Savor Cooks: Lavender

This month’s “Savor Cooks” recipe features lavender. Try our recipe for Lavender Simple Syrup and use it to sweeten beverages or yogurt. Culinary lavender can be blended or ground with sugar or cooked and infused into simple syrup. Those are two easy ways to add a floral note to a sweet recipe. Start with a […]


Background Lavender is a plant belonging to the mint family. It is often found in essential oils, lotions and perfumes. With its bright purple color and calming fragrance, lavender is well-known for its application in aromatherapy, but can also be used in fresh or dried form in baked goods or other dishes.   Health Benefits […]

Savor Cooks: Currants

This month’s “Savor Cooks” recipe features currants. Try our recipe for Saffron Couscous with Currants and Pine Nuts. Expand your food repertoire with currants. Fresh currants look like small berries clustered on a thin vine and the color ranges from white to red to deep purple. The best place to find fresh currants would be […]

Savor Cooks: Fava Beans

This month’s “Savor Cooks” recipe features fava beans. Try our recipe for Pasta Fagioli with Fava Beans. Fava beans come in all shapes, sizes and colors. They can be green, yellow, or brown; small, large, or split; fresh, canned, dried, or frozen. Fresh fava beans peak during the spring and summer seasons. Look for bright […]

Savor Cooks: Watercress

This month’s “Savor Cooks” recipe features watercress. Try our recipe for Cold Noodle Salad with Watercress and Cabbage. Watercress has a bright but slightly bitter taste similar to other cruciferous vegetables and lettuces. Think of it like a mild version of arugula. Use it in salads, atop pizza, or in sandwiches. Watercress can also be […]

Savor Cooks: Mushrooms

This month’s “Savor Cooks” recipe features mushrooms. Try this recipe for Mushroom Sloppy Joes.   Mushrooms cook quickly and add a nice, savory element to dishes like pasta, pizza, soup and curry. If you’ve already tried the more common white button and cremini or baby bella mushrooms, experiment with some other varieties. Maitake and shiitake […]

Savor Cooks: Horseradish

This month’s “Savor Cooks” recipe features horseradish. Try our recipe for Horseradish Yogurt. Looking for a little more zing in the kitchen? Experiment with horseradish. You can get the fresh root and grate it right into sauces or onto food. Or seek out the “prepared” kind, which you will find in a jar. Prepared horseradish […]

Food First: Coenzyme Q10

Overview February is heart month, so we are taking a look at Coenzyme Q10, which may reduce risk of cardiovascular disease. Coenzyme Q10 isn’t a vitamin or mineral, but an antioxidant and vitamin-like molecule that works in conjunction with enzymes in the body to provide energy and support immunity. In its role as an antioxidant, […]

Food First: Vitamin E

Overview This month we will be discussing another member of the antioxidant family: Vitamin E! Vitamin E, also known as alpha-tocopherol, is a fat-soluble vitamin, which means it requires fat in the diet in order to be absorbed by the body. In addition to its role as an antioxidant, vitamin E is important for immune […]

Holly Clegg on Vitamin D

Vitamin D is known as the ‘sunshine vitamin,’ and vitamin D deficiency just might be the largest deficiency in America. In the heart of winter, our vitamin D levels tend to decrease even further due to lack of sun exposure. What exactly is vitamin D? The definition of a vitamin is a group of organic […]