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An Experiment for National Celery Month

This National Celery Month (yes, March is National Celery Month!) learn more about the all-star peanut butter and hummus dipper and soup ingredient. Growing celery In 1857, all along the banks of the Kalamazoo River in Michigan was thick, dark, black, muddy, moist, oozing muck. A clever man named Cornelius De Bruin decided to try to grow [...]

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Hooray for Hummus

Hummus makes a great snack paired with pita chips or veggies. Here's how you and your kids can make your own. Basic hummus recipeMakes 6-8 servings.Ingredients•1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, drained •¼ cup tahini •3 tablespoons lemon juice •1 clove garlic, crushed •½ teaspoon cumin •2 teaspoons olive oilInstructionsPlace all ingredients except olive oil in blender or food processor and [...]

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All about Pomegranates

Learn about the pomegranate, a mythological and delicious fruit! History of the pomegranate Pomegranates are an ancient fruit. They have been mentioned in ancient texts like the Greek poet Homer’s epics The Iliad and The Odyssey. Pomegranates first grew in Iran, and are now grown across the Middle East and Asia. Pomegranates grow in the United States, in [...]

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Valentine's Milkshakes

How are you celebrating Valentine's Day? If you have a sweet tooth (and a few friends who love a good milkshake), we recommend trying out this recipe!Chocolate milkshake recipeMakes 2-3 servings. Ingredients•4 scoops vanilla ice cream (about 2 cups) •½ cup milk cold •¼ cup chocolate syrupInstructionsPut ice cream, milk and syrup in a blender. Carefully put [...]

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Celebrate Carrots This Winter

Winter is a great time to enjoy root vegetables like carrots! Here are some fun facts and a simple and tasty recipe featuring carrots. Fast facts •Carrots can be eaten cooked or raw. Try them boiled, roasted, steamed, stewed and even mashed. •The average American eats about 10 pounds of carrots each year. •Carrots are high in fiber, which [...]

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Warm Up with Hot Salsa

If it's chilly (or downright frigid!) outside, warm up inside by cooking with jalapeño peppers.All about jalapeños The jalapeño is a variety of chili pepper. Jalapeños and other chili peppers are unique foods because when eaten they produce a sensation of heat or burning in the mouth, which is called piquance (pronounced peek-antz). When most people think of jalapeños, [...]

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Strawberry Oatmeal Jam Bar Recipe

Here in Minnesota we are deep into winter, which means we won't see fresh fruits for quite some time. One way to enjoy fruit when it is out of season where you live is to use preserved fruits, such as jams or jellies. Here's a delicious way to enjoy preserves that will make a great [...]

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Relaxing and Mindfulness in the New Year

Happy New Year's from Ingredient! The hectic holidays are over, and many people are taking the change in year as an good excuse to pick up a new healthy habit. May we suggest relaxing? Learning how to relax is an important skill but is often overlooked. Not being able to relax can cause stress, and physical effects [...]

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The Perfect Cup of Cocoa

Get warmed from the inside out with a rich, creamy mug full of hot cocoa. It's the perfect treat to make after coming in after winter break sledding, ice skating, snow shoeing, or whatever you do in the great outdoors! Though it takes some extra work, this beats an envelope of instant hot cocoa mix hands [...]

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How to Make Classic Christmas Cookies

Start a family tradition by making classic cut-out cookies! When most Americans think of Christmas cookies, butter cookies in festive shapes topped with icing is what most often comes to mind. Christmas cookies were not always such sugary sweet confections. In Medieval Europe, spicy German gingerbread called lebkuchen was first associated with Christmas. It was often [...]

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