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November 14, 2014

Where are 90% of a walnut’s antioxidants found?

By: Leanne Ely Walnuts are like nature’s perfect little packaged food. Chock full of healthy fats, antioxidants, protein, fiber, minerals and vitamins, walnuts reign supreme in the kingdom of nuts. Just a quarter cup of walnuts a day is plenty for you to reap their health benefits. And just what sorts of health benefits are… Read more

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November 11, 2014

What prickly plant can boost your magnesium levels?

By: Leanne Ely   It’s artichoke season, so today we’re going to focus on this spiky green veggie. After reading this post, you’re going to have a great tip, a trick and a brand new recipe focusing on this edible flower that grows mainly in California and in the Mediterranean. Though artichokes are sharp and… Read more

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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

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October 31, 2014

Timeless benefits of summer savory

By: Leanne Ely   Savory is a fragrant aromatic herb with two seasons, bringing us winter savory and summer savory. Winter savory is very pungent, making it less popular for cooking than its lighter, more fancy-free cousin, summer savory. Both summer and winter savory have been used medicinally and in cuisine for a couple thousand… 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

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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

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October 14, 2014

Dem Bones!

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: BONES Animal bones, including beef knuckles, chicken carcasses and ham hocks, are absolutely worth saving and cooking… Read more

Dark Chocolate

October 10, 2014

The Sweet Benefits of Dark Chocolate

By: Leanne Ely   The love of my life made itself known when I was mere child. A little tiny child. Young, vulnerable, happy and yet missing something. What was it? Chocolate. That beautiful, silky, gorgeous experience of a food. Chocolate. OMGosh. Today, I’m talking specifically though, dark chocolate. Once upon a time, I was… Read more

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October 3, 2014

Which leafy green contains more than 8 times your daily required amount of Vitamin K?

By: Leanne Ely   Swiss chard is still making a big appearance at my local farmer’s market…how about yours? If you’ve been wondering about whether or not you should pick up some of these leafy greens, I say, do it! Swiss chard is sometimes known as white beet, strawberry spinach, Chilian beet, leaf beet, spinach… Read more

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September 26, 2014

Don’t Throw This Away!

By: Leanne Ely   Do you toss away the tops of your beets when you’re preparing the roots for your meal? Or do you eat them, too? Many people don’t realize that the red-veined leaves of the beet root are not only edible, but they’re also chock full of all kinds of nutrients. You can… Read more