Thankful for Purple Pie

As we are now a week from Thanksgiving and finalizing exactly what we are going to cook and feast on for the holiday of thanks (myself included), I can’t help but share what I plan to serve for dessert at my Thanksgiving dinner. First, a little background. Obviously, I love vegetables. In fact, for a few Thanksgiving dinners in the last decade, I prepared and served more than 10 (yes, 10) different vegetable dishes. Admittedly, 10 was probably a bit much. In the last few years, my daughters, Alex and Sophia, have joined me in my cooking adventure. So it’s become quite fun to hang out in the kitchen while preparing dinner. Each year we make a few family favorites—roasted root vegetables and Stokes Continue Reading

Blood Oranges are in season

When my youngest daughter Sophia rants that “there is nothing to eat in this house,” I always ask her the same thing: “What fresh produce would you like me to buy for you?” This morning, I got the same answer she always gives me: “Bring me some Blood Oranges.” I was so excited… because this time, Blood Oranges are in season! “Blood” Orange is the general name for oranges with red flesh. They actually have varietal names like Moro, Tarocco and Sanguinello. Moro Blood Oranges are the most commonly grown … Continue reading

Your produce manager

  If you’re like me, you probably frequent two or three different grocery stores each week. But I do have a regular store where I buy my produce, and I bet you do, too. Do you know your produce manager? Have you ever spoken with him or her? I recommend you get acquainted! Having a relationship with your produce manager has its benefits! For example, if you are planning a party and want to be sure to have a special fruit or vegetable, if you know your produce manager, you … Continue reading

The new half a plate strategy

Did you know that two weeks ago, the USDA and Health and Human Services (HHS) released the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans? This may sound like a non-event for the average consumer, but it actually was a monumental announcement. For the first time, these once-every-5-year guidelines, included a pretty strong message: “Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.” Of course, this is quite exciting for us in the fresh produce industry. But, what this means for the average American, is that they will have more healthy choices. For kids in … Continue reading

What I did on Valentine’s Day

(Sorry guys, in honor of V-Day, this one’s a bit of a chick blog.) My husband had to go out of town for a few days for a funeral, so I was home alone all weekend. On Sunday afternoon, I was trying to figure out what I should do on the “love, chocolate and roses holiday.” This was the first Valentine’s Day, in my recollection, that I was not expecting anything, and thus not disappointed with anything. And it was the perfect day to spend time with a few special … Continue reading