Food & Recipes

  • In Season: Zucchini

    Though it is treated like a vegetable, zucchini is actually the fruit of the zucchini flower. Ripe in late summer, zucchinis are notoriously prolific. When shopping for them, look for smaller, younger zucchini, typically less than eight inches long. (Zucchini can grow to three feet, but they become fibrous at that size.) They should be firm and heavy with bright, glossy skins.

  • Veggies Forever

    My mother always had a passion for healthy eating and tried to share those values with me and my siblings. However, I was not interested in being the only kid to eat whole-grain wheat bread when everyone else seemed to be living in a Wonder Bread world.

    Teaching children to eat—and stay—vegan
    By Kaitlin Jones
  • Just Raw: Wrap It Up!

    Most of the time packing lunches for work and school will result in something better than what can be found in cafeterias. But what do you pack?

    No need for hearty breads here
  • The Healing Power of…Kale?

    Americans are getting heavier—rates of obesity have doubled in the last 30 years—and along with that comes an epidemic of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. This is quite clearly connected with our modern culinary proclivities and their perfect-storm partners, our crazy lifestyle, stress, and lack of sleep.

    A closer look at the foods that make us well
    By Adam Swenson
  • Focus On: Cocoa

    WHAT IT IS: Cacao bean, better known as cacao or cocoa, is a fatty bean in the Malvaceae family. Cocoa beans are the source for cocoa solids and cocoa butter.

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  • Just Raw: Almond Craze

    The almond is a perfect example of a food best eaten raw due to its nutritional benefits and the plethora of ways to eat this tiny pseudonut. Botanically speaking, almonds are considered seeds, not nuts—they come from the almond tree and are the seed of the drupe fruit. However they are commonly (though inaccurately) referred to as a nut.

    Nut or not, eat your almonds raw
  • Cook’s Corner: Paleo Paradise

    Sometimes dieting is hard. The summer begs for you to eat ice cream, potato salad, chips, and other unhealthy summer staples. You can still get great taste without falling into these food traps, however. Meals that are low-carb and full of protein will pack a punch.

    Low-carb, high-protein meals
  • Dining Alfresco

    There really is no better way to enjoy a nice summer day than outside eating food, right? Be it a full-blown barbeque or a quick amuse-bouche, it’s revitalizing and fun to get away from the routine of indoor meals at the kitchen table.

    Picnics are a great way to share food and fun this summer
    By Cara Lucas
  • In Season: Beets

    The beet, part of the Chenopodiaceae family, shows a number of health benefits not available in other food families. Betalains are the phytonutrients that give beets their distinctive red color—they provide beet eaters with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support. While beets have a hard crunchy, rough-looking exterior, once cooked they become soft and buttery.

  • Brother Bru Bru’s Hot Wings with Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce

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    NonWeekly
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    Makes 24 hot wings

    12 whole chicken wings

    1 ounce extra virgin olive oil

    ½ teaspoon salt*

    ½ teaspoon pepper

    Hot Wing Sauce

    ¼ cup (4 oz) Brother Bru Bru’s Chipotle Pepper Sauce

    2 tablespoons (1 oz) unsalted butter

    Dipping Sauce

    4 ounces plain (unsweetened, unflavored) Greek style yogurt

    1 ounce crumbled blue cheese

    ½ teaspoon salt

    1 teaspoon cracked pepper

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut off the tips from the wings and discard. Separate the drumettes and wingettes by cutting through the joint between them. This yields 24 hot wings. Put the wings in a plastic bag or bowl, pour the olive oil and sprinkle the salt and pepper over the wings and mix until coated. Place wings on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 45 minutes, turning once halfway through (after about 20-25 minutes). When the wings are done baking put them under the broiler for about two to three minutes.

    To prepare the hot wing sauce, melt the butter and then stir it and add the Brother Bru Bru’s Chipotle Pepper Sauce together in a bowl large enough to hold all of the wings. Prepare the blue cheese dipping sauce by placing the yogurt, crumbled blue cheese, salt, and pepper into a mixing bowl and stirring them together until well blended.

    When the wings are cooked, remove them from the oven, place them into the bowl with the hot wing sauce, and toss until the wings are thoroughly coated. Serve wings with dipping sauce and carrots, celery, and/or apple slices. Source: Cynthia Riddle, brobrubru.com

    Tips: Want your wings hotter? Replace all or part of the Chipotle Pepper Sauce (hot) with Brother Bru Bru’s African Hot Pepper Sauce (very hot). Want to take the edge off? Mix the Chipotle Pepper Sauce with Brother Bru Bru’s Chili Pepper Sauce (warm), or use just the Chili Pepper Sauce for a tamer version. *Low-sodium diet? Omit the salt and use Brother Bru Bru’s No/Low Sodium Sauces.