herbs

Herb is the Word

Herb is the Word

What makes an herb different from a vegetable, or a spice?

Herbs are primarily defined by their use as seasoning or flavoring instead of, say, a basil salad where they would be considered a mere vegetable. They are strong and potent, much like the spices that we so enjoy. Herbs are the green, leafy parts of plants which are flavorful, while spices come from seeds, bark, roots, flowers, and so on—basically anything else.

Split Pea Soup From Scratch

Split Pea Soup From Scratch

Split pea soup is my comfort food. It's so easy to make, especially since the only ingredients that don't come from my CSA box are dried split peas and optional spices which are easy to keep stocked in the pantry. The original recipe comes from Nourishing Traditions, but the following version is simplified even further.

Healthy Pizza — the quick and easy way

Healthy Pizza — the quick and easy way

Sometimes, especially in the summer, I don't feel like cooking, but eating so much fresh food and cooking from scratch necessitates a lot of time in the kitchen. This recipe is a quick way to have a familiar comfort food (pizza!) without spending hours making tomato sauce and pizza dough from scratch, yet still uses mostly fresh CSA ingredients! These pizzas can be made as an appetizer or a full meal, depending on the toppings used.

Spaghetti Squash Four Ways

Spaghetti Squash Four Ways

I remember my mom’s excitement when she discovered spaghetti squash. She was on a path of healing that involved eating only meat and vegetable for an indefinite time, guided by a nutritionist. For my fruit- and pasta-loving mom, this was no easy thing. So discovering this pasta-replacement was a wonderful surprise!

Sure, it’s not exactly like “real” spaghetti, but if you can’t have the real stuff, it makes a pretty great substitute.

Even though I can eat regular pasta now, I still love spaghetti squash. It leaves me feeling healthier than after eating normal spaghetti for one thing, and I’d much rather eat this than certain other vegetables!