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Mussel Muscles

Mussel Muscles

The science of muscles and exercise is a fascinating topic. As I dug into this season of clams, mussels and oysters, I found that they taught me some mighty lessons. Mollusk muscles are built on the same principles as ours. Mollusks have muscles (one or two) located inside the shell that are called adductors. They
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The Pepper Upper

The Pepper Upper

Whether it be good old green, colorful sweet baby bells, Anaheim, Jalapeno or even the exciting Hatch, pepper season is upon us. Like its cousin the tomato, we wait all summer for these bulbous, short, long, tapered and contorted characters to peak. Now it’s time to take your pick. These babies come in all sorts
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Flower Power

Flower Power

I remember the sixties, my record player spinning “Groovin on a Sunday Afternoon”, drawing paisleys and writing balloon shaped names on my school Pee-Chee. I made big puffy paper flowers that hung on my wall right next to my “I do my thing, you do your thing” poster. Oh yeah, even back then I knew
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My Avocado Alibi

My Avocado Alibi

When it comes to good “guac” I have absolutely no will power and a good green smear on morning toast just makes my day. This tempting fruit, yes fruit, is as smooth as silk and feels incredibly, indulgent. I used to “unsuccessfully” try to avoid eating avocados because I thought they were fattening and silly
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Get the Cure

Get the Cure

There is much we want to hold onto in life, like our health and fond memories with family and friends, but what about the savory foods of summer? Just like a great snapshot or a story told over and over again, there are ways we can preserve those precious delicacies. Let’s take salmon for instance,
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Bitter is Better

Bitter is Better

Sweet, salty, sour, savory and BITTER are the five tastes of food. Do you have a favorite? I bet you would vote for sweet or salty. Sure, sour and savory are delicious too but I say bitter is best. Bitter is the taste that we seem to love the least, in fact in many cases
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Inside Information

Inside Information

“Inside Information” for You “Pssst. Hey you. Yeah you. I’m over here in the fedora and trench coat. I’ve got some really important inside information for you, see. It’s been undercover for a long time but I thought you had the right to know… There is a stealth, secret headquarters that has been set up
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The Crustaphile Smile

The Crustaphile Smile

There are so many reasons to be a lover of crustaceans, and right now it’s prime time to imbibe in the most popular delicacy of our seas. It’s easy to become a happy “crustaphile”, just hold a prawn up to your face, it’s even in the shape of a smile. I remember my first foray
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Cider Beside Her

Cider Beside Her

There are so many fancy claims about apple cider vinegar these days, (or ACV if you are in the know) you’d think it could bring about world peace. I have found lists of nearly one hundred uses for the centuries old stuff and the ideas are endless. If you were to ask Hippocrates (400 B.C.
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The Power of Pomegranate

The Power of Pomegranate

I love fall. I love the crispness in the air, the angle of the sun and the mellowing of life. The shades of fall are everywhere. The autumnal colors of the leaves, green, yellow, orange and vibrant red, are echoed in the produce that is harvested. Think about it; squashes, pumpkins, root vegetables, persimmons and
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