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Can’t beat beets for a sweet summer treat

One of the many nice things about buying vegetables from local farms is that you can ask about the conditions in which your vegetables were grown.

Of course, just because you ask doesn’t mean that you’ll get a complete answer. There is so much anxiety these days about genetically modified foods that even if your farmer is using GMO seeds, he or she might not tell you about it — even if you ask point blank.

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Yes, we know they taste better, but here’s why

When I was a teenager growing up on Long Island, my grandmother — my mother’s mother — lived with us. Two or three times a year, she would drive down to Maryland to visit her other daughter and her family. And, if it was the right time of year, she would stop on the way down and again on the way up to buy tomatoes in New Jersey.

A floating dream

With a whole summer’s worth of hot days still ahead of us, the time seems right to find a shady spot to sit and enjoy a cold, foamy beverage. No, I’m not talking about beer, but rather about a drink for the whole family: the root beer float.

Featuring only two simple ingredients, vanilla ice cream and root beer soda, the float is a drink that can be whipped up in a jiffy as a thirst-quencher or liquid dessert.

Bell peppers: Bursting with color, flavor and vitamin C

Bell peppers are crunchy and refreshing and are the perfect addition to a number of summer dishes. 

Let the forest-to-table eating begin!

Wild wood leeks (allium tricoccum) also known as ramps, are starting to pop up in damp, woody spots around the Northwest Corner.

There is so much more to rhubarb

Ah, rhubarb, so often underutilized. Every year around this time, all across the country, this beautiful vegetable is baked into strawberry rhubarb pies. Don’t you think it’s time to learn a little bit more about this pink, tart goodness and give it the respect it deserves? 

The Tommy Atkins?

I’m disappointed and feeling just a little bit cheated. The most popular mango in America, or rather the one that we most commonly find at our local supermarket, is apparently a variety called the Tommy Atkins. 

I think it’s perfectly fine and delicious, especially on those rare and wonderful moments when I get one that’s perfectly ripe. But it did always occur to me that these mangoes have a lot of fiber in them.

A dinner cooked on the run can be both healthy & nutritious, but tasty as well

cythiah@lakevillejournal.com

No doubt you’ve been waiting eagerly for me to tell you about my new favorite fast-food creation. In my opinion, it’s yummy and very easy to make — and yes, it’s nutritious, and invites nutritious side dishes.

Some like it hot (breakfast, that is)

After graduating from college, I spent the latter half of 2015 as a residential volunteer, serving in the kitchen of a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Woodstock, N.Y.

This experience was quite interesting because, for one, living at the monastery was very different from my previous years in college. 

But more relevant to this article (and to the job I’d been assigned), I’m not a cook.

Baby carrots: 24kt or fool’s gold?