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  1. Apricots: Pork Recipe and 5 Fun Facts

    1. When They're in Season Fresh apricots are available year-round throughout North America. From May through August, varieties mainly come from California and Washington. The rest of the year they're likely from South America. 2. How to Choose Apricots To select ripe apricots, look for fruit with a

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  2. 8 Fun Facts About Vanilla

    You know that vanilla is oh-so-delicious, but did you also know that it’s rare and expensive? Here are some surprising facts, plus a recipe for vanilla panna cotta. Vanilla is the only fruit-bearing member of the orchid family. The flower that produces the vanilla bean lasts only one day. The beans

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  3. Off the Menu: Tanya Holland

    Chef Tanya Holland is all about tradition and transformation. The dishes she serves at her Oakland, CA, restaurant, Brown Sugar Kitchen, celebrate the Southern and soul food she loves. But she updates them with fresh, seasonal ingredients and crafts them with the cooking techniques she learned in ki

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  4. In Season: 2 Ways to Cook Beets

    For flavor, color, and nutrition, a beet is hard to beat. Unfortunately, beets have a bit of a dowdy reputation. “Many people think of them as something their grandmother ate,” says Liz Applegate, PhD, director of sports nutrition at the University of California, Davis. "We tend not to think of the

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  5. 7 Tips for Choosing the Best Breakfast Cereal

    Nothing says “quick and easy breakfast” like a bowl of cereal. When you’re shopping the cereal aisle, it can be puzzling to find the healthiest options, especially if you’re buying with a health condition in mind, like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, or cholesterol. The first ru

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  6. How to Make a Brown-Bag Lunch You'll Actually Want to Eat

    Brown-bagging isn't just for kids, and it can be simple. “Bringing your lunch to work gives you full ownership over what goes into your meal and into your body,” says Jackie Newgent, culinary nutritionist and author of The With or Without Meat Cookbook. That's important if you're working on weight l

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  7. An Apple a Day: Recipes and Tips

    An apple a day really might keep the doctor away. A study of postmenopausal women found that those who ate two medium apples daily for a year had a 23% drop in LDL or "bad" cholesterol. What's apples' secret? Bahram Arjmandi, PhD, RD, who led the study, believes one benefit comes from pectin, a powe

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  8. Healthy Picnic Meals

    It's the perfect way to spend a sunny summer day: gathering with friends and family for a picnic under the shade of leafy trees. A few smart safety tips will ensure everyone avoids a stomachache or worse. First off, keep your hands clean, says Angela M. Fraser, PhD, associate professor and food safe

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  9. Off the Menu: Chef Victor Scargle

    Victor Scargle got his first taste of kitchen life at age 13, and with the exception of a brief break from professional cooking while he gave college a try, the chef, now 42, has been at the stove ever since. "You go from the adrenaline of working on the line to sitting in a class with 800 to 1,200

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  10. Cucumbers: 9 Things You Didn't Know

    1. Cousin to Melons Cucumbers belong to the plant family cucurbitaceae, which includes melons, squash, and pumpkins. 2. Colorful Cukes Cucumbers come in many sizes, shapes, textures, and colors, including white, yellow, and even orange. 3. Slicing vs. Pickling  Two common kinds of cucumbers grown in

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