Fresh Flavorful Gazpacho

 

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Is cold soup an oxymoron? Not if it’s this delicious!

Gazpacho soup is probably the OG of “healthy green shakes” before their trendiness hit health-conscious populations. Originally from regions of Spain and Portugal, and dating back to the Moors and even Romans, it has been a warm weather staple since ancient times. It is refreshing on a hot spring day, and even better during the summer months. Traditionally, it is made with a combination of tomatoes, bread crumbs, olive oil and vinegar, but I still consider my recipe as a classic-style gazpacho even though I don’t use breadcrumbs. Continue reading

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Eat for the season: Winter

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Snowfall on a frozen Hudson River

We’re well past the winter solstice and the holidays, yet the 12 inches of snow outside my window prompted me to write about what exactly we should be eating in the winter.  Everything is dead.  There are no signs of fresh vegetation outside.  But, I can still get anything I want fresh from the grocery store, which can be confusing.  The holidays are a wonderful reminder of fall harvests and the types of foods available such as sweet potato, squash, cranberries, and nuts.  But when I go down the street to dine, the cafe serves me ice cold water, and I can choose from 5 different raw salads.  This is a big winter no-no.

In Chinese medicine, winter is about going inwards.  It is the most yin time of the year.  It relates to the kidneys and water.  When we look at nature, everything returns to the earth, remains a little more still, so that by spring, there is enough energy to regenerate.  It is a time for storage.  Continue reading