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Mussels with Chorizo and Winter Greens

Mussels with Chorizo and Winter Greens

Mussels have some of the highest naturally occurring levels of vitamin B12, an essential nutrient for brain health. This nutrient, maintained at proper levels, helps to preserve the myelin sheath that surrounds and insulates your brain cells. Deficiency of vitamin B12 has been linked to greater risk in brain atrophy or shrinkage in older individuals. Mussels also contain trace minerals including zi…

How to Make a Quick Citrus and Chocolate Dessert

How to Make a Quick Citrus and Chocolate Dessert

If your family is anything like mine, it’s rare to have a Saturday night when we’re off the hook—weekends are always busy. But not long ago we found ourselves with an open Saturday night. Husband Foodie and I mentally prepared to collapse around a bunch of take-out boxes over the din of six teen-aged boys rallying around pizza and their favorite video game. So when our neighboring friends invited us over for…

How to Make Your Chicken Soup a Flu Fighting Machine

How to Make Your Chicken Soup a Flu Fighting Machine

I was at the doctor’s office the other day when they offered me a flu vaccine. I declined since I was in a low risk category and my job doesn’t necessitate spending too much time around children or other high-risk groups more likely to be contagious. But, as luck would have it, my wife just got sick. Along with the usual complaints of congestion, headache, sinus pressure and more, she was experiencing stomach…

Red Pepper and Hazelnut Spread Recipe

Red Pepper and Hazelnut Spread Recipe

We all love the crunchy sweetness of raw red peppers, but their flavor is so much more complex when freshly roasted. Lightly rub with olive oil and place over the flame of your stove on high heat or under the broiler; roast until completely black, turning occasionally while prepping other ingredients. When charred, but not grey, place in a plastic bag and sweat for a few minutes. Remove, rinse and rub off the…

Spinach Salad with Strawberries and Lemonette Dressing

Spinach Salad with Strawberries and Lemonette Dressing

Bright spring spinach with tender young shoots and dark green leaves are a tasty and healthy addition to any salad. The slightly bitter leaves are well paired with the tart sweetness of young strawberries, slices of oranges or tangerines, and complemented by the crunchiness of candied walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts or even peanuts. This light lemon vinaigrette is easy to prepare, but can be substituted wi…

 

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