Turkey Talk

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Thanksgiving should be that – a day of Giving Thanks. But, when I ask my students what traditions they think of with Thanksgiving, the foods are a major part of the holiday. Having turkey is one of their top traditions (along with stuffing, mashed potatoes/gravy, and pie). What’s the main thing you like about Thanksgiving? […]

Is That Peach Ripe?


You’d like to buy some peaches, but aren’t sure whether they’re ripe and ready to eat.  Here’s a handy guide to buying and ripening peaches. If you go to your local farmers’ market, feel free to ask the grower how to pick out the freshest fruit. These lessons are just one of the benefits of […]

What’s “Natural”?

What is Natural

We’ve been talking in our classes about the games played by manufacturers on food labels. Did you know there’s no definition for “Natural” in the food industry? Many people think if a manufactured product uses “Natural” on the label, it contains all organic ingredients. But, “organic” has a meaning, but “natural” doesn’t. Some people think […]

Cooking Tip – Ginger

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Ginger has been used for ages to relieve gastrointestinal upset, like nausea from motion sickness and pregnancy. Many recent studies have explored the anti-inflammatory effects of ginger with very positive results. As part of this research on ginger’s role against tissue inflammation, scientists are looking at it’s effect on various cancers and dementia. Ginger should […]