Food for Health

Should you consider a vegetarian or vegan diet?

I was reading recipes online for vegan meals and found a comment stream that said that Dijon mustard is not considered an acceptable vegan ingredient (neither is honey, apparently), and I felt like that was taking things too far. I protest. 

Sugar: the good, the bad and the ugly


There was a news story going around a couple weeks ago about sugar that raised the question of whether people realize that sugar is fattening. There was an accusation being made that the sugar lobby had been hiding this fact from people. (In my opinion, if the sugar lobby’s job was to keep us from realizing that there are a lot of calories in sugar, then they failed and need to be fired.)

The case of the speckled hound

You have to love a winter squash whose name is a portmanteau of iconic Sherlock Holmes tales. Take “The Adventure of the Speckled Band” and moosh it together with “The Hound of the Baskervilles” and you end up with a speckled hound squash: It tastes great, makes excellent soup and might  one day end up as a Masterpiece Mystery special starring Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock Cooks: The Adventure of the Speckled Hound).  

The sweet (?) scent of ripe tomatoes … and other plants


What do tomatoes have in common with cannabis? They both have strong scents that are apparently caused by something in their genetic makeup called terpenes. 

Can’t beat beets for a sweet summer treat

One of the many nice things about buying vegetables from local farms is that you can ask about the conditions in which your vegetables were grown.

Of course, just because you ask doesn’t mean that you’ll get a complete answer. There is so much anxiety these days about genetically modified foods that even if your farmer is using GMO seeds, he or she might not tell you about it — even if you ask point blank.

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Yes, we know they taste better, but here’s why

When I was a teenager growing up on Long Island, my grandmother — my mother’s mother — lived with us. Two or three times a year, she would drive down to Maryland to visit her other daughter and her family. And, if it was the right time of year, she would stop on the way down and again on the way up to buy tomatoes in New Jersey.

A floating dream

With a whole summer’s worth of hot days still ahead of us, the time seems right to find a shady spot to sit and enjoy a cold, foamy beverage. No, I’m not talking about beer, but rather about a drink for the whole family: the root beer float.

Featuring only two simple ingredients, vanilla ice cream and root beer soda, the float is a drink that can be whipped up in a jiffy as a thirst-quencher or liquid dessert.

Bell peppers: Bursting with color, flavor and vitamin C

Bell peppers are crunchy and refreshing and are the perfect addition to a number of summer dishes. 

Let the forest-to-table eating begin!

Wild wood leeks (allium tricoccum) also known as ramps, are starting to pop up in damp, woody spots around the Northwest Corner.

There is so much more to rhubarb

Ah, rhubarb, so often underutilized. Every year around this time, all across the country, this beautiful vegetable is baked into strawberry rhubarb pies. Don’t you think it’s time to learn a little bit more about this pink, tart goodness and give it the respect it deserves?