Monsanto's Seminis home garden unit launched 10 new varieties of disease-resistant, easy-to-grow vegetable seeds. The lineup includes yellow wax beans, lettuce, broccoli, spinach, zucchini and five pepper varieties. The seeds will be sold in bulk to seed companies and seed catalogs.
Winter squash is the perfect ingredient for colder months because it can be stored for weeks without refrigeration and needs little more than a simple roasting to turn into a hearty, comforting meal. Caterer and former restaurant owner Sylvia Fountaine shares several ways she uses a wide variety of winter squash, from creating a healthy lasagna to indulgent French toast and pancakes.
Researchers at Ohio State University's Comprehensive Cancer Center used thermogenic fat cells in an injection that successfully burned belly fat in obese mice eating a high-fat diet. The researchers hope the shot holds promise for humans fighting belly fat, which settles around vital organs and puts people at higher risk for cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
The traditional green-bean casserole often is the only green vegetable on the Thanksgiving menu, but autumn offers hearty options such as kale, Brussels sprouts and broccoli, chef and cookbook author Kim O'Donnel writes. She recommends adding kale to mashed potatoes, turning Brussels sprouts into a slaw side dish and roasting broccoli pickup sticks in the oven.
Julia Reed has compiled her food-related essays into a book, "Ham Biscuits, Hostess Gowns, and Other Southern Specialties: An Entertaining Life (With Recipes)." Her philosophy when entertaining is to serve hearty food that tastes good, such as biscuits and ham or spinach and artichoke casserole.