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Summer grilling success

A food thermometer is the best way to tell what internal temperature a food has reached. Different foods have different internal temperatures, so be aware. 145°F Beef, pork, lamb, veal (with a 3-minute rest) and fish 160°F Hamburgers and other ground meat 165°F Poultry and...
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Just peachy!

June is here! This is perhaps my favorite time of the growing season because peaches will be popping up soon at my local farmers’ market. They will be in full swing come July and August. Peaches are a special treat and have always been one of my favorite fruits. I just love everything peach from...
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fruit and tofu smoothies

Pack your smoothies with plant proteins

Are you looking for a quick breakfast that packs the protein? Plant-based proteins can help you build muscle and provide heart health benefits to your meals, snacks and even beverages! These recipes incorporate organic tofu but you can easily add other plant-based proteins that you enjoy. Firm or...
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Remix your mornings with breakfast salads

Are you tired of the same old breakfast every morning? It’s time to turn over a new leaf! If you’re looking for a fresh start to your day with protein, healthy fats, and an abundance of vitamins and minerals then look no further. Breakfast salads are an easy and delicious way to fill up on fiber...
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5 easy ways to fit fruits and vegetables into your day

The 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that adults consume 1.5–2 cups of fruits and 2–3 cups of vegetables per day. Despite these recommendations, recent data show low consumption. Only 1 in 10 US adults eat the recommended amount of fruits or vegetables each day. This number is...
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Mediterranean Foods

Give your meals a Mediterranean makeover

Spring is underway and many of you have probably been doing some spring cleaning in your home, closets and yards but what about your kitchen? As we shed our winter clothes for sandals let us also consider shedding some of those warming winter foods for items that keep us satisfied, light and...
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Save money by using the whole plant

  Waste Not From Root to Stalk This list shows commonly eaten vegetables in addition to their less-frequently eaten parts. Try incorporating secondary edible plant parts as well so they don’t end up in the trash. Vegetable Common Edible Parts...
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Herbs: from garden to kitchen

July is perhaps my favorite month. I love the summer heat, the cookouts, festivals, fireworks and all of the fresh food from the garden. It's also my birthday month so...what's not to love?! My herbs are in full force right now and it's a great time to maximize their use in the kitchen. I like to...
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7 reasons to grow & use fresh herbs

These are my top 7 reasons why you should grow and use fresh herbs more often They are always available- herbs are easy to grow year round. I am in constant need of herbs whether I'm cooking breakfast, lunch or dinner and it would be a major pain if I had to keep running back to...
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