Friday’s food: Beer

Labor Day is coming up and that usually means something on the grill and beer all around. Well, there’s more to beer than popping the top.  Read on. The brewing and enjoyment of beer is as old as the practice of growing grain, though it barely resembled what we now recognize as beer, ale, larger,…

Friday’s food: Blueberries

From Florida to Canada, this versatile gem is harvested starting in early spring through late October.  While many of us grew up with blueberry pies and muffins, we can now find them in a wide array of products including yogurt, smoothies, salads, breakfast cereal and even trail mix.  They are related to the wild huckleberry and grow particularly…

Friday’s food: Arugula

Are you ready?  OK, here goes – garden rocket, rocket, eruca, rocketsalad, arugula rucola, rugola, ruchetta, rughetta, rukola, roquette, rokka, roka, ruca, beharki, voinicia, rucola, oruga, jareer, aruka, borsmstar – all refer to the same leafy salad green Americans commonly refer to as arugula.  Wow. With that many names, you’d expect it to be a…

Friday’s food: Hot peppers

As you can imagine, Europeans were very excited about hot peppers when they were first sampled. Just imagine what food, especially meat, must have tasted like without refrigeration. That is why so much of early trade route exploration was for spices. They were that important. Pungent and assertive seasonings could mask the taste of food…

Friday’s food: Coconut water

Yikes! It sure is hot out there! Sweating and going about your daily life these days means you are losing a lot more than just water. You are losing electrolytes and minerals as well. Before you reach for that bottle of “sports drink” (read an ade that sounds a lot like alligator), take a look…

Black bean soup

In this picture: Black bean soup with arugula This makes 16 to 20 cups – depending on whether you enjoy a thicker or thinner soup.  You can buy a package of dry bean soup mix but it does not give you control over seasonings and sodium levels. We enjoyed this with a variety of breads…

Pasta with tuna and roasted asparagus

I am in the process of transferring my Another Way blog posts. It is all about the ingredients for this pasta supper.   When I showed my husband the price tag, he almost fell off the sofa.  Yes, it is a little bit pricey, but once you taste this glorious oil packed tuna you’ll fall…