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  • Peter, Peter, Pepita Eater

    Colorful trees, a refreshing breeze, and crisp autumn leaves mean that Halloween season is officially upon us. It’s time to costume shop, decorate the yard, and—of course—visit the pumpkin patch.

    Little Seeds That Pack a Big Crunch
    By Erica Tasto
  • In Season: Pears

    From the juicy Bartlett to the sweet and spicy Seckel, pears provide a good source of fiber (especially if you eat the skin along with the flesh), potassium, and antioxidants such as vitamins C and E.

  • In Season: Mango

    Containing more than 20 different vitamins and minerals, this beauty fruit is full of skin-supporting nutrients to maintain your healthy glow as you enjoy the last days of summer.

  • Homemade Peach Ice Cream

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    July is National Ice Cream Month!

    2 cups evaporated fat-free milk

    1 cup fat-free milk

    2/3 cup organic palm sugar

    ½ cup eggs, lightly beaten

    ¼ teaspoon almond extract, or ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

    1 cup chopped fresh or frozen peaches

    Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until blended. Stir in peaches. Pour mixture into a freezer container of a 2-quart hand-turned or electric churn. Freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. Pack churn with additional ice and rock salt, and let stand at least 1 hour before serving.

    Source: myrecipes.com

  • Agua Fresca

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    1 cup finely chopped watermelon

    7 cups coarsely chopped watermelon

    6 cups watermelon juice

    ½ cup sugar

    1 lime, large and juiced

    1 serving water (if needed)

    Combine all ingredients in a large serving pitcher. Garnish with watermelon wedges and mint. Source: National Watermelon Promotion Board

  • In Season: Blueberries

    July is National Blueberry Month, so what better time to focus on a berry with one of the highest antioxidant capacities—if not the highest—among all fruit? Native to North America, the blueberry’s antioxidant properties support whole body functions like regulating blood sugar, eye health, cardiovascular health, and cognitive function.

  • Grilled Watermelon “Caprese” Salad With Cardamom Balsamic Reduction

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    SERVES 4

    ¼ cup balsamic vinegar

    1 teaspoon organic cardamom

    Extra-virgin olive oil

    ½ (5-pound) watermelon (consider using both red and yellow watermelon for extra color)

    Fleur de sel (or any good, flake salt)

    2 cups organic baby arugula, washed and dried

    1 cup crumbled goat cheese

    Organic ground black pepper, to taste

    Preheat your grill. Real wood charcoal tastes best, but gas works fine. Aim for medium-high heat—if your grill lid has a thermometer built into the lid, it should read about 375 degrees.

    Place the vinegar and cardamom in a small saucepan and reduce, simmering on the stovetop, for roughly 20 minutes. Do not allow to burn. When it reaches the texture of warm maple syrup, remove from the heat and strain through fine mesh or cheesecloth into a heatproof bowl. Use caution: It can stick to your hands and burn you.

    Meanwhile, slice the watermelon into squares, without the rind, about 3x3 inches and ¾-inch thick. Brush them lightly with the olive oil. Grill watermelon about 2 minutes per side, or until it is marked nicely. Remove and season with the salt. Ar­range on a plate, alternating layers of watermelon, arugula, and cheese, then repeat for a three-layer “stack” on each plate. Alternatively, arrange all stacks on a serving platter. Drizzle with the balsamic reduction, sprinkle with ground black pepper to taste, and serve immediately. Optional: Substitute thin slices of fresh buffalo milk mozzarella for the goat cheese. Quick Tip: For a little more flair, cut the watermelon into shapes with a cookie cutter. Source: Simply Organic

  • Berry Blast Popsicles

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    MAKES 10 POPSICLES

    2 cups plain yogurt

    3 tablespoons honey

    1 teaspoon organic pure vanilla extract

    3 ounces raspberries

    3 ounces strawberries, hulled

    6 ounces blueberries

    In a bowl, combine the yogurt and honey. Whisk until smooth and the honey is blended into the yogurt.

    In a small food processor, add in rasp­berries and the hulled strawberries. Add in ¼ cup of the honeyed yogurt and process until smooth. Spoon 1 ½ table­spoons of the berry and yogurt mixture into each of the popsicle molds. Tap the molds on the counter so it will level out and then place in the freezer for 15 minutes to set.

    Rinse out the food processor with water and add in the blueberries and ¼ cup of the yogurt. Do not blend just yet.

    Mix the vanilla extract into the remaining 11/2 cups of honeyed yogurt. Spoon the vanilla-honeyed yogurt evenly, dividing it among each of the molds. Gently tap the mold on the counter to level the yogurt layer and then place in the freezer for 15 minutes to set.

    Once the yogurt layer is firm, blend the blueberries and yogurt in the food processor until smooth. Spoon the blueberry mixture evenly among each of the molds. Gently tap the mold on the counter so the final berry layer levels out. Cover the popsicle mold with its lid or aluminum foil and insert wooden sticks ¾ of the way in the center of each popsicle. Freeze for at least 4 hours, or overnight.

    To remove: Set popsicle mold in a dish of hot water for a moment and gently pull to release the popsicles from the mold. Source: Simply Organic

  • In Season: Papaya

    The papaya, aka the pawpaw, is regarded as one of nature’s ultimate nutritional powerhouses. Originally hailing from Mexico and Hawaii, this superfood is an excellent source of antioxidants and contains carotenes; vitamins A, B, and C; folic and pantothenic acid; potassium; magnesium; and fiber.

  • In Season: Strawberries

    Strawberries are one of the many gifts that May has to offer us. This is when they are at their peak, giving us a fragrantly sweet taste that fits well in many recipes. Keep in mind that strawberries are very perishable, so only purchase them a few days before you use them!

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