Keeping it Real: Food Choices and Healthy Eating

farmers market stash

A farmer’s market stash from a few weeks ago Do you consider yourself a healthy eater? Do you know someone else who could be considered as such? If so, I imagine that some consider certain foods “healthy” or “nutritious”, and others are considered “bad”. These terms are synonymous with our culture, it seems. We talk…

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Oatmeal Cookies with Jujube (Chinese Red Date) Butter

oatmeal jujube cookies blog

Remember that jujube butter I made the other day? Well, other than using it as a spread, I thought perhaps I ought to make something with it. I could have stirred it into a quick bread akin to pumpkin bread, or made some muffins, but somehow, that wasn’t to my taste. Then I contemplated other…

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Jujube (Chinese Red Date) Butter

Jujube (Chinese Red Date) Butter

Have you ever seen a jujube? Have you ever eaten one? No, not the confectionary variety – although I do remember those rather fondly from my childhood. I’m talking about a small fruit that grows on a jujube tree. Sometimes called Chinese Dates or Chinese Red Dates, jujubes are a fun little treat. They’re hard to find…

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Easy Pan-Fried Okra

okra blog

I love fried okra. It’s not the most beautiful of dishes, I get that, but I love it just the same. I imagine that for most people, this is their favorite way to enjoy this fun vegetable. I’m truly a fan of okra any way I can get it – pickled, sautéed, grilled, roasted, or simmered…

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