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  • Black Beans
    The beneficial black bean: Enchiladas to write home about
    What’s one of the most healthy, fiber-filled, protein-rich, affordable foods available today? That’s right— the bean. Specifically, the black bean, which contains a whopping 286 percent of molybdenum, an element important in such...
  • Skipper on Purple Coneflower
    What is that small, swift butterfly? Maybe it’s a skipper
    Now that summer flowers are beginning to bloom, perhaps you’ve seen a small, butterfly-like creature flitting rapidly from flower to flower, but weren’t sure what it was. It may not be a true butterfly; rather it could be a skipper...
  • Buckingham Fountain
    The bean family
    Chicago gardeners, if the soil quality in your garden is poor, how can you enrich it without great expense? Here’s how. Clear away all debris, rake it to remove glass and stones and till it. Then plant members of the bean family because...
  • April 20 is Respect Lima Bean Day
    Whether you like lima beans or not, April 20 is Lima Bean Respect Day
    April 20 is Lima Bean Respect Day.Lima beans may not be your favorite vegetable, but they are healthy. Besides, today is the day to show them some respect.Combined with corn and chili peppers, lima beans are a main ingredient in succotash, a dish...
  • If eating right for winter is so good for me, why’s it so hard to do?
    If eating right for winter is so good for me, why’s it so hard to do?
    Good question.Easy answer: winter makes us want to hibernate.That must be why December is Seasonal Affective Disorder month.Huh?Me not bear. Me not live in caves.Yes, we (homo sapiens) have a vestigial hibernation cycle that makes us crave fat and...
  • Red Bean Peanut Mung Beans
    Beans are good food
    Dried beans and peas belong to the legume family along with soybeans, lentils, and peanuts. Beans have been a mealtime staple for centuries. According to The Michigan Bean Commission, the Greeks, Egyptians, and ancient residents of Peru and Mexico...
  • September 13 is National Peanut Day
    September 13 is National Peanut Day
    According to a website that charts days to celebrate, here is day to celebrate.Sept.13 is National Peanut Day.Sept. 13 is the day to celebrate the peanut. Did you know the peanut is not really a peanut at all?If you would categorize the peanut...
  • Sprouts
    Sprouting greens for beginning preppers
    Stockpiling ramen noodles might get you through a few months, but the long haul calls for smarter food stores. If you're serious about prepping, you'll want to have a variety of legumes on hand. Stocking heirloom seeds is essential, but...
  • Heart Healthy Proteins
    Heart Health and Protein
    Is too much protein bad for your heart? It may not necessarily be too much protein in your diet that is the problem, but the kind of protein you are eating that’s considered bad for your heart. What are you eating for your protein sources?If...
  • Green Vegetables
    Plant-based foods associated with decreased colorectal polyp risk
    Utah radio personality, Doug Wright, recently underwent a routine colonoscopy that likely saved his life. His experience brings to mind another radio personality named Doug that died from colorectal cancer, Doug Miller.Doug Miller neglected to...
  • Dried beans
    Tuesday Tip: Freeze cooked beans for convenience and quick soak technique
    Freshly cooked beans is the healthiest route to take when considering eating well. However, we don't always have the time or we forget to pre-soak those beans. Here is a solution to help make things a little more convenient. This week try one...
  • Delicious split pea soup for cool spring time season
    Delicious split pea soup for cool spring time season
    A delicious bowl of split pea soup will surely warm ones heart and chase away those early spring time chills. This savory and protein power packed soup can be a comforting meal all by itself or as a first course meal. Using two special ingredients...
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    It's time to start preparing for your fall Vegetable garden!
    Fall in the Carolinas is a lovely time. The heat of the summer is subsiding, and colorful annuals and perennials start blooming in the cooler weather. The leaves on trees turn lovely shades of yellow, red and orange, and fall vegetables start...
  • Sweet green peas are a summer favorite.
    Easy summer salads starring green peas
    Summer is a perfect time to serve healthy and light fare like salads. Greens peas are considered a vegetable by most people, but peas are botanically a fruit. Peas are usually prepared by boiling or steaming. This process breaks down the cell...
  • "Family Heirloom Cuban Black Beans"
    Family Heirloom Cuban Black Beans
    A pot of beans (legumes), a meal as old as time — family recipes floating about, hidden in drawers or within an old book’s pages — recipes often well over 200 years old, are passed down from one happy cook in the family to...