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A Healthy Halloween Treat


Happy Halloween!
While there are many things I don’t like about the typical Halloween celebration – most of them sugar-coated or chocolate-covered – there is one Halloween treat that I absolutely adore: pumpkin seeds!
Growing up, my mom and I would bake up big sheets of pumpkin seeds and nibble on them for days, long after the […]

A Q&A with Dr. Mehmet Oz


If you watch Oprah regularly, you’re most likely familiar with Dr. Oz. He’s the heart surgeon, that up until last week, always appeared on her show wearing his scrubs. Recently, the guys at Esquire magazine grabbed Dr. Oz and asked him 16 questions that had been on their minds … and probably some […]

Learning to like vegetables - Kale


Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find fresh Brussels sprouts at the Farmers market lately, so we’ll take a detour in our vegetable journey and explore one that I learned to like last winter - kale.
I’m trying to lose a few pounds and part of my program involves striving to eat more vegetables. In the […]

Thinking Outside the Candy Box


Last week I came across this wonderful website called Green Halloween. Started by a mom in the state of Washington, this new idea seeks to promote healthier alternatives for kids at Halloween. Sponsored by big names like Whole Foods, this little movement is in its inaugural year.
The website has tips for hosting a […]

Delicious Dishes with Pesto (Part II)


Hopefully, you have had time to make and freeze some pesto. Now, for the second part of this series, here are some simple and delicious ways to incorporate pesto into your meals. It enlivens just about everything from soup to pizza to pasta (though I’d steer clear from desserts).

Here are 10 tasty ways to enjoy […]

Apple Primer


Ever wonder what apples are good for specific purposes? Here’s a primer:
Sauces (like applesauce):

Braeburn
Cortland
Empire
Granny Smith
Gravenstein
Greening
Ida Red
Jersey Rose
Jonagold
Jonathan
Rome Beauty
Staymen

Pie:

Cortland
Gravenstein
Greening
Ida Red
Jonagold
Macoun
Melrose
Matsu
Paula Red
Rome Beauty
Staymen

Other Baking:

Cortland
Granny Smith
Greening
Ida Red
Jonagold
Niagara
Rome Beauty
Wine Sap

Juice/Cider:

Granny Smith
Gala
Gravenstein
Jonathan

As I have mentioned before, apples are also very good for you. They have good amounts of vitamin C and calcium . . . so it certainly doesn’t hurt […]

Cold Weather, Warm Vegetables


What a week in Washington DC! Last Monday it was 90 degrees, and by Friday it had dropped down to 50 degrees. I went from wearing flip-flops and a tank top to knee-high boots and a leather jacket in less than a week. Crazy!
While I’m not a fan of cold weather, I love the foods […]

Making Acorn Squash Rings


Truth be told, I am not the cook in this family. I write for a living and write for fun on my personal blog when I’m not at work. I’m a wife and mother of two, and have been for many years. But I’m still rather uncomfortable in the kitchen.My dear husband, Ralph, who uses […]

Learning to Like Vegetables - Baby Squash


I have a confession to make. Prior to about 2 years ago, I hated vegetables. I’d eat the occasional salad, or ear of corn, or bunch of carrot sticks, and if you had green beans fresh from the garden I couldn’t get enough of them. I had absolutely no use for the rest of the […]

Eat Pumpkin - It’s Good for You


Now that the Fall season is finally here, it’s time for pumpkin pie, falling leaves, cider donuts and apples fresh-picked from the orchard.  I love, love, love pumpkin pie, and it’s one of the favorite perks of Fall. Unfortunately, since my husband doesn’t care for it, I don’t make it that often.  It’s unfortunate, because […]