Check It Out! (4)

It’s been months since the last Check It Out! post, and I apologize for taking so long. My  summer laziness just dawdled its way into fall. But do not think that lack of writing means lack of collecting.  All along, I’ve been accumulating interesting articles on food, cooking, diet, etc. for your perusal.

Does your pumpkin overfloweth? Here are 34 pumpkin recipes, gathered from around the Internet—from Pumpkin Spice Latte, to Pumpkin Overnight Oats, to Comforting Pumpkin Quinoa (gonna check that one out, for sure). A great resource!

Don’t throw out food scraps! Who knew that you can shine shoes with banana peels or save money on bird feed by offering chirpers leftover rice instead?  This article contains 12 such useful tips plus a video on how to compost kitchen scraps.

The 411 on cantaloupes and germs. Find out why cantaloupes and not, say, apples or bananas, have been responsible for at least 36 outbreaks of listeria or salmonella since 1990. Includes tips on preventive washing and cutting.

Fruits and veggies fight the blues. New research has found that seven portions of fruits and vegetables per day are optimal for improving mental well-being. With each portion being 80g or 2.5 oz., that’s a mere 560g or 1 lb. 1.5 oz. of produce to keep you cheery and smilin’.