• Self-care begins with gratitude

    When Annette brought up writing an article on self-care, my mind immediately went to the word gratitude. In my eyes, one of the best forms of self-love and care is to take a moment out of your day to give thanks for what you already have. It is a practice that reminds you to think about the positive things in your life. I find that it also helps to give me a sense of purpose.…

  • Z is for Zucchini

    We made it!  Food Fun from A to Z!  Zucchini has been in the spotlight lately. We’ve seen everything from zucchini noodles to zucchini fries to zucchini chips. This green veggie is a good source of fiber and vitamin C.…

  • Y is for Yogurt

    Yogurt is a fermented dairy product and a great source of probiotics, protein, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, and B vitamins. Yogurt is a very ancient product, so it is unknown when it was first made. However, it is believed that milk…

  • X is for Xigua

    Let’s be real. Foods that begin with the letter X are few. We were forced to broaden our search beyond the English language.  Xigua, pronounced She-gwah, is Mandarin for watermelon. Below is a yummy watermelon salsa recipe. Watermelon and salsa…

  • W is for Waffles

    The National Museum of American History’s Domestic Life collection houses waffle irons from the early 18th century through the mid-20th century. Waffle making started in America with the Dutch colonists in the 1620s. However, the first waffle at The National…

  • V is for Vanilla

    It is hard to believe such great flavor comes from these tiny little vanilla beans.  Watch this video to learn the long journey of the vanilla bean from plant to plate.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQl-oHeII6w As we are approaching the end of the…

  • U is for Udon

    Udon is a thick noodle made from wheat flour.  You will often find it on the menu at Japanese restaurants. Udon noodles are a flexible stable. They can be quick and simple served in a yummy broth with some leftover…

  • T is for Tofu

    Trying Tofu for the First Time: A Food Adventure One of the best aspects, though sometimes difficult, of getting married is finally having to cook for oneself and one’s partner. I joyfully took on this task almost four years ago.…

  • S is for Salmon

    Did you know salmon is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids? Omega 3 fats are considered essential meaning your body cannot make them so they must come from the foods you eat. The Omega 3 fatty acids…

  • R is for Raspberries

    Although they are small, raspberries contain a ton of vitamins and minerals. Vitamin C is one of the most abundant vitamins in raspberries. Vitamin C is an essential dietary component and needs to be consumed through diet. Vitamin C plays…

  • Q is for Quinoa

    Quinoa makes a great base for many recipes and can be served as a main dish or side dish. Besides being a flavorful ingredient in many dishes, quinoa also provides many health promoting nutrients. So, what is quinoa? According to…