[1] Sweeten cream cheese and top with strawberries for a strawberry cheesecake English muffin (photo © California Strawberry Commission). [2] Avocado cheeseburger (photo © Thomas Breads). [3] Peanut butter and banana for breakfast, lunch or snack (photo © Wolferman’s). [4] English muffin mini-pizzas (photo © The Wholesome Junk Food Cookbook).   What other ways to […]

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We recently received a few jars of pie filling from Brownwood Farms: Blueberry Premium Pie Filling & Topping Michigan Apple Premium Pie Filling & Topping Michigan Cherry Premium Pie Filling & Topping We opened one and spooned out a bit (and then another bit, and another, and another…). We planned to bake a pie this […]

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February 22nd is George Washington’s birthday, so per convention, we’re bringing out the cherries*. There are endless recipes for cherry pies, cakes, muffins, brownies and bars, even cookies. But our focus today is on ice cream. Alas, we are nowhere near fresh cherry season, so here are some easy-to-serve options that don’t require waiting—or turning […]

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We recently received information from Chef David Shamy of Salt Lake City, about his garlic butter (photo #2). Ways to use garlic butter follows; but first, some words about Chef Shamy’s products.     CHEF SHAMY GOURMET BUTTERS Chef Shamy’s line of compound butters, that began as homemade garlic butter, which he gave as gifts […]

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The summer bounty of ripe, sweet, juicy melons means that we’re having melon daily for breakfast (with berries, cottage cheese, yogurt, or just plain). Sharon Palmer, a nutritionist who specializes in plant-based food plans, is also a melon fan. “These fruits are not only delicious;” she says, “they are packed with hydrating fluid, fiber, vitamin […]

Diets To Lose Weight

Calling all olive lovers: June 1st is National Olive Day.   OLIVE HISTORY The olive history is an ancient one, following figs as the earliest domesticated fruit tree. Olives trees were native to Asia Minor. The latest findings show that the olive was first domesticated in the eastern Mediterranean basin between 8,000 and 6,000 years […]

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