History of the tomato
April 18, 2019
The French called the tomato the pomme d'amour, or the Love Apple, for their belief that the exotic tomato had aphrodisiac powers. Tomatoes might not be responsible for romance in people, but eating tomatoes does seem to spark a lust for more tomatoes. Tomatoes are a member of the nightshade or...
How to prepare Ataulfo mango
April 4, 2019
When I first heard someone say “Ataulfo,” I nearly said “Gesundheit!” The Ataulfo mango is sometimes referred to as the “champagne mango.” And it makes me think of that line from the Van Morrison song: “She’s as sweet as Tupelo honey,” except I sing it as: “She’s as sweet as Ataulfo honey-mango.”...
Making the most of citrus season
February 14, 2019
Juicy, refreshing, and packed with vitamin C, orange citrus comes into season on the West Coast just in time to brighten winter tables—and help combat the season’s colds and flus. California’s specialty citrus crops are at their peak from December to March, which makes it a great time to discover...
Three hearty soup recipes you can enjoy all month
February 4, 2019
The short, cold days of winter often have us craving warm, nourishing meals—the kind we refer to as “comfort food” for good reason. I’m a big fan of large-batch winter cooking: making soups, stews, and chilies for dinner on the weekend, and eating the leftovers for lunch the following week or...
Tempting winter fruits to brighten your weekly mix
January 31, 2019
When the weather outside is frightful, it can be tempting to curl up on the couch and indulge in so-called “comfort” foods—many of which are a far cry from a healthy choice. But during the winter months, when our immune systems may be vulnerable and germs and illness abound, it’s especially...
Easy meal prep recipes you can eat all week
January 7, 2019
Taking your lunch to work every day can save you a lot of money—and calories. But getting in the habit can be a challenge. Scrounging in the fridge at 7 a.m. to try and throw something together for lunch is not the way to spend your workweek mornings. The solution? Meal prep. Take an hour or two on...
How to make latkes and applesauce
December 6, 2018
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...
The food history of Thanksgiving
November 22, 2018
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....
Winter and summer oranges
August 23, 2018
Navel oranges (the “winter” orange) and Valencia oranges (the “summer” orange) are similar in flavor and appearance, but what distinguishes one from the other? Oranges are one of the most commonly grown fruits in the world, and both Valencias and navels are categorized as sweet oranges of the...
How to make vegetarian sushi at home
August 7, 2018
Whether it's a birthday, a Japanese-themed New Year's Day party, a dinner gathering, or simply lunch at work, we like to celebrate with sushi. It’s fun to make hand rolls with friends and to experiment with taste combinations. You may be surprised at just how easy it is to make vegetarian...