Friday’s food: Olive oil

Central to the Mediterranean diet/style of eating, this luscious liquid has graced the tables of many of history’s notables such as Plato, Aristotle, Julius Caesar and Christ.  Pretty good company. Records dating back as far as five thousand years ago in Crete show that olive oil has been enjoyed by countless millions throughout the centuries in…

Friday’s food: Turkey

As you gather with family and friends this holiday season, you’ll enjoy cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, and pumpkin pie.  Holding court at a place of honor will no doubt be a fowl that very nearly became America’s national bird.  Year after year you willingly brave the crowds to find the perfect turkey to…

Friday’s Food: Cranberries

Native to North America, cranberries (or “crane berries” after the birds which frequent the bogs) have been enjoyed by Native Americans for generations.  They were originally called i-bimi (bitter berry) because they are quite tart.   Pounded into a paste, they were mixed with pemmican.   As a supplement, the berries are used to support urinary tract…