Conquer Your CSA Produce Box with Three Simple Recipes

There's something about a full box of produce that creates kitchen anxieties, for most people, at least. Yes, there are the intrepid, experienced cooks who sign up for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs -- which gets them a weekly, bargain-priced box of fresh produce directly from their local farms -- then concoct original, gourmet recipes to use up each week's loot. These cooks often start drool-worthy blogs. ...more

How to Make Healthy Vegetables Tasty: Hey, Celery, I'm Talking to You

Do we need to review the fact that vegetables are good for us? I think not. The only people who might argue that we should cut down on vegetables are the Meatatarians and the Breatharians. And do we really care what they think? ...more

I'm currently addicted to roasted cauliflower and asparagus with a little garlic.

And I ...more

Really missing the farmers market

I suddenly came to the realization that eating organic, market-fresh, good for me fruits and vegetables was going to be nearly impossible here in GiTMO and I am disappointed because this is, after all, a tropical island...more

"BRIX blasts" highlight produce at the peak of flavor

Flavor is a well-orchestrated symphony of the senses. Nothing beats the experience of sinking your teeth into a perfectly ripe strawberry or a nice juicy peach.  However, sometimes the senses fail us--ever felt the disappointment of  a piece of fruit that looks and smells exquisite, but just doesn’t taste as good as anticipated?  So how can you select fruit that will deliver mouth watering flavor, bite after bite, every time? Fortunately, we have another resource to support our pursuit of flavor…BRIX! ...more

Study shows daily fruit and veggie intake increases brain performance ...more

Urban fruit gleaning - harvesting homegrown produce for free

I've always been a fan of free stuff, especially when that "stuff" equals healthy food for my family. Although we aren't struggling to put food on the table, I can still appreciate using food that would otherwise go to waste. It wasn't until recently that I learned there is a phrase for collecting and using other people's fruits and vegetables - it's called urban fruit (or vegetable) gleaning. ...more

This is a little off topic but similar. There is a group called Hillside Produce Cooperative. ...more

Canning Sweet Yellow Peppers

This is my grandma's recipe for Sweet Yellow Peppers - They turn out perfectly, and my husband could eat an entire jar. In fact, when we did our first batch last week, we opened a jar at 10pm and ended up finishing it. You can also make these Man Pleasin' Appetizers with them. ...more

Digging the Dirt: Is Growing Your Own Economical?

Is growing your own vegetables economical? With many families starting new victory gardens this year, the question is timely. Michael Tortorello analyzed the costs/value of his new garden this year and his conclusion: based only on a cost/savings analysis, growing your own is anything but a money-saving hobby.  ...more

I don't have a backyard yet, but I received an indoor gardening contraption for ...more

Blueberry Spinach Salad Topped with Pecans and Blue Cheese

Blueberry Spinach Salad Topped with Pecans and Blue Cheese This is one of my favorite salads of all time! If you only try one of the recipes from this week, this is the one to try! It is delicious, colorful, and a perfect dish for a summer picnic. I generally make this as a side dish, but if you add some chicken or shrimp you can quickly turn it into a main dish. The Blueberry Vinaigrette is to die for! ...more

Leaf Lettuce Salad with Parmesan Crisps

Leaf Lettuce Salad with Parmesan Crisps is a wonderful restaurant in Houston that serves Parmesan crisps with their salads. I enjoy these crisp and salty treats so much that often I am tempted to ask them to bring me a bowl filled with them. My husband says that would not be appropriate, but when he is not looking, I sometimes am able to get the waiter to sneak me a few extras! ...more