Spice Up Your Diet (and Your Health) with Chile Peppers

Posted on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 by HylaryL

Red and green chilli peppers You might have heard about the recent debacle where six habanero chile peppers closed an entire school in Colorado. While this story is actually kind of amusing, it’s true that some peppers can be seriously hot. But did you know that the heat chile peppers pack (along with vitamins and antioxidants) are actually really good for you? Chile peppers contain all sorts of beneficial nutrients. . . . more »

Pass the Polenta!

Posted on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 by HylaryL

Polenta Slices Polenta is one of those food items that easy-to-use and delicious but, for some reason,many haven’t added to their culinary repertoire. When you think of what polenta is, cornmeal boiled into a porridge-like consistency, your taste buds don’t necessarily start firing. This might explain why homecooks often stick to things like pasta, rice or potatoes to complement their entrees. Once you realize the delicious creations . . . more »

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 »

Who needs a lunch box - try salad in a jar!

Posted on Thursday, January 31, 2013 by HylaryL

We are all on the hunt for delicious, healthy and quick meals to take with us to work or school instead of the classic (but often boring) sandwich or leftovers. Well search no more: try salad in a jar! This handy idea is becoming more and more popular, and is an easy way to prepare tasty and nutritious meals for the whole week. The internet . . . 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 »

Beautiful new cookbook brings life to your salad plate!

Posted on Saturday, August 25, 2012 by HylaryL

Salads Many nutrition experts advocate incorporating healthy salads into your day-to-day diet, but it's easy to get bored of plain lettuce with low-fat ranch dressing. Luckily, editor, author and teacher Mindy Fox packs a lot of punch into her new cookbook Salads: Beyond the Bowl. Certain to liven up any salad plate, this beautifully photographed book includes 100 recipes offering a non-traditional take on a common . . . more »

Embracing allergy-friendly cooking: it's possible!

Posted on Thursday, August 23, 2012 by HylaryL

Allergy-friendly Food for Families It seems like whenever someone is diagnosed with a food allergy or intolerance that automatically means that all forms of gourmet home cooking are doomed. Say goodbye to your old favorites, it's cardboard and water from here on out, right? Wrong! More and more, celebrated chefs and nutrition experts are devoting time and energy to publishing allergy-friendly cookbooks that can turn your kitchen into a . . . more »

Carol Alt: Former Supermodel and Raw Food Diet Champion

Posted on Monday, August 20, 2012 by HylaryL

Easy Sexy Raw In her latest book, Easy Sexy Raw, former supermodel, actress and author Carol Alt continues her efforts to improve health and well-being through the raw food diet. In her first book, Eating in the Raw, Alt explained how integrating the raw food diet into her life eased a lot of chronic ailments she had been experiencing, from headaches, to sinusitis to stomach pain. One thing . . . more »

A deliciously "Ripe" cookbook!

Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 by HylaryL

Ripe Last week, author and Silicon Valley resident Cheryl Sternman Rule visited the Morgan Hill Libary to discuss her new cookbook Ripe: A Fresh, Colorful Approach to Fruits and Vegetables. The program was wonderful, and for those who weren't able to make it...don't worry! The library owns the cookbook and you can reserve a copy for yourself today! What makes this cookbook so unique is how . . . more »


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