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Say YES to Good Palm Oil.

It’s time to say yes to GOOD palm oil.

I am always looking for ways to incorporate sustainable and ethically sourced products into my kitchen and cooking. I was tickled to hear about this new campaign for RSPO’s GOOD Palm Oil.

May 23rd marked the launch of RSPO’s  exciting new global campaign, which highlights the many consumer goods that contain palm oil, and that everyone can make a choice between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ palm oil.

This blog post is sponsored by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

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To make it even more fun, you can watch videos on everyday items like noodles, ice cream and cookies on their YouTube channel. The campaign films feature knitted foods created by renowned artist Jessica Dance. With support from bloggers in the US and Europe, and on social media, RSPO is asking everyone to get involved with the debate and help raise awareness of GOOD palm oil. Join us in the journey to do away with bad palm oil!

Click on the picture to watch a video!

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Did you know?

Over 50% of supermarket goods for sale contain palm oil; from margarine and chocolate to donuts and cookies, to even household items like lipstick, shampoo and soap. In fact, around 70% of the world’s cosmetics and household detergents contain raw materials derived from palm oil. Globally, 13.47 million tons of palm oil is consumed but just 21% of it is certified as being from sustainable sources.

Cooking with clean and healthy ingredients is very important to me. I like to know where my food comes from and that the land and environment was respected in harvesting it. Whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian or love a good steak, you’ll be able to introduce GOOD Palm Oil into your everyday kitchen pantry. I use brands that I know keep true to harvesting ethically. And palm oil is a great choice for cooking. Have you ever used it? You can buy it in a jar just like coconut oil.

Have a look around your home and see what contains palm oil, I bet you’ll be surprised. And now find out how much of it is form sustainable sources. Let me know in the comments what you find!

RSPO believes that achieving 100% certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) in Europe is not only a realistic ambition but a vital one too. The production of ‘bad’ palm oil is rapidly destroying virgin rainforests and ecosystems and causing air pollution to rise and putting many species at risk of extinction. If grown sustainably, ‘good’ palm oil can benefit local communities with fair working conditions and help protect valuable species and forests.

 

The good news is that we are already starting to see change; 13 countries currently have RSPO certified producers, which translates to 3.6 million hectares of land, and many companies are displaying our RSPO trademark on their product packaging. We now need to build on this momentum, so we’re asking you to get involved with the debate and share our campaign about good palm oil.

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You can read more about the campaign, watch Jessica Dance’s knitted food videos and share the positive message of good palm oil on social media via their new websiteThe conversation about sustainable palm oil is already happening and we want as many people as possible to get involved and share their views.

To join the debate on social media, using the hashtag #goodbadpalmoil

 

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Look out for the RSPO symbol on products, and be sure it only contains RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil. See examples of products with the RSPO symbol here. 

Say YES! To good palm oil.

 

Happy Dishing!

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Asparagus Tips with Cucumber Vinaigrette #BloggerCLUE

As spring rolls around once more, it is time to start thinking about what to serve at Easter. With all the bright, fresh, crisp colors of the new season we have so much to choose from. Luckily, to help even more, the Blogger C.L.U.E. theme this month is Easter so we’ll get you everything you need to please ol’ Peter Cottontail.

This month I was paired with Wendy from A Day in the Life on the Farm and I had a lovely time looking through her blog. There was so much to choose from, of course. I was on the hunt though for something light, crisp and fresh– so as soon as I saw the Asparagus Tips with Cucumber Vinaigrette– I knew I’d found my post!

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Italian Soup for #BloggerCLUE

It’s not often cold here, really cold anyway, and we’ve had a bit of a cold snap come through, so this was the perfect time to work on this month’s Blogger C.L.U.E. theme– soups & stews. Who doesn’t love a good belly warming bowl of comforting soup?

I was assigned to Authentic Suburban Gourmet and went right to “work” looking for a scrumptious soup to dish up. I didn’t stew over it for long (see what I did there) as I quickly came across Perfect Italian Soup, and it had my name written all over it. At this time of year I really crave a nice bowl of ribollita which makes me fondly remember my time living in Florence, Italy. Ribollita is a rustic soup made with vegetables, and bread- it translates to reboiled, as it’s a peasants soup that dates back centuries. It is classically Tuscan and perfectly delizioso. Ribollita, GOOD ribollita, is really hard to find here, but I’m always up for something with an Italian flair, and although this is a different kind of soup, it’s a great recipe to have on hand when the temperatures drop. So here’s my take on Lisa’s Italian Soup.

 

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Massaged Kale Salad #BloggerCLUE

The holidays can be rough on everyone– and everything. Your wallet, your energy, your diet. As we head into a fresh, new 2016, everyone needs some rejuvenating… a massage even. You, me, a couple bunches of kale. We deserve it. 

With all the resolutions, vows to quit sugar, exercise more, drink less… it is easy to get overwhelmed. Luckily, the Blogger C.L.U.E. crew has your sorted. This month the theme is healthy eating recipes so you can stack your meal calendar with good (for you) food galore. 

This Massaged Kale Salad is where it’s at. Give it a go.  

Kale Salad

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Cape Cod Mule – Cranberry Moscow Mule

Happy Holidays, friends! I hope you are all having a joyous and festive season. I think we deserve a beverage, it’s happy hour somewhere, right? We’ve worked hard, managed the shopping lines and wrapped all the gifts. We’ve earned it.

Last year it was the Randy Reindeer, this year it’s the Cape Cod Mule- Cranberry Moscow Mule. It’s a little tart and sensationally sippable. The cranberry gives it a little seasonal kick (but, who am I kidding, you could drink this all year long) and adds another layer of festive flavor.  

 

Cape Cod Mule

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Hot Cocoa Cookies with White Chocolate and Peppermint #FBCookieSwap

 

Happy Holidays, my friends! I can’t believe we’ve gone a whole year since the last Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap! I couldn’t be more excited about this year’s recipe. These Hot Cocoa Cookies with White Chocolate and Peppermint are everything you want around the holidays. They’re a little decadent, comforting, super tasty and sneakily sweet. Imagine your favorite cup of hot cocoa, with marshmallows and peppermint, mix them into gorgeous cookies, then dunk it in  glass of milk. Perfect.

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Blueberry Lemon Bars #BloggerCLUE

Happy Blogger C.L.U.E. Day! We’re closing out 2015 with something sweet and shareable- Blueberry Lemon Bars. To me the holiday theme for this month could apply to anything you want to share with your friends and loved ones. When I saw these Lemon Blueberry Bars on Lawyer Loves Lunch, I thought they’d perfect treat to share. It’s all about giving this time of year and these are perfectly portable for any white elephant party or holiday dessert spread. Although they aren’t really seasonal, they still make your sharing sweeter–they’re sensational any time of year. They would be the perfect swap for any holiday pie, easier to share and sneak as a midnight snack while you wait for Santa.

 Blueberry Lemon Bars

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Waffles with Whipped Cream

Since it is National Cookie Day, I thought it was appropriate/necessary to create a cookie-centric recipe. I have some new ones on the line-up which will be out soon, but had to share something scrumptious today. I was thinking about how I could use Otis Spunkmeyer Chocolate Chunk Cookies in some way, and then it hit me! Chocolate Chip Cookie Waffles with Whipped Cream. Yes, the cookies are IN the waffle. I know, amazing, right? They’re a liiiiiiiitle decadent, but totally worth it. Top them with freshly whipped cream, and a dusting of powdered sugar and, treat yo’self.

Leslie Knope would totally approve of these waffles. 

As a bonus Otis Spunkmeyer is offering up a box of chocolate chunk cookies to one lucky reader. (Details are at the end of the post.)

Chocolate Chip Cookie Waffles

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Roasted Squash and Apple Soup

As we head into the holiday season, it’s nice to have a lighter, healthier option on hand for those days when you can feel you’ve overindulged. Not to say this Roasted Squash and Apple Soup isn’t perfectly satisfying and delectable any old autumn day, just keep the recipe in your back pocket for when you’re hungry for a satisfying soup. 

 

Roasted Squash and Apple Soup 

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Apricot Caramelized Onion Goat Cheese and Gruyere Flatbread

With the holidays around the corner, we are all prepping to host or head to parties. This Apricot Caramelized Onion Goat Cheese and Gruyere Flatbread is your answer to- what the heck should I make for this par-tay? It’s just a touch of sweet with lots of savory, on the perfectly portable vessel– flatbread! It’s super to share, easy to bring along, and convenient to make ahead (if you happen to host). 

Apricot Caramelized Onion Goat Cheese Flatbread

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