A Novel Way to Help Control Blood Sugar

Jump on the Cottage Cheese Revival: Peanut Butter Mousse and Whipped Feta Cream Protein-packed cottage cheese is having a moment (1) and blitzing it into something irresistibly creamy is the move. It was top-of-mind for recipes featuring California dried figs when the Valley Fig Growers asked me to write a website article on health research […]

Eat For Longevity

Costa Rican-Style Black Beans & Rice Can you eat your way to a longer life? Dan Buettner’s work over the past 20 or so years, studying and writing about Blue Zones™ (BZ), 5 places around the world with populations that enjoy especially long, healthy lives, suggests you can (1,2,3,4).   It’s not the only thing. […]

A Celebration of Corn

Esquites-Style Shrimp with White Beans Esquites-Style Shrimp with White Beans has been on repeat in my kitchen for months. It’s perfect party fare yet substantial enough for a meal. Don’t worry about leftovers – there won’t be any.    Corn (maize, or maíz in Spanish), the star of Esquites, is being honored in a month-long […]

Your Heart Says, “Seafood Please!”

Greek-Style Tuna and White Bean Salad February is American Heart Month.  Did you know the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that healthy people eat one to two meals each week of fish or shellfish, especially the oily kind rich in omega-3 fats, eicosapentanoic acid (EPA) and dososahexanoic acid (DHA)? The benefits are big. Regular seafood […]

Find Foods Right for You

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Bowl with Figs and Seeds What makes you choose one food over another? If your answer is “taste!”, you’re not alone. There are many reasons we choose foods, but taste is number one, according to fifteen years of consumer research conducted by the International Food and Information Council (IFIC) (1). Food package […]

Enjoy the Last of Summer’s Bounty

Rosemary Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Peach Mustard & Grilled Peaches Tomorrow, September 22, 2020 is the fall equinox. While I hate to see summer go, I’ve been pleasantly distracted with late-summer produce- enjoying the best of the season’s bounty and preserving some for eating later in the year. My husband lets nothing get in the […]

The Power of Pulses

A Master Recipe for Marinated Beans There’s no shortage of inspiration for cooking pulses (beans and lentils) – people have been eating and growing them for some 11,000 years (1). Foundational to cuisines around the world, today they’re as popular as ever as folks focus on plant-powered eating and ways to support sustainable agriculture. Pulses, […]

Eat Well to Boost Your Immune System

With the Covid-19 virus in our midst, everyone wants a robust immune system. March is National Nutrition Month, an opportune time to promote the huge role a balanced, nutrient-packed diet plays in supporting a healthy immune system. Here’s a simple explanation from Harvard Health Publishing, How to boost your immune system (1): “Like any fighting […]

It’s Time to Grill Garlic Scapes

Ricotta Gnocchi with Garlic Scapes, Mushrooms and Fennel In season now, fresh garlic scapes caught my eye at Metropolitan Market and I grabbed a bunch. I followed the cooking tip posted in-store, brushed them with olive oil and tossed them on the grill to accompany chicken kebabs. Easy and quick – scapes brighten, soften and […]

The World of Pasta Grows Beyond Wheat

Asparagus-Basil Pesto Move over wheat – the action in the pasta world is with “alternatives” made from vegetables, legumes, quinoa and grains like rice and corn.  These alternative pastas are only about 2% of the pasta category, but their growth is remarkable, up 19% annually.  Compare that to traditional wheat pasta, a “low growth” category, […]