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Cabbage is an incredible food

January 26, 2014

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by Joanne Henning Tedesco — The botanical name for cabbage is Brassica oleracea capitata, a cruciferous vegetable whose family includes brussels sprouts, broccoli, kale, kohlrabi and cauliflower. High in nutrients, cabbage is readily available, inexpensive, fights cancer and generally scores high marks on the list of healthy foods. In the past, it was one of […]

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Prevent holiday hot flashes

December 20, 2013

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by Dr. Adrienne Stewart —  All hormones in the body are designed to work together in a type of hormonal symphony. One off-pitch member affects the entire orchestra, and the other members have to try to compensate. During the holiday season, we are surrounded by the comfort and cheer of our family traditions. Many women […]

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Old rice cooker replaced by the VitaClay® Chef

December 18, 2013

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by Joanne Henning Tedesco —  In the mid ‘70s, my late husband was sent by his cardiologist to Duke University Medical Center to enter a program known as the Rice Diet Program. Dr. Walter Kempner, the program founder, came to the U.S. from Germany in 1934, and his goal in developing the plan was to […]

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Ginger and a Szechwan Cucumber Salad

December 7, 2013

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by Joanne Henning Tedesco —  Ginger is the dried, knobby-shaped root of the perennial herb Zingiber officinale. The plant grows two to three feet tall, and once the leaves of the plant die, its thick roots, about six inches long, are dug up. Ginger is used in Indian curries as well as Chinese, Japanese and […]

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Healthy fall superfoods are at your farmers’ markets

November 14, 2013

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by Joanne Henning Tedesco —  The weather is getting cooler and the farmers’ markets are now displaying wonderful fall choices of fruits and vegetables. These delicious foods are the perfect excuse to try new foods and recipes. Sweet or tart, eaten raw or baked in a delicious dish, apples contain antioxidants and dietary fiber. Brussels […]

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Avocados are a healthy choice

November 12, 2013

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by Joanne Henning Tedesco — The avocado is a nutrient-dense fruit that offers vitamins, minerals and beneficial plant compounds to help maximize the nutrient quality of your diet. These nutrients include: Mono-unsaturated fats that lower LDL (bad cholesterol) and maintain HDL (good cholesterol) when substituted for saturated fat Folate, one of the B vitamins that […]

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Dairy-free ice cream is a delicious dessert

November 5, 2013

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by Stan Kalson —  Summer heat begins our chant, “We all scream for ice cream.” Ice cream is one of the most popular comfort foods, but what can a person who’s allergic to dairy do about enjoying this treat? There is an alternative to one of life’s small pleasures — dairy-free ice cream. Your local […]

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It is tomato season at your local farmers’ market

September 27, 2013

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by Joanne Henning Tedesco — It is a great time of year to  buy wonderful, just-picked tomatoes at your local farmers’ market. Fresh tomatoes paired with fresh buffalo mozzarella cheese make a delightful lunch or a great appetizer. Just be sure not to use the dry mozzarella; rather, look for mozzarella packed in water. The […]

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Cool summer salads for hot summer nights

August 27, 2013

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by Joanne Henning Tedesco —  Summer is here in full blast — high heat, humidity and dust. But, on the positive side, it is a time when great, cooling salads are entirely welcome with our meals. Our local farmers’ markets still offer great vegetables and a wonderful selection of fresh fruits to choose from. With […]

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Thyme: A great seasoning

July 24, 2013

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by Joanne Henning Tedesco —  Thyme is the dried leaves of Thymus vulgaris, a small perennial in the mint family. The leaves measure about one-quarter of an inch in length and one-tenth of an inch in width. The grayish-green plant grows about 18 inches tall and produces small flowers that are very attractive to honey […]

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Eating quality whole foods is the ideal diet

July 23, 2013

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by Stan Kalson —  When choosing foods for your family, whole foods are your best value. A carrot grown with chemical fertilizers and sprayed with pesticides is just not the same as a short, fat, ugly-looking, pesticide-free carrot grown with natural compost. Scientific research has proven that pesticides and other petroleum-based chemicals may be dangerous […]

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Dinner will be served on the patio tonight

June 14, 2013

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by Joanne Henning Tedesco —  Early summer is a wonderful time of year to use our patios, especially if we have ceiling fans to move the air and keep the bugs away. The nighttime temperatures are lovely and make the outdoors a peaceful, fun place to eat and enjoy the evening. Keep the lights dim […]

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Time to store the big soup pot

May 26, 2013

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by Joanne Henning Tedesco —  Spring is finally here, and as we head closer to the hot summer months, the foods we want to eat change drastically. The pots for hot soups are put away until cooler weather and the menus we consider tend to lean more toward the fresh fruits and vegetables of the […]

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