From salad to shortcake, ways to enjoy the heart-shaped berry
April 15, 2017
The strawberry is a symbol of the promise of spring after a long winter. While midsummer’s lush, plump cherries whisper of sultry nights on the back porch spitting pits into the garden, strawberries speak of girls in bonnets and sunny afternoons by a cold mountain spring. The aroma of sun-warmed...
Easy hacks to spice up your packaged food
March 21, 2017
There are people out there who spend Sunday afternoons shopping for fresh vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins; cooking up big batches of healthy meals; and then portioning them out into containers to be taken to work for lunch. Doing that can go a long way toward living a healthier, more...
A primer in praise of the potato
February 13, 2017
The humble and delicious potato has been the victim of a carb smear campaign by the high-protein patrol and is losing market share to less carbohydrate-intensive choices. But the potato is actually a good choice for most healthy eaters. According to the USDA, a medium-size potato contains about 45...
Blood oranges and kumquats star in a heart-healthy Valentine’s Day dinner
January 19, 2017
By Cathryn Domrose When we think of a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner, our thoughts tend to turn to decadent foods like cheese soufflé, filet mignon, or chocolate mousse. But for a holiday devoted to the heart, artery-clogging offerings like these seem like a bit of a contradiction. However, you...
Craft cocktail–inspired mocktails for your holiday parties
December 12, 2016
Drinks offered to abstainers at New Year’s Eve parties are all too often nothing to celebrate. Club soda with a sad sliver of lime or a can of Diet Coke are poor rewards for serving as the designated driver. This year, your nondrinking guests don’t have to put up with boring beverages. The craft...
Tips for making your best latkes and applesauce ever
November 16, 2016
Anyone who celebrates Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, knows that homemade applesauce is the perfect accompaniment for latkes, or potato pancakes. Made from nothing but chopped apples simmered with a splash of apple juice or fresh-pressed cider, homemade applesauce is easy, quick, healthy, and...
Brighten the season with homemade citrus gifts
November 15, 2016
During the busiest season of the year, who has time to spend hours in the kitchen? And yet few gifts thrill people more than a package of homemade treats. The exclamations of delight, messages of gratitude, and semi-serious marriage proposals make those hours of toil worthwhile. In more than 20...
How to pick a peck of pumpkins (and other winter squashes)
October 26, 2016
Walk into any grocery store this season and you’ll be overwhelmed by the furious array of “pumpkin” offerings: pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin baked goods, pumpkin drinks, pumpkin salsa, pumpkin chips, pumpkin cereal, and so much more. But while we’re all going crazy for pumpkin-themed items (and...
Keeping history alive and edible
October 21, 2016
How has Thanksgiving evolved for you? Is it Norman Rockwell traditional, political, locavore, or perhaps a blend? Whatever your approach, the Wampanoag native people have touched all of our menus. The Wampanoag, or People of the First Light, are credited with welcoming the Mayflower pilgrims....
How to find your favorite variety of one of fall’s best fruits
September 25, 2016
Pears have been with us for centuries—dried slices of the fruit have been found in cave dwellings in Switzerland dating back to the Ice Age, and written documentation of the pear goes back 2,500 years. It’s been celebrated in art and literature, including Shakespeare: in The Merry Wives of Windsor...