Posts Categorized: Food & Health

Mulled Wine – A Winter Cocktail

  If you’ve ever visited Northern Europe during the Winter months, you might recall the intoxicating aroma (and maybe the intoxicating effect) of warmed red wine with spices, in Germany known as “Glühwein.” Our resident German expert, Herr Helge Hellberg, ensures us that this recipe produces a truly authentic experience. Enjoy with friends wherever you… Read more »

Sweet Potatoes and Yams are Two Different Vegetables

By Susan Simitz, Earl’s Organic Produce The holidays are here and sweet potatoes are one of the most popular vegetables on the menu. Sweet potatoes are commonly seen labeled as yams, when in reality they are most likely sweet potatoes. Many years ago the U.S. government decided to label sweet potatoes by their color to make… Read more »

Holiday Entree with only Five Ingredients

Just how creative can you get with 5 ingredients or less? VERY when one of your ingredients is a pre-made spice blend. Today: Fall Holiday Entree with 5 Ingredients or Less Shiitake & Wild Rice Stuffed Squash with Pomegranate Seeds serves 6 Ingredients 2 acorn squash, halved lengthwise and seeds removed 1 cup uncooked wild rice,… Read more »

DIY Aromatherapy Body Scrub

Once you start making your own bath products, you’ll be hooked. They’re easy, inexpensive, and can be customized to fit your – or your gift-recipient’s – exact preferences. Sugar is a wonderful exfoliant, and coconut oil has been used as a topical healing agent in cultures around the world. Honey is popular ingredient in many… Read more »

Food Waste Reconsidered – Part I

Up to 20% of all fresh foods that are grown and produced do not meet strict market requirements and often end up being plowed back into the soil or considered “waste” – produce that is crooked or discolored or has grown too large too quickly. Another 8%-10% is trimmed off or thrown out at retail… Read more »

Fresh Green Bean Casserole

  a whole foods recipe that recreates flavors of a holiday table staple As heard on Table Talk: Favorite Recipes for the Winter Season – min. 12:45 Ingredients 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 lg leek, sliced in half moons 6 oz fresh mushrooms, thinly sliced (cremini, shiitake, chanterelle, or a mix) ½ teaspoon chopped fresh thyme… Read more »

Food Movement Ideals in the World of Spirits

By Gavin Bieber, Batiste Rhum The History of the Americas and the Industrial Revolution are tightly linked to the rise of sugar cane growing and the many products created from this South Asian native grass. The story of Western colonization and industrialization has rum at its center, where the trade triangle between Europe, Africa and… Read more »

Cinnamon-Chili Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Cinnamon-Chili Sweet Potatoes Serves 6-8 A wonderful source of Vitamins A, C, potassium and calcium, this recipe, with a couple omissions, is equally good for mom and baby. Sweet potatoes are high in fiber, making them great for digestive health, and the cinnamon and coconut oil are superstars, too. Cinnamon helps stabilize blood sugar, and… Read more »

Vegan Pumpkin Pie in 3 Easy Steps

Mais, oui! Plus: low glycemic index and almost no baking! Step One Place any of the following winter squash, cut-side down, in a preheated 375 degree oven: 3 lb Sugar Pie Pumpkin (halved; 1 ½ hours) 3 lb Delicata Squash (halved; 30 minutes) 3 lb Butternut Squash (peeled, seeded, and cubed; 40 minutes) Step Two… Read more »

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

It’s winter squash season, and that means – Pumpkin Seeds! Shamelessly (or savvy-ly, some might say), at the AOC kitchens, we toast every squash seed we come in contact with: Acorn Squash, Butternut Squash, Sugar Pie Pumpkin… why throw out something whose potential is to be one of the ultimate snack foods? There are a… Read more »