- Monday, November 18, 2013
It’s hard to believe that quinoa, the “super food,” has only now been recognized as the powerhouse nutritional food that it is. The United Nations General Assembly selected 2013 as the “International Year of Quinoa.” But this quasi-grain (more closely related to spinach and beets than it is to any of the grassy grains) has been feeding people in Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia for thousands of years and has been making its way into the international marketplace for decades.
- Monday, July 29, 2013
My vegetable garden is struggling this year. Peas and lettuce were late and now are bolting in the heat. The beans leapt out of the soil and have continued to stretch for the sun, battling the peas (which were supposed to be finished by the time the beans sprouted) and wrapping tendrils around the nearby tomatoes, instead of the poles provided.
- Wednesday, April 3, 2013
I cannot drink ginger ale without having a flashback to my childhood. Every stomach virus that came along found me and/or my sisters swaddled in blankets on the couch, in front of the television, a glass of ginger ale close by. I don’t think my mother was aware of the medicinal properties attributed to the gnarly rhizome, and I’m not sure how much ginger is actually in a glass of ginger ale, but it seemed to do the trick. It kept us hydrated and was one of the few things that our tender tummies were able to tolerate in times of illness.