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...
Sink your teeth into summer stone fruit
July 10, 2018
Biting into a warm, ripe peach and feeling the sweet juice dribble down your chin is one of the hallmarks of summer. Or perhaps you’re savoring a hot slice of nectarine and blueberry pie? Fresh from the tree, cut into salads, or baked into pies, crisps, or cobblers, nothing says summer like stone...
Four ways to ensure you’re making good chocolate choices
June 19, 2018
In a perfect world, we would only eat clementines, drink crystal-clear water, and munch on raw almonds at work. Of course, the real world presents situations that challenge that paradigm: three o’clock chocolate cravings and coworkers with candy bowls on their desks that brim with leftover Easter...
Have 10 pounds of strawberries? Here's what to do!
June 1, 2018
So you’ve visited the U-pick farm and enjoyed the hard but rewarding work of picking pint after pint of strawberries. But what should you do with your bounty when you get it home? After I’ve unloaded the bags and plastic containers onto every available surface in my kitchen, the first thing I do is...
U-pick farms let you harvest your own dinner
May 25, 2018
Imagine sitting down to a dinner of roasted asparagus, chicken with rosemary, butter lettuce salad, and rhubarb pie. Now imagine that you picked the asparagus, rosemary, lettuce, and rhubarb with your own hands. No matter what state you live in, there are U-pick farms where you can spend a few...
4 ways to enjoy avocados more sustainably
March 9, 2018
It’s certainly no secret that we’re eating more avocados. Guacamole, avocado egg boats, grain bowls topped with avocado. Avocado toast has become so ubiquitous in certain parts of the country that it’s become a meme making fun of hipsters and millennials. In fact, according to USDA figures,...
Make-ahead lunches you can eat all week
March 1, 2018
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...
Making the most of citrus season
January 25, 2018
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 fight 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...
Quince compote makes a great topping for seasonal latkes
December 12, 2017
“Is that an oddly fuzzy pear? Or a jumbo-sized, weirdly knobbled apple?” Deep yellow and wonderfully fragrant, the quince isn’t easy to identify on the first try. Quinces are in the same pome-fruit family as the apple and pear, but these late-autumn beauties have a charm that’s all their own....