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Basil - A Guide to Growing, Harvesting, and Cooking


As part of our ongoing commitment to become better people, my fiancé and I have joined the Urban Gardening movement. In our relatively small D.C. apartment living room, we have tomatoes, jalapeños, habaneras, and a variety of herbs. One of our favorite herbs to grow is basil, because it comes in so many […]

Stop Eating Unwashed Fruit


Tempted to grab an apple or pear at a farm’s roadside stand and sink your teeth into it? DON’T! In a recent issue of Real Simple magazine, they assessed the risk factor of various actions, eating unwashed fruit being one of them, and it received their highest risk factor rating. As they […]

How to Make and Freeze Pesto


If you’ve been trolling the blogosphere lately, then you know that food bloggers everywhere are roasting and canning and preserving summer produce for the winter. Who can blame them? Come January, they’ll be noshing on summer corn and tomatoes, which is a real perk when it’s 15 degrees outside. I know what I’ll be enjoying […]

Storing Fresh Fruits and Vegetables


Many people shy away from buy fresh fruits and vegetables because of their reputation of spoiling before you get a chance to eat them. You can avoid this trouble by storing your fruits and vegetables properly so they stay fresh and tasty for as long as possible.

Here are some easy tips:
On the counter, out of […]

Watermelon Feta Salad


In California, we’re fortunate enough to occasionally find out of season fruits during the otherwise dreary (fruit wise) winter months, and thanks to the popular Trader Joe’s and Safeway grocery store chains, selections often includes watermelon, pre-sliced and packed in a tub and ready to eat.
Most melons, but particularly watermelon, are a dieter’s friend, and […]

Drink With Your Eyes: Beautiful Spa Water


 

 
Adequate hydration is crucial for everyone, and there isn’t any fare more fit than a clean and crisp glass of water.  “Water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells, and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues” says the Mayo Clinic.  That’s a small list of the health […]

Indoor herb garden


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For the record, I don’t know much about gardening. I’ve always enjoyed the rewards reaped from gardening, and I respect and admire those who do it, but it’s never been my thing. Growing up, I left it to my transplanted farm boy father, and now, I mostly leave it […]