Good For You by Kathryn Hilger Kingen

Get into a Pickle
I usually try to stay out of pickles. But summer brings on an annual predicament of too many of this and too many of that. Cucumbers, peppers, onions and cabbage are ripe and ready to eat, but who can possibly consume a garden all at once! Not wanting food to go to waste, grandmas and gardeners devised a brilliant brining process to get themselves out of that pickle!
He's a Honey
My brother Nick is a real honey. He keeps bees. He has stacks and stacks of hives and wears a super cool Buzz Lightyear outfit. (Okay yes, I'm a little jealous.) Every year he pulls the hive trays, decants the drippings and bestows golden bottles of his hallowed Hilger Honey on us. Nick proudly proclaims that his bees are special. "They're all free range, Kath!” he teases with his goofy grin. (Geez, Nick have you ever met a bee that wasn't?) "Best of all they are happy bees,” he says. "Well, actually sometimes they act like cranky little kids but…
Harry Corvair
You know how the French are, they're so intriguing, and with that romantic accent, sigh … oh yes they draw you in. Admittedly there has been a long-standing love affair with the dashing string bean known as Harry Corvair (haricot verts)! Your grandma was in love, your mom, too. Generations of cooks have fallen, maybe even you. Sure it's easy to develop a fondness, because this tall, thin, snappy vegetable dressed in green is so delicious. This time of year beans of all kinds are beginning to spindle up their stalks, bear fruit and come on the market. The tender…
All I Need is a Coconut
Some day, if I am lucky enough to get marooned on a deserted island, all I am going to wish for is a coconut tree. Gilligan didn't actually have to be rescued. He had all he needed; the Skipper, a movie star, a professor, but most importantly, palm trees with coconuts! Actually the tree alone would do. Think of it, you would have lovely shade, you could build a house with the wood, thatch your roof with the tree fronds, brush your teeth with the roots, drink the milk, eat the coconut meat, sleep on the palms, make utensils with…
Pucker Up for Rhuby
Oh, yeah, she's a looker. Those ruby red crimson stalks, sporting that deep green floppy hat, well you just have to do a double take. She's like celery with lipstick or Swiss chard with better legs. Rhubarb is sweet as pie, but without enough sugar she can really make you pucker. Oh, Rhuby, you make us crazy for spring.
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