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Why We Love Fennel

by in In Season, June 30, 2011
fennel
How do we love thee, fennel? Let us count the ways.

Show some love to this under-appreciated veggie from the parsley family. Don’t be turned off by its licorice-like flavor. When prepared right, it’s easy to love.

Fennel Facts
The Puritans used to chew on fennel during long church services and came to be known as the “meeting seed” for this reason. Fennel is composed of a bulb which is white or pale green in color, with stalks topped with green feathery leaves called fronds. Each part of the plant is edible – though the texture varies (the bulb is crisp while the fronds are delicate and tender with a stronger flavor) Raw fennel is slightly sweet with and resembles the taste of anise (or licorice). Knowing how to compliment the delicate flavor of this veggie will unlock its goodness. Read more

Cranked Up Cocktails

by in In Season, Robin's Healthy Take, June 27, 2011
Robin Miller's cocktails
Robin's (seven!) summer sips, made with fresh ingredients -- no processed mixes here.

It’s no secret that I love a cool cocktail at the end of the day. They call it “happy hour” for a reason. I’m mostly a vodka drinker but I enjoy refreshing libations with rum and tequila too. Check out my rather large selection of concoctions below. Why put cocktails on the Healthy Eats page? Because I’ve added a variety of vitamin- and antioxidant-rich fruits and juices to each signature drink. There’s definitely something for everyone (everyone over 21 that is!).

Pineapple Caipirinha: Combine in a glass: 2 lime wedges (1/2 of a lime) and 2 teaspoons superfine sugar; smash together until sugar dissolves. Fill glass with ice. Add 1-2 ounces cachaca (Brazilian rum) and 4 ounces good-quality pineapple juice. Garnish with lime.

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Update: Where Should You Spend Your Organic Dollar?

by in In Season, June 16, 2011
Organic Produce
Find out what fruits and veggies are most important to buy organic.

Sure, we’d probably all love to buy every fruit and veggie organic, but it’s not always affordable to purchase everything from the often higher-priced organic section.  Luckily, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) keeps a running list of the fruits and veggies that are most and least contaminated — here’s how they updated the list for 2011.

Find out the most important foods to buy organic »

30 Days of Summer Berries

by in In Season, June 15, 2011
Summer Berries
Here are 30 of our favorite ways to enjoy berries. What are yours?

Whether you prefer strawberries, raspberries, blueberries or blackberries, don’t miss the prime season for these plump, juicy treasures. Here are 30 ways to enjoy these nutritious little delights — one for each day in June.

30 ways to enjoy summer berries »

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Rhubarb

by in In Season, June 6, 2011

rhubarb

Rhubarb: To some folks it’s a mystery, to others, it’s a welcomed spring goodie. Whether you’re a devoted fan or rhubarb neophyte, here are 5 fun facts.

5 rhubarb facts, plus recipes »

Market Watch: Dandelion Greens

by in Farmers' Market Finds, In Season, June 2, 2011
Dandelion Greens
Dandelion Greens

I’m so excited that farmers’ market season is finally here!  As a die-hard local produce lover, I investigate my local market and CSA box all month long, then share the most interesting seasonal finds with you.  First up: verdant and pleasingly bitter dandelion greens. Here’s what they’re like and how to use them today.

Discover dandelion greens »

Herb of the Month: Cilantro

by in In Season, June 1, 2011
Chicken Fajitas
Chicken Fajitas

Cilantro is fresh, flavorful and super-easy to grow.  Most folks either love it or hate it, but we fall in the former category here at Healthy Eats! Find out what’s to love about this polarizing herb.

Why we love cilantro »

Cherries 5 Ways

by in In Season, May 31, 2011
Cherries at Farmers' Market
Fresh Cherries at the Farmers' Market

Cherry season has arrived! These babies are brimming with antioxidants including vitamins A and C, anthocyanin and quercitin. With all these nutrients and an irresistible sweet-sour flavor, it’s no wonder they’re one of our favorite warm-weather fruits. Here are 5 fun ways to enjoy them.

Cherries 5 delicious ways »

In Season: Arugula

by in In Season, May 19, 2011
In Season: Arugula
Chicken Piccata With Arugula

This leafy green is part of the cabbage family. Sure you’ve had it in a salad, but there is more to learn  about this spicy green, plus lots of creative ways to prepare it.

All about arugula »

Spring Fling: All About Artichokes

by in In Season, May 18, 2011
Giada's Italian Stuffed Artichokes

We’re teaming up with food and garden bloggers to host Spring Fling 2011, a season-long garden party. In coming weeks, we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. Recently, we dove into the worlds of asparagus and rhubarb — today, we’re tackling artichokes.

I’ll never forget the first time I saw an artichoke plant — it was wild and unexpected. When it comes to cooking, this veggie may also be a bit mysterious to some folks. Artichokes are more user-friendly than you might think. Oh and they’re good for you, too.

All about artichokes, plus ideas from friends and family »

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