Eating Done Right: Cucumbers – Food of the Week

No doubt you’ve heard the saying cool as a cucumber, but did you know that cucumbers boast a number of excellent nutritional benefits? Cucumbers have long been a go-to nutritional source. Because of their ability to stave off hunger pangs, cucumbers were a popular quick meal for European traders; however, the popularity of cucumbers goes back much further. Cucumbers are mentioned in the Bible, and the Roman Emperor Tiberius reportedly kept them on the table for every meal. Cucumbers, like …

Eating Done Right: Grapes – Food of the Week

From wine to jelly to raisins, grapes can be enjoyed in a number of ways. So it’s no wonder that grapes are the second-most popular fruit (they come in a close second to oranges) and that growing and processing grapes is one of the world’s largest food industries. One of the earliest cultivated fruits, grapes were introduced in biblical times, and the consumption of wine is an important motif in both Old and New Testament literature. Grapes come in a …

Angry Spaghetti! Making Calories Count

My neighbor Richard Scammell is a wonderful cook. Cooking is Richard’s hobby, but when it comes to food preparation, Richard is a highly skilled and well-educated professional. (He’s even traveled to Europe to take cooking classes.) Richard and I share a love of creative, healthful cooking. When I asked him for ideas that I could share with readers, he sent this simple recipe for Spaghetti all’Arrabbiata, or Angry Spaghetti. Although the sauce can be served over whole-grain spaghetti, it can …

Eating Done Right: Carrots – Food of the Week

 I grew up on a small, 100-acre farm in Iowa. To make ends meet for our family of seven, my father sometimes worked in nearby Illinois as a tool and die maker. He’d commute to his job on Sunday night and return the following weekend. In the summertime when school was out, my younger sister and I would sometimes travel with my father to his urban home to escape hot and boring days on the farm. (We could also escape …

Black Bean Brownies and Other Chocolate Delights

I don’t remember where I first came across the idea of replacing shortening in brownies with puréed black beans. Applesauce or vanilla yogurt had been my go-to replacements in the past. But the idea of using black beans in place of shortening intrigued me, and I couldn’t wait to see what the outcome would be. Searching through my cupboard, I found a chocolate truffle mix. What’s good for brownies should be good for truffles, oui? That assumption was my logic. …

Making Calories Count: Recipe for Chicken Cacciatore-Mouth-Watering, Healthy Chicken Dish

My neighbor Richard Scammell is a wonderful cook. Cooking is Richard’s hobby, but when it comes to food preparation, Richard is a highly skilled and well-educated professional. (He’s even traveled to Europe to take cooking classes.) Richard and I share a love of creative, healthful cooking. When I asked him for ideas that I could share with readers, he sent this simple recipe for Pollo alla Cacciatora (Chicken Cacciatore): Pollo alla Cacciatora (Chicken Hunter Style, from Umbria, Italy) Serves 6 …