Do you know when your apple was harvested? I don't. We favor Grannies and Pink Ladies. We buy them at Trader Joe's, the farmers' market, Whole Foods or our nearby Von's.
And since I don't know the harvesting details (meaning fresh picked versus coming out of "controlled atmosphere storage"), I ALWAYS put them in the refrigerator. WHY?
1. Stored in the fridge, apples can last 5x as long as when left out on the counter
2. Apples coming out of storage ripen 8x faster than those that are fresh picked
3. I favor a cool and crisp apple.
First, the pronunciation: Ah-sigh-ee
Second, what is it? It's a fruit that comes from a palm tree in the Brazilian Amazon. It's likened to a small grape with less pulp. Because the berry loses nearly all of its nutritional value 24 hours post harvest, the berries are immediately turned into a puree, flash pasteurized, and then frozen.
These chicken skewers are fabulous! The flavor is Mediterranean/Middle Eastern with lots of garlic and lemon. We love it!
Now, while garlic is a known "health food" (anti-viral, anti-cancer, decongestive, cholesterol-reducing, immunity booster, anti-bacterial), this is a recipe for garlic lovers only.
It should come as no surprise that shaking extra salt on food is a BAD idea.
First, nearly all of us (who doesn't?) consume some processed or pre-packaged foods--nearly all of which have some, or a ton, of sodium. Everything from bread and cereals, to chips and crackers, to canned goods to frozen meals contain anywhere from 5% to 45% of an individual's recommended sodium intake--PER SERVING. (My beloved Peanut Butter Puffins deliver 230 mg, or 10% of the RDA in a 3/4 cup serving, which is about 1/5 of what I'll typically savor each night.)
When we posted last July about the risk of eating grapefruit when taking certain medications and the potential link to breast cancer in post-menopausal women, we recevied quite a bit of feedback. (Click here to read the original post and a 2013 update.)
Mainly, readers wanted to better understand the estrogen effect. After reading more about grapefruit's interaction with different medications, we thought we'd pass along the following:
I know, I know...more praise for Trader Joe's? Yep.
Last week I noticed that TJ's now sells leeks--all nicely trimmed too. Hooray! I love the delicate and sweet flavor of leeks! And, they are super good for you too.
If you like veggies, then I've got a super tasty recipe for you that is ridiculously easy. Friends and family have been big takers of this one. It is also a wonderful accompaniment to fish.
A recent beef recall, the largest in US history, is making news.
The offending plant, Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing in Chino, CA, is accused of slaughtering "downer" cows -- bovine that can't walk or stand on their own. In plain English, meat from sick and unhealthy cows made it to the food supply in a big way, 143 million pounds type of way--and nearly all the beef is believed to have already been consumed.
I have a few friends that abide by a vegan diet -- i.e., no consumption of animal products or byproducts. Vegan is not an easy choice when you seriously consider how many regularly available foods are prohibited. No chicken, no fish, no honey, etc. And vegans go a step further than vegetarians by also eschewing dairy and eggs (vegetarians drink milk and covet their scrambles).
If you answered yes to the title question, I have a sure fire way to up the taste of any salad you make. Buy high-quality balsamic vinegar. If you are already in the know on just how good balsamic can be, kudos.
Not all balsamics are created equally. Skip the generic $5.99 bottle and look for an aged version--at least 10 years. One that I like is Lucini Gran Riserva. It's still fairly cheap at about $13. I've also (at times) sampled vinegars aged 25+ years. Wow. The price may also shock you!
My family descended upon us this year for Thanksgiving. My parents, brother, his wife and their two school aged kids--oh, and our 17 month old, too. So, while I love to cook, I did not want to tackle the Thanksgiving feast. Instead, I took advantage of Whole Foods' holiday meal service and dialed for our dinner.
Rather than ordering everything a la carte, I went for the "dinner for 8" and upsized to the largest turkey size. Cost: $140, which includes the bird, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, roasted veggies, gravy and dinner rolls.