July, 2009

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Cauliflower “Couscous”

Friday, July 31st, 2009

This is a WOW dish from chef class.  Cauliflower made as ‘couscous’ with fresh herbs from the garden.  It’s a great substitute for any grain, or simply as a fun accompaniment to fish, chicken or pork.  Cauliflower is a brain food – not only because it looks like one – but because it contains Omega 3s.  It’s also high in B vitamins which combat stress, and the sleep-promoting tryptophan.  With only 29 calories per cup, its ideal for anyone wanting to maintain weight control…and so tasty, too!

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Plum Delicious

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Plums are in their sweet, succulent prime at the farmers’ market.  Aside from berries, they are my absolute favorite fruit.  I just love their juicy flesh enveloped by that tart, colorful skin.  And that’s the best part about them – the skin is loaded with pectin which keeps things moving (think prunes;-)

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Handle With Care

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

A lot can happen from the time produce is picked off the vine or pulled from the earth. Some fruits and veggies go to a packing house; others are cooled and transported an average of 1200 miles before reaching the consumer.  Freshness equals nutrients, not to mention color and flavor.  But we certainly can’t eat all of our purchases in one day.  And while I’m trying to keep up with summer’s bounty by roasting tomatoes and making pesto, if I have to store my fresh-picked produce for a few days, I’ll want to keep it as close to its most natural state as possible.

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Raspberry Corn Muffins

Friday, July 17th, 2009

Berries are bursting at the farmers’ markets and raspberries are especially sweet and flavorful.  Raspberries are super high in fiber (8 grams/cup – most of all berries,) which makes them strong cholesterol busters. They are low in calories (60 per cup) and great for weight control.  Raspberries are also high in antioxidants, and are anti-microbial, so they help fight Candida…which almost everyone has in one form or another.

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Salade Nicoise

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

In honor of Bastille Day I thought it only fitting that I whip up something French.  My cheese and wine intake have been reduced as I try to nail down headache triggers (sometimes life ain’t fair), so other than chocolate mousse, this seemed like the perfect dish.  And the best part is I had most of it on hand from my latest trip to the farmers’ market… Click to continue »

When Life Gives You Zucchini…

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

…I say, make chocolate cake! Like many of you home gardeners can appreciate, the zucchini is starting to runneth over, so I have been very busy trying to find creative ways to use it in the kitchen.  First there were the zucchini fritters, shredded and fried until crisp and succulent.  Then came the zucchini bread, and now the most decadent (dare I call ‘healthy’) chocolate cake I have ever created.

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Flour Power

Monday, July 6th, 2009

I figured if I’m starting a feature called “Savvy Substitutions” and it focuses heavily on baked goods, it might be advisable to explain different types of flour and their ratios in baking compared to the ‘other white stuff.’  Of course you know it begins with whole-grains, and organic whenever possible.  Wheat is one of the most pesticide laden crops in America, so it truly pays to buy the purest product available.  This way you can go right to your pantry when a recipe calls for spelt (a cousin of wheat) or another alternative and know how it might affect the taste and texture of your creation.

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You’ll Scream for this Strawberry Ice Cream

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

I meant to include this with yesterday’s post…and now its just in time for the holiday.  Fresh strawberry ice cream in the middle of summer?  Sign me up.  And this one is dairy free.  HUH?  That’s right – it uses our favorite ‘cream’ coconut milk.  It is easy as pie to make (I never thought pie was easy…) but speaking of pie, you certainly could top it with the ice cream! So let’s get churning…

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Flax in the Family!

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Imagine my utter delight when I opened up an email from my sister today sharing a big sense of ‘food accomplishment.’  Colleen, husband Charlie, and their three incredible kids – Jane, Chase, and Mary – have just returned from a nine-month sojourn from Europe to South America.  While they indulged in fresh flavors from native lands, they now totally embrace the bounty from local farmers and health food stores back home.  I just had to share…

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