Radish and Cream Cheese Sandwich

Radishes are in season during the cool weather of spring and fall. Once exposed to long periods of warm weather, the spicy heat of the radish intensifies, sometimes to the point of becoming inedible. Radishes are easy to grow, but once they’re ready to pick, you could end up with…

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What’s the FODMAP-free diet?

FODMAPs: Have you seen this unusual acronym in the news lately? Or perhaps someone has mentioned that he or she is following a low FODMAP or FODMAP-free diet. So, what is it? FODMAP stands for Fermentable, Oligo-saccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols. Now, does that clear everything up? No? Well, here’s…

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Hermits

This recipe for Hermits was given to me by my friend Elizabeth, who couldn’t believe I’d never heard of them. They were a tradition in her family for generations. We fell in love with them not only for the taste, but also for the ease. There’s no need to wait…

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Eggplant Parmesan Slices

This lightened-up version of eggplant Parmesan is a lovely dish to serve at a party or luncheon. We also bring leftovers in our lunch bag to eat cold or heat up in a microwave or oven. Slice eggplant lengthwise to make luncheon-size servings, or slice across to form small, round pieces to serve as appetizers.

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Jalapeño Poppers

The first time I saw these at a party, I was afraid to try them. I’m not a big fan of jalapeños in the first place, and I don’t like extremely spicy food. Somehow I was convinced to take a tiny bite, then a bigger bite, and finally the whole delicious morsel! Cream cheese (or any dairy) neutralizes capsaicin compounds that are responsible for the heat, so you end up with creamy peppers that are surprisingly mild—most of the time.

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Hot and Sour Orange Smoothie

Even though it’s cold outside, I’m still drinking my detox smoothie for breakfast every morning. I just feel so much better when I start my day off with a healthy infusion of fruit, vegetables, antioxidants, bioflavonoids, protein and the ever-important ingredient: water! As much as I like change, I still…

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Raspberry Beet Smoothie

Beets for Breakfast? Sure! They will brighten up an otherwise dull pink smoothie while providing great benefits for your body. Beets contain betaine and betalin pigments, both of which support detoxification. Betaine is made up of choline (a B vitamin) and 3 methyl groups. These molecules regulate inflammation and can…

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