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Lifestyle
by Joannie Ham
7 years ago
Beans, Beans, Good for the Heart

The childhood rhyme, "Beans, beans, good for the heart, the more you eat, ..." is a perfect little ditty to express all the goodness in legumes, aka starchy, protein packed beans. Learn a little nutrition and some tasty ways of making these good-for-you seeds.

Lifestyle
by Joannie Ham
7 years ago
Food Science of Muffins

Muffins are a great way to introduce some basic concepts in food science, including gluten formation, how leavening works, and the role of fat in baked goods.

Lifestyle
by Joannie Ham
7 years ago
Nutritious and Delicious Cruciferous Vegetables

Credit: Rachel Ham Cruciferous, brassica, cole - all are terms that refer to the same family of vegetables, the cabbages. Cruciferous comes from the Latin for cross, crux, since many of these vegetables have a cross-shaped flower with four equal petals. Brassica also comes from Latin; it's the word for...

Health
by Joannie Ham
7 years ago
Facts about Garlic

Garlic, allium sativum, part the onion family, was mentioned as far back as 7,000 years ago in the ancient writings of Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, and the Indus Valley.  Garlic originated in central Asia, where it grew wild. The ancient Sumerians cultivated it as a crop in the city of Ur. Ancient Babylonians warehoused thousands of bushels of garlic.It was an important commodity for the ancient traders, the Phoenicians, who probably introduced the pungent bulb to the Egyptians. 

History
by Joannie Ham
7 years ago
A Brief History of Potatoes

Trace the potato's history from its ancient origins among the Inca to the Irish Potato Famine to the now ubiquitous russet variety.

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