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Chukar Cherries

More than 25 years ago, Pam Montgomery bought a 100 acre, 8,000-tree cherry orchard in Washington’s Yakima Valley (in the south-central part of the state). After the first harvest, Pam noticed that many cherries went unpicked which allowed the natural sugars to develop while the fruit dried on the branches. Read more »


Chia Seeds: The Super Seeds

For years, the word “chia” was synonymous with the kitsch product known as the “chia pet” – a tabletop figurine in which chia seeds are spread like a paste across the top so that when watered, the seeds sprout and the figurine appears to grow hair. Times are changing as consumers realize this tiny little seed is a nutritional powerhouse with a higher and better use as a food. Packed with Omega 3’s and vitamins, one tablespoon of chia seeds also contains 3 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber which causes the seed to expand to 9 times its size when combined with a liquid. Chia seeds are also a good source of calcium, phosphorus,  and manganese. Read more »


Five Chimneys

We lived to resist and we resisted to live.

Five Chimneys was written in 1947 by Olga Lengyel, a 38-year old survivor of Auschwitz-Birkenau who wrote the book as a memoir; a personal account of the year she spent in a concentration camp. In 1944, Olga was living in a small city in Transylvania (which was part of Hungary at the time) with her husband, Miklos Lengyel, a surgeon, their two sons, Arvad (11) and Thomas (9), and her parents when they were told they were being deported to Germany. Read more »


Whole Spice

Grocery store-bought spices were always a staple in my cabinet until I discovered Whole Spice – a California company that offers a wide selection of very fresh, all-natural herbs and spices without artificial colors, flavors or additives. Whole Spice offers more than 400 herbs, spices, seeds, blends, mixes, rubs, nuts, teas, fruits, vegetables, sugars, and seasonings in a variety of ways:  whole, ground, powder, seed, granules, flakes, nibs, diced, sliced, granulated, crushed and more. Read more »


The Mason Jar Glass

There are numerous styles of Mason Jar Glasses on the market but the Carson Home Accents Mason Jar Glasses are distinguishable from others in several ways. First, the glass comes in two sizes:  16 ounces (The Sipper) and 32 ounces (The Guzzler). Second, the metal lid has a cushioned hole in the center to fit the reusable acrylic straw (or any type of straw). Third, the glass has no handle so the jar is gripped with the hand making it easy to hold and a space saver in cabinets; and finally, the glasses are dishwasher safe and made in the USA – not that I have anything against China or other countries but I prefer to buy American made products whenever possible. Read more »


Red Cabbage Slaw

On a recent trip to Boston, my daughter and I had lunch at Veggie Galaxy – a vegetarian/vegan diner – where we indulged in veggie burgers and Red Cabbage Slaw. The slaw was so good – tangy with a very slight spiciness – that I asked the server about it and she volunteered to write down the ingredients. When we finished lunch, she gave us the check and a “guest check” that listed the ingredients so all I had to do was figure out the quantities. Read more »


“American Pastoral”

Life is just a short period of time in which we are alive.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, American Pastoral by Philip Roth is a thought-provoking novel about post World War II life in America and specifically, how Jewish, Catholic, Protestant, and racial cultural norms interplay when forced together. Told from the perspective of Nathan “Skip” Zuckerman, a 62-year old writer who goes back to Newark, New Jersey for his 45th high school reunion in 1995, only to discover his childhood hero – Seymour “Swede” Levov and the older brother of a classmate – has just died at age 70 of prostate cancer that had metastasized. Having just seen the still “splendid-looking” Swede a few months prior at a restaurant in New York City where they had dinner together, Skip decides to write the life story of the Jewish kid from Newark who seemed to live the American Pastoral. Read more »



Snapz are an award-winning (Best New British Product), great tasting snack made from slices of fruit and vegetables with no added salt, sugar, or fat and no artificial colorings, flavorings, or additives. Gluten-free, made from non-GMO ingredients in a nut-free facility, Snapz are also low-calorie (30-50 calories per single serving packet), a good source of fiber (1-2 grams of fiber per single serving packet), and suitable for vegetarians, vegans, and anyone who wants a healthy snack. Read more »


The Taco Bowl Reconsidered

Taco night has always been a family favorite but every once in a while, the menu needs to be shaken up a bit which is how I came to add Taco Bowl night to mealtime. When I first decided to try taco bowls, the pre-made shells were on my shopping list but after reading labels and not caring for some of the ingredients, I decided to try to make my own. Organic corn tortillas usually contain corn, water, and a trace of lime but finding 9-10 inch organic corn tortillas (most grocery stores carry the 6-7 inch size) is very difficult unless there is a Latin market close by. So, I started thinking about alternatives which is how I considered Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Grain Tortillas. Read more »



MYdrap means “my cloth” in Catalan (the language spoken by most people who live in Barcelona, Spain) and includes napkins and placemats that look and act like a high quality cotton napkin or placemat but come perforated on a roll for easy tear-off convenience. Made of 100% cotton fibers, MYdrap is an exceptionally well constructed disposable textile that comes in five sizes and 48 colors and patterns. Biodegradable, combustible, and recyclable, MYdrap textiles are truly an innovative product that offers variety, quality, and convenience at a competitive price. Read more »