I’m a huge fan of tea. Hot or cold, I just love it. I drink it all day long in the winter and I always have a big pitcher of iced tea in my fridge in the summer. Luckily tea is a healthy addiction. (Find out how tea can help your health and get the secret to maximizing tea’s health benefits.)
I must have inherited my love of iced tea from my dad. Whenever I’m on the back patio at his house in the summer there are always at least two big glass containers filled with his special sun tea blend with mint and cloves.
Like lemonade and other refreshing summer drink recipes, making your own iced tea is easy. Pick your favorite types of tea and get started with...read full post »
I’m growing a small garden in my yard and after some success last summer I decided to get adventurous this year: I added a tomatillo plant.
Tomatillos are tart, plum-size green fruits that look like small, husk-covered green tomatoes. They can be used raw but cooking enhances their flavor and softens their tough outer skin. Since I love them in fresh summer recipes for salsa, guacamole, sauces and more, I was easily inspired to plant a seedling in my garden. Not sure if tomatillos are for you? Here are 5 reasons to love tomatillos:
1. Their flavor is irresistible, with hints of lemon, green apple and herbs.
2. They’re low-maintenance and can even be grown in a big pot. All they need is plenty of water and sun.
3. It’s easy to spot a ripe...
I like to call last summer “the summer of preservation.” My most exciting project was sharing with a friend a bulk order of Amish peaches from Pennsylvania. Big, super-sweet and juicy, they were some of the best peaches I’ve ever had. When peaches are ripe this time of year you can usually find them on special for a dollar or two per pound at most supermarkets. If you pick some up and want some ideas to use them, here’s what I did with my amazing peaches:
- Since the peaches were ripe, time was of the essence. First I got to work peeling and freezing some of them, so we could enjoy them later in the year.
- Then, in between eating them out of hand, my husband, Dan, and I invited a few friends over and cooked up some...read full post »
As a kid I used to spend my summer vacation at the beach soaking up the sun. These days, not so much—I’m way too worried about keeping my skin wrinkle-free. But my fiancé Andy’s job keeps him outside in the sun all day long. Not just in the summer, but all year round. Although he wears sunscreen, he’s kind of given up on trying to ward off wrinkles, but skin cancer? That’s scary stuff—and sunscreen can only do so much.
So to help protect our skin (especially his!) we’re adding more salmon and tuna to our diet. (Find delicious salmon recipes here.) The omega-3 fatty acids in oily fish like salmon and tuna can boost your skin’s defenses against UV damage, according to...read full post »
I recently rediscovered a cooking method that I just love—Cooking in Packets or what the French call cooking “en papillote.” It may sound fancy, but the concept is simple—the ingredients are cooked inside a parchment or aluminum-foil pouch. The steam created inside the pouch locks in the flavor while keeping the ingredients juicy and tender. Since you’re using steam to cook your dinner, you don’t need to use much oil, making cooking in packets a great option for folks who are looking for an über-healthy dinner.
But my favorite part about cooking in packets? It’s virtually mess free. You can cook and even eat out of the packets you create without ever dirtying a pan.
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