Tip, Trick, and a Recipe: Portabella. It’s a Fun Guy!

Some call them portobellos, but according to the Mushroom Council, we all should be calling them portabellas. The dark brown portabella mushroom is actually a fully mature cremini mushroom. In the early 1980s, the formerly unglamorous portabella became a bit en vogue and now enjoys a fair amount of space in the fungi spotlight. These […]

Tip, Trick, & a Recipe: A Little Lentil Legacy

I am a huge fan of lentils and wanted to give you some background on why you want to include them in your diet. Lentils are one of the oldest cultivated crops in the world. In the Bible, Jacob tricked Esau into giving up his birthright over a bowl of lentils! Yeah, they’re that good! […]

Tip, Trick & a Recipe: All About Artichokes

Artichokes are actually big thistles, a member of the sunflower family. I bet you didn’t know that, did you? Watch for when they are coming into peak season so you can take advantage of the sales that are going to be out there and enjoy this fun, fiber-filled veggie. Don’t know how? That’s why I’m […]

Tip, Trick & a Recipe: Add Fennel to Your Food Funnel!

Fennel

Fennel is a versatile food (essentially it’s an herb) with a sweet, slight licorice taste that’s used for its feathery stalks, its aromatic seeds, and its flavorful root which is eaten as a vegetable. The whole fennel plant is edible. On the health front, fennel is extremely good for you. It reduces inflammation in the […]

Tip, Trick & a Recipe: 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 […]

Tip, Trick & a Recipe: (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 […]

Tip, Trick & a Recipe: Grapefruit, The Great Fruit

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 not much else is – […]

Turnips Recipe

Tips, Tricks, & a Recipe Turnips Recipe By Leanne Ely, C.N.C   Vegetables we don’t often take seriously when grocery shopping are turnips. We always see them sitting in the produce department, purple and white with a plummet of green leaves atop their head. It’s time to stop overlooking turnips and get tuned in to […]

Lemons

Tips, Tricks, & a Recipe Lemons By Leanne Ely, C.N.C Lemons are an amazing, multi-purpose fruit. From whiting your laundry, to skin care, to adding its distinct tangy flavor to dishes and drinks, the lovely lemon can multi-task its way around your home. The bonus is this fruit is available year round and provides an […]