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Real Food is …

April 25th, 2014 / admin / 1 comment








Seriously healthy

And super delicious

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Almonds! Almonds! National Almond Day!

February 15th, 2014 / cat / 0 comments


Feb 16 is the officially designated National Almond Day, which makes lots of sense considering the month is all about matters of the heart and almonds are uber heart-healthy.

Here are some tips and things to know about lovely, crunchy, healthy almonds!

  • Craving crunchy? Almonds have the most crunch of any tree nut.
  • Put a handful of almonds in your morning smoothie for maximum protein that will hold you over!
  • Almonds are one of the best sources of the antioxidant vitamin E — one ounce of almonds gives you more than a third of your daily value.
  • Toast almonds to make the most of their nutty flavor. Just put almonds in a dry skillet over a medium-high heat and cook, stirring, for 3-5 minutes, until they are golden and fragrant.
  • Whole natural almonds will keep well for up to two years in the fridge. Their long storage life is due in part to vitamin E which helps keep them fresh.
  • Ancient Romans showered newlyweds with almonds as a fertility charm.
  • Always have a bag full in the car for healty immediate travel food!! Stash a handful of almonds in your honey’s gym bag or brief case, no more meeting bagels!!!
  • Use ground almonds as the “breading” on any meat or veggie- add to pancake batter or sprinkle on toast!!
  • Spread almond butter on a half a whole grain bagel instead of cream cheese, or on your morning toast instead of butter.
  • Almonds have the most protein and fiber of any tree nut which makes them especially satisfying.
  • Coarsely grind almonds in a food processor to make “crumbs.”
  • Perfect for Cookie dough! In India, almonds are considered a prized “brainfood” for children.
  • Almonds have the same protective flavanoid activity, serving per serving, as broccoli and green tea.
  • Almonds come in a wide variety of forms, making them super versatile: whole natural, slivered, sliced, blanched, almond meal and name few.
  • Almonds bring out the nutty flavor of whole grains. Put them in grain pilafs, whole grain pasta dishes and your morning cereal.
  • Almond flour is a delicious and versatile option for gluten-free baking.
  • Almonds are rich in essential minerals like calcium, magnesium, zinc and iron.
  • Sprinkle almonds into your salad for crunch and protein plus!!
  • The main fat in almonds is heart-healthy monounsaturated fat.

LOVE almonds! Almonds love you!



When in Rome

August 5th, 2013 / cat / 1 comment

Salmon! Straight from the coastal rivers. Just about as local, fresh, and full of love as you can get. Never frozen, never farmed, never sealed in frozen plastic. Delicious as it is—no need for seasoning or even salt—the river’s bounty is packed with flavor. The taste is pure art from Mother Nature.

What a beautiful gift — spend a whole day catching, preparing, smoking, and admiring this vibrant fish. Taking the time and attention to turn, check progress, stoke the fire, and WAIT…watching, and tending. This is when my choice to live by the coast in search of fresh, seasonal, local, homegrown tasty food gets REAL. I am in Oregon for the summer – land of salmon, seeds, homegrown fruit and veggies galore, and great wine…pure and incredible local nourishment!

I can’t help but be totally amazed and thrilled to see so much abundance and so much fruit! Most days I glean the hood for berries, figs, plums, apples, stone fruit, and whatever presents itself – even purslane. Zucchini—green, yellow, Asian, whew!— is everywhere! Walk down my street and a neighbor is bound to offer you zucchini straight from the soil. As I walk along an urban street, fresh zucchini share in hand, the bees buzzing around the front yard, vegetable gardens abound, and I hear chickens in at least every second yard – it’s beyond inspiring and enlivening. I imagine this blissful scene of urban nature and homegrown food in every neighborhood – big farms will become a thing of the past if you support local food.
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Savor the Flavor

July 1st, 2013 / cat / 3 comments

Oh me oh my, oh what shall I buy? ‘Tis the day for shopping, so I head to the store with my list. It’s time to glean the grocery to get some basics in before co-op day (which is when I get the real goods!).

I prep myself to find foods that are within my “personal good choice bracket.” Yes, even I enter the pearly gates of Publix to get my so-called necessities. And I have to admit, now and then, I am pleasantly surprised by what I find in the growing organic sections.

As I venture toward the produce section I notice the greens and reflect on what is coming tomorrow from the co-op bounty. You can never have too many greens – unless of course you can’t eat or freeze them within a week! I gather kale, carrots, and cucumbers, and feel pretty good about myself. In fact, my ego soars as a neighbor passes and notices my choices. Ah, but Susan, let’s walk our talk; you don’t even like cucumbers, and you are craving a creamy, decadent quiche. What does it matter if Sally Sue sees you with the right choices? Hum…OK…cucumbers go back.
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Choice vs. Challenge – For the Love of Food

June 24th, 2013 / cat / 4 comments

Choice vs. Challenge – For the Love of Food

“What’s for dinner?” That famous nightly challenge we all face, often when our cupboards are loaded to capacity.   As I continue to share my personal journey with you about experiencing joy and taste in both the purchasing and the preparation of real food, I hope to make your dinner choices easier…and healthier!
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Content over Calories – Trust Your Inner Guide

June 22nd, 2013 / admin / 2 comments

As I journeyed to kitchens, gardens, co-ops, farms, and cafes, I discovered a huge obstacle to discovering healthful food with flavor. It was not due to my lack of food education, and fact-finding was not a real issue.

The real problem was my lack of awareness of how owned I was by the numbers we have assigned to food. I was so devoted to adding up calories that I didn’t listen to my body — or give it what it needed. And boy was I missing out.
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Awakening to Real Food – Forget About Calories, Connect with Nourishment

June 20th, 2013 / admin / 0 comments

I feel it is the right time to share how I truly fell in LOVE with food – not just to share how I developed such a heartfelt appreciation for food, but to inspire a connection to the source of real food. I want to share how I learned to forget about calories, and how I discovered how food really nourishes us.

Three of my most memorable times in my self-discovery and adventure with food came over several years and with the most amazing teachers. When I close my eyes and remember those vivid experiences I come alive like on the day they happened.
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Susan Tuscany

My Love Affair with Food

June 17th, 2013 / admin / 0 comments

Today is no different than most days in the life of Susan in that I woke up thinking about food!

Much of my time each and every day is spent growing, preparing, storing, sharing, and eating food – glorious goodness that fills my soul, and my heart. Watching food grow, creating meals, reading about food, writing about food, and even thinking about food, are the truly enjoyable and inspiring parts of my day.


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