It’s Friday afternoon, and that means it’s time for me to give you a little weekend reading from around the web. Here are a few food related items that I thought might interest you.

The Atlantic has a slide show with yummy looking pictures and recipes for 12 Meatless Dishes for Meat-Lovers. Event those of us who aren’t vegetarian can benefit from a couple of meatless dinners a week. It helps the environment, too.

Even if you aren't a vegetarian, adding more veggie meals to your diet is always a healthy goal. These dishes are so delicious, even non-vegetarians won't miss the meat.
Click here to view the slide show and recipes.

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I’m a big fan of Bethe Almaras’ The Grass Stain Guru blog. It’s a blog dedicated to play for kids AND grown ups. There’s a great post about pumpkins there today the guru herself declares she’s “gaga for gourdes” and encourages us to bake and play with pumpkins.

Happy Frolic Friday! Time to play, and what better time of year to get outside and celebrate the beauty of nature?

I will admit it: I am gaga for gourds. Girl loves a pumpkin patch like nobody’s business.

Orange for as far as the eye can see. Tall ones. Short ones. Fat ones…I am giddy just thinking about it. 

Click here for the full post.

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The Wall Street Journal is reporting that more people are canning this year than have done so in a long time. I can believe it. I can’t remember a single person I’m connected to on Facebook mentioning canning last year, but this year, reporting on the number of cans you’ve put up seems to have become a status symbol.

Pots are boiling on every burner and the kitchen counters are covered with a jumble of bowls, measuring cups and jars. Steam fills the house with the scent of vinegar and caramelizing sugar.
We're canning.

This two-century-old technique of preserving food—or "putting up," in canning-speak—is making a big comeback. 

Click here for the full story.

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We’ve got a beautiful don’t-miss slide show here on MNN of sustainable wineries that have managed to achieve carbon neutrality. I think MNN needs to send me on a little trip around the world to visit these wineries and report back more in depth, don’t you?

Enjoy your weekend!

Image: Matt Callow

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