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Lessons on a sustainable food system from Florence, Italy!

I had the pleasure of spending the past week in Florence, Italy to study the food system there. I took a group of 12 students to observe the differences in our food system. We ate WELL REALLY well and learned a LOT. Huge thanks to our colleagues at Lorenzo di Medici University in Florence for their coordination of our experience, from two culinary classes in Cucina at the Central Market, to a tour of an organic farm tour just outside of Florence. Also iBike Tuscany provided a charming peek at the rural landscape around Florence including a delicious stop at a Toscan Villa, working olive oil farm and winery. A tour of restaurants in Florence allowed us to experience first-hand their passio

Skillet Pizza - Skip the freezer AND oven and make quick pizza with minimal energy!

It's Friday night and I'm ready for some bubbly pizza! But...I'm also pooped from the work week and looking for a simple kitchen prep. The temptation is to head to the grocery frozen food section and pick up a frozen pizza ..... processed miles away ...... wrapped in single use plastic ...... transported to the grocery store in energy guzzling frozen trucks .... kept in the freezer of the grocery and my kitchen until ... I pop it into my 400 degree oven to bring it back to life. Impressive embodied energy before it ever reaches my plate! And, admittedly, sometimes I crumble to the convenience of this frozen pre-made pizza, BUT I am happy to report that this skillet pizza recipe below wil

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