gonna go ahead and avoid them when I can.

And that’s the thing – we can. So why the hell shouldn’t we? Because it makes us “phthaters?” Because Vani Hari doesn’t choose to get a flu shot? Because some bloggers make a commission off the sale of organic Goji berries?

But let’s be honest – both sides are getting a little crazy.

I saw a fair share of good old fashioned sexism coming from both sides – men on my Facebook feed referring to the Gawker article as “a catfight.” Well intentioned women saying we should all support each other instead of trying to “tear each other down,” as if having a vagina means we all should agree on everything. More people inexplicably linking GMO labeling with vaccine refusal and making me want to go live in my own personal yurt just to avoid all the bullshit and nonsense!

Because that’s the thing – the movement for real, transparent, honest food isn’t any more tied to anti-vaccination or Food Babe than it is to believing in alien crop circles. And it is my right and responsibility to question everything – whether from the mouth of Vani Hari or from the mouth of the Dalai Lama. I may support President Obama, but I sure as hell don’t agree with everything he’s ever said or done. Nor should I. Because that would make me an unthinking drone. This isn’t “Going Clear” – it’s going clean. And I’m getting tired of picking up the pieces of this hot, garbled mess.

So I repeat my same mantra and mission, hoping sanity and intention will prevail. This is the movement of our generation – to take back our food, our air, our water. And if we can all agree to a few basic principles – without mucking it all up with religion, gender, money, and ego – then maybe we have a fighting chance.

Our vision is for transparency and honesty from the food, cosmetics, and other manufacturing industries.

We undeniably agree that products produced for Americans should be held to the same standards as those manufactured for use abroad.

We want more accessible, affordable access to food that has not been genetically-modified or treated with dangerous pesticides.

We want fair farming practices that support the farmers, the environment, and humanely raised animals.

We want to be heard. And when too many other controversial issues get lumped in there, we just become white noise.

Promote any lifestyle you like and shout your beliefs from the mountaintops.

But we have to find a way to make the public hear us speak to these key issues with one clear, unwavering voice.

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April 8th, 2015

Embrace Everything Local at Philly Food and Farm Fest


If we can’t live on a farm, the farm can come to us – at least once a year! We are excited to check out this year’s Philadelphia Farm & Food Fest, Sunday, April 12, presented by Fair Food and Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Farm & Food Fest is one of the country’s biggest and best single-day food festivals and a perfect way to introduce kids to the lifelong benefits of healthful, sustainable eating. Sign up in person for a summer CSA share, check out urban homesteading demos (canning!), and sample locally made products from jam and granola to pickles and cookies!

Kids can begin exploring the event by catching a screening of local filmmaker Rich Hoffman’s “Watermelon Magic,” a time-lapse tale that follows the growth of the iconic summer fruit from seed to snack, starring his six-year-old daughter Sylvie; then, they can learn about soil and seeds with the wiggly worms that make compost possible at Cloud 9 Farm’s Plant and Squirm class; join a reading and demo from StoryUp!’s Martha Cooney and Honeypie Cooking’s Shayna Marmar during Cooking Up Stories, where they’ll prepare their own tortillas for tasty seasonal tacos; or, make a new friends, such as a live alpaca from Lost Creek Alpaca Farm. Throughout the day, curious eaters will be treated to a wealth of free samples from local farmers and growers, encouraging kids to expand their young palates (please!) and maybe even find a new favorite healthy treat just in time for the spring growing season.

Farm & Food Fest presents an opportunity for members of the public to get to know their farmers and learn more about how the food they enjoy all year travels from the farm to the market or the table – and to see the chefs and culinary professionals whose restaurants they frequent interacting with the very people who supply their exceptional ingredients.

Fair Food was founded in 2000 with the mission of building and sustaining a humane local food economy in Philadelphia. Working cooperatively with area farmers, the group drives demand and desire for sustainably raised, locally produced foods across hospitality, institutional and educational sectors in the greater Philadelphia area and puts restaurants, bars and other sellers in contact with the farmers who supply their product, often acting as a helpful third party to facilitate mutually beneficial transactions. Fair Food is dedicated to bringing locally grown food to the marketplace and to promoting a humane, sustainable agriculture system. To learn more, guests are encouraged to visit the Fair Food Farmstand (51 North 12th Street, 215-386-5211) at Reading Terminal Market or www.fairfoodphilly.org.

For more information and tickets, visit www.phillyfarmfest.org.

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April 2nd, 2015

The Quest for Dietary Perfection

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Recently I was doing a TV interview when the reporter asked me what I thought was the “perfect food.” I told her I wasn’t aware of a “perfect food” – more like a list of incredibly imperfect ones.

She said she thought bananas were the perfect food. I said that, yes, bananas are awesome, and we probably go through about two bunches per week – however, after reading Animal Vegetable Miracle I became aware that bananas were never actually in season in Pennsylvania and eating them meant thousands of miles of travel through dirty fuel to bring them to my doorstep. So, no, they aren’t perfect. But we eat them anyway.

That’s why I’m not a fan of the “Always” and “Never” lifestyle or the kind of heavy-handed articles that attempt to enforce that. While I believe the scientific research articles on pesticides and environment that scare the hell out of us do need to be shared and taken seriously, the reactionary advice to families might be tampered with a bit more understanding.

Often when we hit people over the head with how terrible their choices are, the reaction can go from paralyzing fear to “fuck it” in a matter of minutes. And that’s pretty dangerous, especially in an age of food deserts and a fight for minimum wage – although, as a food activist friend once said, “No one has to drink Mountain Dew.”

Personally, I want to do the best I can to provide healthy, minimally processed food for my family – but I also don’t want to force them to live in a bubble. So I might cringe at the constant birthday Munchkins at preschool and the Goldfish passed at the playground, but I won’t tell my children they can’t have them. And when Girl Scout Cookie season comes around in all its GMO glory, I allow a box of Thin Mints or two, letting my children and I stuff our bellies until they ache and we remember why unhealthy foods make us feel so yucky.

I will never keep bees or chickens and while I may know what a scoby is, I will never brew my own kombucha. I do bake my own bread but also order out for pizza. I don’t boycott the organic brands who have sold to corporations, though I do keep a watchful eye. I caved and bought conventional grapes when organic were nowhere to be found, but I also participate in a “cow share.” Soda and gum are the only two things that are verboten for my children, though they’ve seen me occasionally indulge in both. Fresh Direct is a gift and a curse. I haven’t had McDonalds in at least five years but I think that maybe, just maybe, I will someday secretly eat a carton of fries.

We all want to do our best, and it’s about making healthy, sustainable diets manageable, practical, and affordable. I hope this blog helps offer you the tips and tricks to do better, without letting perfect be the enemy of good.

So where do you fall on the quest for dietary perfection?

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March 30th, 2015

Get Your ShiftCon Tickets Now!

Last year I packed my bags and flew cross-country for four days for a conference. Sounds like a pain right? But it was actually paradise.

Because paradise to me is being around a group of like-minded women who are passionate about changing the world, one tweet or blog post at a time. Women who will take their school board to task over the lunch program or lead the petition to get arsenic out of apple juice. These are the women of ShiftCon.

And this year, not only is it a networking paradise, it is an actual paradise – situated right on Manhattan Beach in Los Angeles! I’m excited to be a part of the event again this year – and even more excited to get out of Philadelphia precisely while it turns into “Pope-a-palozza!”

Use this link to get your tickets now and join me in LA!

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March 16th, 2015

Orgotton: Simple, Sexy, Sustainable Fashion Made in Philly

I have always loved the idea of wearing a jumpsuit. Super trendy on the pages of all the fashion magazines and decorating my Pinterest boards. But click on any retailer review and women will say that they are simply not for “real bodies” and anyone less than 5’9 and rail thin looks ridiculous.

So when a new local fashion line offered to let me try out their sustainably-made jumpsuit I had low expectations. But when I put that organic cotton jumpsuit on and took a pic, my social media blew up with requests for how to purchase!

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Orgotton’s 12 piece women’s clothing
line combines the comfort of classic
pieces with luxurious sustainable fabric and local handcraftsmanship – all at a truly affordable pricepoint! Orgotton’s basics collection consists of classic, casual luxe pieces that are perfect for someone who wants to start their sustainable clothing collection. The collection includes leggings, t-shirts, a cardigan, a variety of versatile and casual dresses, and, of course, the jumpsuit.

Another stand-out piece is the Orgotton Infinity Dress made from a blend of organic cotton and spandex created from recycled PET bottles.


The vision for Orgotton began in 2009 when sisters, Kristy & Stef, decided there was a need for clothing that was stylish, simple, and sustainable. They began conceptualizing fashion forward clothing for women with an emphasis on ethical practices, organic fabrics, and local production.

Orgotton uses only the finest organic cotton that is grown in Texas and manufactured in North Carolina. In an effort to lessen their footprint, all of their hangtags are made from plantable seeded paper. Once the hangtag is removed from the garment it can be planted and wildflowers will grow!

Learn more and view the whole collection at www.orgotton.com.

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March 12th, 2015

Best in Beauty, Health, + More: Healthy Brand Showcase Gift Bag Sponsors

One of the best things about Healthy Brand Showcase is the gift bags.

Since we know not all the brands who want to participate can physically make it to New York that day, we offer a gift bag option to help get some of the best wellness-focused products into the hands of the media.

Here’s a peak at what our guests got to take home this year – and why I personally recommend each and every one of these brands!

Jack N Jill Natural Toothpaste
Like most children, my five-year-old has been inadvertently eating toothpaste for years. And my 20-month-old has become obsessed with brushing her teeth, begging for her toothbrush at least five times per day. That’s why I try to find them the most natural, fluoride-free product available. Jack N’ Jill Natural Toothpaste is made with certified organic natural flavors and certified organic/biodynamic calendula. Fluoride and SLS free, Jack N’ Jill toothpaste is 100% safe for young children – especially because they have a tendency to swallow it, rather than spit it out! My kids are obsessed with these flavors – truly, they will not stop brushing their teeth!

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Soapbox Soaps
I love a brand with a mission, so when I first discovered Soapbox Soaps I made it my holiday gift for all my clients. For every all-natural soap sold, Soapbox Soaps donates one bar of soap, fresh water, or vitamin supplements to a child in need. The brand just got picked up by Target including a new line of haircare!


nyl® skincare 
nyl skincare is a collection of fresh all-natural products, handmade weekly — in a kitchen, not a factory. They focus as much on what is not in their products as what is, and they’ve found ways to leave the bad stuff out, leaving only the natural active ingredients in. The result is clean yet effective products that won’t harm you or the environment. Check out their super affordable starter kit!

Michelle’s Granola
Michele’s Granola is handmade in small batches with fresh ingredients with no additives or preservatives. All ingredients are GMO-free and most are certified organic. The products and kitchen are dairy-free, wheat-free and peanut-free. And the Lemon Pistachio Granola is the best granola I’ve ever tasted!


Caru Skincare Co.
Caru Skincare Co. produces natural, handmade skincare in small batches in NYC. The brand uses pure botanical and mineral ingredients to handcraft organic olive oil soaps, alcohol-free botanical facial toners, and facial oil Sustainable packaging includes soap labels that grow into wild flowers!

Element Snacks
Healthy candy-coated rice cakes? It’s possible! Element Snacks take simple corn and rice cakes, making them thinner and crunchier, and top them with decadent chocolate and creamy fruit – and both of my kids love them! GMO and artificial ingredient free!


Essence of Vali
Aromatherapy brand Essence of Vali offers a Natural Sleep Formula. This blend of lavender, marjoram, cedarwood and ylang/ylang provides a powerful relaxing/anti-anxiety synergy to lull you into a peaceful sleep and comfort you during times of stress. 


HTY Gold
HTY Gold skin care products are an intensive patented formulation of rare super red palm oleins and other natural creamed oils, designed to restore and replenish your skin. HTY Gold helps to eliminate dry, wrinkled, crepe paper skin and will also prevent further signs of aging skin.

Branch Basics
I first discovered Branch Basics at ShiftCon and loved the powerful simplicity of their cleaning products. Their multipurpose solution can be used for just about every possible cleaning need. And their stain remover totally wiped out a seriously set-in stain from my white blazer.


Want to learn more about how your brand can participate in the next Healthy Brand Showcase? Visit www.healthybrandshowcase.com!

Disclosure: I received samples of most of these products for review. Regardless, my opinions are honest. See my full disclosure here. 

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March 8th, 2015

Stonyfield Greek and Chia Yogurt Review

Chia has been touted for years as a “superfood,  meant to help with everything from heart health and protein to stronger teeth and bones. And since the tiny seeds are so innocuous, I’m able to sneak them into so many things I’m already eating, like homemade bread, smoothies, and oatmeal.

The best part is that the tiny seeds have gone virtually unnoticed by my children, which is wonderful for sneaking some serious health benefits into their extremely picky diets.

I was afraid the new Stonyfield Greek and Chia Yogurt would be a bit risky – even though my children are serious yogurt fiends, would the seeds freak them out?

But instead of letting my children be the only judges, I had the opportunity to try a true challenge – their four-year-old friend who has recently been insisting on eating nothing but a yogurt that comes with built-in Oreo crumbles. Her mother was at her wit’s end, but this “cookie yogurt” had pretty much become the only thing she would eat without a serious fight.

So we were shocked when she LOVED the Blood Orange Chia Yogurt. And soon the three of them were fighting over yogurts and spoons.


Each Stonyfield Organic Greek and Chia offers 500mg of Omega-3s and 12 grams of protein in each cup. The product is available at Whole Foods Markets nationwide in flavors like Blood Orange, Blueberry and Strawberry Raspberry Cranberry.

Disclosure: I received samples of these products for review. Regardless, my opinions are honest. See my full disclosure here. 

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February 19th, 2015

Thanks to Climate Change, I Hate Winter Even More


Warning: First World Problems Ahead – Read at Your Own Discretion

I once read a quote that read something like, “‘Tis better to relish the changing of the seasons than to live for summer.” I try to repeat that to myself on days like today. Because there is nothing more mundane than bitching about the winter, right?

Problem is, the only way to get me to stop verbally complaining is to write it all down into one glorious self-indulgent rant. So if you love winter, this post is not for you.

You see, global warming is just making the winters even shittier. I know I’m fortunate not to be six feet deep in snow like my friends in Boston, but seeing a 10-day-forecast that barely crawls above single digits makes me want to board the next flight to Florida. But the thing is, I like living in Philadelphia and I like seeing leaves fall in the autumn and trees bloom in the spring.

But most of all I love summer. Even when it is 110 degrees and the city smells like hot garbage, I will go sweat out every ounce of fluid from my body in an unairconditioned CrossFit gym with no complaints.

Because summer is the opposite of winter. And this is winter:

  • Piles of wet hats, scarves, mittens, coats, stroller blankets, and boots muddled in an unyielding pile of tracked filth stretching well through the living room.IMG_1780
  • Never-ending laundry brought on by above items as well as many, many layers of socks, sweaters, and sweatshirts.
  • Avoiding the mirror because no amount of makeup will cover the pale, sickly, swollen look that tells the world, “I have barely left the house since Christmas.”
  • And why haven’t I left the house – apart from the bitter cold and snow? Viruses swapped like halloween candy among all members of the household. Stomach viruses! Ear infections! Non-stop runny noses, hacking coughs, and inexplicable illnesses that leave you bedridden for days!
  • Social media photos of other people on tropical vacations! Without their children! And also lots of photos of people enjoying their “ski cabins.” When did this become a thing where everyone has a ski cabin with like six other families who all drink hot cocoa together and have kids who snowboard like Shaun White? My kids can barely walk through snow. Which brings me to:
  • Snow Days! Nothing is better than paying for childcare on top of childcare! Or just accepting that you will not be working on these days and instead watching Frozen ad nauseum. Or maybe you’ll bake cookies and eat them all in one sitting because in winter you are:
  • A fat ass! That’s right! Forget training for that 10K you have in the spring because you won’t even want to walk to the damn gym. Places that used to be leisurely walks are now death marches complete with messed-up bus schedules, snow squalls, and layers of scarves leaving you unrecognizable and shapeless. And if you think you are lacking exercise:
  • Meet my hairless dog. He lays by a heating vent all day and wonders why the hell we brought him here from Georgia.IMG_1361
  • Also, only boring fruit and root vegetables are in season, it’s dark at 4:30 p.m., and all I want to do is open a window.

How are you getting through this winter?

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February 11th, 2015

Chocolate You Can Feel Good About for Valentines Day (and Everyday)

Chocolate is so, so good. And the sweet treat is a Valentine’s staple no one should be denied.

But what happens when the company who makes your chocolate fix is bad news? Nestle has been boycotted for years due to their aggressive formula marketing (and slave labor. and rainforest destruction.) Conventional brands contain gnarly artificial ingredients that would blow your mind.

Fortunately Raaka Chocolate allows for guilt-free treats that taste miles above a Hershey’s Kiss!

Since 2010, Raaka Chocolate has been committed to making the most delicious chocolate possible while building and maintaining healthy relationships with the global community. Sold online and across the United States through independent retailers, the small batch, organic chocolate company makes unroasted chocolate bars by hand out of a factory in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The soy free, gluten free, nut free and vegan chocolates are made with directly traded cocoa beans from sustainable farms that offer cocoa farmers above market price.


Raaka’s handcrafted, bean to bar truffles, are like nothing you have ever tasted. Made with Raaka’s signature virgin chocolate, they use unroasted cacao from Bolivia and the Dominican Republic to create four luxurious vegan truffles: Olive Oil, Coconut Milk, Sesame, and Butternut Squash.

Raaka’s Virgin Chocolate delivers rare flavors from the raw cocoa bean not available in other chocolates by crafting chocolate with a unique low temperature process. While nearly all chocolate is made from roasted cocoa beans, Raaka makes chocolate from unroasted cocoa beans which present a tremendous variety of flavors. Raaka Chocolate offers bold tasting notes like raspberry, clove and citrus. Their Bourbon Bar is made by aging cocoa nibs for a month in oak bourbon casks, and they stone grind whole rooibos tea leaves into chocolate to make their Vanilla Rooibos Bar.


All bars are wrapped in Loop’s paper is printed with soy inks on FSC-certified, 100% post consumer recycled, chlorine-free paper that was processed with sustainable wind-generated energy. Even their cocoa husk is upcycled, donated to Edible Schoolyard NYC, an after-school gardening program at P.S. 216 in Brooklyn where they use the husk as mulch and fertilizer!


Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I received samples of these products for review as well as monetary compensation. Regardless, my opinions are honest. See my full disclosure here. 

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February 9th, 2015

Confession: I’m Terrified of My Kitchen – But Not For The Reason You Think


I enjoy cooking. And I unquestionably enjoy eating. And every time I come home with a new vegetable share from my CSA or even a well-timed Fresh Direct delivery, I take pleasure in finding new recipes that I know at least three out of the four of us will enjoy.

That said, I am completely terrified that everything in my kitchen is going to kill me.

Not the food in the kitchen. We shop as clean and healthy as we can (save for occasional fights about my husband’s addiction to Edy’s chemical-shit-storm ice cream).

No, I’m afraid my cookware is going to kill me.

I’ve known for some time that I will probably die a slow death from the few plastic remnants in my kitchen. Old tupperware that’s gone through the heat cycle on the dishwasher a million times, and those BPA-free bottles that are actually made with something far more toxic.

I’ve lazily baked bread in a chipped non-stick breadmaker and sautéed on scratched up “Earth Pan” cookware that I know deep down is probably just as bad as Teflon.

Or maybe I’ll die by homemade pipe-bomb, as could have easily happened when a perfectly good piece of Pyrex glassware inexplicably and violently shattered upon being taken out of the oven. And I later learned this was because, several years ago, good old American Pyrex realized it would be cheaper to use a less temperature-resistant form of glass.

Now I literally have to screw up courage any time I take any dish in or out of the oven. And forget the gas stove – I’ve always been convinced that thing is gonna blow from an errant crumb in the burner.

My Keurig was recalled for spewing hot liquid and burning several customers. I once absent-mindedly stuck my finger in a hand blender while making pesto and had to get stitches.

Maybe we were better off before the advent of fire and I’d feel safer sticking to nuts and berries. Except that everyone I know is allergic to nuts. And it’s impossible to find organic berries in the winter.

So I must be brave. Stir that pot with some faith that hot oil won’t shoot directly into my eye. Bake those cookies with abandon.

It takes balls to feed a family of four. Balls of stainless steel.

NOTE: Coincidentally, Healthy Child Healthy World has just released an infographic on “9 Steps to a Healthier Kitchen.” Some important – slightly scary, but important – information, including the three types of cookware least likely to kill you (unless you drop them on your feet): Cast Iron, Enameled Cast Iron (my fave), and Stainless Steel.

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