It’s been quite a week for me. I got to hear Michael Pollan speak and reconnect with an old friend at the same time. Jamie Oliver started following me on Twitter (it’s the little things sometimes). I got my taxes in under the wire (and didn’t owe!). I started my garden on Sunday, and I already have radishes starting to make their way out from under the dirt. I’ve spent a few very enjoyable evenings watching my boys play baseball. Anyone else the parent of a pitcher? It’s nerve wracking, isnt’ it?

Anyway, I’m in a pretty good mood this sunny Friday afternoon, so I’m going to point you to good mood reads for the weekend.

The Atlantic has 12 recipes for mushroom lovers. The photos make my mouth water and make me glad that there are only two weeks left to the farmers market and tables full of fresh mushrooms.

Want to get more from your mushrooms? This collection of dishes both wild and domestic will get you foraging for ex

otic varieties and assembling a comforting pot pie.

Click here for all the recipes.


The Philadelphia Go Green Expo runs from today through Sunday. I went last year, and it was a mix of genuine green products and information with some booths presenting “green” products that made me skeptical. This year’s expo is expected to bigger than last year’s. There will be several food/beverage exhibits at the expo including Theo chocolate – yum. If they are giving out samples, do not pass them up.


My friend Bethe Almeras, known in social media circles as The Grass Stain Guru, has some ideas to frolic this Friday on her blog including one that gets you out in the garden while recycling at the same time.

OK, who’s with me?! I am ready to let my hair down and have some fun. Too much work and not enough living.

So, let’s remedy that. Let’s get our #playoutdoors on! 

Click here for all her ideas.


Finally, I heard about this on the radio this morning and I thought it was fantastic. The University of Pennsylvania graduating class will be wearing gowns that look like traditional graduation gowns, but they are actually made out of recycled plastic bottles instead of polyester. Isn’t that cool?

Students at the University of Pennsylvania probably drink a lot of beverages from plastic bottles during their four years on campus.

Now they could be wearing that plastic when they graduate.

Penn officials announced this week that the Class of 2010 will wear caps and gowns made of 100 percent, post-consumer recycled plastic bottles.
Click here for the full story.

I hope I put you in a good mood with these weekend reads. Enjoy your weekend! 

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Weekend reads: Time to get in a good mood
Food news and items of interest from around the Web for your weekend reading.