Kitchen Hint of the Day!

October 29, 2017 at 6:13 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | 1 Comment
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Did you know………


A small amount of salt will make a grapefruit taste sweeter!

Delicious Diabetes-Friendly Dessert Recipes

September 13, 2015 at 5:04 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | 1 Comment
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You can have your Cake, Brownies, and Cobbler, and eat it too! Fro the Diabetic Living Online website it’s Delicious Diabetes-Friendly Dessert Recipes.



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Having diabetes doesn’t mean you have to give up desserts. Try these diabetic sweet treats — full of flavor and absolutely delicious — that have been updated just for you.

Peanut Butter Swirl Chocolate Brownies

The perfect combination of chocolate and peanut butter gives these brownies a rich taste for only about 150 calories per serving. We offer a variety of flour substitutes to fit your nutritional needs and tastes…..

Cherry-Almond Cheesecake Bars

Use a sugar substitute in place of sugar in this recipe to bring the carb count down to 9 grams. No worries, these decadent bars pack a full cheesecake flavor!….

Orange-Grapefruit Cobbler

The citrus in this cobbler gives the dish a beautiful, bright color that is great for serving to guests. Plus, it contains one serving of fruit and has only 3 grams of fat per serving….

* Click the link below to get all the Delicious Diabetes-Friendly Dessert Recipes

The Honey Bells Have Arrived!

January 7, 2013 at 10:05 AM | Posted in fruits | Leave a comment
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It’s always a good time of the year when my annual order of Honey Bells  arrive! I just received them Saturday afternoon and had one honey bells 001for dessert Saturday night! I love these things, when you cut one up the juices just pour out of it. These are the juiciest Oranges there are. A little info on the Honey Bell Oranges.


According to Crushman’s Fine Citrus:

It’s 1945. The war is over. Ed Cushman opens a small store and gift fruit packing plant in West Palm Beach, Florida. He picks and ships oranges and grapefruit for visitors who come by.

One particular night was never to be forgotten. The Cushman family was waiting for a truckload of grapefruit. When it finally arrived, there on the back of the truck – in addition to the grapefruit – were about 20 bushels of the strangest looking, fiery-orange, bell-shaped oranges anyone had ever seen.

Ed took one look and said, “What the devil is this?”

When everyone had peeled and tried one, the consensus was that these were the sweetest oranges in the world. “Sweet as honey,” someone said, and Cushman’s® HoneyBells were born.

Actually, HoneyBells are not oranges at all. They’re an extraordinary hybrid of a Dancy Tangerine and a Duncan Grapefruit, both seeded fruit. But mysteriously, HoneyBells usually are seedless. The plot thickens.

Despite the fact that HoneyBells are grafted to a sour orange root stock, HoneyBells are naturally sweeter than any orange grown. To add to the intrigue, HoneyBells have a rare bell shape like the pictures show. Incredibly juicy. Unbelievably sweet.

Here’s the clincher.

HoneyBells are available once – and only once – each year, for a few short weeks in January. We sell and ship every one we pick!

This is your opportunity to experience Cushman’s legendary HoneyBells. They’ll be hand-picked, packed and shipped fresh to you and yours. After that, there are no more. Anywhere. At any price. So, you must order now, to reserve your HoneyBells for next January.[tm]-[pc]-honeybell-[cat]-oranges-[e]_honeybell-oranges-_-d6815b823cf648a380037926c2f53db3&mpch=sem

Fruit of the Week – Grapefruit

June 27, 2011 at 12:07 PM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food, fruits | 1 Comment
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The grapefruit is a subtropical citrus tree known for its bitter fruit, an 18th-century hybrid first bred in Barbados. When found, it was named the “forbidden fruit”; it has also been misidentified with the pomelo or shaddock (C. maxima), one of the parents of this hybrid, the other being sweet orange.

These evergreen trees are usually found at around 16–20 ft tall, although they can reach 43–49 ft. The leaves are dark green, long (up to 150 mm, 6 inches) and thin. It produces 5 cm (2 in) white four-petaled flowers. The fruit is yellow-orange skinned and largely an oblate spheroid; it ranges in diameter from 10–15 cm. The flesh is segmented and acidic, varying in color depending on the cultivars, which include white, pink and red pulps of varying sweetness. The 1929 US Ruby Red (of the Redblush variety) has the first grapefruit patent.

An early pioneer in the American citrus industry was Kimball Chase Atwood, a wealthy entrepreneur who founded the Atwood Grapefruit Co. in the late 1800s. The Atwood Grove became the largest grapefruit grove in the world, with an annual production of 80,000 boxes of fruit. It was there that pink grapefruit was first discovered in 1906.

The 1929 Ruby Red patent was associated with real commercial success, which came after the discovery of a red grapefruit growing on a pink variety. Only with the introduction of the Ruby Red did the grapefruit transform into a real agricultural success. The Red grapefruit, starting with the Ruby Red, has even become a symbolic fruit of Texas, where white “inferior” grapefruit were eliminated and only red grapefruit were grown for decades. Using radiation to trigger mutations, new varieties were developed to retain the red tones which typically faded to pink, the Rio Red variety is the current (2007) Texas grapefruit with registered trademarks Rio Star and Ruby-Sweet, also sometimes promoted as “Reddest” and “Texas Choice”.

Grapefruit comes in many varieties, determinable by color, which is caused by the pigmentation of the fruit in respect of both its state of ripeness. The most popular varieties cultivated today are red, white, and pink hues, referring to the internal pulp color of the fruit. The family of flavors range from highly acidic and somewhat bitter to sweet and tart. Grapefruit mercaptan, a sulfur-containing terpene, is one of the substances which has a strong influence on the taste and odor of grapefruit, compared with other citrus fruits.

The fruit has become popular since the late 19th century; before that it was only grown as an ornamental plant. The United States quickly became a major producer of the fruit, with orchards in Florida, Texas, Arizona, and California. In Spanish, the fruit is known as toronja or pomelo.

Oven Baked Cinnamon Grapefruit

1 medium pink grapefruit
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener packets

1 Preheat oven to 400 °F.
2 Cut grapefruit in half. With small serrated knife, loosen segments. Use caution not to slice through skin.
3 Place halves with cut faces up, on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar substitute.
4 Bake 20 minutes, or until warmed through.
5 Transfer to serving plates. Let stand 5 minutes to cool before serving.

Nutrition Facts
Makes 2 servings
Serving Size: 1 each
Amount Per Serving
Calories     44.4
Total Carbs     11.3 g
Dietary Fiber     1.7 g
Sugars     8.9 g
Total Fat     0.1 g
Saturated Fat     0 g
Unsaturated Fat     0.1 g
Potassium     180.8 mg
Protein     0.8 g
Sodium     0.1 mg

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