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January 21, 2016

Natural Ways to Fight Colds and Flu

by: Leanne Ely   Winter is here! There may be snow on the ground, there is colder weather, lots of soups and stews, and then of course the stuffed up noses. It all sounds great until you’re blowing your nose every two seconds and your throat could pass for sandpaper. And if all that wasn’t enough, your… Read more

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January 19, 2016

Marvelous Marvelous Mahi Mahi

By: Leanne Ely   Do you ever enjoy this ocean predator? Because I think that mahi mahi deserves a place in your kitchen on a regular basis. Also known as dolphinfish (but it’s not a dolphin, don’t worry!) this mild, sweet fish has a very firm flesh that makes cooking it an absolute breeze. Whether… Read more

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January 15, 2016

Wild versus Farm Raised. The difference is huge…

By: Leanne Ely Salmon is one of my all-time favorite fish and one of my all-time favorite meals for that matter. There are so many nutritional benefits to eating from its lovely healthy fatty omega 3’s to it’s outstanding source of protein, it’s important to make sure you eating the right kind of fish. Instead… Read more

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December 22, 2015

Oven Roasted Chestnuts (and my favorite way to enjoy them)

By: Leanne Ely   Tis the season for visions of candy canes and sugar plums and chestnuts roasting on an open fire. But how many of us have actually roasted chestnuts? Have you ever eaten a chestnut? Many cultures enjoy chestnuts as a valued source of nutrition. Chestnuts have been harvested for centuries in Japan,… Read more

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December 11, 2015

8 surprising uses for cranberries

By: Leanne Ely   Not only are they gorgeous, but cranberries are full of nutrition: Vitamin C, Vitamin E, potassium, iron, magnesium and folate. They also contain antioxidants and phenols that can protect you against all kinds of things, including urinary tract infections. Since it’s cranberry season, you should stock up on as many of… Read more

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December 10, 2015

Treat Yourself with Tangerines

By: Leanne Ely   It’s citrus season in the Untied States-that time of year when you can find those little citrus sweeties all over the grocery store. Tangerines are in season from November through April. There are three major types of tangerines that we tend to find here in the western hemisphere: tangerines (tangerine is… Read more

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December 8, 2015

The Power of a Little Nutmeg

By: Leanne Ely   Nutmeg comes from the seed of the nutmeg tree, which is native to the Spice Islands of Indonesia. These egg-shaped nutmeg seeds have a beautiful, lacy reddish covering and that covering is where another spice called mace comes from. Who knew? It’s no wonder nutmeg and mace are such complimentary flavors.… Read more

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December 7, 2015

5 Ways to Make the Most of CSA

By: Leanne Ely   Another week, another CSA delivery! I look forward to my box of fresh local produce every week, but I am well aware that there are many of you out there who might not have had a chance to finish all of last week’s veggies before getting your new load. Today we’re… Read more

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December 4, 2015

Orange you getting hungry?

By: Leanne Ely   They’re juicy and sweet, they’re featured in fruit baskets everywhere and they’re the unofficial poster-fruits of cold prevention. Let’s talk about oranges! Oranges are an excellent snack, but they’re not quite as easy to peel as a banana when you’re on the go. But what they lack in peel appeal, they… Read more

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November 17, 2015

The Perfect Green Bean Casserole

By: Leanne Ely   Green beans are a real crowd-pleasing vegetable. With a mild, sweet flavor and a completely portable and edible design, green beans make a great on-the-go snack for kids, and they can also add some real visual interest to a vegetable tray. But there’s more to this slender green veggie than looks… Read more