NATIONAL RAVIOLI DAY!!!

I remember as a kid, I LOVED the Chef Boyardee Beef Raviolis.  Even into my 30s I found myself eating them with Saltines.  Now, my favorite is a tossup between Pumpkin & Mushroom Sage. Here are some things you may not know about them. The first mentions of Ravioli was in the 14th century Venus. […]

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MARCH 16, 2018 – OREGANO

Did you know that there are different types of Oregano?  There are also herbs that are posing as Oregano. Origanum vulgare The type of Oregano that the majority of us use is Greek Oregano.  This plant is actually a relative of the Mint family and grows in the Mediterranean. Mexican Oregano is technically not Oregano […]

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NATIONAL ARTICHOKE HEART DAY!!!

I love Artichokes, but I really have to be in the mood to eat the heart.  I know I’m weird. 😉 Here are some facts about the Artichoke and it’s Heart. The artichoke is the unopened “flower” bloom of a thistle plant. A medium sized globe artichoke is fat free and has only 25 calories. […]

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NATIONAL PEANUT LOVERS DAY!!!!

The peanut, also known as the groundnut and the goober, is a legume crop grown mainly for its edible seeds.  Legumes are edible seeds enclosed in pods ~ therefore, peanuts are legumes! Facts about Peanuts: Peanuts grow under grown, not on trees. They provide the best source of concentrated protein in the plant kingdom. Peanuts […]

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MARCH 15, 2018 – NUTMEG!!!

Did you know that Nutmeg is not one spice, but two??  Yes, that is right, two spices..As the fruit matures, the outer fleshy covering bursts to reveal the seed. The seed is covered with red membranes called an aril, the mace portion of the nutmeg. Nutmeg is known as Myristica fragrans, the nutmeg tree originates in Banda, the […]

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MARCH 14, 2018 – MUSTARD SEED!!!

Mustard is the second most-used spice in the United States; only exceeded by the peppercorn. All parts of the plant are edible, including seeds, leaves, and flowers. Mustard, is a member of the Brassica family of plants. Its English name, mustard, is derived from a contraction of the Latin mustum ardens meaning “burning must.” This is a reference to […]

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NATIONAL CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP DAY!

While everyone else is talking about pies for Pi day; I am going to be celebrating National Chicken Noodles Soup Day!!!!   Chicken soup has been said that it is a form of folk medicine to treat the common cold.  Scientists have found that some components of chicken soup may have an anti-inflammatory effect that could possibly lead to temporary […]

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