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Archive for September, 2011

Cut me some flax!

Flaxseed is nothing new but like so many products, it’s become popular from the media’s attention.  There are some good reasons for this attention; as we’ve learned more about ALA (a type of omega-3 fat) there’s been an effort to identify good sources and flaxseed is one of them.  It turns out that flaxseed is […]

Recipe: Apple and Fig Spread

Most people in the northeast probably know that fall is apple season.  But the late summer and early fall is fig season too.  Right now we’re nearing the end of fresh, sweet farmers market figs.  This recipe takes advantage of the seasonal produce crossover from summer to fall.  I’ve also canned a pared down version […]

Recipe: Cheesy Brussels Sprouts

For many people, Brussels sprouts got a bad rap since they were kids.  I might even go so far as to say they are one of the most unpopular vegetables.  And honestly, I can sympathize.  Not only are they easy to overcook but when they start to get just a little mushy, Brussels sprouts release […]

Myth: Diet soda is better for you than regular soda

TRUTH:  First, let me say that I never thought I’d be discussing which soda is healthier.  People, it’s soda!  If you want something healthy, get some water or low fat milk.  But, this is a question that comes up fairly often.  You want soda, you enjoy soda, and you’re going to have it (at least […]

Artificial Sweeteners: Sweet Deal or Shady Substitute?

In America, refined sugar is added for us and by us into foods that need no extra sweetening.  Our sweet tooth has evolved into a sugar denture and the obesity epidemic has expanded our waistlines and our health care costs.  Artificial sweeteners tout the same taste as sugar without the calories, but are they better?  […]

Recipe: Crispy Corn Raviolis with Light Basil Pesto

Making ravioli can be a tedious process when you’re making the dough.   I prefer to use wonton wrappers to reduce the time it takes and the number of steps.  Using fresh corn and basil when they’re in season (or right now, when the corn is going out of season) is the best time to make […]

Recipe: Cumin Seared Mahi Mahi with Salsa Verde

Cumin gives smokey flavor to fish and when it’s combined with a little acid, the bold flavors really shine through.  This quick cooking recipe only requires a frying pan and can be done in less than 10 minutes.   If tomatillos aren’t available, you could use regular tomatoes, mangos or peaches for the complimentary salsa.  You […]

Myth: Salad is always the healthiest option

TRUTH:  Sadly, this is a myth.  Come on, we’re Americans!  And as Americans, we can make anything unhealthy – we started the fast food industry, we take the fiber out of everything, and I know more than one restaurant that will deep fry desserts.  There are plenty of unhealthy options out there and salad can […]

Wheat? White? Whole Wheat? Whole white? Whole what??

Whole wheat, as we know it in everyday foods like breads and pasta is actually whole red wheat. What we know as white bread is made from refined whole red wheat. But there’s another kind of wheat that’s sneaked into our food system and if you’re an aware and savvy shopper, you may have noticed […]

Recipe: Easy Tomato Basil Sauce

My household is probably guilty of the most chronic overuse of jarred tomato sauce.  Spaghetti was my family’s go-to meal when I was a kid (it’s still my father’s favorite dish), and it’s a good go to now.  When I was a kid, the different flavors of jarred sauce offered the only variety that I […]