The humble cabbage is nutrient dense, rich in fiber, versatile in the kitchen, and has the added benefit of being oh-so-very affordable. It is theorized that the cabbage was domesticated as early as 1000 BC by the Celts in Europe, with world production now over 70 million metric tons each year!
Havarti is a rich, creamy cheese with a buttery flavor. This semisoft cow’s milk cheese has origins in Denmark during the latter half of the 19th century and is attributed to Hanne Nielsen, a Danish cheesemaker who owned a farm named Havarthigaard. Havarti is cream to yellow in color and has very small openings or eyes throughout the cheese.
As the light slowly comes back in the evenings and we experience the occasional day of warm spring weather, you might find yourself eager to spend as much time as possible outdoors. I find myself getting lost in gardening, hiking, and running, and spending less and less time in the kitchen.
The month of February celebrates two kinds of hearts: the familiar symbol dating back to the Middle Ages and the beating cardiac muscle in your chest. If you think of Valentine's Day as a reminder to express your love for the good people in your life, you might think of American Heart Month as a reminder to love that cardiac muscle!
Dubbed Theobroma cacao by Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus, the cocoa tree's scientific name literally means “food of the gods.” With a name like that, it's no wonder that chocolate is given as a gift to those we love: we have a strong desire to give only the best to those we adore.