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Megan Stuke

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Delicious/Nutritious: Kumquats a little fruit that packs a punch

Sweet, sour and possibly the tartest fruit this side of a lemon, the kumquat is a bite-sized, seasonal winter citrus.

Megan on the Move: Making an effort for me-time

I’ve been trying hard lately to make room for myself. I know that’s a common theme among adults, especially those with children, but it becomes increasingly difficult with careers and schedules and homes and the trappings of being a grown-up.

Megan on the Move: An escape plan from getting sick

Motherhood does not equal martyrdom, and don't let anyone tell you different.

Delicious/Nutritious: Ginger a healthy, tasty treat

Ginger is a spicy root that is small but mighty — not just in size but in both flavor and health benefits.

Megan on the Move: Over the holidays, know when to walk away

Once I was asked to speak to a women's group about how a busy working mom survives the holidays. I laughed. Why were they asking me? I don't survive them. What I do is more like ignore them.

Megan on the Move: The price of relationship trust

Call me old fashioned, but I think one main secret to a long and stable marriage is sharing a bank account.

Delicious/Nutritious: The magical, misunderstood spaghetti squash

Spaghetti squash is a magical vegetable, able to go from a hard-fleshed beast to a light pile of noodles in just under an hour. Plus 100 grams of spaghetti squash has just 31 calories. So, if you like warm pasta dishes as the weather gets cooler, try subbing in this squash and spending your pasta calories elsewhere.

Megan on the Move: A working relationship

You hear people say all the time that marriage is “work” and that you have to “take time for date night” and all that business. And it seemed to me that if you are manufacturing time to go on dates or working at loving your spouse or penciling in romance, the whole thing is a lost game before it even started.

Megan on the Move: A dating Luddite

Can I just say how happy I am that I’m not dating anymore?

Delicious/Nutritious: Savoring apple cider

Apple juice’s spicy cousin, this seasonal favorite is now available year-round thanks to its popularity. While it’s wonderful alone either hot or cold, cider is also a pleasant addition to both sweet and savory dishes, where it can impart an unmistakable hint of autumn.

Megan on the Move: It only takes five minutes

I have a tendency to say “yes” to projects, parties, events, endeavors, jobs and crackpot ideas.

Megan on the Move: The wrong Stuff

I realized yesterday that all of my shoes are falling apart. At once. No great surprise, as I am not famous for buying expensive clothes, nor am I famous for buying them often. You can take away my woman card now: I hate shopping.

Delicious/Nutritious: The underappreciated zucchini

Zucchini: Ubiquitous in the hotter months, this dark-green vegetable is the very definition of summer squash. Its neutral flavor allows it to be either the star or sidekick in almost any meal, and its moisture content can allow it to show up in the most unexpected of places.

Megan on the Move: Learning to let it go

“There is a huge amount of freedom that comes to you when you take nothing personally.” — Miguel Ruiz

Delicious/Nutritious: Peachy keen

Juicy and sweet, peaches are the dribble-down-your-chin favorite of summer. They work well in pretty much every course of an August dinner menu, adding warm-weather flavor to everything from salad to soup to entrees or dessert. You can even grill them!

Megan on the Move: It's the little things

I've taken a lot of those personality inventories over the course of my professional life, and they all say the same thing: "You like to start things. You are energetic and like being social. You have control issues. You are lame with details."

Megan on the Move: Does everyone feel like a fraud or is it just me?

It’s a funny thing, not growing up in Lawrence but feeling like a townie.

Delicious/Nutritious: Mouthwatering watermelon

Watermelon, juicy and sweet, can be regarded as the food mascot of summer for many Americans. Though available year-round, these melons begin to come into season in July and can be found locally through September.

Delicious/Nutritious: Cooling off with blueberries

Blueberries are available year round, and, like strawberries, these little beauties are typically a sign of summer. Juicy and sweet when fresh, they’re the perfect addition to pretty much anything at any meal.

Delicious/Nutritious: All-purpose arugula

Pungent, spicy, delicate and fresh, arugula is a “grown-up” ingredient if there ever were one. But it’s also delicious and versatile, perfect for pepping up almost any spring dish.

Delicious/Nutritious: Bringing leeks out of hiding

My plan for this round of Delicious/Nutritious was to find some way to present our chosen ingredient for April — leeks — in a way where you could actually see them.

Delicious/Nutritious: Mad for mango

Turn a mango into sorbet or wrap it with avocado.

Delicious/Nutritious: White chocolate for Valentine's Day

Two sweet treats featuring white chocolate for Valentine's Day.

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Delicious/Nutritious: Preparing parsnips

This month's Delicious/Nutritious focuses on the parsnip. It can be roasted, mashed, pureed, fried, baked or sauteed. It goes well in many combinations or stands on its own quite nicely because of sweetness and crunch. By Sarah Henning and Megan Stuke

Delicious/Nutritious: Cinnamon spice makes anything nice

This month's ingredient: Cinnamon

Delicious/Nutritious: Roasted chestnuts the perfect seasonal pairing

Megan Stuke and Sarah Henning hop on the chestnut bandwagon.

Delicious/Nutritious: Make your own gameday snacks

Bacon-wrapped potatoes and trail mix for gameday.

Delicious/Nutritious: Apples ripe for fall recipes

Food columnists Sarah Henning and Megan Stuke put their spin on different kinds of apples.

Delicious/Nutritious: Mellow out with melon

Making the most out of cantaloupe.

Delicious/Nutritious: Sweet corn a summer treat

Nothing says “summer” like an ear of sweet corn.