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August 15, 2014

What anti-bacterial salad ingredient is also my favorite herb?

By: Leanne Ely There is a plant that’s doing well in my garden and coincidentally it’s also my favorite herb. Basil is the key ingredient in pesto, a popular condiment made of olive oil, pine nuts, parmesan cheese and fresh basil. But basil is also a key topping for a traditional margarita pizza and you… Read more

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August 14, 2014

It’s time to get into a pickle

By: Leanne Ely   This is the year, y’all. This is the year you are going to can your summer harvest! And by “can” I mean pickle! Because really, how many cucumbers can one family eat? Once upon a time homes didn’t have freezers or refrigerators, so in order to preserve food, it had to… Read more

Operation Lunchbox Readiness

August 8, 2014

Operation Back-to-School Lunchbox Readiness

By: Leanne Ely   I know I’m going to get a dirty look or two from y’all for bringing this up, but it really isn’t too soon to start thinking about getting the kids ready to go back to school. With two children of my own, I am fully aware of how expensive it can… Read more

okra

August 1, 2014

What green pod can help your vision and keep you regular?

By: Leanne Ely   Okra isn’t everyone’s favorite vegetable, but if you knew how healthy these edible green pods were, I think you might find yourself warming up to them. Now, I’m from California so I didn’t grow up eating fresh okra. But when I moved to the South, I found out from growing them… Read more

blue mussels

July 25, 2014

Low in B12? A 3-ounce serving of this fish will fix you up

By: Leanne Ely One of my favorite summer suppers involves the delicious and mighty blue mussel. Inexpensive to buy and quick and easy to cook, I love making a meal out of a plate of steamed mussels. Before I get into the nutritional profile of these bivalves, it’s important for you to know that mussels… Read more

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July 11, 2014

Great taste and nutrition in one pretty package

By: Leanne Ely   Tender, beautiful pea shoots are one of my favorite fresh-from-the-garden treats. Those curly green tendrils are the leaves of the traditional garden pea plant. They hold all the flavor of a freshly shucked pea while adding a touch of whimsy to a salad or stir fry. And lucky for me (and… Read more

arugula2

July 4, 2014

Which leafy green bites you back?

By: Leanne Ely   Looking to shake things up on your salad plate? The next time you’re at the market, pick up a bunch of arugula, also known as “Italian Cress.” Or, if you’re in the UK, you might find it labeled, “Rocket Salad.” Arugula is a nice change from your regular greens because its… Read more

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June 27, 2014

Which phenol-packed fruit is related to the almond

By: Leanne Ely   You probably already know that plums are related to peaches and nectarines but did you know they are also a relative of the almond? It’s true! Plums are small-stone fruits with a tart, sweet taste. This family of fruits are considered “drupes,” and they all have one thing in common: they… Read more

Cardamom2

June 20, 2014

How to relieve bloat and fight cancer while freshening your breath

By: Leanne Ely   The cardamom plant has been made famous by its pungent little pods. Inside the thin papery coating of the cardamom pod is the plant’s small black seeds, which have a very spicy flavor, common in Indian cuisine. Besides being a tasty way to season your curry dishes, cardamom seeds have many… Read more

Rhubarb

June 13, 2014

Poisonous & good for you at the same time?

By: Leanne Ely   Those beautiful rosy pink stalks of rhubarb have shot up out of their usual spot in my garden and I am enjoying this wonderful spring fruit immensely! Rhubarb is one of the first perennial plants to poke through the earth in the spring and I absolutely adore it. Rhubarb grows in… Read more