Posts Categorized: Food & Health

How to Cook with Leeks

If you turn a leek with its hairy end up, it looks sort of like a crown or the top of a scepter, which may be one reason this delicious allium is called the “king of the soup onion.” It could also be because Emperor Nero is said to have eaten leeks every day to make his voice stronger…. Read more »

Strong to the Finish ‘Cause he Eats his Spinach

Popeye liked spinach for his biceps, but he was in the dark about how good it is for your eyes. Optometrist Dr. Ian Murray is leading a study at The University of Manchester, trying to find the link between the retina disease Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD) and a chemical found in leafy greens. Spinach is high in the vitamin A-rich… Read more »

Slow Cooker Overnight Oatmeal

Tired of skipping breakfast because you don’t have enough time in the morning? Here’s a “stay-on-track” tip for a better breakfast when you’re in a hurry. Make-Ahead Oatmeal Breakfast Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 8 hours (inactive) Yield: about 1 ½ cups oatmeal (2 servings) Before you go to bed at night, combine the following… Read more »

Rice Pudding for Anyone and Everyone

Whether simple or decadent, this sweet treat has a variation that’s sure to please you. Find Chef Sita’s favorite, basic recipe here, and then get creative! For a soothing, sweet flavor, use ginger and chopped dates. For a royal, unforgettable flavor, stir in saffron threads and coconut milk. For a spicy, exotic pudding, try chai spices (like… Read more »

Homemade Basic Tahini Sauce

Tahini, aka sesame butter, is a pantry staple that mixes well in dips and sauces – making everything creamier, nuttier, and a little bit Mediterranean. It is also a great source of calcium and the essential amino acid lysine. Try this simple sauce over dark leafy greens, grains, tempeh, sweet potatoes, or as a dip… Read more »

How to Make Perfect Whipped Cream

Traditional or Dairy-Free Traditional Whipped Cream 1: Choose your tools and favorite recipe Nested whisks Hand mixer Mason jar 2. Chill EVERYTHING (bowls, tools, heavy cream, coconut cream, etc.) 3. Combine cream in bowl with some vanilla, a pinch of sea salt, and a liquid sweetener like honey, maple syrup, or brown rice syrup (incorporates… Read more »

Simple Ways to Enjoy Squash

The season is abundant with them. As Mark affectionately named these “globes of joy,” winter squashes burst with sweet, nutty flavor, are packed with antioxidants, and can be as versatile as your creativity allows. To help you get started, here are some of Chef Sita’s favorite ways to enjoy winter squash.   1. Roasted Acorn… Read more »

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 »