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August 19, 2014

What veggie can I not get enough of right now?

By: Leanne Ely   I am fortunate to have a bumper crop of zucchini this year and I am loving it. So in honor of this most ultimate summer squash, today we’re giving it the attention it deserves with a trick, a tip and a great new recipe. Sound good? Zucchinis are packed with beta-carotene,… Read more

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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 12, 2014

Go ape for bananas!

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: BANANAS You’d have a difficult time finding a home in North America without a bunch of bananas… Read more

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August 6, 2014

Get back to your roots: A Root Vegetable Primer

By: Leanne Ely   Last year, I had a great bumper crop of carrots, beets, kohlrabi and more in my garden. This year, a mysterious critter took them all out. Thank heavens for farmer’s markets! Root vegetables are easy to grow and offer so much nutritionally (and deliciously, too!) I thought I’d put together a… Read more

Raspberry Salad

August 5, 2014

Once upon a time, I had a “pick your own” farm where I grew…

By: Leanne Ely   My most favorite fruit ever! Raspberries! And right now, it’s the that most wonderful time of the year . . . raspberry season! Plump, sweet and juicy red raspberries are in season now, and yes, these berries are my personal favorite. In honor of my favorite berry, today I’m going to… Read more

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July 31, 2014

Shallot Secrets (shhh)

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: SHALLOTS Shallots are in season right now across the US, so today we’re going to give you… Read more

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July 17, 2014

Sleep better, feel better and think clearer with one “shot” a day

By: Leanne Ely   If you have a hard time meeting your daily veggie requirements, try adding a shot of wheatgrass juice to your morning routine. An ounce of this deep green concoction contains roughly as many minerals as two and a half pounds of fresh vegetables! Wheatgrass is actually considered to be a complete… Read more

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July 10, 2014

Soup for summer? (with THIS recipe, for sure!)

By: Leanne Ely   You’ll find gazpacho on the summer menus of many nice restaurants. It sounds fancier and more complicated than it really is. Basically, gazpacho is cold vegetable soup. You can see why it’s called something else now, yes? Gazpacho doesn’t sound very appetizing but it’s actually a delicious and refreshing meal for… Read more

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July 8, 2014

What common herb works for smoothies and tea?

By: Leanne Ely   Fresh mint is a common sight in the summertime and today you’re going to get a tip, a trick and a recipe featuring this pretty little leaf! I have mint growing in my garden and let me tell you, when you plant mint, you have mint for life! Really. Mint can… Read more

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July 1, 2014

What cancer-fighting veggie is related to melons & squash (but tastes like neither)?

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: CUCUMBER Today we’re talking about one of the coolest residents of the produce aisle—the cucumber! Today I’m… Read more