BANANAS!!!

Did you know that the cultivation of bananas predates rice?  Wow, that is a long time.  I think everyone knows something about bananas.  If not, maybe you will learn something here. Season: Winter Taste: Sweet Scientific Name: Musa acuminata Acuminata means long-pointed, but not referring to the fruit, but the flower.  The English word Banana is from the […]

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MACAROON DAY!!!

A Macaroon is a small cookie made with almonds, sugar and coconuts.  Sometimes, it has flavorings and topped with chocolate!  Do not confuse these with the French Macaron, which is made from Meringue.  Both are delicious!!!!! Here are five facts about Macaroons: The original macaroon was a “small sweet cake consisting largely of ground almonds” […]

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MINT JULEP DAY!!!

The Kentucky Derby is over, so I am a little late in posted this! The Mint Julep is typically associated with the Kentucky Derby & it’s the drink that prompted Hemingway to throw his glass against a wall.  You probably also know that it should be served in a silver cup with shaved or crushed ice, FRESH […]

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ASPARAGUS!!!!

One of my favorite vegetables!  Believe it or not, there are people who have never eaten this; don’t know what they are missing. Season:  Spring Asparagus:  Ancient Greeks and Roman used the Persian word asparag , meaning shoot.  The word sparagus started being used in English speaking countries in the 16th centuries. Asparagus has been around since Ancient […]

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EXCARGOT DAY!!!

What is with this week having food I don’t like!  My three children LOVE Escargot; they obviously get that from their dad.  Not a big fan of snails, although I do like the garlic-butter sauce that is made with them! YUM!! Escargot is the French word for snail.  Escargot is a French appetizer made with […]

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APRICOTS!!

Again, another favorite of this California girl!  I love eating fresh apricots, just not too many 😉 Season:  Summer Taste:  Sweet Scientific Name:  Prunus armenaica Apricots are relatives to peaches, but small with a velvet skin and not too juicy. Apricots are not native to America, but to China.  They are primarily grown in California, […]

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ANCHOVIES

Yuck!  I personally can’t stand anchovies, but my husband LOVES them. Taste:  Salty An anchovy is a small oily fish that is abundant in the Pacific.  Anchovies usually travel in schools, making it easier for fishermen to catch large amounts of their population. However, this has led to numerous manufacturers to overfish, eventually endangering the […]

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