[1] Olive oil cake. Here’s the recipe from Lucero Olive Oil. [2] This charming polenta (cornmeal) olive oil cake is packed with grapes. Here’s the recipe from Cake Keeper Cakes | Amazon. [3] How about a chocolate cake? Here’s the recipe from Smitten Kitchen. [4] Banana Chocolate Chunk Muffins with olive oil. Here’s the recipe […]

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January 12th is National Chicken Curry Day. Here’s an enjoyable, family-friendly twist on the Indian classic, courtesy of the southern peanut farmers at PeanutButterLovers.com. There are many more PB recipes on the website.     PEANUT APPLE CHICKEN CURRY Ingredients For 4 Servings For The Peanut Sauce 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced […]

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[1] The large pit in the center is why apricots, cherries, peaches and plums are called stone fruits (photo © Washington State Fruit Commission). [2] Cut in half, remove the stone and dry in the heat, and you have bowl of dried apricots (photo Olha Afanasieva | iStock Photo. [3] As appetizers, sweet-and-salty roll-ups of […]

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We’ve given up trying to lose weight as a New Year’s resolution, so more than a decade ago, we decided we’d give up a different less-good-for-you food every year. These included fried drinks with sugar,foods, pizza and whole milk. Instead of every day or every week, we have them four times a year or so […]

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One of our favorite snacks and colorful ingredients is bell peppers, also called sweet peppers. Bell peppers are easy to find year-round, available in green, red, yellow and orange (and at some markets, lavender, purple and white), making it easy to add color to your plate (raw, they also add crunch). But they don’t add […]

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[1] Instead of vinegar, you can mix different acids to make a vinaigrette. We often use lemon juice, but lime juice is even perkier (photo © Hannah Kaminsky | Bittersweet Blog). [2] Fresh lime juice makes the perkiest vinaigrette. In Key lime season, you can use Key limes for less acidity (photo © Lisa Fotios […]

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The first surprise in this spaghetti dish with creamy tomato sauce (photo #1) is that there’s no cream, butter or cheese in the sauce. This San Marzano tomato-based pasta sauce recipe from DeLallo is so creamy, you’d think it would be loaded with cream, butter, and/or cheese. The second surprise is that the creaminess comes […]

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[1] Wonder Melon watermelon juice in two flavors (all photos © Wonder Melon). [2] Enjoy a glass of straight juice, or blended into a smoothie. [3] Make Watermelon Margaritas (photo from Wonder Melon | Facebook).   Some 10 years ago, a California company called Sundia sold the most delicious pure watermelon juice. Alas, they got […]

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[1] Acorn squash stuffed with Brussels sprouts, dried cranberries and almonds (photo © Chef Eric LeVine). [2] Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms. Here’s the recipe from Healthy Recipes Blog (photo © Healthy Recipes Blog). [3] Potato latkes with grilled root vegetables, applesauce, sour cream and Maille mustard (substitute nondairy sour cream—photo © Maille). [4] Quinoa and beans […]

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