The versatile avocado: Fruit or Vegetable?

Let’s start with what an avocado is? A fruit. The avocado tree originally comes from Central America and is a member of the laurel family. The Laurel family comprises aromatic trees that are used for spices and flavorings; but, it happens to be that the only member of this family – the avocado -- is known as a food and for its use as an oil. In addition, did you know that there are close to 500 varieties out there?...more

Crisp, seasonal and delicious Green beans

It seems that Green bean seeds came from Central America, which has a tropical humid climate and a place where they love to grow since warmer climates are best for their growth and development. Later, they were brought into Europe sometime in the 16th century by Spanish explorers who were  coming back from one of their trips to the New World. At some point thereafter, these green veggies were introduced to other parts of the world by Spanish and Portuguese traders....more

Crisp, seasonal and delicious Green beans

It seems that Green bean seeds came from Central America, which has a tropical humid climate and a place where they love to grow since warmer climates are best for their growth and development. Later, they were brought into Europe sometime in the 16th century by Spanish explorers who were  coming back from one of their trips to the New World. At some point thereafter, these green veggies were introduced to other parts of the world by Spanish and Portuguese traders....more

Does the Expiration Date Matter?

A few times a year I take stock of what’s in the pantry, culling those items that we just don’t use.  This time I happened to notice two cans which were beyond their expiration dates.That got me wondering, “Does the expiration date really matter?”...more

Celery: The wondrous, seasonal vegetable

What we know of as celery today was thought to be produced back in 15th-century Italy, but it was also native to areas as far east as the Himalayas. Back then, this celery was considered to be wild and different from today’s celery in that it had more leaves and less stalks. Celery was much later introduced to the United States in the early 19th century. Did you know that celery was first thought of as a medicine, than later a food? Its consideration as a medicine dates back in history as far back as the 9th century B.C....more

Kid-licous Almond Date Pineapple Bites

  Tasty, moist and made with love these Kid-licious Almond Date Pineapple Bites are a hit with kids and adults alike....more

3 Common Behaviors That Sabotage Healthy Eating

Your attempts to eat healthy can be thwarted by a lack of understanding of what makes foods “healthy” in the first place. Some foods are considered healthy because they promote proper functioning of the body while others are labeled "healthy" simply because they are lower in calories.  It's important to understand that healthy foods are not always fair game and abusing them can do more harm than good when it comes to your efforts to eat healthy.  Here are 3 common behaviors that can really sabotage healthy eating.  Frying Foods in Olive Oil...more

weekly menu planner {back-to-school week}

this week i am doing a back-to-school series on the blog!i get excited every year at this time, even though i am sad to say goodbye to summer, i look forward to more structured days and weeks. the new beginnings with new classes, books, teachers, and friends....more