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Real Food: Potatoes

Did you know that August 19 is National Potato Day? In case you hadn’t already planned to make potatoes part of your weekend menu, you now have the perfect excuse. Why potatoes? They’re high in fiber, potassium and Vitamin C and provide more energy and protein than wheat, rice, and corn. And besides being good […]

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Real Food: Chocolate

Chocolate?!? Sure, your kids will happily eat it, but could we honestly call it real food? The good news: Yes – if it’s made the real way. To get the scoop on real, pure, honest-to-goodness chocolate, we decided to take a behind-the-scenes look at the Theo Chocolate factory in Seattle. Theo is the first organic […]

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Real Food: Honey and Urban Beekeeping

Honey is an all-natural, near-perfect sweetener. We use it often in our house in cooking and baking, as well as a topper for toast, waffles, or pancakes. But when one of our kids recently asked us where exactly honey comes from, we were taken off-guard. Our slightly embarrassing response went something like: “So the bee […]

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Real Food: Olive Oil

Update, 7/21: And the olive oil winner is… Lucky comment #13, Sarah P. Congrats, Sarah, and thanks to everyone for your comments! We are olive oil addicts in the Jolly Tomato household. Our olive oil consumption begins in the morning, when we drizzle some in the omelet pan before cooking eggs. Then it’s added to […]

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Real Food: Peach Picking and Packing

How do you like your peaches? In a pie? In ice cream? Or just fresh and whole, with juices dribbling down your chin? In the summertime we go through so many peaches in our house that it’s hard to choose a favorite way to eat them. And given that 70 percent of the fresh peaches […]

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Real Food: Blueberries

Did you open up a plastic clamshell of blueberries to serve at your most recent picnic? If you’re like most families, you probably polished off two or three containers’ worth before the kids had their fill. So how do those blueberries actually make it from the plant to the package? We took a Real Food […]

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