If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have one kitchen utensil, what would it be? For me, it would be my cast iron skillet – no question. My cast iron skillet was the first pan I bought when I got married in 1971, because I knew that it would be with me no matter what happens! After more than 45 years of use, I am convinced that you would have to go out of your way to ruin cast iron. As long as you…

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Along with pumpkins, the fall harvest brings a bounty of orchard fruit as well, like apples: nice crisp cold apples. Though common, apples are extremely nutritious – hence the phrase “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Apples have TONS of antioxidants, helpful molecules that prevent our cells from becoming damaged. One in particular, called quercetin, has been shown to reduce the death of neurons, which could improve dementia and other neurological issues. Current research is showing that eating apples regularly may help prevent breast cancer, stroke,…

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Ah fall….. I really look forward to the change of seasons and fall is one of my favorites! It’s early September and pumpkin everything is starting to show up already: latte, ice cream, cheese cake, bread, muffins, scones, raviolis, and more. Most pumpkin-laced products tend to be things we buy rather than make; many people have not ventured outside of the traditional pumpkin pie. But inventive fall recipes with pumpkin as an ingredient are worth a try not just for the delicious flavor, but also for nutritional value….