October Kitchen - July 2019

A Guide to Eating Seasonally This July Zucchini, Avocado and Swiss Chard — Oh My!

steaks, burgers, hot dogs or fish. Go low-carb by stuffing your zucchini with vegetables and a protein for a charred skillet bowl. Even better add some corn to your fresh salsa to

When you eat something during its harvesting season, you get the most out of your meal. In-season fruits and vegetables are more nutrient-dense than their out-of-season counterparts, and there’s no matching the flavor profile of fresh, in-season produce. Even better, because in-season foods are so bountiful during their peak, you can save a lot of money by shopping with the season. This July, enjoy some tasty foods during their prime with this handy guide. Fruitful Harvest Avocado toast lovers rejoice! Your season is here. Avocados are in season during July, joining many other fruity favorites. Gorge yourself on scrumptious blackberries, sweet strawberries and bountiful tomatoes. Don’t forget about the cherries and blueberries, too! Because these fruits are so plentiful this time of the year, it’s easy to find ingredients for your favorite recipes. Host a Latin-inspired foods night with fresh guacamole and salsa, or make a delectable shortcake with a blackberry and strawberry mixture on top. Grill Game So Strong There’s no better time to fire up the grill than July and not just because of the weather. Zucchini and corn reach their peak during July, and these grilling favorites pair well with Can one person make a difference? We think so. Here are a couple stories about how the smallest gestures really can have a big impact. Shoe Shine for a Cause Albert Lexie worked as a shoe shiner at the Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh for over 30 years. Lexie made $3 a shine and donated all his tips to the Free Care Fund, which provides medical care to uninsured and underinsured children in the Pittsburgh area. Throughout his career, Lexie donated over $202,000. For his generosity, Lexie was honored at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in 2010 and inducted into the Hall of Fame for Caring Americans. But he never cared about the fame. For every cent he donated, Lexie had one goal: “I wanted to see the kids get well.” A Rival in Need In 2018, Pierre-Cedric Labrie, a hockey player for the Milwaukee Admirals, started his New Year’s Day in a panic when his pregnant girlfriend called at 2 a.m. to tell him her water had broken. Unfortunately, Labrie was in another state for an away game in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

add an extra zing to your tacos. Regardless of how you utilize them, zucchini and corn are sweetest, juiciest and freshest during July. Go Green Filling your plate with plenty of greens is never easier than in July. Pick up a bundle of spinach, arugula, lettuce, Swiss chard or any other leafy green, which are all juiciest and freshest during July. Cucumbers and green beans are bountiful this time of the year, as well. You can also add some fresh flavor to your water with cucumbers or create hearty salads with any of the leafy greens mentioned above. After all, there’s no better way to celebrate the middle of summer than by consuming its most delicious foods.

How to Change the World Amazing Stories of Small Gestures Making a Big Difference

The next flight out of Grand Rapids was at 6:30 a.m. to Chicago, but a bad winter storm meant no cab would pick him up. Labrie feared he would miss the birth of his first child until one of his teammates put him in touch with the opposing team’s goalie, Tom McCollum, who didn’t hesitate to loan out his truck. Thanks to McCollum’s generosity, Labrie made it to the hospital in Milwaukee at 6:15 a.m. His son was born less than 45 minutes later. Hello Goodbye For 12 years, Tinney Davidson waved to students who passed by her house on their way to Highland Secondary School. Davidson and her late husband, Ken, started the tradition when they first moved into their home in 2007. Pretty soon, the students were waving back. This fall, Davidson won’t be waving from her window anymore, as she’s moved into an assisted living center. To show her how much those morning greetings will be missed, this past spring, many students walked to Davidson’s house together. As Davidson stepped out onto her porch, 400 students were waiting to cheer and give her one last wave goodbye.

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