Falling for Pears

Assorted PearsFrom the tip of their distinctive shape right down to their unique texture, pears are a beautifully satisfying fruit. And autumn and winter are the perfect time for pears and when you’ll see the most varieties.

Apple Days Are Here Again

There is something so satisfying about crunching into a sweet apple with just a twist of tartness, and they have a regular spot in our fridge at home and in our lunchboxes (the toddler’s and the grownups’). Apples are available year-round, but they’re at their best during the fall. Don’t miss this year’s crop – they’re especially delicious!

While Galas and Fujis are my go-to apples, each year I see a new variety that I’ve never tried before and have to taste. No matter which variety you choose, look for firm, fragrant, bruise-free fruit. 

How Bananas Can Improve Lives



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Three Cheers for Raspberries!

When I was a kid in Wisconsin, we had raspberry and black raspberry bushes growing in our backyard. Once those berries started to ripen, the family would head out every day and pick as many as we wanted for an afternoon snack. Even our Springer Spaniel was in on the act, snagging the low fruit while we went for the higher ones that tempted the neighborhood birds.

Gorgeous Fall Greens

I want to talk about fall color. Not the typical autumn hues of fiery red, rich gold and deep umber but one color not normally associated with fall: green. In particular, the green you see in the produce section this time of year.

A Grape (Cookbook)

GrapesUPDATE: Thank you to everyone who entered! Congratulations to our winners Shea Fox, William Radkovich, Jennifer Essad, Koren Feinstein, and Carol Martell!


Glorious Grape Recipes

Is there anything more refreshing than the juicy sweetness that bursts when eating a cold grape? I know I’m not the only one who tries to keep grapes cold for ultimate enjoyment, even making sure to put them next to a cooler pack in my lunch bag. My son has gotten on the grapey train too, gobbling them up by the bowlful after a long afternoon playing outside.

Grape Expectations

Fresh, flavorful organic grapes are at their peak during back-to-school season. Here’s how to pick pick the best of the bunch for lunch boxes, snacks and other grape delights.

The Sweetness of Summer Stone Fruits

Does anyone else build an entire meal out of summer fruits? I find it hard not to insert fruit into every meal, especially when we’re in the height of the hot weather and need all the cooling, quenching refreshment we can get!

Stone fruits like peaches, nectarines and plums (and yes, even cherries!) may seem too fussy for summer snacking due to the large pits, but every juicy bite is worth it!

If you’re doing more than just snacking with stone fruits, look for freestone varieties, which have easily-removed pits.

Recipes that Say Hurray for Heirloom Tomatoes!

There’s no doubt about it: tomatoes are one of the best things about summer. Once those vine-ripened beauties start appearing, my brain goes into overdrive coming up with ways to use them before the season ends. Roasted and topped on salads, sautéed with garlic and served with pasta, or sliced thick and added to sandwiches — my mouth is watering just thinking about it!


In fact, my summer tomato love has led me to “put up” 40 pounds of heirloom paste tomatoes this year.  Even if you’re not a canner, you can still enjoy juicy, flavorful summertime tomatoes in these recipes. But you better eat up because the heirloom season doesn’t last long!



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