It’s time for some goodness from the garden: Start with chives

Conscious Cook: chives.

“ I love Spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.”—Ruth Stout   Before the swell of summer is in full force, bringing a riot of color and texture to vegetable and flower gardens, there is the cool, calm, charm of the spring herb garden. The first ...

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Spreading springtime with asparagus

It's the season for spring treats like asparagus.

“April hath put a spirit of Youth in everything.” —William Shakespeare After such a long and punishing winter, the arrival of spring is a welcome balm to the frazzled spirit. Tired, weather beaten skin can make us appear a bit worse for wear, but the youthful foods of spring will restore skin’s ...

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Hope springs eternal — a hard slog in March!

Cabbage is a bright taste for spring.

“Winds of March, we welcome you, There is work for you to do. Work and play and blow all day. Blow the winter cold away.” —Unknown No matter how severe the winter months, how frigid the temperature and how deep the seemingly endless snow accumulation, hope springs eternal and March does always ...

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Keeping the faith in February

The beginning of a great winter meal: bok choy.

“Eating is not merely a material pleasure. Eating well gives a spectacular joy to life and contributes immensely to goodwill and happy companionship. It is of great importance to morale.” —Elsa Schiaparelli   As I watch the blinding, swirling snow squalls  filling the sky on this ...

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The sweet appeal of kindness

Try a pineapple salsa to add a sweet and spicy flavor to a winter meal.

“Shall we make a new rule of life from tonight? Always try to be a little kinder than necessary.” —J.M. Barrie   When it comes to feeding our bodies, we are often not very kind to ourselves. We overindulge with sweets or stuff ourselves with salty, crunchy chips and crackers, drink too ...

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Consciously seeking comfort

Oatmeal, winter comfort food.

“Good love is like a bowl of oatmeal.” —Robert Johnson The comforting effects of love are much like the wonderful benefits we gain from conscious cooking and eating. A solid relationship nourishes our soul, fuels our bodies with positive energy, and gives us the opportunity to share joys and ...

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Wondrous winter wellness

Avocados brighten winter.

I wonder if the snow loves the fields and trees, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says “Go to sleep darlings, till the summer comes again.” — Lewis Carroll   Despite the  frigid temperatures and short, dark days, ...

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