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Updated Sep 15, 2014 at 8:26 AM

The first of three Great Tomato Tastings drew plenty of appreciative palates, judging from social-media posts around Eat Local Week. Tasting tomatoes isn’t just a gratuitous gimmick on the part of Eat Local Week organizers. The flavors, and varietal availability, change throughout the growing season. And one of the best ways to home in on [...]

Updated Sep 12, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Just when everyone should be sated on summer’s tomatoes, along comes Eat Local Week with several more reasons to fete this glorious fruit. The Great Tomato Tasting has been a headlining event since Eat Local Week’s inception. And over the past nine...

Updated Sep 10, 2014 at 9:58 AM

South Stage Cellars is dramatically expanding its vineyard operation, Quail Run Vineyards. Within the last six months, Quail Run owners Don, Traute and Michael Moore have purchased two pieces of land and leased a third, all of them located in the...

Updated Sep 10, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Eat Local Week organizers are cooking up more ideas to inspire participation in the annual event.A new cookbook, “Cooking With Vegetables in the Rogue Valley,” is the reward for entering Thrive’s Eat Local photo...

Updated Sep 10, 2014 at 8:28 AM

A bland, beige persona belies traditional hummus’ complex conveyance of zesty garlic and lemon with earthy chickpeas and tahini. And the Middle Eastern staple often is dressed up with still more flavors, such as olive oil and pine nuts, or...

Updated Sep 8, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Hummus is touted in the current Mail Tribune food section as a health-savvy and satisfying snack for kids, as well as adults. Indeed, Charlotte Observer writer Kathleen Purvis called it “the Middle East’s answer to peanut butter.” But whereas peanut...

Updated Sep 5, 2014 at 8:50 AM

School bake sales and parties just wouldn’t be complete without the ubiquitous Rice Krispies Treat. Kellogg’s beloved cereal bound up with melted marshmallows is certainly high on nostalgia but most definitely low on nutrition. Even an organic...

Updated Sep 4, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Since relocating our recycling bin system a few weeks ago, my husband and I have been contemplating the potential of the space it formerly occupied. It’s a significant amount of square footage and we’re both eyeing it with gleeful...

Updated Sep 4, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Beet Hummus2 large or 3 medium raw beets (about 1 1/2 pounds total)Zest and juice of a large lemonJuice of 2 large lemons2 garlic cloves, sprinkled with salt and mashed in a mortar or with flat side of...

Updated Sep 3, 2014 at 9:38 AM

If there’s ever a time when meals and snacks should keep kids and parents going all day, it’s the rush back to school. The best options, nutrition experts can attest, don’t come in the packages. Simply put, they’re whole foods or dishes comprising...

Posted Sep 3, 2014 at 2:00 AM

Learning to love new, healthful foods should be among the new school year’s lessons, says local nutritional therapist Summer Waters.

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