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The Sweet and Sour Kumquats

The Sweet and Sour Kumquats

We don’t see kumquats in our produce departments very often, but when you do, buy some! They are in season from November through March and can be found in Asian stores—since they are native to China—and some higher end grocers. They look like little oranges […]

Onion, A Functional Vegetable

Onion, A Functional Vegetable

Perhaps it isn’t fair to call the onion “lowly,” but it certainly is common to so many recipes that we might not think much about it as an individual ingredient. Just go to the vegetable bin and grab one, right? You always have some stored […]

Step Into the New Year

Step Into the New Year

The Holidays of many faiths and cultures all converge at the end of December and then we all step into the New Year together. I hope you’ve had a chance to enjoy some of the best foods of your own culture and maybe those of […]

Choose A Happy Healthy Holiday

Choose A Happy Healthy Holiday

To change a popular song a little bit: This is “the most dangerous time of the year.” I’m not writing this to put a downer on anyone. I want to remind myself as well as my readers that our Health and Happiness is ALWAYS up […]

Christmas Traditions

Christmas Traditions

A “christmas tradition” means snow, right? And cut out sugar cookies, right? And turkey? No wait—ham. And . . .well, it’s really kind of impossible to define a traditional christmas for everyone. It’s more fun to discover what a wide variety of christmas traditions there […]

Thanksgiving Tasty Tips

Thanksgiving Tasty Tips

Enjoy more vegetables more than starchy foods Enjoy more water than wine or pop Enjoy time with family and friends Help out and appreciate your host(s)  Happy Thanksgiving from my kitchen to yours

Eating Seasonally

Eating Seasonally

A friend tells a story of an especially long and troubled winter several years ago. It seemed like the snow and cold would never end. One day she saw fresh asparagus at the grocery store and she burst into tears. She said, “I’m sure other […]

Healthy Sweeteners

Healthy Sweeteners

Some might say my title is impossible, that there are no healthy sweeteners. If your idea of sweetening involves large quantities of any sweetener, that is true. Healthy Sweeteners can only be good for you if used in moderation. Taking that into account, it is […]

Sweet Corn

Sweet Corn

A friend had guests visiting from Europe. It was late July, so she was excited to offer them locally grown sweet corn. Due to the Europeans limited access to sweet corn, the locally grown treat was poorly received. She cried as she told me how […]

Grocery List or No?

Grocery List or No?

Oh, for the days of yore! Shopping was so simple then. One walked up to a counter and read off items from a list. The shopkeeper located each item on the shelves behind him and set it on the counter. He weighed out the flour […]