Conscious Cook: Keeping cool as a cucumber

“Some people change their ways when they see the light, others when they feel the heat.” — Caroline Schroeder When 90 degree temperatures and drenching humidity are invoking plenty of sweat, irritability and heat exhaustion, it’s time to cool the body and mind down with something extra refreshing and hydrating. What could be more invigorating than garden fresh, crisp, crunchy … read more

Conscious Cook: Zillions of zucchini

“One day we came home to find a grocery sack of zucchini hanging from our mailbox. The perpetrator, of course, was nowhere in sight.” — Barbara Kingsolver Summer’s glorious bounty yields so many mouth-watering treasures, including juicy, plump tomatoes, crisp, colorful peppers, tender lettuces and superbly scented herbs. But of all these highly anticipated annual crops, perhaps the most prolific … read more

Conscious Cook: Three cheers for the red, white and blue

God Bless America, land that I love Stand beside her and guide her Through the night with the light from above. — Irving Berlin Summer has arrived and conscious cooks can now celebrate the glory of locally grown goodness! Exploding with vitality, sun-filled summer produce is loaded with rich color and boldly satisfying flavor. Full of zest, the organic and … read more

Conscious Cook: Singing the praises of strawberries

“Strawberries! Fruit from the heart.” — Anthony T. Hinks I spied a roadside sign today, hand lettered, with two glorious words: Fresh Strawberries! Ahhh, luscious, local strawberries, one of the most fabulous seasonal ingredients ever created, with a spectacular scent and such sublime flavor. A conscious cook’s dream ingredient! Bursting with brightness, strawberries are a low calorie, fiber rich food … read more

Conscious Cook: Eating joyfully in June

“Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June.” — Al Bernstein June is a month filled with joyous celebrations and fabulous food. Whether you are honoring your father figure with a delectable barbecue, congratulating your graduate with a gourmet gathering, or joining your heart with another to say “I do,” June is truly joyful. June also celebrates National … read more

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