A hearty stone soup, make magic with ingredients in your kitchen

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The classic 1947 French tale “Stone Soup” by Marcia Brown, tells the story of three hungry soldiers visiting a village in search of food. When the soldiers were denied food by the villagers, they set about making a large pot of soup with three stones and water. The soldiers wondered if the soup might not be better with a few carrots. Hence, the villagers returned with an apron full of carrots. And what about, say, some cabbage… potatoes… barley?

The villagers contributed step by step, eventually turning that pot of stones into a wonderful meal, along with bread and cider, for the whole village.

I love that story, as it highlights how a few rustic ingredients from the garden can nourish the mind, body and soul. After all, is there anything quite as good as a hearty, vegetable-based soup? The story also shares the message of how you can make magic with ingredients that you have on hand.

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    Tips to build a better smoothie

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    Who loves smoothies? I know I do. There’s nothing quite like a smooth, creamy blend of fruits and veggies to make your taste buds and body sing.

    Smoothies have many benefits beyond good taste; they can help you increase the number of fruits and vegetables in your diet, which is a cancer-protective eating style. This is a good thing, as it can be hard to meet your vegetable requirement of about 2 ½ – 3 cups per day for adults, and fruit requirement of about 1 ½ – 2 cups per day for adults. So packing a few servings into your glass is a good start. Read more… “Tips to build a better smoothie”

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      I love to rely on dates—rich in fiber and phytochemical compounds—to offer natural sweetness to baked goods, such as breads, muffins, cakes, and cookies. It’s a good thing to reduce your consumption of added sugars, such as white sugar, cane sugar, or high fructose corn syrup, in your diet.

      And turning to dates for sweetening power is a good strategy. Read more… “Makeover Chocolate Chip Cookies, Sweetening Power with Dates”

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