Quinoa: Gluten-free “grain” or is it a seed?

Quinoa is a seed that’s been around forever, though with the popularity it’s gained in recent years, you’d think it was a new invention. Quinoa has an amazing nutritional profile. This seed is gluten free, high in protein and rich in health-supportive fats. Quinoa is full of vitamins, fiber and antioxidants. It can lower your […]

Reach for a Lychee Fruit

lychee fruit

Today’s Focus is on LYCHEE Lychee (pronounced lie-chee or lee-chee) fruits have been cultivated by the Chinese since 1700 BC (or thereabouts). They were actually quite revered back in those days. Poems have been written about these little fruits! Let’s see why. Generally round in shape, lychees are about the size of a walnut shell […]

Dragon Fruit

Have you ever looked at the vibrant pink dragon fruit in the produce aisle and wondered what in the world you would do with it? Dragon fruit is the fruit of a night-blooming cactus. It is grown in Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia and South America. Aside from that bright pinkish-red color, dragon fruit can also be […]

Keen on vanilla bean!

vanilla beans standing in a glass jar with a twine bow around in with a wooden background

Today’s Focus is on VANILLA BEANS How often do you twist open the cover on a bottle of vanilla extract? Oh, it smells so good! If you’re a fan of the flavor and/or scent of vanilla, I highly recommend you get your hands on some vanilla beans and see how much more intense your love […]

Top Tips for Kale Chips

There is a topic that keeps coming across my radar, both on Facebook, my email inbox, and even at the market when my fellow shoppers wonder what I’m doing with all of that kale (when my own crop has been harvested for the season, of course!): kale chips. And, today, we’re going to talk kale […]

(Un)Sinful cinnamon!

Oh, cinnamon. How recognizable is this spice, seriously? I would expect that every kitchen in North America has a tin of cinnamon in the cupboard. But how well do we really know it? Once upon a time, cinnamon was very, very valuable. In Roman times, you would have paid 15 times more for cinnamon than […]

Grapefruit, The Great Fruit

Today’s Focus is on GRAPEFRUIT I love the tang of a ripe, juicy grapefruit. Whether it’s sectioned and eaten with a spoon, tossed in a salad or peeled and thrown into my juicer, grapefruit makes an appearance on my table a couple times each week. Grapefruit is one of those fruits that’s in season when […]

It’s always time for winter squash!

Butternut squash, acorn squash, and buttercup squash grouped on a wooden surface.

Today’s focus is on: WINTER SQUASH There are two kinds of squash: winter squash and summer squash. The difference is that the winter varieties are normally better suited to survive the winter in storage (think hardy squashes like butternut squash and acorn squash), while summer squash tends to have edible seeds and peels, and a […]

Escarole

Today’s focus is on Escarole Escarole is a form of endive, which is typically cooked or consumed raw with lettuce and salads. It is also known as broad or common chicory. It is one of the less bitter varieties of endives, and can add a unique taste to salads. The vegetable is typically categorized by […]

Enjoy the simple pleasure of persimmons

Today’s Focus is on PERSIMMONS Have you ever found yourself staring longingly at those pretty little pumpkin colored fruits at the grocery store, wondering whether you would enjoy a persimmon enough to take one home with you? Well, I challenge you to go ahead and add a few to your basket because these little fruits […]