Make meals magical with fresh herbs

Herbs make meals magical.

“An herb is the friend of physicians and the praise of cooks.” — Charlemagne There is something quite magical about meandering through a thriving herb garden. Kitchen inspiration will surely be aroused by the many types of herbs to be found there. Tiny thyme plants tucked among the spaces of a ...

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The splendor of September’s bounty of corn

Conscious Cook: glories of corn.

“Up from the meadows rich with corn, Clear in the cool September morn” — John Greenleaf Whittier September glows with a great magnificence. The sun still deeply warms the farmer’s crops as it warms our own skin and there is much to gather and enjoy at local farmer’s markets. The late summer and ...

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Eating locally grown produce and loving it

Farmers' markets.

The most satisfying and invigorating meals are prepared with the simplest of ingredients. Utilizing the freshest of vegetables, fruits and herbs as the foundation of fantastic summer meals will provide you with a multitude of healthy pleasures. Search out your local farmer’s markets, where you ...

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You say ‘tomayto,’ I say ‘tomahto’

Tomatoes are in season.

Tomatoes, tomatoes, everywhere! In August, farmer’s markets overflow with these round globes of goodness. The splendid summer heat has ripened the Big Girls and Boys, Beefsteaks, Jet Stars, Yellow Pears,  Sweet 100’s, and heirloom varieties such as Oxheart, Cherokee Purple and Brandywine to a ...

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Keeping cool when facing the heat

Keeping cool with cucumbers.

 “Some people change their ways when they see the light, others when they feel the heat.” —Caroline Schroeder The blazing temperatures and drenching humidity of an unrelenting heat wave are a challenge for even the most conscious of cooks. Extreme weather conditions can lead to short tempers, ...

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Appreciating the underdog: Versatile zucchini

Bucket of Zuccini!

Come summertime there is always one crop that prolifically fills the garden and more often than not, that super sized crop is zucchini. When blessed with this bounty, gardeners, finding themselves thus burdened, ponder and plot how to share their excess squash. Often the baskets on neighboring ...

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Three cheers for the ‘Red, White and Blue’

Conscious Cook: Berries

“May the sun in his course, visit no land more free, more happy, more lovely, than this, our own country!” —Daniel Webster Summer is finally here! Now is the perfect time to celebrate the great glory of living in the United States and enjoying our many freedoms. The summer months are also a ...

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