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Chile Peppers Explained

By Linda Hoffman | May 25, 2017

There is a bewildering array of chile peppers available to us at the supermarkets (and farmers’ markets later in the summer) varying from mild to hot to extremely hot.  Not knowing the difference can result in a surprisingly spicy dish when we just want a little “kick.” Chile refers to an individual species of pepper,…

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Random Thoughts…

By Linda Hoffman | August 22, 2016

Artificial flavor in lemonade, real lemon in furniture polish.  Alfred Newman Junk Food.  It can either be junk or it can be food.  It can’t be both.  Dan Kittredge Consumption of soft drinks increased from 23.3 gallons to 54 gallons per person per year. In 2009, 25% of all vegetables eaten by kids were…ta da! …

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“Every Meal is a Choice”

By Linda Hoffman | June 30, 2016

Our love affair with convenience and speed led us to processed foods, which many of us rely on to the point that we no longer cook at home.  Or if we do cook, we no longer cook from scratch, depending on boxed and canned and frozen foods for our meals.  The problem is that most…

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2013 Farmers’ Markets Are Here!

By Linda Hoffman | May 6, 2013

The 2013 Farmers’ Markets are up and running, not a moment too soon!  The very freshest produce, usually harvested the day before or day of the market, meaning that nutrient content is highest.  When produce is harvested for distant markets, to be shipped 1000 miles or even more, it is usually harvested before it is…

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Eating and Shopping Seasonally

By Linda Hoffman | January 14, 2013

How do we know what is “in season” when we are shopping?  We can buy cantaloupe anytime of the year we feel like it.  How can there be “personal” watermelons in December?  Cherries in January?  Asparagus, a spring crop, is available year round now.  How do we know what to buy, if we want to…

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