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Zester Daily contributor Louisa Kasdon is a Boston-based food writer, former restaurant owner and  the Founder and CEO of Let's Talk About Food, an organization that engages the public around food issues in our world ( Kasdon was the food editor for Stuff magazine and the Contributing Editor for Food for the Boston Phoenix.  Winner of the M.F.k> fisher Award for Culinary Excellence, she has  written for Fortune, MORE, Cooking Light, The Boston Globe, Boston Magazine and The Christian Science Monitor, among others.

Turkey and Root Vegetable Soup with Sage-Scented Matzo Balls. Credit: Daniel Rastes

Like a comet, it is coming: Thanksgivukkah 2013! For only the second time since Abraham Lincoln decreed Thanksgiving a national holiday, it coincides with

Cheeses made at Ten Apple Farm. Credit: Karl Schatz

It's morning in Maine, and Margaret Hathaway has already milked the goats in the back yard and fed the chickens. Four-year-old Beatrice colors in

Photo: Magazine covers from the Boston Phoenix, which included Stuff Magazine. Courtesy of Boston Phoenix

For almost 15 years, I was the food editor of Stuff Magazine, the fun, slightly incorrigible biweekly little sister magazine published by the Boston

Clark Mackenzie hangs one of the hundreds of wreaths he makes and delivers each year. Credit: Louisa Kasdon

I crushed some of the red berries by mistake as I climbed into the seat of Clark Mackenzie's white panel truck. It wasn't exactly

A slice of the world's best noodle pudding. Credit: Bethany Versoy

Confession: It isn't even my recipe. It's from my former stepdaughter. She was mostly nice to me, occasionally nasty, and always an excellent chef.

A Thanksgiving turkey. Credit: iStockPhoto

Turkey conversation season is upon us again, with our annual quest for a crisp, moist, perfect bird. Some swear by brining the turkey (or

Golden Delicious apples on a bench. Credit: Louisa Kasdon

This was the year I stopped waiting for the apples on my apple tree to turn red. After 20-odd years of dumping squirrel-nibbled greenish


For consumers who want to fuse their purchasing decisions with their social consciousness, buying green and righteous just got a whole lot more confusing.