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Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Celebrate the end of the week – responsibly, of course – with a cocktail that might actually be good for you. Thank God It’s Pomegranate!  This cocktail combines the healthy benefits of pomegranate with simple syrup and a hint of basil, creating a flavorful and slightly sweet drink. Plus, you can make it with or without alcohol.


Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

There’s a plethora of pumpkin-infused products on the market every fall. From our lattes, to baking mixes, ice cream, donuts, candles and even beer, it’s all things pumpkin all the time — at least until the end of the year.

In fact, we’ve become an entire nation of Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eaters, so much so that retailers and restauranteurs have taken notice. According to Chicago-based Datassential Menu Trends, seasonal pumpkin-related products increased 234% in the past four years.

Not wanting to miss out on this popular trend, I have my own pumpkin-filled menu item — a Pumpkin Smoothie.

Tomatoes Take Two

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

A few weeks ago I wrote about freezing tomatoes. While that remains my go-to trick to keeping tomatoes out of my trash, today I tried something new — slow roasting tomatoes.

Not quite a sun-dried tomato, these tender, juicy ruby-colored gems are full of flavor and have endless possibilities. Personally I like eating them right out of the roasting pan.

Too Many Tomatoes. Too Little Time

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

Let me set the scene for you. It’s late at night on basket eve. You’re standing in front of an open refrigerator door looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, when you see it, behind the fat free sour cream and carton of leftover Chinese food from Tuesday night. No, it’s not the last piece of chocolate cake. Your husband devoured that earlier in the night. It’s a bowl of deep red tomatoes from last week’s bounty.

You examine them. They’re still edible, but won’t be for long. Plus, you’ll have a refrigerator full of much fresher fruits and vegetables tomorrow. What do you do?

Surefire Squash Saute

Friday, October 4th, 2013

We all have our go-to recipes. And when I get summer squash, I grab my recipe box and make a large pan of Southwest Summer Squash Saute. Why you ask?

Savor Summertime Flavor with Fruit Salsa

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Autumn is upon us and the dog days of summer will soon be a distant memory. While I won’t miss the oppressive heat, biting flies and the crowds of people cooling off at the mountain lakes, I will miss the summertime fruit most of all.

Camouflage and Cauliflower

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

In doing research for this blog post, I was not surprised to find that cauliflower is not America’s favorite vegetable*. And I can assure you that it wasn’t a big hit in my house while growing up either, only making the dinner table with other raw vegetables — carrot, celery, radishes, broccoli, etc. — alongside a bowl of Ranch Dip. Not the most appealing mealtime display.

Make a Lasting Impression with Fresh-Frozen Herbs

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Never waste food. That’s what grandma said. Her message stuck with me to this day, leading me to look for new ways to extend the use of my basket items.