Top 5 New Year’s Foods for Good Luck & Prosperity

blackeyed peas to go with Neely recipe

Do you have a food that’s part of your New Year’s tradition?  There are many traditional foods throughout the world. Here’s a list of our Top 5 Food Traditions. (Please comment if you have a food you think we missed that should be included in next year’s list.) Black-eyed Peas – This is a very […]

Recipe: Vanilla Extract


Did you know that vanilla beans are a member of the orchid family. They grow in tropical climates and must be harvested by hand. This hand-harvesting is a major reason why vanilla beans are so expensive. Did you know the purest vanilla extracts are basically vanilla beans aged in alcohol? Of course, you can find […]

Why Chocolates, Cards and Love on Feb. 14?

chocolate heart

The history of St. Valentine dates back to the third century B.C.  It could have been one person or could have been more. The Catholic Encyclopedia reports on three different St. Valentines. However, they could have all been the same person . These men all lived in Italy. Reports have two men living in what […]

Cajun Food – Jambalaya


Last Sunday, January 6, was the start of the Mardi Gras (or Carnival) season. Mardi Gras is the period that starts on Epiphany (the 12th day after Christmas) and ends just before the start of Lent. The first day of Lent is Ash Wednesday. So, the last day of Mardi Gras is Fat Tuesday – […]

Foods for a Happy New Year


Do you have any food traditions for good luck in the New Year? Following is a list of the Top 10 foods eaten around the world for good luck and prosperity on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day. Nutrition by Nancy finds it interesting that many of these foods are high in nutrients, too. […]

Recipe – Borscht

Borscht Soup

Borscht is a very easy, nutritious, and economical soup that is common in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, the former Soviet Union, and Scandinavia. It’s basically a vegetable soup, starring beets as the primary ingredient. Beets give the soup it’s characteristic red color and are also important for supplying iron, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and fiber. […]

Pumpkin-Ginger Soup

pumpkin ginger soup

Tis the season for PUMPKIN! This soup is quickly made and very warming. Nutrition by Nancy suggests serving this pumpkin-ginger soup with some dark whole-grain bread and/or a salad.  We’ll be making this in my Cultural Foods class when we study the Caribbean. Pumpkin’s more than just for decoration. It’s very high in beta carotene […]

Recipe – Chilaquiles


Tonight, in our Cultural Foods class, we had “Dinner and a Movie”. (The movie was Tortilla Soup. Dinner was Chilaquiles.) Chilaquiles (chill – uh – KEE – lays) is a very simple, economical traditional Mexican dish. To give you an idea of cost, the price for all the ingredients to feed a class of 35 […]

Recipe – Pozole


It’s Soup Season!! This week, Nutrition by Nancy is featuring a Mexican soup (Pozole) since we’re looking at the food and culture of Mexico in our cultural foods class. This soup is often served at Christmas, but can be prepared and served any time of year. Most cultures use local ingredients in their traditional dishes. […]