At first the transition is gradual--each day a bit shorter, each night a bit cooler. Though before you know it, the leaves have turned color and a brand new season is upon us. As we go through the motions of each day, it's easy to forget that all things are impermanent, and the different seasons of the year serve as an excellent reminder to enjoy every moment.
By Susan Guillory
Mushrooms are often referred to as vegetables, but did you know that technically they are a fungus? They grow from spores rather than seeds and are parasites that feed off of decaying vegetable matter like tree stumps. Ancient cultures have long understood the medicinal qualities of mushrooms, and they are now popular in our Western dishes for their savory taste, due to the naturally occurring flavoring agent, monosodium glutamate.
“Choose whole grains instead of refined grains.”
Take a moment to think about cooking with your favorite herb. Are its leaves small and round, or are they broad and jagged? What scent does it leave as it brushes against your fingertips, and how does that aroma change as the herb is crushed, sliced, and chopped?
“More Matters;” “Fill Half Your Plate;” “Go for Color.”
Phrases like these, developed and disseminated by public health advocates, have become the rhetoric in nutritional guidance surrounding the consumption of fruits and vegetables—and for good reason!