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Earth Day Refreshers

Posted by Veronica

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Happy Earth Day! Every year when this day rolls around, I start to think a lot more about what it means to be “green.” At Emerson, we talk a lot about sustainability (I’m even taking a class on it!)… back home in California we’ve been recycling since before it was on-trend and are very concerned about water waste… and at HCP, we are very into learning about and trying all things organic. This Watermelon Aguafresca from Paul Abercrombie’s Organic, Shaken and Stirred sounds like the perfect way to kick off this warm-weather streak we’re getting, and a great way to pay homage to Earth Day.

Organic Watermelon Aguafresca Cocktail

Recipe: Watermelon Aguafresca

Watermelon’s juicy ripeness and rum’s sultry smokiness really bring out the clove-like spice of basil in this super-refreshing drink.


  • • Handful of organic basil leaves, chopped
  • • 2 pinches of salt
  • • 6 ounces organic watermelon juice (about a heaping handful of seeded watermelon chunks, pureed and...

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The Juice Stand

Posted by Veronica

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Kids Juice Recipes

As this semester comes to a close, I’ve begun to think about all the fun things I can do to fill my days off while I’m home this summer. Family has always been the most important part of every break from school I’ve had, and with more and more little cousins coming into my life, I’m getting frequent opportunities to babysit. I’ve never been very good at determining what kids can or should have to snack on, often erring more on the side of caution against sugary treats, but I think I have a good idea about what I want to test out this summer… juices! It’s easy to throw a kid a sugar-packed juice box and call it a day, but I’m looking forward to making my own treats with them. I’m turning to Jessica for recipes, because her juice creations are sugar-free, packed with nutrients, and kid-approved!

The little ones...

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Stadium Snacks at Home

Posted by Veronica

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Homemade Garlic and Herb Soft Pretzels Recipe

The weather is warming and our spirits are rising, and soon it’ll be time to put on your favorite game-day tee and head to the stadium (Fenway in our case!) to see your favorite MLB team play. While I make it a point to go to at least one game a season and sit in the stands, I know it can be easier to watch the game from home. I’ve gathered some recipes for game day that will make you feel like you’re at the park, but won’t cost you an arm and a leg to make!

Lets start with snacks.

If your go-to is Cracker Jacks, try this Caramel Corn recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction. It’s the perfect mix of sweet, crunchy, and sticky and can easily be doubled if you’re having friends over to watch the game!

If you want something on the savory side, go for a classic ballpark treat with...

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How to Host a Homemade Vegetarian Easter

Posted by Veronica

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Potato and Green Bean Salad with Arugula Pesto Recipe

Vegetarian? Something tells us you’re not looking forward to watching everyone else eat that glazed ham or roast lamb while you much on a platter of deviled eggs and side salad as your Easter dinner. So we’ve rounded up a number of other meat-free springtime dishes that definitely won’t make you feel like you’re missing out on something!

There’s something so springy about a quiche, don’t you think? And you must have plenty of eggs on hand after all that dying! Turn them into a savory Spinach Quiche for dinner, like this one from The Bonne Femme Cookbook and featured on Simply Nourished Living.

If you’ve picked up our book Herbivoracious, then you know how easy it can be to eat green! This Potato and Green Bean Salad with Arugula Pesto is fresh, delicious, and will leave your Easter guests satisfied– even the meat eaters!

Ok, ok, we need SOME deviled eggs here! These Springtime Herb Delights are...

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