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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 are not two foods you would normally put together, but that is why this series is all about “food fun”. Try it. You will not regret it.

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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 Museum of American History’s Domestic Life is from the 18th century and is formed by two hinged plates at the end of long handles. The collection also features a waffle iron from the 1920s that […]

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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 alphabet, we thought everyone would want to enjoy a nice cup of coffee after all these yummy foods from A to V (so far).  Below is a recipe from Taste of Home for homemade vanilla […]

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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 chicken and veggies. If you are feeling fancy, you can check out some of the Udon recipes from Allrecipes.com here. http://dish.allrecipes.com/quick-weeknight-meals-starring-udon-noodles/ Our favorite is the Kimchi Udon Noodle Stir-Fry below. You can use store bought […]

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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. Now, one of my favorite hobbies is searching for new recipes. Over time, I have become increasingly adventurous in the types of new foods I am willing to try. I had wanted to cook with […]

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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 EPA and DHA have been linked with several health benefits including decreasing inflammation, lowering blood pressure, improving the function of cells that line your arteries and lowering the risk of heart arrhythmias. Fresh salmon has […]

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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 an important role in a number of functions including protein metabolism, production of collagen and many more things. Raspberries also contain folate, vitamin B1, potassium and many other nutrients.  Ever notice that your raspberries spoil […]

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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 the Whole Grains Council, quinoa is a gluten-free, whole-grain carbohydrate, as well as a complete whole protein. Which means it contains all nine essential amino acids. The Grains and Legumes Nutrition Council states that quinoa […]

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P is for Peanut Butter

This no-bake dessert is a different take on a rich, classic dessert. In the classic recipe, the peanut butter is blended with cream cheese and powdered sugar. In this recipe, greek yogurt is used instead of cream cheese and it is sweetened with maple syrup. Greek yogurt contains lots of protein and other nutrients such as Calcium and Vitamin D. This recipe is gluten-free as the crust is made with almonds (or any nut of […]

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O is for Okra

Guys… I have a secret to tell you… okra doesn’t have to be slimy! This recipe is adapted from traditional crispy Indian okra (bhindi). Okra is a great source of vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese, magnesium, thiamin, vitamin B6. Paired with the serrano pepper, the dish is also a great source of dietary fiber and vegetable protein. You can adjust the spices to taste. I tend to add a lot of spice to my food […]

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