Craving comfort? Roast tomatoes for soup

Warming — roast tomato and garlic soup.

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire; it is the time for home.” — Edith Sitwell When winter blasts with us with swirling storms and biting winds, our bellies crave the comfort of warm, sustaining and ...

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Three cheers for chocolate

Valentine's Day delights.

“Love is all you need, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” —Charles Schulz Nothing says love quite like chocolate. Lovers have been presenting chocolates to their sweethearts since the Victorian days, when Richard Cadbury created one of the first heart-shaped boxes with a ...

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Ring in the New Year — naturally!

Chicken broth is the basis for a delicious and naturally healthy soup.

“Another fresh new year is here… Another year to live! To banish worry, doubt and fear, To laugh and love and give!” —William Arthur Ward There is something so wonderfully restorative about a New Year! The New Year gives us a joyous opportunity to begin anew, to rewind after a hectic ...

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Wishing all a glorious New Year

Blood orange juice sparks a New Year's cocktail.

Glory to God in highest heaven, Who unto man His Son hath given; While angels sing with tender mirth, A glad new year to all the earth. —Martin Luther New Year’s Eve is a glorious time to reflect upon the events of the year, to cherish fond memories, acknowledge achievements, and to be humbled ...

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A happy, healthy holiday?

Citrus contributes to a healthy life, especially in winter.

“What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.” —Agnes M. Pharo Finding peace and good will towards our fellow men and women ...

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In praise of pumpkins

Celebrate with pumpkins.

“For pottage and puddings and custards and pies Our pumpkins and parsnips are common supplies, We have pumpkins at morning and pumpkins at noon, If it were not for pumpkins we should be undoon.” —Pilgrim Verse circa 1633 Surely the Pilgrims gave great praise and thanksgiving for pumpkins! In a ...

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Miraculous comfort in the kitchen — garlic!

Garlic — comforting in so many ways.

“When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.” —John Ruskin Whenever I am in the kitchen, I realize there is no other place in the world that offers a more comforting, loving and cozy atmosphere. Here is where we can gather with family and friends and enjoy the great pleasures of ...

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