Watercress: An Overlooked Leafy Green

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We all know that leafy greens are what we should be eating—lettuce, spinach, collard greens, kale, and more—-but watercress!?! Have you added that to your leafy green list? Watercress is often overlooked as a leafy green food source. It is […]

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Differences in Egg Yolk Color

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If you have ever cracked open an egg from a free-range hen, you have probably noticed a bright orange to yellow yolk. My family is used to the rich-colored yolks and we don’t think twice about it. The other day […]

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Which Eggplant? | Different Types of Eggplants

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Do you include eggplant in your menu plan? Growing up, I (Litsa) always saw my mom cooking eggplants but she always cooked one specific eggplant: The Nadia. However, in recent years, I noticed that while vacationing in Greece at my […]

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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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