Summer is Pickling Season

Summer Salad with Pickled Figs, Farro, Nuts and Seeds People are pickling – and it’s not just cucumbers. I’ve seen pickled seeds, fruits and all kinds of vegetables. It goes hand-in-hand with taste trends leaning to bolder, sour, sweet and spicy combos. It’s nothing new.  My great-grandma pickled out of necessity, to preserve the summer […]

What is An Anti-Inflammatory Diet?

Mixed Grain, Mango and Black Bean Salad with Cumin-Chili Dressing I was recently asked, “What is an anti-inflammatory diet?”   A simple answer: A diet built around whole foods with lots of produce, whole forms of grains, healthful fats and a couple of servings of fish each week (or equivalent omega-3 fatty acids).  An anti-inflammatory […]

A Rainbow of Smoothie Ideas

Fruit Smoothies Photo by Lorelle Del Matto I’d rather eat a bowl of chopped fruit than drink fruit blended in a smoothie. I get more satisfaction from chewing and enjoy the textures and flavors of each fruit. Research confirms this, showing that when we consume calories in a liquid form, our bodies don’t register the […]