One Saturday morning last month I conducted a cooking class for the winners of an auction at the Stars for Hope event back in January of this year. The auction item they bid for and won was a basket...
If you've never heard of yucca before, you heard about it here first! Also known as cassava or manioc, yucca is a tuberous, hardy and starchy root found in tropical climes such as Africa, Southeast Asia, southern China and the Caribbean,...
Tomatoes may not be summer-ready here in the Midwest, but there's no shortage of beautiful ones in the grocery store, perhaps coming in from California. I picked up some beautiful Roma variety, ripening them on the counter for several days before...
This morning I had the great honor of being able to show young junior high students at a local school how to prepare a fun and healthy after-school snack that they can prepare for themselves without ever having to turn...
Are you tired of pumpkin from a can? I most certainly am. I know it's not the worst thing in the world, especially when there are some really good organic varieties out there, but I'd much rather have the...
How do you decide which recipes to make daily or on special occasions? What sparks your interest? A good photo? A mouth-watering description in a cookbook? The smell of a particular food coming from a neighbor's house? A memory of someone? For...
Swiss chard is a spring vegetable that thrives and grows in cool weather, which means you can enjoy it again in the fall.  I found some lovely Swiss chard, bright green and firm, at my local Asian market. Here's what...
Right now, it's Brussels sprouts season and you can find them fresh at many local grocery stores throughout the Midwest. Places like Trader Joe's even carry stalks of them this time of year. Unfortunately, Brussels sprouts get a bad rap because...
At the end of every summer, it's easy to take the plethora of zucchini and other types of summer squash for granted. In my experience, people are trying to give it away because they have so much, and if...
I've been in search of u-pick cherry farms for quite a while, but missed the season (in the Midwest it's from late July to Mid-August). My next craving was for peaches, so a little research told us there are...

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