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Plantains

November 18, 2014

Which fruit can be savory and sweet?

By: Leanne Ely   It’s time once again for Tricks, Tips and a Recipe. Today you’ll learn a trick, a tip and you’ll get a great recipe to try it out with. Neat, huh? Today’s focus is on: PLANTAINS The next time you pass by the plantains in the grocery store, you should pick up… Read more

Juicy flavorful pears of nature background

November 7, 2014

By: Leanne Ely   Apples aren’t the only fruits ripening on the trees right now. It’s a great time of year for pears! If the best of pear season has ended where you live, there should still be plenty of fresh pears around, so poke around the farmers’ market next time you’re there. Or even… Read more

Slow Cooker

November 6, 2014

Don’t let your slow cooker make you sick

By: Leanne Ely   I couldn’t function without my slow cooker. You all know by now how I feel about this wonderful, time-saving appliance. If you’re new to slow cooking, or even if you’re a seasoned pro, there are some safety precautions that I hope you’re taking when it comes to this highly efficient way… Read more

fall foods

November 3, 2014

7 fall foods to forage for

By: Leanne Ely   Would you believe there’s all kinds of fresh food, free for the taking out there in the great outdoors? If there’s a forest or a meadow nearby, you may be able to forage for some delicious fall edibles. I love gardening, but I also love harvesting food I didn’t have to… Read more

squash for dinner

October 30, 2014

5 ways to enjoy squash for dinner

By: Leanne Ely   You can tell by the bright yellow or orange flesh of winter squash (well, depending on the variety), that this fall harvest fruit is good for you. (Yes, squash is a fruit!) Winter squash, like acorn and butternut, are the more substantial varieties. And I’m sure you already knew it, but… Read more

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October 28, 2014

Which ancient fruit makes the perfect salad topping?

By: Leanne Ely   I’ve been seeing figs popping up around the farmers’ markets so I thought we’d focus on this seasonal fruit today. You’re about to learn a tip, a trick and a great new recipe featuring the fig! Figs have been harvested since the 9th century BC where they were a staple in… Read more

Pumpkin

October 24, 2014

What symbol of fall may help you beat the blues?

By: Leanne Ely   Pumpkins are all over the place right now. Readily available across most of North America, pumpkins have become a symbol of autumn and have a starring role in desserts, soups and loaves this time of year. But these gorgeous orange orbs are much more than just a pretty face. Pumpkins, like… Read more

Butternut Squash-stew

October 21, 2014

Which favorite fall soup ingredient is packed with vitamin C?

By: Leanne Ely   It’s time once again for Tricks, Tips and a Recipe. Today you’ll learn a trick, a tip and you’ll get a great recipe to try it out with. Neat, huh? Today’s focus is on: BUTTERNUT SQUASH As the weather gets cooler, my mind goes to squash. That didn’t come out quite… Read more

Cooking Oils

October 20, 2014

Good oil/bad oil. Now you’ll know the difference.

By: Leanne Ely   There is a good deal of confusion around which oils are good for cooking and which are not. Fat is essential for human health. We need fat in our diets for hormone health, cell building, energy, and even for keeping our skin in good shape. There are certain vitamins (A, D,… Read more

applecidervinegar

October 17, 2014

It’s probably in your cupboard & can lower your blood pressure!?

By: Leanne Ely   When apple cider ferments, the sugar in that cider gets broken down by bacteria and yeast into alcohol. From there, the cider becomes vinegar. Apple cider vinegar, to be precise. Cider vinegar adds a wonderful zip to recipes calling for white vinegar, and unlike white vinegar, it also has quite a… Read more