Tag Archives: food

February 03

Fruity Ice Cubes for Punch

These colorful ice cubes will cheer up any garden party and are a great addition to punch or flavored waters. You will need: 2 mini cup cake tins 1 can peaches 1 bunch fresh mint 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds 3 cups distilled water** tap or bottled water is ok, distilled just freezes clearer   Cut […]

January 13

5 quick facts about persimmons

1.  Persimmons belong to the genus Diospyros, and like tomatoes, persimmons are technically berries   2. Persimmons originated in China, eventually brought to California in the mid-1800s. China is the world’s top persimmon producer.   3. The name persimmon roughly translates from Greek into “fruit of the Gods”   4. Persimmons are high in dietary […]

January 06

Cheerios now GMO-free: will it make a difference? Not likely.

WASHINGTON D.C., January 6, 2014—General Mills announced Thursday that original Cheerios will be made without genetically modified (GMO) ingredients. While environmentalists and activists are calling the move by the Minneapolis-based food giant a major victory, the change does not necessarily signal a shift in General Mills’ business practices regarding GMOs or GMO labeling. According to […]

January 01

5 quick facts about granadilla / grenadia

1. Passiflora liguiaris is also known as Sweet granadilla or Grenadia.   2. Granadilla is native to the Andes Mountains of Colombia, Venezuela and Bolivia, but is now grown from Argentina to Mexico, and in Australia and Africa (where is it known as ‘passion fruit’), and Papua New Guinea (where is known as ‘sugar fruit’). […]

December 27

Five quick facts about cucamelons

Melothria scabra are native to Mexico and Central America, where they are believed to have been domesticated before western contact Other common names include mouse melon, Mexican sour gherkin, Mexican miniature watermelon and Mexican sour Cucamelons can be grown from seeds, taking three months to mature. Cucamelons look like miniature watermelons, roughly the size of […]

December 20

Easy, 20-minute baked mozzarella sticks

These delicious, no-guilt snacks take 20 minutes to make from start to yummy finish. And without the frying, you can have these more often! serves 2 Ingredients: 4 mozzarella sticks 12 wonton wrappers 2 Tbs. Olive oil 1/4 cup marinara sauce water to seal wonton wrappers basil to garnish Directions Preheat oven to 350 Cut […]

December 13

3+1 Books About Food: 3 works of fiction + 1 work of nonfiction on a particular subject

Part of my new section featuring three fiction books and one nonfiction about one subject. 1. Like Water for Chocolate, Laura Esquivel Mexican food and passion Like Water for Chocolate is an extremely sensual tale of a family of women during the Mexican Revolution, told from the kitchen. While many authors have tried to incorporate […]

November 05

Real Greek first-press olive oil, enter for a chance to win a sample bottle!

My husband is Greek and we spend our summers with his family in the beautiful Peloponnesian town of Porto Heli. One of my favorite things about being there is the food in general and the olive oil in particular. Grown by one of my husband’s cousins and pressed less than five miles from our house, […]

October 04

Tomorrow There Will be Apricots, Jessica Soffer

***** ISBN 1469249936 (ISBN13: 9781469249933) 2013, Brilliance Corporation This book was so beautiful that I wept openly when I finished it—my husband thought I was crazy. I immediately went online and Googled Soffer and tried to find out as much as I could about her. The first thing that struck me is that she’s incredibly young. While […]

July 05

Egg carton labels and animal welfare: are you being mislead?

WASHINGTON, July 3, 2013 –As consumers become increasingly aware of the conditions of egg laying hens in factory farms, there has been a movement towards implementing what is perceived as more humane methods.   However, unregulated and misleading claims on egg carton labels may be tricking consumers into buying more expensive eggs that are not necessarily providing […]