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Making the Most of Mushrooms

As fall moves in, mushrooms find their way into more dishes. Their earthy flavor complements the heartier fare of autumn. Try this recipe for Mushroom Medley with Spinach.

The Magic Of Marinades

While they’re used year round, marinades are especially popular in the summer because they enhance the tenderness as well as the taste of meats. Includes recipe for Classic Marinade.

Try Jicama Slaw This Summer

Summer means cole slaw. The name says it all. “Cole slaw” comes from the Dutch word koolsla which translates as “cool cabbage.” No summer picnic or barbecue seems complete without cole slaw.

An Ancient Food With Modern Appeal

A grain-like plant native to the Andes, quinoa was such a staple for the ancient Incas that they called it “the mother grain.” Includes recipe for Quinoa and Black Bean Salad.

Serve Red As Well As Summer Greens

During the summer, it’s easy eating greens. Enjoying the bounty of the garden, we can create a rich variety of flavors in leafy salads, using different types of lettuce, peppery arugula and cresses, perhaps the gently assertive flavor of mache, a delicate French green also known as lamb’s lettuce.

The Hidden Charms Of The Blueberry

The blueberry is one of the most attractive summer fruits, but it’s more than just another pretty face. It is packed with natural substances that provide a variety of health benefits.

The Spice That’s An Herb

Few foods are as uniquely diverse as coriander, the plant that supplies both a spice and an herb. Includes recipe for East-West Burrito.

Bring Out The Salad Bowl

Spring is the time of year when salads become more than a side dish. With or without lean meats, eggs, or low-fat cheese, all the lovely spring produce available at this time of year only have to be cut up and tossed together in a bowl with a dressing. Includes recipe for Broccoli, Cherry Tomato and Watercress Salad

Can Soy Fight Cancer?

When soy foods were first tied to a lower risk of cancer, consumer publications made the link seem certain. Now many people are unsure what soy can do against cancer.

A Good Time To Consider The Peanut

Peanuts are a big crop in the South, half of which go into peanut butter. Two southern peanut farmers have been elected president of the United States – Thomas Jefferson and Jimmy Carter. Includes recipe for Chili with Peanuts.

Beets Make A Good Beginning

A pretty bowl of chilled soup is a nice way to start any spring meal. A cool soup made from beets and oranges with a little buttermilk is one good choice, both aesthetically and nutritionally. Includes recipe for Orange-Beet Soup.

Organic Fruits and Vegetables Gain Popularity

More and more people are buying organic fruits and vegetables every day in stores across the country. But until recently, there was no clear understanding of what was really meant by organic, and rules and regulations varied throughout the country.

Baby Spinach: High Fashion, High Nutrition

Baby spinach is fashionable. But don’t let that scare you away from it. It can be the basis of an easy, delicious, healthful side dish or main course. Includes recipe for Spinach, Red Bell Pepper, and Feta Cheese Salad with Yogurt Dressing.

A New Look At Avocados

The rich, delicious flavor and smooth texture of California avocados are why most people add them to their shopping list. Includes recipe for California Avocado Tortilla Soup.

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