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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A perfect pear offers many possibilities

Fall is the season for pears!

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.” —Lauren DeStefano Fall is such a vibrant and exciting time in the kitchen. The lighter flavors of summer give way to spicier ...

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An appetite for apples: Fall is here!

Fall is the time for sampling apples.

“The goldenrod is yellow, The corn is turning brown… The trees in apple orchards With fruit are bending down.” —Helen Hunt Jackson The glorious days of autumn have arrived!  Suddenly the world is full of deep, distinctive colors such as burnished amber, brilliant scarlet and rich russet. ...

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The bounty of fall’s farmers’ markets

Eggplant is a treat right now.

“One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter.” —Henry David Thoreau The September Farmers’ Market is positively lush, burgeoning with the last of summer’s seasonal bounty. Tomatoes, deeply ripened by the searing August sun, are at their prime peak of perfection. Sweet ...

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Sweet corn — the season is peaking

Sweet corn is spectacular.

“He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it.” —Proverbs 11:26 The sweetness of summer is surely reflected in the marvelous corn harvest now available at all local farm stands and farmers’ markets. This incredibly flavorful ...

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