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30
Jul

Erick’s Rolled Oats

Oats may seem like a simple food and they are but there are a few things the consumer should know about organic and conventional oats. Grown primarily on large farms in the midwest and midwestern Canada, oats are either steel-cut (where the groats have been cut into 2-3 pieces), rolled, or instant with the difference being how much the groat is processed. Read more »

28
Jul

Brain on Fire

She’s still in there. I can see her. She’s still there. I know it.

Brain On FireMy Month of Madness – by Susannah Cahalan is an award-winning memoir (2012) about the author’s struggle with illness and her journey back to health. In February of 2009, 24-year old Susannah Cahalan is living in a studio apartment in Hell’s Kitchen in New York City, working as a reporter for The New York Post newspaper and in love with her boyfriend, a man named Stephen. Read more »

26
Jul

Miso-Glazed Veggies with Rice Noodles

Warm summer evenings are the perfect time to enjoy a pasta salad made with savory vegetables – eggplant, zucchini, and spinach – and sweet, juicy nectarines marinated in a light Thai-influenced glaze over rice noodles. Easy to make and full of flavor, Miso-Glazed Veggies with Rice Noodles is a variation of the Purple Carrot’s recipe for Miso-Glazed Peaches and Eggplant with Rice Noodles and Spinach Mint Salad. Read more »

24
Jul

Whole Grain Vegan Baking

The average adult only eats 15 grams of fiber per day. Women need 25 grams of fiber per day, and men need 38 grams of fiber per day.    ~Institute of Medicine, National Institute of Health

Fiber is one of those things that most people under the age of 60 don’t want to talk about because fiber helps move food through the digestive system and youngish people tend to avoid any discussion about indoor plumbing. But, because so much of the food we consume is refined and processed, we need to talk about this issue because most of us are not consuming enough fiber on a daily basis. Read more »

22
Jul

Blueberry Crisp

This is a blueberry crisp for those who don’t want a lot of added sugar in their desserts and prefer the sweet taste of ripe berries with a whole grain crunchy topping.

Fresh summer blueberries have a distinctly sweeter flavor than the year-round blueberries available in most grocery stores which makes them an ideal ingredient to use in a fruit crisp: plump whole blueberries baked with a crunchy, oat topping.

When fruit is naturally sweet, very little sugar is needed to make a summer crisp, which makes for a healthier dessert but do taste the blueberries first because you can’t determine the sweetness by looking at them. If there is no tanginess to them, use the lower amount of sugar (2 tablespoons). For more tangy blueberries, increase the sugar to 1/4 cup. Read more

20
Jul

A L’OLIVIER Fruit Vinegars

France’s oldest (1822) oil and condiment makers – A L’OLIVIER – makes 7 fruit vinegars – Passion Fruit, Mango, Raspberry, Fig, Black Currant, Tomato, and Espelette Chili Pepper (a red pepper grown in the Basque region) – that make a refreshing addition to summer salads. With a thick sauce-like texture and a fruity-tart sweetness, the natural bright-colored A L’OLIVIER fruit vinegars are smooth and delicious as is – or as the perfect addition to olive oil for a light summer dressing. Read more

18
Jul

Everybody’s Fool

I’m so tired of being everybody’s fool.

Twenty-three years ago, a wonderful book entitled Nobody’s Fool by Richard Russo was published. Set in upstate New York in a small town called North Bath (thinly veiled and thought to be Schuylerville) adjacent to Schuyler Springs (again, thinly veiled and thought to be Saratoga Springs), the story revolved around Donald “Sully” Sullivan – a middle-aged, stubborn and cantankerous man who chose to be faithful only to his nature – independent and undependable – and yet Sully was a good guy. At the end of each day, his destination of choice was a bar stool in the local watering hole where he gave as good as he got. Although Sully was a neglectful husband and father, he had an abundance of charm and wit which endeared him to many, especially readers. Read more »

16
Jul

Where does $1 to Palm Beach County Food Bank go?

A food bank is a a place where stocks of food, typically basic provisions and non-perishable items, are supplied free of charge to people in need.

The Palm Beach County Food Bank (PBCFB)  is dedicated to fighting hunger by collecting and distributing food to agencies in Palm Beach County, Florida that feed the hungry. For the year ending June 30, 2015, PBCFB distributed approximately 5 million pounds of food to 131 local agencies. With 34 employees, PBCFB spends approximately 15 cents of every dollar on functional expenses (net of depreciation and grants) distributing the 83 cents worth of food to feed the hungry. The remaining 2 cents was left unspent (in the fund balance which had $2 million at year-end). Read more »

14
Jul

Cookies by the Alternative Baking Company

Indulge your inner Cookie Monster!

Cookies by the Alternative Baking Company taste like traditional cookies but contain no dairy products, no eggs, no hydrogenated oils, no trans fats, no cholesterol, no artificial ingredients, no refined sugar, and absolutely no animal ingredients.

What these gourmet quality cookies do contain are recognizable ingredients: organic unbleached wheat flour, fruit juice, unrefined cane sugar, chocolate chips, vanilla extract, cocoa, baking powder, baking salt,  peanut butter (made with only ground peanuts), cocoa, and a blend of palm, canola, and olive oil. Read more »

12
Jul

Introducing the Fabulous Fabanaise

None of the eggs, all of the flavor.

Fabanaise is a new product on the market offered as an alternative to commercial mayonnaise. Whereas most mass produced mayonnaise contains soybean oil, eggs, natural flavor, and calcium disodium EDTA (a preservative), Fabanaise contains ingredients often found in your kitchen pantry: Read more »