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  1. Green Choices: Seafood Buyer's Guide

    You may have decided to buy wild vs. farmed salmon but finding other sustainable seafood isn’t an easy task. At present the USDA has no organic certification program for seafood (an organic seafood label may mean nothing or that the fish was certified "organic" overseas). For sound environmental inf

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  2. Green Choices: Meat & Poultry Buyer's Guide

    Meat and poultry labels are confusing these days. What does "Natural" on that package of chicken breast mean? Why does "Certified Organic" cost so much? What’s a meat-eater to do? Our green guide to meat and poultry will help you make choices that are best for you. Grass-fed animals eat nothing but

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  3. Spring Vegetable Guide

    Spring-fresh and nutrient-packed artichokes, asparagus, peas and salad greens are in season now. This handy guide offers information on picking the best spring vegetables and the health benefits of each. Italians have a deep attachment to the artichoke, which is native to the Mediterranean and first

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  4. Basics of Food Safety

    When you cook at home it’s important to keep food safety in mind. The basic idea is to keep foods at the right temperature (for example, keep perishables properly chilled in your refrigerator) and avoid cross-contamination. Here are a few simple rules to follow. Keep foods cool when you’re shopping:

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  5. Bean Cooking Guide

    Besides being delicious and accepting of just about any flavoring, virtually all types of beans are nutrient powerhouses—rich in protein, folic acid, magnesium and protective phytochemicals. (Choose darker-colored beans, and you’ll benefit even more; recent research confirms that black, red and brow

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  6. How to Choose the Best Foods for Your Kids at the Grocery Store

    Supermarkets are recognizing Americans’ interest in healthy eating and there are plenty of healthy, yummy foods in almost every aisle of your market. Use our guide to get the kids involved in navigating the store aisles to find the healthy stuff. It can be fun and will help them develop healthy eati

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  7. Squash Buyer's Guide

    Although available all year, winter squash is best enjoyed during harvest season—late summer through early winter. All varieties of delicious winter squash are packed with the antioxidants alpha and beta carotene. Here you’ll find some tips on what varieties to look for and how to choose them. Shopp

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  8. 9 Healthy Facts About Cucumbers

    The Cucumber Family Cucumbers belong to the plant family Cucurbitaceae, which includes melons, squash, and pumpkins. Cucumber Varieties Cucumbers come in many sizes, shapes, textures, and colors, including white, yellow, and even orange. Slicing vs. Pickling Cukes Two common kinds of cucumbers grown

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  9. Slow Cooker Food-Safety Guide

    Slow cookers are certainly convenient, but if used incorrectly they can be hazardous. Temperatures between 40° and 140°F fall into the "Danger Zone" since bacteria thrive in these temperatures, so try to keep food from being in the Danger Zone for too long. Armed with our safety guide, you’ll be mak

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  10. Root Vegetable Buyer's Guide

    Root vegetables can be found pretty easily in large supermarkets and farmers’ markets. Roots keep best when stored in humid environments at near-freezing temperatures. Root vegetables will keep you nourished through the winter: they are nutritious carbohydrate choices because they’re rich in fiber a

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