Archive for June, 2013


Gazpacho serves 2-4 3 cups diced tomatoes 1 cup finely diced cucumber 3/4 cup water or vegetable stock, plus more if needed 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper 1/4 finely diced red onion 2 scallions, diced 2 TBSP Extra-Virgin Olive Oil 1 TBSP Red Wine Vinegar 1 1/2 tsp


Zucchini – Best know of the summer squashes, resembles a cucumber in size and shape.   It has a smooth, thin skin that is either green or yellow and can be striped or speckled.  The entire vegetable, including skin, seeds and flowers are edible.  Zucchini is 95% water content, therefore low in calories.  It also provides


Tomatoes – Fruit or vegetable?  Either way they are fabulous!  They can be red, yellow, orange, green or even brown.  There are over a thousand different varieties.  The tomato is a low calorie food packed with nutrition, especially when fully ripe.  Tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C, carotenes, biotin, and vitamin K.  They


Blueberries – Since the commercial development of blueberries, which began in the 20th century, there are hundreds of varieties that exist as a result of both accidental and intentional crossbreeding.  Blueberries are an excellent source of flavonoids and a very good source of vitamin C, soluble fiber, and insoluble fiber.  They are also a good

Washing Non-Organic Produce

Washing Non-Organic Produce When choosing non-organic (conventional) produce, you can decrease but not eliminate pesticide residue.  Make a solution using one part water to one part white vinegar.  How to use: Soft-skinned fruit – put liquids in bowl and soak fruit 1-2 minutes. Rinse. Hard-skinned fruit – put mixture in spray bottle, label bottle, spray

Garlic Scape Pesto

Garlic Scape Pesto Ingredients for about two cups: 9-10 garlic scapes, knobby seed-pods removed and discarded ½ cup (2.5 oz. bag) slivered almonds ¾ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil ¼ cup grated Parmesan Cheese Salt and Pepper to taste Special Equipment – A food processor, a rubber spatula Preparing the Scapes – Rinse scapes in

Keeping Summer Alive Through Freezing

KEEPING SUMMER ALIVE THROUGH FREEZING The moment you pick your fruits, vegetables, and herbs from the garden they start to lose their nutritional value. So, pick the freshest and eat it or freeze it at the peak of freshness. When there is a bumper crop in your garden, or you overbuy those beautiful blackberries at

Farm Stands and Farm Markets

Farm Stands and Farm Markets Fresh Local Produce – Three of my favorite words. At this time of year fresh food is available everywhere you look. Parking lots have produce stands, different days of the week tents are set up in various areas downtown, and farms we pass all winter long, through the various stages

Take a Dip

Take a Dip Swimming is the fourth most popular sports activity in the United States.  Water exercise is one of the best non-impact fitness activities around and just about anybody can participate.  It’s a great way to increase strength, flexibility and cardiovascular health while staying cool.  There is more to do in the water other

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