A colorful pasta salad is the perfect meal on a warm summer evening especially when the whole meal takes less than 20 minutes from start to finish. Fresh, locally grown sweet cherry tomatoes are in season but any type of chopped tomatoes will work along with a sweet Vidalia onion, and lots of fresh spinach with whole grain pasta – but green zucchini, yellow squash, multi-colored peppers, and broccoli florets also make for a delicious pasta salad. Let your taste buds drive your recipe but know that seasoning is essential; otherwise, the pasta salad will be bland. Read more
Say the word “lolly” or “lollipop” and visions of everyone’s favorite childhood treat – big, round, rainbow-colored, tangy, fruity-flavored multi-colored lollipops – comes to mind. Mitch Hedberg, the stand-up comedian once said “a lollipop is a cross between hard candy and garbage,” but he didn’t quite get it right. Sure, there are lots of lollipops made with artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives but the traditional, magnificent lollipop made with simple ingredients and no artificial anything is also out there for the taking. You just have to look. Read more
Seggiano, the Italian gourmet and culinary leader is at it again. With 3 delicious pesto sauces already on the market, Seggiano decided the times is right to introduce a new pesto: Sicilian Wild Fennel Tomato Pesto: a thick and hearty sauce made with tomato salsa (tomatoes, salt) 43%, sun-dried tomatoes (tomatoes, salt) 28%, Italian extra virgin olive oil, wild fennel leaves 8.5%, avola almonds, and chili. Read more
Before you pick up the book, Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout, do yourself a favor and read My Name is Lucy Barton first. Both books stand alone as good reads but collectively these fictional stories are even better because the first book sets the stage and introduces a cast of colorful characters whose lives intertwine in the most bizarre ways in the second book. Read more
In our protein-obsessed culture, people spend enormous amounts of time thinking about how to consume as much of this nutrient as possible from animal sources. We’ve been conditioned to associate protein with muscle development, animals, and overall health but we need to step back and open our minds to both how much we need and where to get it. A generation ago, protein was associated with spinach (Where is Popeye of spinach fame when we need him?) but the emphasis is currently on getting protein from animal products. Why is that? Read more
…the avocado is a food without rival among the fruits, the veritable fruit of paradise. ~David Fairchild
How hard is it to make avocado toast? Not very but if you truly want extraordinary avocado toast then there are a few ingredients you need to use starting with a good loaf of bread – preferably a whole grain baguette that can be toasted yet still have a chewy interior texture. Read more
Every once in a while, something happens that changes the way you see the world. ~Andy Levitt
Renegade filmmakers Kip Anderson and Keegan Kuhn are at it again. The duo’s first foray into filmmaking in 2014 resulted in Cowspiracy – a documentary about the effects of animal agriculture on the environment. The film was an eye-opener for the public, most of whom are had no idea the animal agriculture industry is the number one cause of global warming, water depletion, and water deforestation. Read more
Lupa’s Ray Of Life Sprouted Cinnamon Buckwheat is an all organic blend of cereal (or snack food) with no added sweeteners (not even maple syrup). Made of sprouted buckwheat coated with organic Saigon Cinnamon (claimed by many to be the most flavorful cinnamon available), currants, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, brazil nuts, dehydrated apple slices, walnuts, chia seeds, and goji berries, Lupa’s Ray Of Life Sprouted Cinnamon Buckwheat is a nutrient dense blend of nature’s gifts to us. Read more
It’s fruit, only cooler.
In the summertime, I crave cold refreshing snacks but I often leave the supermarket disappointed – and empty-handed – because there are so few options with no added sugar or with ingredients that I can’t pronounce. Until now.
Cool Frootz, LLC of Boulder, Colorado (why are so many cool food companies based in Colorado?) is the genius behind the Froozer: a frozen snack made with 100% fruit: freshly harvested fruit picked when ripened that has been flash frozen and blended, carrots, and less than 1% of guar/acacia (a natural source of fiber that comes from the Acacia tree). Or in other words, a Froozer is a frozen smoothie. Read more