Pimento Cheese, Not Your Grandma's Spread

Pimento cheese is one of those foods that has been so corrupted by the food industry that it has become synonymous with other crappy foods like Spam.  I'm not even certain what store bought pimento cheese might contain, nor do I want to find out.  It's a shame because pimento cheese can be a delightful treat, even if it does Read the full post…

Plum Good BBQ Sandwiches

In a few days it will officially be fall but the temperatures are still warm enough for me to continue swimming for a few more days.  The breeze was a little cool but that didn't stop me from swimming several laps this morning and I felt great afterwards!  Have you exercised lately?  With fall's cooler temperatures and fewer insects, you Read the full post…

Shingles Vacine and Treatment

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with shingles so I felt I should discuss this nasty virus once again.  If you ever had chicken pox, you are at risk for getting shingles and believe me, you don't want it.  Shingles is a painful rash with blisters that scab over and may take 4 weeks or more to heal.  The Read the full post…

Vegetarian Tacos are muy delicioso!

There are times when I think I could easily become a vegetarian, especially when I try a new dish that is as good as the vegetarian tacos I had at Local Lime restaurant in Little Rock and the tofu fried rice at Sai Tai here in Jonesboro.  My husband and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary this past weekend by spending Read the full post…

Midyear Health Check

Summer is winding down , the year is more than half way over and our January resolutions are long forgotten.  It's time for a health reality check.  First of all, how is your health lately?  If you have enjoyed good health, are you thankful?  Take some time to appreciate how wonderful it feels to be healthy, for your family to Read the full post…

Vacation Lessons For A Healthier Life

  I'm back from a lovely beach vacation and I wish I was still there with all my heart.  Wouldn't it be nice if our every day life was as nice as a vacation?  If we could relax, eat well, sleep and exercise just enough without having to worry about bills, work, illnesses and school, our lives would be perfect.  But Read the full post…

If you want to eat healthy foods, just head on over to the ASU Farmer’s market, or the farmer’s market nearest you.  If you have a green thumb and grow your own fresh herbs and vegetables, hurrah for you!  The rest of us are thankful for those who can grow beautiful produce.  I have too much shade but this year, I have been somewhat successful with a tomato plant I bought from a woman at the farmer’s market earlier this spring.  She told me it was a Mortagage Lifter heirloom variety grafted onto a hybrid tomato plant so it would be sturdier and grow better.  I planted it in a large pot in an area that gets 6 to 8 hours of sun.  I have harvested three tomatoes so far and have an additional 10 green tomatoes coming on.  As you can see from the photos, my basil is growing well and so is my mint. I have used both several times in different recipes.




Try this simple peach green tea with mint for a refreshing summer drink.  I like it and I’m not a tea drinker and it’s a great way to get the health benefits from green tea.

Peach Tea with Mint

2 cups cold water

5 green tea bags

1 12 oz. can peach nectar

1/2 cup mint leaves

3 Tbsp. sugar

Bring water to a boil, remove from heat and steep tea bags 5 minutes.  Remove bags, add remaining ingredients and chill at least 2 hours.


The summer succotash in last week’s Jonesboro Sun was a big hit with the entire family.  In case you missed it, here it is again.  I know I get tired of cooking vegetables the same old way so give this a try.  Make sure you have good tomatoes.  If you must use store bought, get the cherry or grape variety because they still have a decent flavor.



Summer Succotash

2 or 3 Tbsp. butter (I use Land O Lakes just like the recipe in the paper called for!)

several sliced green onions

1 small onion diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

4 ears of corn, kernels cut off the cobs

1 or 2 zucchini

1 or 2 small summer squash

1 cup chopped tomato

1/4 cup chopped fresh herbs such as basil, thyme, cilantro, etc.

3/4 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. pepper

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium high heat.  Add onions and cook until softened.  Add garlic,corn and squash and continue cooking, stirring frequently, about 8 to 10 minutes.  Add tomatoes and cook 2 more minutes.  Add herbs, salt and pepper and stir.


Eating fresh, simply prepared vegetables lets their natural taste shine and is so much better than canned or frozen vegetables.  Give some a try today!

Upadated on July 22, 2013

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