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Garlic Recipe: Homemade Garlic Bread!


Easy Homemade Garlic Bread Ingredients 1 fresh roll of french, bagette, or italian bread (whichever you prefer) 1/2 stick salted butter, at room temperature 4 teaspoons finely minced garlic 1 teaspoon garlic powder 2 teaspoons chopped parsley 1/2 teaspoon olive oil 2 teaspoons parmesan cheese (Optional) Instructions Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut bread roll […]

Mushroom Recipe: Mushroom Risotto!

mushroom risotto

Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 45 minutes Yield: Serves 4-6. This recipe calls for risotto rice, Italian rice varieties that are high in a particular type of starch, with grains that are shorter and fatter than most other rices: Arborio, Carnaroli and Vialone Nano are the most famous varieties. The high starch content of […]

Food For Thought- Mushrooms!


A mushroom (or toadstool) is the fleshy, spore-bearing fruiting body of a fungus, typically produced above ground on soil or on its food source. Edible mushrooms are the fleshy and edible fruit bodies of several species of macrofungi (fungi which bear fruiting structures that are large enough to be seen with the naked eye). They can […]

Garlic Recipe- Garlic Bread!


Ingredients 1 fresh roll of french, bagette, or italian bread (whichever you prefer) 1/2 stick salted butter, at room temperature (or butter substitute) 4 teaspoons finely minced garlic 1 teaspoon garlic powder 2 teaspoons chopped parsley 1/2 teaspoon olive oil 2 teaspoons parmesan cheese (Optional) Instructions Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut bread roll in […]

Food For Thought: Garlic!

Garlic pictures

Allium sativum, commonly known as garlic, is a species in the onion genus, Allium. Garlic is a strong-smelling pungent-tasting bulb, used as a flavoring in cooking and in herbal medicine. It is close relatives with the onion, shallot, leek and chive. With a history of human use of over 7,000 years, garlic is native to central Asia, and has long been […]

August is Kids Eat Right Month!


The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has announced a new initiative. They are promoting August as Kids Eat Right Month. The focus of the campaign is to provide nutrition education, to expand information sharing around children’s health, and to prompt action steps toward better health for the nation’s children. In addition, the Kids Eat Right […]

Food for Thought: Coconut water!

Coconut Water

How To Buy The Healthiest Coconut Water And Avoid The Worst!   I love coconut water! When I’m traveling in the tropics, there is nothing better than drinking water straight from a coconut. Mother nature designed the perfect vessel for a drink that is so refreshing, slightly sweet, and keeps you hydrated in hot climates. […]

Avocado Recipe- Spicy Guacamole!


INGREDIENTS 2 Haas avocados, halved, pitted, and diced in shell (see instructions below) 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced 1 jalapeño, finely diced 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped Juice of 1 lime Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper DIRECTIONS Mash the avocados with a fork and combine with the red onion, jalapeno, cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper. […]

Food for Thought- Avocado!

ganze und halbe avocado isoliert auf weiss

Introduction The avocado (Persea americana) is a tree native to Mexico and Central America, classified in the flowering plant family Lauraceae along with cinnamon, camphor and bay laurel. Avocado or alligator pear also refers to the fruit, botanically a large berry that contains a single seed. Avocados are commercially valuable and are cultivated in tropical and Mediterranean climates throughout the world. They have a green-skinned, fleshy body […]

Women’s Health: a decade by decade guide to eating healthy!

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  20s: Bone Building In your 20s, you’re still building up bone density, so this is the decade to help your bones grow strong and healthy. “You really want to make those bones as dense as you can while you’re young, during those bone-growing years,” says Ruth Frechman, RDN, an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics […]

Kumquat Recipe- Kumquat Marmalade!


Kumquats aren’t like other citrus fruit. Instead of having a tart rind and a sweet interior, they keep their sugar in the skin and have their pucker on the inside. It took me years to realize that the best way to eat them is to pop them into your mouth whole and take a big […]

Food for Thought- Kumquats!

Kumquat branch

Kumquats are fruit which closely resemble the orange, but they are much smaller and ovular, being approximately the size and shape of a large olive. Kumquat trees are slow-growing evergreen shrubs or short trees, from 2.5 to 4.5 meters (8 to 15 ft) tall, with dense branches, sometimes bearing small thorns. The leaves are dark glossy green, and the flowers are white, […]

Cauliflower Recipe- Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower!

Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower Serves 4 Ingredients: 1 large cauliflower head, cut into florets 12-15 garlic cloves, peeled olive oil kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1 teaspoon chopped chives Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. On a baking sheet, toss the cauliflower and garlic cloves with 2-3 tablespoons of olive […]

Food For Thought- Cauliflower!


  Mark Twain once described cauliflower as “cabbage with a college education.” A member of the cabbage family, cauliflower is akin to broccoli, which it closely resembles. Like its fellow cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, kale, and cabbage, cauliflower is a cool weather crop perhaps best known for its oft-touted health properties. For local eaters, however, its […]

Date Recipe- Date Honey Nut Cake!

Date Recipe- Date Honey Nut Cake!

INGREDIENTS 3/4 cup (6 oz) whole dates 1 cup cake flour 1 tsp baking powder 3/4 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp salt Pinch of nutmeg 3/4 cup vegetable oil (I use canola) 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup honey 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla 1/2 cup chopped walnuts Nonstick cooking spray YOU WILL ALSO NEED 8- or 9-inch loaf pan, 2 mixing bowls Servings: Makes one 8- or […]

Food For Thought- Dates!


  Dates have been cultivated for thousands of years for their sweet, rich flavor. They’re a type of fruit that grows on date palm trees in hot, dry climates such as the Middle East, Africa and California. You may be able to find fresh dates if you live in an area where they grow. Otherwise, […]

Broccoli Recipe- Roasted Broccoli with garlic!


Roasted Broccoli with Garlic (Makes about 4 servings) Ingredients: 1 bunch broccoli, about 1 1/2 pounds, cut into bite sized flowerets 3 T extra virgin olive oil 6-8 cloves fresh garlic salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste Instructions: Preheat oven to 450F/230C. Cut broccoli into bite sized pieces, and peel and slice stems […]

Food For Thought- Broccoli!


Broccoli belongs to a family of vegetables called cruciferous vegetables and its close relatives include brussel sprouts, cauliflower, and cabbage. Broccoli is high in sulforophane, a sulfur-containing compound present in cruciferous vegetables. Sulforophane has anti-cancer properties and may promote the elimination of potential carcinogens from the body. Studies suggest that a diet rich in cruciferous […]

Persimmon Recipe- Spinach salad with fuyu persimmons, jicama and avocado drizzled with miso dressing!

persimmon salad

Ingredients 4 tsp fresh lime juice 4 tsp water 1 1/2 tbsp white miso (fermented soybean paste) 1/4 tsp black pepper 1/8 tsp salt 1/3 cup plus 2 tbsp olive oil 6 oz. fresh spinach leaves 1 lb (about 1 1/2 large) Fuyu persimmons, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded, and thinly sliced 1/4 medium-sized jicama, peeled […]

Food for Thought- Persimmons!


The persimmon is an orange-colored fruit native to China. Several thousands of years ago, it was introduced in Japan and since then, the persimmon has become Japan’s national fruit and one of the traditional foods of the Japanese New Year. The persimmon fruits first arrived in California in the mid 1800s, making it one of the […]