TDB Give-Away – Free tickets to the Pittsburgh Farm to Table Conference!

We have a pair of two-day registration passes (a $50 value!) to the upcoming Farm to Table Conference being held in Pittsburgh on March 23rd and 24th that we will be raffling off. What better way to usher in the springtime than to get in touch with localized food resources!

To enter this contest, add a comment to this post or the link on our facebook page, or send us an email at about how you like to make healthier or homemade versions of common prepared foods, or a tip on your favorite spot to find local food in your area. Submit your ideas to us by Tuesday, March 20th, and we will pick a winner at random. The winner will be notified on Wednesday, March 21st.

Conference features include:

  • Farmers Market & Health Vendors
  • Live Cooking Demonstrations by Chefs and Dieticians
  • Expert Presentation about Health and Local Food Resources
  • Activities for kids (12 and under are free)

For inspiration, and in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, check out a previous post of ours on a homemade version of McDonald’s Shamrock Shake. Also, with your consent, ideas and tips collected as part of this contest may end up published in a new post on this website. We look forward to hearing from you!

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  1. Here’s a link to the post we wrote about the 2011 Pittsburgh Farm To Table Conference, if you want to learn more –

  2. Carole Borek

     /  March 18, 2012

    I am so happy to have this opportunity to win some free tickets for Farm to Table this weekend. I was planning to attend the event even if I had to pay for it. I have been eating a whole food plant based diet for over a year now and am always looking for good and easy recipes. Do you have any hints on how to saute onions without oil and still get that good carmelized flavor?

    • Thank you for your question, Carole. I have never tried to caramelize onions without ANY oil (I usually use just a little), but here are a few suggestions to keep in mind if omitting it altogether:
      – use a sweet onion variety
      – keep the heat very low and take your time
      – add a bit of salt, and maybe a pinch of sugar at the same time that you add the onions to the pan
      – if the onions start to stick, add a couple tablespoons of water, vegetable stock, or white wine to de-glaze the pan

      I also read about a method using a slow cooker on another blog, which appears to have good results – I hope this helps!

  3. Laurie

     /  March 19, 2012

    I try never to buy prepared hummus, it’s so easy to make in either the blender or the food processor. One can of chick peas (I do usually use canned…) olive oil, tahini (sesame paste), water, lemon juice, salt and pepper. That’s the basic recipe then add in extras if you are so inclined. Extras can be anything from roasted peppers or garlic, parsely, cilantro, jalapenos, olives,cumin, or substitute the lemon juice with orange juice. The whole process takes about 10 minutes and is much more flavorful than most store made. Enjoy!


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