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Move over, Martha: The rise of the new domestic goddess
Move over, Martha

The rise of the new domestic goddess

A new breed of household artisan has arrived - one focused less on perfection and more on expression and connection. Enter the new domestic goddess.

The rise of the new urban agrarian

The rise of the new urban agrarian

From the White House to your own backyard, veggie gardens are sprouting up all over.

Landscapers form green team

Landscapers form green team

“In the beginning, we had to answer a basic question of whether we were better off collaborating or competing.” Three entrepreneurs share a vision of sustainable Milwaukee landscapes.

Natural Gardener: Time to get your hands dirty
Natural Gardener

Time to get your hands dirty

If you're not a natural gardener, Peg's advice will make spring less daunting and more colorful

Baloney on Wry: We’ve sprung a leak
Baloney on Wry

We’ve sprung a leak

Cleaning house: The spring ritual hasn’t found a home in this house

Simply Health

Simply Health

A better alfredo: Mushrooms and garlic replace heavy cream – and boost the dish’s flavor

Tidbits: News you need to know
Tidbits

News you need to know

"Fair Trade My Home" encourages us to think about how we can incorporate fair trade into our homes. After all, fair trade isn't just coffee, tea and chocolate.

From the Outpost Exchange editor

From the Outpost Exchange editor

Seeds of change: The future can be found in a garden.

Pantry Raid! Have your cake, eat it, and run in the kitchen, too

Pantry Raid! Have your cake, eat it, and run in the kitchen, too

It’s surprising that we never prioritized learning to bake cakes sooner, as the mere mention of cake makes us smile from ear to ear.

The Budget Gourmet: Want good food for free?
The Budget Gourmet

Want good food for free?

Annie uncovers the secret joys of urban foraging for wild-growing agrarian delights

Baloney on Wry: You can go home again, but it may not be there
Baloney on Wry

You can go home again, but it may not be there

The farm had existed through five generations of my family. It was impossible to imagine it not being there.

The Efficient Kitchen: Spring for sustainable food
The Efficient Kitchen

Spring for sustainable food

These simple recipes celebrate the earth’s resilience and annual renewal by using plenty of fresh spring vegetables and herbs.

Urban Almanac: The problem with melted snow is …
Urban Almanac

The problem with melted snow is …

Why should we use the über-clean water that’s gone through the Milwaukee water works’ energy-intensive decontamination process just to flush the toilet?

Tidbits: Natural food co-ops enjoy healthy growth
Tidbits

Natural food co-ops enjoy healthy growth

“Taking the food system into our own hands was a very powerful thing.” — Pam Mehnert, General Manager for Outpost

Tidbits: News you need to know
Tidbits

News you need to know

Joining a CSA for the first time? Looking for a new one? Not sure what a CSA is? Well, join the CSA club.

A birthday wish list for the mayor

A birthday wish list for the mayor

Milwaukee has changed a lot in Outpost’s 40 years. How should it change in the next 40? We asked some friends to share their wish lists for our city’s mayor.

From the Outpost Exchange editor: Talking ’bout a revolution
From the Outpost Exchange editor

Talking ’bout a revolution

It was forty years ago this month that a handful of activists banded together and created Outpost. Their goal was simple - to take back control over their food.

Simply Health

Simply Health

Recipe makeovers: Paring the fat and sugar from your favorite recipes.

Pantry Raid! Give it some mustard (and we’re not talking the nasty yellow stuff)

Pantry Raid! Give it some mustard (and we’re not talking the nasty yellow stuff)

Mustard up! Queen Victoria and Pope John XXII both had personal mustard makers, so ditch the yellow stuff and get some class in your dish.

From the Outpost Exchange editor: Will health care reform happen?
From the Outpost Exchange editor

Will health care reform happen?

The reformation: Time to take wellness reform into our own hands.

Simply Health: The ‘whole’ truth about cereals
Simply Health

The ‘whole’ truth about cereals

Grains of (un)truth: Most breakfast cereals aren’t what they seem…

Prevention trumps recession?

Prevention trumps recession?

Does prevention trump recession? We asked holistic healthcare practitioners if the economy has brought them customers or just tough times.

There’s a (green) app for that

There’s a (green) app for that

Kermit was wrong - it IS easy being green, especially when you have iPhone apps helping you out.

Pantry Raid! We’re rocking the Crock-Pot (due to popular demand)

Pantry Raid! We’re rocking the Crock-Pot (due to popular demand)

Rockin’ the Crock-Pot: Slow cookers earn a place of honor in our pantries.

Baloney on Wry: You call it a miracle, I call it tenacity
Baloney on Wry

You call it a miracle, I call it tenacity

Counting days: We never really know the number left – so treat them each with care.

Tidbits: Seed swap and farmer open house at UEC
Tidbits

Seed swap and farmer open house at UEC

Urban Ecology Center offers must-attend events for green thumbs and locavores.

Can tea heal?

Can tea heal?

We seem to know intuitively that tea is a good thing, but can it really make us healthier?

The Natural Gardener: What to do when things are dormant
The Natural Gardener

What to do when things are dormant

As the soil emerges from under the snow, check areas where you planted spring bulbs.

Boomerang: All you knead is love
Boomerang

All you knead is love

Of all the things that get cooked and baked in our house, lately the ones that I’ve enjoyed making the most are breads.

From the Outpost Exchange editor

From the Outpost Exchange editor

On a wing … Now is no time to abandon hopes and dreams.

Tidbits: Think green (and local) this Valentine’s Day
Tidbits

Think green (and local) this Valentine’s Day

If you’ve always given flowers, consider options that don’t involve pesticides and refrigerated freight trucks.

Pantry Raid! Forgive figs their outward appearance

Pantry Raid! Forgive figs their outward appearance

You sexy fig. Dried figs may not seem to be leading man material, but with a little coaxing and nuzzling, they are ready for romance.

Baloney on wry: You can’t judge a love story by its cover
Baloney on wry

You can’t judge a love story by its cover

Love’s rhythm. Is it the number of heartbeats that matters - or what we do between the first and last?

Simply Health: Choices for a healthy heart
Simply Health

Choices for a healthy heart

Advice straight from – and about – the heart. Simple life changes can help your heart in a big way.

Telling ourselves stories

Telling ourselves stories

Can storytelling help heal? An interview with Nancy Mellon, author of Body Eloquence: The Power of Myth and Story to Awaken the Body’s Energies.

Cold sweat: Hot yoga, saunas put a new face on winter
Cold sweat

Hot yoga, saunas put a new face on winter

Instructors say students either like the heat or don’t — there’s rarely middle ground.

Simply Health: The what-to-eat list to end all lists
Simply Health

The what-to-eat list to end all lists

Feeling listless? Here's my short list for healthy eating.

Baloney on wry: Caring for strays brings its own rewards
Baloney on wry

Caring for strays brings its own rewards

Fostering shelter: A pair of alley cats find cover, food -- and love -- in the backyard.

Cold Cycle: Yes, you can bike in winter
Cold Cycle

Yes, you can bike in winter

Too much bulk will cut off the blood flow, and you’ll end up colder than you were to begin.

Winter bites, but you can still find local produce

Winter bites, but you can still find local produce

For chefs, there's a three-pronged approach to sourcing local food in winter: greenhouses, root vegetables and the sweet accents of honey and jams.

Pantry Raid! Bulk soup will save us from foodie’s block

Pantry Raid! Bulk soup will save us from foodie’s block

A confession: Sometimes, we’re embarrassed to admit what we had for dinner -- but not this time.

The Budget Gourmet: Local meats mean homemade sausage
The Budget Gourmet

Local meats mean homemade sausage

With local meats available year-round, it's easy to make a case for homemade sausages.

From the Outpost Exchange editor

From the Outpost Exchange editor

Time for resolutions? How about a time for resolve, and there's no better time than the start of a whole, new decade.

Urban Almanac: You’d be surprised what’s alive out there
Urban Almanac

You’d be surprised what’s alive out there

Want to embrace winter? Collect ice data, search for a butterfly or a snow flea, or listen to the owls.

Tidbits: Gift fair gives shoppers a real alternative
Tidbits

Gift fair gives shoppers a real alternative

Fair change: Alternative gift fair raises several thousand dollars for local charities.

From the editor: Dreaming of a slow Christmas
From the editor

Dreaming of a slow Christmas

It’s always been overkill – a season of excesses. But the avarice feels even more awkward and out of place this year.

Conscious Spaces: The humble houseplant is the best HVAC system
Conscious Spaces

The humble houseplant is the best HVAC system

Naturally green: At home and at work, plants can do more than clear the air.

Baloney on Wry: History enters
Baloney on Wry

History enters

A keepsake from her old house provides a window to her past.

Pantry raid! It’s party time, and we know how to make it easy.

Pantry raid! It’s party time, and we know how to make it easy.

Our four hors d’oeuvre trays will keep everyone well fed — and keep you out of the kitchen.

The Efficient Kitchen: Cook once, eat twice
The Efficient Kitchen

Cook once, eat twice

The “cook once, eat twice” approach — which we use twice here — is a time and penny saver.

Simply Health: Probiotics to the rescue
Simply Health

Probiotics to the rescue

Gut feeling: Probiotics are turning up in more and more places. They really belong in your belly.

How Milwaukee’s independents plan on surviving a harsh winter

How Milwaukee’s independents plan on surviving a harsh winter

Recessions might be scary, but Old Man Winter is no match for hardy independents.

Ebenezer Scrooge says ‘humbug’ to simpler times

Ebenezer Scrooge says ‘humbug’ to simpler times

Has the recession altered our approach to the holidays? Will Giftsmas become Christmas again?

Tidbits: Abandoned school becomes green campus
Tidbits

Abandoned school becomes green campus

Three groups work together to transform an abandoned school into the nation's latest green campus.

Alternative Gift Fair comes to Lakefront Palm Garden this December

Alternative Gift Fair comes to Lakefront Palm Garden this December

Choose from nearly two dozen worthy charities at the Exchange's fourth annual fair.

The Natural Gardener: It’s time to plan(t)
The Natural Gardener

It’s time to plan(t)

Avoid frostbite and get your green thumb indoors to plan for next year.

Local food options at markets, co-ops and restaurants heat up Wisconsin winter

Local food options at markets, co-ops and restaurants heat up Wisconsin winter

Our short growing season is long gone, but these restaurants, markets and stores keep the local food movement going strong.

Simply Health: Reflux-ology
Simply Health

Reflux-ology

Got a bad taste in your mouth? Here's how you can combat gastro esophageal reflux disease.

Baloney on wry: Acting up
Baloney on wry

Acting up

Is it too much to ask that we act our age?

From the editor: A simple prayer
From the editor

A simple prayer

I think when we can picture the path the food has taken from the ground where it was grown and harvested to our kitchens, we can’t help but feel some gratitude.

Pantry raid!: NUTS TO YOU!
Pantry raid!

NUTS TO YOU!

Unexpectedly delicious, creamy and freaky good for you! Seriously? You can see why our pantries are all in a tizzy over this whole nuts-in-a-jar thing.

From the Editor: On a butterfly’s wings
From the Editor

On a butterfly’s wings

You have within you the power to accomplish more than you may even imagine, and each act you undertake undoubtedly has untold and unforeseen consequences.

Boomerang: Fall is here, and that means squash
Boomerang

Fall is here, and that means squash

Autumn brings with it fantastic smells, and new and familiar flavors and ingredients.

Urban Almanac: A sensory guide to fall
Urban Almanac

A sensory guide to fall

This is a great time to listen for birds practicing their calls (and often failing miserably).

Simply Health: Pre-diabetes can be a gift
Simply Health

Pre-diabetes can be a gift

It's a relief to know that a diagnosis of pre-diabetes does not mean you will get diabetes.

Baloney on Wry: Gratitude is a year-round affair
Baloney on Wry

Gratitude is a year-round affair

"I know that this moment … and this … are all we are assured of. For each, I am deeply and sincerely thankful."

Pantry Raid: Who knew rice was this good?
Pantry Raid

Who knew rice was this good?

Rice is said to calm the nervous system and strengthen internal organs.

The stories of Milwaukee’s book co-ops

The stories of Milwaukee’s book co-ops

Local book co-ops find success in the communities that help to sustain them.

Outpost Exchange: Field is ripe for young farmers
Outpost Exchange

Field is ripe for young farmers

We are growing ever more concerned about our food, where it comes from and how it's made.

Pantry raid: So you wanna’ be a locavore?
Pantry raid

So you wanna’ be a locavore?

If you think we like to cook, you should see us dance; it’s not just salt and pepper shakin’ in our kitchens! Our mad dance skills are perfectly complemented by all things local, too. Check out Local Live on WMSE every Tuesday night from 8-9 on the Midnight Radio show.

Made in the USA … by you

Made in the USA … by you

Craft represents choice, creative freedom and a push toward economic independence

Local theater adapts; shows go on

Local theater adapts; shows go on

As the arts season opens, theater in Milwaukee is alive and kicking.

Arts 101: Where to go when schools lose funds
Arts 101

Where to go when schools lose funds

Fifty-five schools host MPS Community Learning Centers, providing arts-focused enrichment programs to kids of all ages.

Simply Health: Eating for two
Simply Health

Eating for two

Eating for two? It’s a better idea to eat twice as well, not twice as much.

Conscious Spaces: Intentional art
Conscious Spaces

Intentional art

Art is energy and intent given shape.

Baloney on Wry: On becoming your mother
Baloney on Wry

On becoming your mother

“ . . . like, I am so not like my mom. Every single time I leave the house she’s like, ‘Be careful, sweetie, drive safe.’ I will never, ever say the same thing like that to my kids. It makes me so crazy!”

From the editor: United by passion
From the editor

United by passion

What makes community? A united passion, most of all.

Tidbits: News you need to know
Tidbits

News you need to know

A film crew followed the family as they went without basic needs such as electricity (...) and even toilet paper.

The budget gourmet: Hard to beet
The budget gourmet

Hard to beet

My husband swore he wouldn’t eat beets before I prepared them and my brother-in-law is still conflicted about them since an incident with his childhood babysitter. But I love beets and therefore grow lots of them, both red and golden, in my garden each year.

From the editor: The way it was
From the editor

The way it was

Cronkite felt that journalists had a duty to hold up a mirror to society, to tell and show what had happened. “And that’s the way it was,” was his customary sign-off.

Simply Health: Take it with a grain of salt, pt2
Simply Health

Take it with a grain of salt, pt2

Be aware that some over-the-counter medicines contain a lot of sodium. Two tablets of dissolvable Alka-Seltzer have a whopping 1,134 milligrams of sodium.

Greening our schools

Greening our schools

Sustainability is all about those wonderful virtues we grew up with; giving without expecting to get back, finding enlightenment even from your mistakes, sharing the knowledge, recording the failures as well as the successes, implementing and reflecting and doing it again.

The Efficient Kitchen: Eating right
The Efficient Kitchen

Eating right

"Eat Right Racine” was formed earlier this year, and its mission is to “partner with community, business, agriculture, and schools to develop a food system that supports healthy children, communities, economies and environment.

Natural Gardner

Natural Gardner

August and September are payoff time for vegetable growers. However, this is the time when hot and humid conditions promote insect or disease problems; so keep monitoring plants.

Pantry Raid: Yes we can
Pantry Raid

Yes we can

…cooking or canning tomatoes actually increases the amount of lycopene – a super anti-oxidant that’s shown to protect against certain types of cancer.

Green Corps: Growing the next generation of green leaders
Green Corps

Growing the next generation of green leaders

Shenstone is very excited about her future and says Green Corps has prepared her well to assume other environmentally-focused posts.

Tidbits: News you need to know
Tidbits

News you need to know

We are fighting for food security from an industrial agriculture system that is destroying our health and the health of our ecosystems; for a connection to (the) cycle of life, and good, tasty food … from garden to plate.

Baloney on Wry: Puppy love
Baloney on Wry

Puppy love

When not galloping in figure-eights around the backyard, she was collapsed in her bed, head hanging off the edge, a fine thread of drool hanging from one floppy lip.

Baloney on Wry: Shared bounty
Baloney on Wry

Shared bounty

We may as well make room for the animal neighbors.

Simply health: Take it with a grain of salt
Simply health

Take it with a grain of salt

Salt is cheap, makes most foods taste better, extends shelf life, and hides the artificial taste of processed food.

From the editor: Praising dreamers
From the editor

Praising dreamers

Pioneers. Dreamers. Idea people. Idealists. In fits and starts, in great successes and blinding failures both, they move us all forward.

Growing Hope, Growing Change, Growing Power

Growing Hope, Growing Change, Growing Power

Will Allen just might be the Johnny Appleseed of the next food revolution

Wearin’ of the green

Wearin’ of the green

Concerns about value and cutting carbon footprints bring new focus to resale shops.

Tidbits: News you need to know
Tidbits

News you need to know

Sweet Water Organics angling to grow fresh fish - and a healthier community - on the city's south side

Giving credit where it’s due.

Giving credit where it’s due.

It is easy to point to imploding businesses and even whole sectors of industry as examples of what NOT to do. A more interesting, and more finite, approach would be to point to businesses and sectors of industry that provide insightful examples of what TO do. The credit unions seem to provide just such an opportunity.

Urban Almanac: Life stories writ small
Urban Almanac

Life stories writ small

In our region's lakes, ponds and rivers, the rhythm of life beats with more urgency as summer moves in, even for the smallest creatures.

Pantry raid: Pasta perfect
Pantry raid

Pasta perfect

Pasta salads yield to the inspirations you'll find in our pantries.

Boomerang!: Minding the rules
Boomerang!

Minding the rules

Building a consensus in the kitchen

Farmers markets help nourish local economies as well

Farmers markets help nourish local economies as well

Supporting local growers comes with many benefits for food consumers

Fine wines

Fine wines

Tapping the Dairy State's 150-year-old winemaking tradition

Conscious Spaces: Environmental illness in your life
Conscious Spaces

Environmental illness in your life

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: What is it, and could you be suffering from it?

Baloney on Wry: Love bites
Baloney on Wry

Love bites

When you live in a rural area, or even a small town, there is almost always at least one dish in your cabinet that is freshly washed and simply awaiting return to its rightful owner.

Pantry raid!: Salad grains
Pantry raid!

Salad grains

For quick and versatile summer salads, you can’t top this trio: 
couscous, quinoa and bulgur

From the editor: The shape of hope
From the editor

The shape of hope

Running headlong into the future - with optimism

Simply Health: Cool it
Simply Health

Cool it

The right foods can help keep you cool this summer. Foods grown in the summer are often rich in water content and easier to digest, which helps to keep our bodies cool.

Tidbits: News you need to know
Tidbits

News you need to know

Researchers, farmers hope bee population continues rebound from colony collapse Will this year be a good one for bees? Time – and analysis – will tell if our country’s bee population will continue to bounce back from lows suffered two years ago. Bee colony collapse has not been in the news much since the sumemr […]

From the editor: Spring’s Promise
From the editor

Spring’s Promise

History’s biggest lesson might be the success of hope.

Greening the White House

Greening the White House

Madison woman wins national grassroots vote to send 
a farmer to transform lawn into organic garden.

Simply Health: More Matters
Simply Health

More Matters

On any given day, 45 percent of children eat no fruit, and 20 percent eat less than one serving of vegetables.

The Natural Gardener

The Natural Gardener

Greetings, gardeners! Let the season begin! The landscape is budding, lawns are greening and nurseries and garden centers beckon. May is a month of promise, but it can also be daunting because now it’s time to turn winter gardening dreams, visions and plans into reality. Did you see winter slip by without making plans? Take […]

Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

It’s a great time to unburden yourself and get rid of clutter.

Domes sweet Domes

Domes sweet Domes

It’s a time of rebirth for this Milwaukee landmark.

The Budget Gourmet: Spring for Fun
The Budget Gourmet

Spring for Fun

Getting friends involved in chopping, tearing, and piping is a terrific way to interact. Let everyone grab a glass of local wine or craft beer and invite them to pick up a knife or pastry bag.

Baloney on Wry: Love Endures
Baloney on Wry

Love Endures

Though the pace of change is unrelenting, some things never change.

Pantry Raid: Puttin’ on the grits!
Pantry Raid

Puttin’ on the grits!

Coarse grain’s delicious versatility makes it a perfect fit for your pantry.