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Paige Smith Orloff
In 2007, Paige Smith Orloff moved to a rural hamlet in upstate New York after living for 16 years in Los Angeles. A former television and film producer and executive, she now writes for regional and national publications about food, farming, and design. Orloff lives with her husband and two young children on a small farm, where she keeps horses (and sometimes chickens), attempts to garden, and marvels at the stunning beauty outside her window all year long. (Photo: Erica Berger)
Stories by Paige Smith Orloff
November 20, 2012
Junk food junkies are saying "hallelujah!" that Hostess might survive, but let’s embrace better treats instead. For example: this homemade snack cake (made with actual food!)
September 6, 2012
A New York Times story says organic food is no better than Big Ag's grub? Not so fast.
August 15, 2012
Today would have been Julia Child’s 100th birthday. Like so many other Americans, I have Julia to thank for my interest in food and cooking. She (along with the writers and editors of the much-lamented Gourmet magazine)... read more >
August 2, 2012
For the first time last fall, I planted garlic. And last week, for the first time, I harvested what could be a year’s supply of a crop I grew myself.I’m hardly a homesteader and am accepting of the limitations to my self... read more >
July 26, 2012
I stopped by a local farm earlier this week to pick up my chicken subscription. You read that right. For the last three years, I’ve pre-purchased a monthly supply of meat from a farmer friend’s CSA (community supported... read more >
July 18, 2012
Thank goodness for farmers. If it weren’t for farmers, I’d be reduced to eating the food I can grow myself. And this hot, dry summer has not provided as much of that as I'd like. My garden -- though overheated and... read more >
June 29, 2012
In an editorial entitled "Pig Out" this week, the prestigious science journal Nature called for an end to the overuse of antibiotics in the production of livestock. The editorial says the ever-increasing problem of multi-... read more >
June 21, 2012
Breaking news from the Northeast: It's hot this week! But even if you and your garden aren't sweltering through this early summer heat wave, drought conditions across the country are defining (and limiting) this year’s... read more >
June 19, 2012
No matter how much you mulch, pull, prep, and tend, the weeds will come to your garden, your yard, even your pots and containers. What if, instead of fighting the invasion, you could learn to embrace and even relish it?That’... read more >
May 11, 2012
Lead, cadmium, phthalates, and other nasty chemicals may be lurking in your garden. But they might not have arrived there through fertilizers, pesticides, and pollution. Your own gardening tools could be the culprit.A recent... read more >
May 4, 2012
This garden season, I'm planning to introduce you to new cookbooks (and their authors) that embrace eating homegrown foods.To kick things off, meet Alana Chernila, author of the new cookbook The Homemade Pantry. Alana is a... read more >
April 27, 2012
The Home of the Whopper is going cage-free (at least when it comes to bacon and eggs). The Los Angeles Times and NPR gave Burger King shout-outs yesterday for promising to phase out all pork produced from animals housed in... read more >
April 18, 2012
A landscape architect/vegetable-growing guru/mad scientist friend of mine raises a huge garden in his front yard every year. This guy has pretty decent planet-loving bona fides: he raises chickens, grows without chemicals,... read more >
April 12, 2012
I stop just shy of being a full-on paranoiac when it comes to industrially-produced meat. As I’ve written here before, I avoid fast food. My kids, to their great irritation, are banned from eating hamburgers in restaurants... read more >