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    The power of plums

    Confucius wrote about them. Alexander the Great and then Julius Caesar brought them to the Mediterranean region through trade. Early settlers brought them to the New World. Luther Burbank, the “Plant Wizard” botanist, horticulturist and pomologist (cultivator of fruit trees), grew, studied and documented plum trees grown in California, and produced new hybrid varieties. 

    Luscious lemons

    “When life hands you a lemon … make lemonade.”

    Food column: Garden radishes and basil

    Donna Zitter Bordelon shares her radish recipe. 

    Goo-ing for Gold

    Over 90 sliders helped raise over $22,000 at the American Heritage and Kids-N-Hope Foundation’s 22nd Annual Gelatin Olympics on June 10. 

    St. Christopher School raises money for childhood cancer research

    The first graders at St. Christopher School in Somerton organized an Alex’s Lemonade Stand at the school on June 3. 

    The big salad

    Although the first day of summer is a few weeks away, the month of June can be humid. Seinfeld’s Elaine knew what to eat on hot days -— eat “The Big Salad,” of course. With minimal effort, some fresh vegetables, and some leftover meat, it’s easy to beat the heat, and serve a real meal on a hot summery day.

    Casino Trips: June 3, 2015

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    It’s the season for asparagus

    Spring is synonymous with the beginning of daylight savings time, little league baseball games, the Phillies, robins, the promise of summer, young love and asparagus. Each year around this time, asparagus is plentiful at the market, a seasonal vegetable ready to enjoy. Asparagus is a member of the lily family, and is an excellent source of vitamin K along with other vitamins and minerals. It is low in calories.

    Casino Trips: May 27, 2015

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    A taste of Moussaka

    Contrary to a once-popular belief, eating eggplant does not cause insanity. Eggplant, once referred to as “mala insane” or the raging apple, was thought to cause a host of ailments. Grown first in India and Pakistan 4,000 years ago, eggplants are members of the nightshade family, along with tomatoes, potatoes and peppers.  Thomas Jefferson loved his vegetables. Disregarding the eggplant’s bad reputation, he introduced it into his Monticello garden.

    Taste of Israel

    More than 100 people attended the Taste of Israel event on April 28 and enjoyed traditional cuisine. 

    Casino Trips: May 13, 2015

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    For the love of meatballs

    Everybody loves meatballs. There’s not a country that doesn’t have its own ethnic blend. Call them polpette, konigsberger klope, boulettes or frikadeller — we’re talking meatballs. If you happen to be attending a graduation party in the near future, you’ll probably sample some meatballs, which invariably show up on the buffet table. Who can resist a meatball sandwich?

    May is national Celiac Awareness Month

    Local dietician offers tips for a gluten-free diet.    

    A homemade cake for Mom

    A few weeks ago, I wasn’t feeling well, and all I wanted was some chicken soup and a piece of homemade cake. Unfortunately, there were no reserve sweets in the freezer. When I had gotten sick or had been feeling under the weather some years ago, my mom would always come through with some soup and a homemade sweet. 

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