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You know the line, don’t you?

I really didn’t mean to do it.  I meant to have a nice afternoon with my folks, watch last week’s American Idol that they saved for me (seriously, America?  You tried to give Casey the ax?  Seriously…) and generally have a nice time together.  But at some point the inevitable happened: food was somehow discussed in the course of the day, and it wasn’t long before I was off on a lecture to whoever would listen about this country’s food system and how tragically broken it is, and how imperative it is that each of us take our personal food system into our own hands.  Go independent.  Rip back the veil on what we take into our homes and bodies, and become savvy.  Because trusting that our government has our best interests at heart, that our food supply is safe, that there will always be enough, that following the USDA food pyramid will keep us healthy – well, that ship never did sail, friends.  We’ve been sinking but we didn’t know it because the windows were painted over with scenes of pastoral farmland and happy cows. Read the rest of this entry »


Lately I have been making smoothies like they’re going out of style!  They’re a quick and easy way to pack in a lot of nutrients in one tasty package, and the perfect on-the-go meal for just about anyone who has a busy schedule and a thermos, Klean Kanteen, or travel mug.  This recipe won’t cost you five bucks and a hundred grams of sugar, either; it’s a high-protein, moderate-fat, nutritive meal.

I’m going to give you my favorite version, adapted from the lovely recipe in Jessica Prentice’s Full Moon Feast: Food and the Hunger for Connection, and then break down the formula so that you can create your own special blend.  As with everything creative, it helps to know the structure before you play with it. Read the rest of this entry »




As some of you know. Maggie’s Nest started out as a personal blog where I could share my daily thoughts with family and friends.  Earlier this year, starting my fourth year of blogging, I wanted to reach a wider audience and share my passion for living a meaningful life through real food, simple homekeeping, nurturing creativity, and other ways that have become important in my own life.

Well, the Universe listened!  In the last three months more of you have been visiting Maggie’s Nest than ever before – thanks to a little love from Nourished Kitchen last Thursday, this site had ten times its normal daily traffic!  And since then, almost twice the usual daily traffic.  I am so grateful for all who visit, contribute, and return.

So now I’d like to get some feedback from you.  Please take a few minutes to complete this survey – only seven questions – so I can continue to develop a site that resonates, enriches, and serves the people who it’s for: you!

As an incentive, I’m doing my very first giveaway!  Leave a comment on this page after you’ve taken the survey, and on Sunday, April 3rd I’ll randomly choose one commenter to receive a copy of Nina Planck’s excellent book, Real Food: What to Eat and Why.  It’s my favorite introduction to the real food revolution, and I’m honored to give it away to one lucky reader.  To enter, all you have to do is complete the survey and then leave a comment saying that you’ve done so.  Thanks in advance for your help!


Sunday morning I woke up late, threw some clothes on, and ran over to the farmer’s market.  I had a list of things to pick up so I could get home, help Eric clean up the house, and get to work making dinner for an evening with friends.  Suddenly I wished I’d taken the time to wash my face; my first stop was the Organic Pastures booth, where I met the rock star of the raw milk revolution. Read the rest of this entry »

inspired as always by SouleMama

Visual Sunday: a 2011 Maggie’s Nest tradition. A single picture. Maybe titled, maybe not. No commentary. Feel free to share a feeling it evokes for you, or a story it tells you, or a memory it sifts up into consciousness.


(Inverness, April 2008)



The first time I chose paint for a room was in my early 20’s.  I shared a 3-bedroom apartment in Queens with two other actors and a costume designer, and spending $25 on a gallon of paint was quite an investment for this then-starving artist; coming up with another twenty-five bucks if I hated the color would have meant a good week or so on cornflakes, so you’d think I would have chosen conservatively.  Ha! Read the rest of this entry »

Yesterday I shared about an impromptu cooking session with my niece, which was fun and also produced a tasty dinner!  Now, this isn’t strictly a traditional-foods dish as I relied on what I could find in my sister’s kitchen, but there are plenty of nourishing elements present even without any pre-planning.  Using real butter, grass-fed beef, organic kale and blackstrap molasses keeps the nutrient level high, while ketchup and barbecue sauce provide a nice sweet-spicy kick. Read the rest of this entry »

Note: Sorry this post is later than usual!  I started writing it last night, and then realized that I wanted to say more than I could get out just then, and closed my computer so I could have some quality time with Eric before bedtime.  I worked on it more this morning, hoping to get it published before coffee with a friend, but alas it was not meant to be; all of a sudden the post turned into two posts, and I would have to separate and edit to make it all make sense.  Coffee with my friend turned into a two-hour soul connection, and I’ve come home nourished by the time we spent together.  I opened up the computer again and smiled – how great to be working on this very blog post, about the everyday decisions I’m learning to make, to put people before work and connection before accomplishment.

Yesterday afternoon, I had the opportunity to change plans on the fly and babysit my niece for a couple of hours while my sister took my nephew to the batting cages.   Read the rest of this entry »


Today I travel nearly four hours round-trip for the latest food adventure: picking up the 90+ pounds of meat that my sister and I bought as a hogshare from Clark Summit Farm.  I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time, but as you might imagine, buying half a hog (or half of any large animal, for that matter) does require an up-front investment and it’s taken me a while to set aside the funds to get started.  Thanks, sis, for helping to make it possible! Read the rest of this entry »


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In the present economy, it’s easy to pull money from your grocery budget to cover other things but I’m here to tell you that it’s not necessary!  Yes, I do spend more than the average American on groceries, but considering that the average American only spends about 9-12% of their income on food, as compared to 1949’s figure of 22%, or the current European average of 14-17%, or even Pakistan’s current average of 46%, I don’t consider my food bill to be exorbitant.  It matters to me, so I make room for it in my monthly spending plan.  You can too, with some tricks like this one: how to make 3 meals from 1 chicken. Read the rest of this entry »

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