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May 23, 2011

Admit it, the crisp, flaky outer scales of the onions you use in soups, salads, and casseroles usually end up in the trash (or perhaps more usefully, the compost bin). But don’t toss them out before you’ve put them to use. For your health! Recent research confirms that the outer skins of onions provide an exceptionally rich source of plant compounds called flavonoids, especially the powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound, quercetin. Quercetin is under study as an agent for lowering... more

May 2, 2011

Down HomeFrugal, natural, at-hand: simple ideas for health & household Welcome! Dictionaries define the phrase down home as “a simple, wholesome, unpretentious way of life.” That about sums me up. I’ve always loved the word frugal. It embraces a rich assortment of meanings gathered during its evolution from an ancient Proto-Indo-European root word, which meant both agricultural produce and to use and enjoy. This root gave rise to the Latin roots frux, meaning fruit, with associated... more


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