How ‘Buy Nothing’ Facebook Groups Are Emerging as Sites for Mutual Aid

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Alongside gifts of Ikea furniture and outgrown toddler clothes, some groups are becoming de facto food distribution networks

This story was originally published on Civil Eats.


Yulia Koudriashova is a single mom and teacher living with her two daughters in San Francisco’s Outer Richmond neighborhood. Her parents moved in with them in March when they were evacuated from Kiev after Russia invaded Ukraine. With Koudriashova’s salary as the household’s only source of income, the family has come to rely on the boxes of food they pick up nearly every week from a neighbor’s garage.

“For my parents, it’s very helpful because they see the support of the members of our community,” Koudriashova said. “They have nothing, they don’t have money, and we are sharing the same budget for five people.”

If Koudriashova can’t make a pickup, which typically takes place on Saturdays, she will likely receive … Read more

The Best Grilling Recipes Ever

These grilling recipes are the BEST and have so much flavor in each dish! Grill to perfection with each of these delicious and simple to make recipes!

Beef, Chicken to Pork, and seafood plus fruits and veggies, these grilling recipes will become family favorites this summertime. A few of my favorites are, Must Make Summertime Grilling Recipes,  Top Summer Grilling Recipes or Amazing Grilling Recipes

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Grilling Recipes are AMAZING

You guys, I just can’t contain my excitement because GRILLING SEASON IS HERE! This is my favorite type of food – backyard bbq, summer grilling spectacular! I am grilling everything in sight and I want to make every single one of the amazing grilling recipes I’ve rounded up for you today! There are SO many options and varieties so if you love meat or vegetables that are grilled to perfection then you’ve come to the right place!

Juicy and delicious, these … Read more

Salmonella contamination not unusual in chicken

One-third of samples tested by Consumer Reports showed Salmonella contamination of ground chicken, including product from one of the nation’s largest producers.

The investigation by the non-profit consumer watchdog group included testing of 75 samples of ground chicken from Perdue and other companies. Purdue sells under its own brand and supplies chicken to Trader Joe’s and Wholesome Pantry. Consumer Reports also found Salmonella in samples from Isernio’s, Walmart and Whole Foods. Overall, no single brand stood out as being statistically better or worse than another, and CR found no difference between ground chicken from organic and conventionally-raised birds.

“Dangerous salmonella is far too common in chicken and sickens hundreds of thousands of people every year,” said James E. Rogers, director of food safety research and testing at Consumer Reports. “The USDA has pledged to reduce illness from salmonella contamination for more than a decade, but CR’s tests show that more … Read more

A Bona Nosh

Why Polari, Britain’s lost gay language, employs so many food words for subversive concepts

Typically, if I said that I’d recently eaten an especially memorable dish, I’d probably mean I’d tried something new at a restaurant. But in Britain 60 years ago, to the mostly (but not entirely) gay male speakers of a dialect called Polari, this phrase had a different, codified, deliciously lurid meaning: Dishes have rims, if you know what I mean.

Polari has a complex hybrid genealogy, as it developed out of terms used in what was known as “Cant” as far back as the 16th century among thieves, evolving into fairground and theater jargon in the 19th century when it was known by its speakers as Palyaree, which then evolved into what we now call Polari. (As a stealth, informal practice, spellings for both the lexicon itself and its vocabulary somewhat varied; the term “Polari” was … Read more

Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

These roasted cherry tomatoes are seasoned with garlic and basil and literally bursting to perfection. It’s a simple and delicious side dish that you will want to pair with every meal!

Roasted vegetables are so delicious and go with everything! Try out this cauliflower, this delicious roasted lemon garlic broccolini, and these brown butter honey garlic carrots. You will never go back to eating raw vegetables again!

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Roasted Cherry Tomatoes Recipe

I can’t decide what I like most about these roasted tomatoes. Is it the basil or the garlic or the delicious, roasted exterior? These tomatoes start out firm and plump but as they cook in the oven, they literally burst and create the most delicious texture! They are so juicy and filled with flavor that I literally want to pair them with everything that I cook for dinner.

Not only do these taste delicious but they are so easy … Read more