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The Gut Brain Axis

The Gut Brain Axis

You’re probably familiar with some of these phrases. These common phrases have been around for a long time, because people have long sensed a connection between the gut and the brain. Now that we have a better understanding of the biology behind this connection, it 

Broccoli 365?

Broccoli 365?

Back in November, broccoli started to make a lot of sense to me. I’d been walking past it all summer but suddenly I was craving it. Broccoli has a winter sort of flavor: robust, slightly bitter, slightly spicy. Added bonus: it’s chewy and filling. After 

3 Good Reasons for Brown Rice (and a recipe)

3 Good Reasons for Brown Rice (and a recipe)

Brown rice isn’t always on my radar screen, mainly because I only like short grain brown rice. I know, fussy, fussy. But the run-of-the-mill long grain version, widely available in grocery stores, just isn’t that compelling. Short grain brown rice is harder to find, but 

Pear season

Pear season

What seasonal foods come to mind if I say “autumn”? Apples? Pumpkin? Cranberries? Butternut squash? How about pears? Pears don’t always get as much attention as apples. I can speculate on the reasons: Despite all these issues, ripe pears are worth the effort. They have 

Autumn is for apples

Autumn is for apples

Several years ago I binged on apples. Briefly. I was visiting family in a well-known apple-growing region, in late September. The many local apple varieties were in their prime, particularly Cortlands. There was a large bag of Cortland apples in the refrigerator, so I helped 

Kiwifruit to the rescue

Kiwifruit to the rescue

Fresh fruit can be so disappointing! In season, and preferable local, fresh fruit is usually wonderful — flavorful and juicy, with a nice texture. Out of season fresh fruit is another matter. It’s bred to withstand long distance shipping and longterm storage. It never gets