Plant Something

Sure, a garden gets you the freshest of vegetables and taste alone would be reason to start one--there's nothing like an heirloom tomato still warm from the sun; even lettuce has a ridiculous amount of flavor when it goes from backyard bed into the bowl. But there are bonuses with gardening that go much, much deeper.

Seek Sustainability

Last week, we were at a friends' house for dinner when talk turned to the Cooking for Solutions conference I was headed to at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. "It's about exploring ways to create a more sustainable food chain," I said. Brows went up. Heads tilted. And finally the question was asked: "What, exactly, does sustainability mean?"

Radish and Goat Cheese Baguettes

Can a radish be the star attraction in a sandwich? It can -- especially when paired with creamy goat cheese on a crunchy baguette.