Better with Basil: Tips on Using & Storing

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Basil is at its peak in summer. Whether you’re growing basil at home or buying it fresh at the local farmer’s market, you’ll want to get the most out of it now and later by storing it properly, keeping it […]

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Versatile Colors: Decoding Tomatoes

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Tomatoes are available year round but there is a difference in summer tomatoes—and tomatoes in general. Tomatoes are one of summer’s simplest pleasures—-we’ve all enjoyed a vine ripe tomato, warm from the summer’s heat right in the garden. Right!?! If […]

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Forgo the Fridge: Foods That Should Not Be Refrigerated

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Forgo, omit or go without using the fridge with certain foods!?! Indeed. All of these foods listed in Oxygen’s April issue (2015) are kitchen-approved and tested without a refrigerator in my personal kitchen (Litsa’s)—however, sometimes I’ll let an avocado sit […]

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The Riddles of Juicing & Making Smoothies

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Juicing and smoothies have been a hot topic for the last couple of years. EatingWell’s nutrition editor, Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., was asked the question, “Which is healthier juicing or making smoothies?” The question peaked my interest since I have […]

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Lasagna Language: Layering Matters

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Lasagna is one pasta dish that is absolutely wonderful when it’s a gooey mess of tomato sauce & melted cheeses! My favorite—at least one of my favorite pasta dishes—if it is baked correctly. We’ve all had at least half a […]

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Preparing Greens: Cooked-Green Yields

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Green vegetables are all the rage and for good reason. Kale, spinach and swiss chard provide a plethora of nutrients our bodies need. Blanched greens are easy to prepare. You simply remove leaves from the stems after washing them thoroughly […]

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Is a Vitamix Worth the Price?

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The Vitamix has been on my list for over a year or more!?! I (Litsa) was in love with the features of this ‘high-tech’ machine from the moment I began reading reviews on it—–the recipes I read also delighted the […]

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National Grilled Cheese Day

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April 12 is National Grilled Cheese Day—-who needs a reason why!?! You might only need to use this day to sit down alone, with a friend, or with the family to enjoy the most decadent and popular comfort food in […]

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