Every time I travel from Raleigh southbound to South Carolina to visit my Mom, I see a billboard along SC 95 that asks the question:

Can you name 20 vegetables?

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Well, can you?  Set a timer for 2 minutes and jot them down or say aloud.  How many did you come up with?  Which ones?  Did you picture all those meals as a kid?  The produce section in the grocery store?  The last 5 meals you’ve had?   It’s an enlightening query for many that think they know a lot about food and cooking.  Yet, this is a really basic question we should all be able to answer.


Grape Tomatoes

An Interesting Fact:  Tomatoes are technically a fruit but…..http://www.businessinsider.com/supreme-court-tomato-is-vegetable-2013-12


Unfortunately, due to the lack of funds for basic food fundamentals classes in school, kids are not being taught about this component to a healthy body principle.  Restaurants and food television are creating tremendous exposure to a healthier diet as are various initiatives for food education.  Look at the community farms popping up with enriching educational programs for kids, AND adults.  Locally, our Raleigh City Farm is the perfect example http://raleighcityfarm.org/.

New Potatoes

The bottom line is, if you can’t name off 20 vegetables in, let’s say 3 minutes to be realistic, then you need to come take a private cooking lesson with me.  Private Cooking Lessons in Raleigh.


summer squash

Zucchini & Summer Squash











I’ll teach you everything you needed to know about vegetables and then some.  You might even get to taste fresh ones right out of my garden!

Betcha didn’t know this one!


                                   Or how about this?

Artichoke, prepped ready for steaming


Here’s my list:

I left off cabbage, kohlrabi, cauliflower, kale, and many more.

Happy in the Kitchen!