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Not Your Average Asparagus

Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by HylaryL

Asparagus In the vegetable world, asparagus is often misunderstood. Commonly served baked or boiled, the sometimes bitter flavor is, unfortunately, what many associate with these long and skinny green stalks. Well forget what you know (or think you know) about asparagus! Now that asparagus, which is actually a member of the lily family, is in season, it’s the perfect time to try something new that highlights . . . more »

Fun with Gluten-Free Foods

Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 by HylaryL

Woman holding vegetables As someone who has been gluten-free since 2010, I can tell you that the prospect of never eating my favorite pastas, cakes or cookies again can be very troubling. Oftentimes when people hear “gluten-free” they think of cardboard, something lacking in flavor, and other unappetizing things. Fortunately, nothing could be further from the truth! Forget what you think you know about gluten-free foods, and get . . . more »

Why You Should Eat Seasonally in 2014...and How!

Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 by HylaryL

Winter vegetables There seems to be a lot of talk amongst health and food professionals about eating “seasonally.” More and more, we are being urged to buy fruits and vegetables that are in season, but do we really know why? There are a lot of reasons why eating seasonally is a good idea. It reduces the environmental damage and cost of having foods shipped from places like . . . more »

Got squash?

Posted on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 by HylaryL

The Classic Zucchini Cookbook This time of year it seems like our kitchens are overflowing with one thing: squash! It’s the end of the summer, and that means the squash harvest is upon us. From softer summer squash to the more hard-shelled winter squash, sometimes it seems like it’s hard to escape the abundance of this healthy member of the produce department. Both summer and winter squash are chock . . . more »

Got squash?

Posted on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 by HylaryL

The Classic Zucchini Cookbook This time of year it seems like our kitchens are overflowing with one thing: squash! It’s the end of the summer, and that means the squash harvest is upon us. From softer summer squash to the more hard-shelled winter squash, sometimes it seems like it’s hard to escape the abundance of this healthy member of the produce department. Both summer and winter squash are chock . . . more »

Liven up your pantry with delicious and healthy home-dried food!

Posted on Thursday, May 2, 2013 by HylaryL

Food Drying with An Attitude Want to liven up your snacks, lunch or just create a special treat? Have you ever thought of drying or dehydrating food at home? Many of us love the taste of a chewy piece of dried fruit, a savory bite of beef jerky, or the added crunch of dried seeds in a salad. Oftentimes, however, these types of goodies are expensive or loaded with added . . . more »

Curious about juicing?

Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 by HylaryL

The Juicing Bible Anyone who spends time looking into popular trends in health and nutrition has probably heard about juicing. From promising to help you lose loads of weight, to cleansing your body to lowering cholesterol, juicing is a craze that often seems to travel into “cure-all” territory. While many of the claims about juicing have not been scientifically proven to be true, there are some benefits to . . . more »

Slow Cook Your Way to a Healthy Meal!

Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 by HylaryL

The 150 Healthiest Slow Cooker Recipes on Earth Sometimes cooking something delicious and healthy after a long day of school, work or taking care of the family can be a real hassle. But before you reach for your phone to order pizza, why not plan ahead and make something everyone can enjoy in one of the handiest tools ever created for the kitchen: the slow cooker! Slow cookers (a.k.a. crock pots) are an . . . more »

Avoid the Calories from Your Favorite Chain Restaurants

Posted on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by HylaryL

The Steamy Kitchen's Healthy Asian Favorites I think we can all agree that some of the best, most flavorful food in the world originates from the multitude of cuisines found in Asia and its surrounding islands. From Chinese to Japanese to Thai food and more, the list goes on and on of delicious culinary treasures that anyone regardless of their nationality or ethnicity can enjoy. The only problem? Though generally quite . . . more »

Gardening and Cooking: Two Peas in a Pod!

Posted on Thursday, October 11, 2012 by HylaryL

Sunset Edible Garden Cookbook Avid gardeners and chefs alike are probably aware that there are a multitude of books that focus on each subject, so many, in fact, that sometimes it's difficult to wade through them. What if there was a book that combined gardening tips and recipes? What a time saver that would be! Well look no further, the Santa Clara County Library District has just what you're . . . more »

California grown: the benefit (and fun!) of creating your own edible garden!

Posted on Friday, September 14, 2012 by HylaryL

California Fruit & Vegetable Gardening There are few things more delicious than freshly grown produce. From incredibly crisp lettuce to tree-ripened apricots to moist, crunchy carrots...enjoying a mouthful of flavor straight from the ground is enchanting! So why is it that so many of us eat produce that has been shipped for weeks from around the world and has lost most of the luster it had when it was freshly . . . more »

Olivia Newton-John: Singer, Actress and now...Cookbook Author!

Posted on Friday, September 7, 2012 by HylaryL

Livwise Who doesn't remember Olivia Newton-John singing and dancing alongside John Travolta in 1978's Grease? Well now this famous Aussie is raising money for the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre in Melbourne with proceeds from her new cookbook, Livwise. According to the Centre's website, the book contains recipes created by Olivia in her own kitchen, along with contributions from friends and chefs at her health . . . more »