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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 […]

March 2017 Dinners

March 2017 Dinners

Dinner can be tough with our busy lives – work, errands, exercise commitment and who knows what else! Consequently, March 2017 Dinners follow: SOUP African Black Bean Soup First of all, this soup is super easy to make. Dice the veggies, sautee’ then simmer.  Voila! […]

Crockpot Revisited

Crockpot Revisited

I’ve written in an earlier blog about using a crockpot as a tool on busy work days to put a good dinner on the table. I stressed how meals can be prepared ahead of time and placed in a crockpot to cook all day. The popularity […]

Snacks, All Dressed Up and Ready for a Party

Snacks, All Dressed Up and Ready for a Party

Who said snacks have to be served on a plate?  How about this idea? Clean your vegetables. Slice and/or dice the veggies. Place veggies in mason jars, glasses or other container you have. Place in decorative container. Add dips in jars with long serving spoons. Voila!!!! […]

Ratatouille, Versatile and Colorful

Ratatouille, Versatile and Colorful

Ratatouille (Rat a tou ee) is such a fun word.  When I think of the word several visions come mind: A French restaurant serving a warm and colorful stew. An easy-to-make side dish for a variety of meals. A single serving of vegetables that is packed […]