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Unless otherwise noted, all recipes on this blog are free of gluten, peanuts, soy, corn, tomatoes, potatoes, shellfish, cane sugar, oranges, and yeast. Most recipes are also free of egg, dairy, and tree nuts (if used, reliable substitutions will be provided for these when possible). Check out my recipe index for a full list of recipes by category. 

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What's organic in your basket?

You're standing in the grocery store, holding a $6 tub of organic spinach in one hand and a $3 tub of conventional spinach in the other.  The organic is a whopping $3 more; is it really worth it? 

According to the Environmental Workers Group, that extra $3 is worth every penny: spinach is one of the "Dirty Dozen", the foods you should always buy organic due to the level of pesticide residue.  

The EWG just updated the food lists for 2010 that outline the "Dirty Dozen" and the "Clean Fifteen", the foods that  have the highest pesticide residue and the lowest.  According to the EWG Shopper's Guide, these measurements were determined after nearly 96,000 tests on fruits and vegetables conducted by the FDA and USDA.  I found this fact a bit horrifying:

"EWG research has found that people who eat five fruits and vegetables a day from the Dirty Dozen list consume an average of 10 pesticides a day. Those who eat from the 15 least contaminated conventionally-grown fruits and vegetables ingest fewer than 2 pesticides daily. The Guide helps consumers make informed choices to lower their dietary pesticide load."

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