Conscious Cook: Savoring the season

“Summer should get a speeding ticket!” — Unknown Summer will soon fade into fall, and these lingering days of abundant sunshine are meant to be savored. Harvest time is in full swing and local farm markets offer an explosively colorful vista of late season fruits and vegetables. Purchasing locally grown produce is a tremendously healthful way to prepare a delicious … read more

Conscious Cook: Fresh summer herbs delight the senses

“An herb is the friend of physicians and the praise of cooks.” — Charlemagne Fresh herbs have delighted the senses and tantalized the taste buds for centuries. In medieval times great bundles of herbs were strewn on castle floors as a natural air purifier. Brides of this day often choose to wear delicate crowns of flowers interwoven with herbs upon … read more

Conscious Cook: You say tomayto, I say tomahto

“It’s difficult to think anything but pleasurable thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.” — Lewis Grizzard Tomatoes, tomatoes everywhere! In August, farmers’ markets overflow with round, red globes of goodness. The splendid summer heat has ripened the Big Girls and Boys, Beefsteaks, Jet Stars, Yellow Pears, Sweet 100’s, and heirloom varieties such as Oxheart, Cherokee Purple and Brandywine to a … read more

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: 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