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10 Things to Know about Potatoes

What I say is that, if a fellow really likes potatoes, he must be a really decent sort of fellow.                ~A. A. Milne

The author of Winnie the Pooh certainly knew how to write a classic story but he also had an appreciation of the potato.  A century ago, it was not uncommon for people in England to sit down to a meal of potatoes but in recent times, potatoes have gotten a bad rap for all the wrong reasons. If you think potatoes are one of those starchy foods to avoid, then think again because this stem vegetable – of which there are many varieties – is totally underrated in terms of nutritional benefits. Read more »


Zucchini Noodles with Olive Oil, Pine Nuts and Basil

With summer fast approaching, zucchini will be overflowing in the garden and at the grocery store. My family doesn’t normally get too excited about sautéed zucchini because this green vegetable gets soggy very quickly.  So, instead of slicing or dicing the zucchini, consider using a Turning Slicer (which is sometimes called a Spiralizer because it spirals the vegetable) to turn zucchini (and almost every other firm vegetable or fruit) into noodles in seconds. Light, refreshing and full of flavor – with the fresh basil and toasted pine nuts – Zucchini Noodles with Olive Oil, Pine Nuts and Basil is a summer salad that should delight even the most reluctant. We devour this salad by the bowl full in our home. Read more »


10 Foods to Pack for an Easy and Healthy Lunch (or Snack)

Packing a healthy lunch for yourself or a child can be challenging at times because it’s hard to provide variety, taste, and wholesomeness day after day. One of the most important tips a friend gave me about packing a lunch is to purchase a lunch or meal transport system that is flexible and made to carry a variety of foods. Laptop lunches ( or Black and Blum ( are two companies that make top-notch lunch boxes and food transport pieces. In addition, I always keep a stock of “jello shot glasses” – small 2 ounce plastic containers (125 for about $10 through with a plastic lid that snaps on and stays on. Once you have the proper tools, packing a lunch or a snack on the go is infinitely easier. Read more »


Chicken Pasta Soup

Chicken pasta soup is a family favorite in our home – everyone loves this soup. Simple to make and great tasting, the ingredients can easily be varied based on preferences.  My recipe below is heavy on the vegetables (especially the carrots), seasoning (parsley), and pasta but light on the chicken so if your preference is for more chicken, increase the amount. Read more »

Roasted Autumn Vegetables

There seems to be a lot of chatter about root vegetables in the Autumn and there is no better selection than this time of year.  Root vegetables are not the most colorful or attractive items in the produce section (and actually, some root vegetables are quite ugly) but if you take the time to peel, slice, and mix them with some old standbys (carrots, zucchini, mushrooms, and leeks), add some olive oil and seasoning, a delicious side dish emerges. Read more »