Let’s Go Ape Over Bananas

Of course we all know what a banana is… In fact, we all seem to go apes over bananas…so much so that in the United States, each person eats about eleven pounds of bananas per year…making it Americans’ favorite fresh fruit. Bananas in fact are a favorite fruit worldwide…having first been grown in Southeast Asia, theyContinue reading “Let’s Go Ape Over Bananas”

Pity the Poor Pit

Avocados darken quickly when exposed to the air, so work quickly with the avocado has been cut. Adding lemon juice will keep the avocado from turning brown so quickly. Refrigerate avocados once they have been cut open. This is a process called oxidization. Even though the avocado is still edible, it looks disgusting. If you do notContinue reading “Pity the Poor Pit”

Make Mine a Tall

But there are times when the smallest cup just won’t do… And there are times when the smallest pumpkin in the PSL just won’t do either… So let’s take a look at the tall menu… This is the size pumpkin typically used to carve Jack o’ Lanterns, and if you’ve carved your share of theseContinue reading “Make Mine a Tall”

The Other PSL

By now if you’re anything like me, you’ve already spent half a paycheck on PSL’s, and your Starbucks membership has jumped from silver to platinum, completely hurdling over silver status. But today I want to talk to you about another trend of this season…the other PSL…   …the Pumpkin Sales Lot… The first time thatContinue reading “The Other PSL”

Perhaps If Eve Had Read the Nutrition Label of Apples to Adam, They Would Have Dared to Eat Two of Them

We’ve all heard that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but do you know where this expression came from..what nutrients this nutritional powerhouse contains that are so good for you, what ailments this “miracle food” can help either prevent or help manage.   *************** An Apple a Day This expression supposedly originated inContinue reading “Perhaps If Eve Had Read the Nutrition Label of Apples to Adam, They Would Have Dared to Eat Two of Them”

Beta-Carotene…The Why

  Before jumping in to which fruits and veggies on the Raw Foods Pyramid give you the most beta-carotene, let’s look at reasons why you should start adding those brightly colored foods to our diet…       Age-related macular degeneration, also known as AMD, an eye disease that leads to vision loss in older adults…ThereContinue reading “Beta-Carotene…The Why”

Making the Perfect Raspberry Muffins

 You would have think that a blog with the name “Muffins and Magnolias” would be sharing muffin recipe, after muffin recipe, after muffin recipe…but I personally think that that would be boring both for me, the writer, and you, the reader…right?! But every now and then I do plan on sharing a muffin recipe…and todayContinue reading “Making the Perfect Raspberry Muffins”

Cream of the Crop…Veggies

Now that we’ve taken a look at which fruits you should be buying in organic form, let’s consider veggies. The following veggies are ones that you really should be buying in organic form…   ******* Celery More than 95% percent of the celery sampled by the EWG contained up to 13 chemicals….so this is anotherContinue reading “Cream of the Crop…Veggies”

Making the Perfect Elote…(Mexican Street Corn)

Elote is a variation of standard corn on the cob..corn on the cob that’s been kicked up a notch with the perfect amounts of crema sauce, salty cotija cheese, spices—such as chili powder, salt, other seasonings, fresh lime juice and cilantro. Elote…also referred to as Mexican street corn or “crazy corn” is especially popular in MexicoContinue reading “Making the Perfect Elote…(Mexican Street Corn)”

How to Pick the Very Best Apples

Regardless which apple you are picking your apples from—Honeycrisp, Empire, Golden Delicious, Ambrosia, Spartam Mitsu, Jonagold, Ida Red , Fuji, Granny Smith… And regardless which recipe you will be making with the apples that you have chosen… There are always certain things to keep in mind when picking apples. These things to keep in mindContinue reading “How to Pick the Very Best Apples”