5 Powerful Health Benefits of Asparagus You Probably Didn’t Know

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016
5 Powerful Health Benefits of Asparagus You Probably Didn’t Know Blog Post

One of the first foods that signals the start of spring is the appearance of fresh asparagus at local farmers’ markets and grocery stores. Just as spring is a time of new beginnings, asparagus is one of those veggies that I love to experiment with during this time of year.

Recipes to Try: Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan Breadcrumbs and More Recipes with Fresh Asparagus

How to Shop for Precut Butternut Squash, Plus 4 Fast Dinners

Thursday, August 27th, 2015
How to Shop for Precut Butternut Squash, Plus 4 Fast Dinners Blog Post

I love butternut squash. But since I commute an hour a day and have a 3-year-old to feed ASAP when walking in the door (plus a hangry husband), I try to keep weeknight dinners to 30 minutes, tops. Since it takes about 15 minutes to peel, seed and cut up a whole one, squash is usually designated to weekend duty at my house.

So discovering precut butternut squash was pretty awesome. And while convenience products can be more expensive, this one costs a mere $1.50 more to buy it already prepped, which is worth it to me and my weeknight sanity.

The Healthiest Fall Vegetables You’re Not Eating

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014
The Healthiest Fall Vegetables You’re Not Eating Blog Post

I love fall vegetables. I can’t think of one that I don’t like to eat. But even a vegetable lover can still get into a cooking rut. Particularly when fall’s bounty of colorful squash, leafy greens and hearty roots arrives and summer’s easy-to-love heat-loving tomatoes and peppers are harder to come by at the farmers’ market.

Zukes, Cukes and Corn, Oh My! How to Use Up and Save Seasonal Vegetables

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014
Zukes, Cukes and Corn, Oh My! How to Use Up and Save Seasonal Vegetables Blog Post

You may be done with summer veggies, but the days are still long and warm, so chances are good that your garden, CSA share or farmers’ market is still bursting with certain vegetables.

Cucumbers, zucchini and corn were on my CSA pickup this week. Again.

While I love cukes, zukes and corn, apparently after receiving them for several weeks in a row I’ve hit a culinary wall, since I still have stragglers in my fridge from as long as two weeks ago.

Cherry Recipes Make the Most of the Wonder Fruit’s Benefits

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
Cherry Recipes Make the Most of the Wonder Fruit's Benefits Blog Post

Sweet cherries are here, and because most are grown along the lengthy West Coast the season lasts from mid-May in California to the end of the harvest in Washington in August. Intensely flavorful and juicy, cherries are not a hard sell. But their long list of powerful nutrients seals the deal: they’re rich in anthocyanins (potent antioxidants with anti-inflammatory properties) and boast plenty of blood-pressure-reducing potassium. They often grow in pairs, because multiple flowers bloom from a single bud and when they fruit, the cherries stay together.