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  • In Season: Lemons

    Lemons are poised to step into the spotlight this year, and the Eureka/Lisbon, Meyer, and seedless varieties are all in season now. Lemons originated in Southeast Asia and entered Europe via Southern Italy during the time of ancient Rome. Christopher Columbus introduced lemons to the West when he brought them to Hispaniola (modern Haiti) in 1493.

  • Gluten-Free Lemon Tart

    Weekly Recipe: 
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    SERVES: 6-8

    Crust

    1/3 cup rice flour, plus extra for dusting pan

    1/3 cup potato starch

    1/3 cup tapioca starch

    1/4 cup sweet rice flour (also called glutinous rice flour)

    1 tablespoon xylitol

    ½ teaspoon xanthan gum

    ¼ teaspoon salt

    6 tablespoons cold, organic butter

    2 teaspoons vanilla extract

    1 large egg

    Filling

    2 large eggs

    2 large egg yolks

    2/3 cup xylitol

    Zest of 2 lemons

    2/3 cup lemon juice

    ½ cup crème fraiche or sour cream

    Powdered sugar

    Cut the butter into small pieces and return to the refrigerator until needed. To make the crust, start by heating your oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9-inch tart pan with cooking spray and a dusting of rice flour. Combine the remaining flours and starches with xylitol, xanthan gum, and salt in a large bowl. Cut the cold butter into the mixture with the help of a pastry cutter, then work in the vanilla extract and egg.

    Once the dough has come together to form a ball, knead it briefly to finish, making sure to not overwork the dough or to melt the butter. Between two sheets of waxed paper, roll out the dough to a diameter of 12 to 13 inches. Peel the waxed paper away from one side of the dough and drape over the tart pan with the remaining sheet facing up. Peel back the second sheet, then press the dough into the pan, making sure it is even. Bake the empty shell for 10 minutes, then set aside to cool while you mix the filling.

    Whisk together the eggs, yolks, and sugar in a bowl, just until evenly distributed, then stir in the lemon zest and juice. Add the crème fraiche or sour cream last and whisk until the mixture becomes smooth. Fill the cooled tart shell with the lemon mixture and return the tart pan to the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, just until it is set. Remove from the oven and let it cool. Finish the tart with a dusting of powdered sugar.

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    One of the more unpleasant aspects of cleaning house is coming into contact with abrasive cleansers or inhaling fumes from powerful chemicals. Not only are natural substances kinder to the environment, but they have less impact on your wallet, as well. Many eco-friendly substitutes can be easily found at any store—and for a lot less than mass-market household cleaners.

  • Spaghetti with Capers, Garlic, and Lemon

    Weekly Recipe: 
    NonWeekly

    8 ounces spaghetti

    3 tablespoons olive oil

    4 cloves garlic, sliced

    2 tablespoons capers

    1 tablespoon lemon juice

    1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

    pinch hot red pepper flakes

    1/3 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley

    1/4 cup grated Parmegiano Reggiano

    Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Drain. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in large skillet over medium-low heat. Add garlic and sauté one minute. Stir in capers, lemon juice, lemon zest, zest, hot pepper, and parsley. Remove from heat. Add pasta to pan. Toss well. Add Parmesan to pasta and toss again. Makes 4-6 servings.

    Recipe provided by TruRoots Ancient Grain Pasta

  • Citrus Slices Cancer Risk

    ’Tis the season for citrus fruit. Good thing, because when eaten daily, those tasty grapefruits, clementines, and kumquats may lower incidence of several types of cancer, according to a new study of 42,470 Japanese adults over age 40. Among female participants, citrus consumption was tied to a 14 percent reduction of incidence of all cancers; for men it was 11 percent.

    by Melaina Juntti
  • Lemon and Artichoke Tagine (Moroccan Stew)

    2 tablespoons whole-wheat flour
    12 ounces low-fat chicken substitute strips, such as Yves Veggie Chicken Tenders,
    Lightlife Smart Menu Chik’n Strips, or Morningstar Farms Meal Starters Chik’n
    Strips
    1 large onion, sliced
    6 cloves garlic, chopped
    2 cups sliced mushrooms
    1 large green or red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and cut into chunks
    2 cups low-sodium vegetarian broth
    1 tablespoon group coriander
    1/2 tablespoon black pepper
    1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
    1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
    1/4 teaspoon paprika
    1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
    1 lemon, with peel, sliced and seeded
    1 jar (7 ounces) marinated artichoke heart quarters, rinsed under hot water and drained
    Salt to taste

    Place the flour in a shallow dish and roll the chicken substitute strips to coat. Place the strips in a large, heavy, deep nonstick skillet or stir-fry pan over medium-high heat and cook until browned. Remove from the pan and set aside.

    Add the onion and garlic to the skillet and steam-fry until soft, adding very small amounts of water as needed to prevent sticking and burning. (Or place in a microwaveable dish, cover, and microwave on high for 7 minutes.)

    Add the strips, mushrooms, bell pepper, broth, coriander, parsley, black pepper, tumeric, ginger, paprika, and red pepper. Place the lemon slices on top of the stew, cover reduce the heat, and simmer for 30 minutes.

    Remove and discard the lemon slices. Stir in the artichokes and cook just until heated. Season with salt and serve immediately.

    MAKES 4 SERVINGS

    Per serving: 165 calories, 20 g protein, 25 g carbohydrates, 3 g sugar, 1 g total fat, 3% calories from fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 10 g fiber, 584 mg sodium

  • Alternative Medicine Cabinet: Fight Food Poisoning

    From fine dining to take-out Thai, Americans eat out much more than they used to—an average of four times every week. Food poisoning is also on the rise—it’s second only to the common cold in how frequently it strikes. Some 76 million Americans suffer from it each year.

    Bounce back faster with these gentle cures.
    By Victoria Dolby Toews, MPH
  • Quick Cold Sore Remedy

    Wear a high-SPF lip gloss or balm. According to Seattle naturopath Tamara Cullen, prolonged sun exposure can trigger flare-ups.

    Lay off the chocolate and nuts. Foods high in arginine disrupt the amino acid balance in your body, which can aggravate the herpes-simplex virus (HSV-1), says Cullen. Cut back as soon as a sore appears.

    The next time you feel that telltale tingling, take charge with these tips.
    By Shanon Lyon