A New Twist on Sweet Potatoes

By Dana Zia, The Golightly Gourmet   “Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.”  ~Robert Caspar Lintner Here is an historical twist; there were no sweet potatoes at the first Thanksgiving in 1621. Nope, none at all. There isn’t any evidence of this South American native being cultivated in North […]

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Potatoes, an old foe made friendly

By Dana Zia, The Golightly Gourmet   Potatoes, the Ultimate comfort food. In fact the Latin word for potato is Solanum tuberosum, and solanum is derived from a word that means “soothing.” It is truly divine that this comfort food is also good for you. The only thing bad about potatoes is what we do […]

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Cranberries; the little berry that could!

By Dana Zia, The Golightly Gourmet “The Indians and English use them much, boyling them with Sugar for Sauce to eat with their Meat, and it is a delicious sauce.” John Josselyn, while visiting New England in 1663   Cranberries are the sparkling, ruby jewels in the crown of the Holiday season. Their bright scarlet […]

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Heeding the call of the cabbage

by Dana Zia, The Golightly Gourmet Cabbages are an interesting veggie for me. I’m seduced by them, can’t keep my hands off them, but often they sit in the fridge unattended. I finally dig them out and do something with them when they give me enough guilty looks every time I open the fridge. Fortunately […]

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Doing scary things to your food for Halloween

By Dana Zia, The Golightly Gourmet “Where there is no imagination there is no Horror.” Arthur Conan Doyle, Sr. I just love everything about Halloween!  It has a long and scary history; being it is one of few of the ancient holidays that has survived to today.  The pumpkins are so beautiful and orange, burning […]

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Going wild over venison sausage

by Dana Zia, The Golightly Gourmet   “Game is one of the last pure products in the world.” — John Bain It is that time of the year when hunters begin to twitch and change into primal predators. I know, I am married to one. Right now, as I write, he is in the belly of […]

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The Pear: Oh Sweet and Savory Seductress

by Dana Zia, The Golightly Gourmet   “There are only 10 minutes in the life of a pear, when it is perfect to eat.” Ralph Waldo Emerson I was recently was seduced by a giant box of pears. As I gazed lovingly at the box I could see canned whole pears, pear balsamic compote, pear […]

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Take a walk on the wild side with cauliflower

by Dana Zia, The Golightly Gourmet   The veggies are coming in hot and heavy. My CSA (community supported agriculture) box arrives each Saturday, full of promise and I must perform. Yes, I must do all these amazing vegetables that are grown locally, organically and tended with loving care, justice.  We are in the middle […]

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YOW Readies for 2017 – Call for Entries for Calendar

The “Year of Wellness” is becoming the “YEARS” of wellness, and so it’s time for kindergarten through third graders to get out their crayons and colored pencils to provide artwork for the 2017 Year of Wellness calendar. DOWNLOAD – coloring-template The Year of Wellness (YOW) task force is proud to continue to recognize youth contributions and […]

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