fresh-herbs-h-980x400-5730836 As much as we want to deny it, winter is coming. With the chaos that comes with fall—school reopening, Thanksgiving, hockey, football—the cold weather that comes with winter always catches us off guard. And while the summer bring us fresh, bountiful pounds upon pounds of berries, peaches, chard, and corn, your winter doesn't have to be bland. Herbs like sage, rosemary, thyme, parsley, and winter savoury will keep you warm throughout the harsh winter months. Try out these recipes featuring winter herbs this season.

screen-shot-2014-08-18-at-3-46-43-pm-9738590   If you've been to Italy or you've been welcomed into the home of a loving Italian grandmother, then you know that there is nothing like fresh, homemade marinara sauce. This ubiquitous vibrant and zesty sauce is perfect for everything and is an Italian staple, and for good reason. Not only is it perfect for everything from pizza to cannelloni, but it's also packed full of nutrients thanks to ingredients like tomato and basil. There's a lot of debate in the food community about how to come about the greatest marinara sauce. Everyone's claiming that their method is the all-time best. We've searched high and low for all of the highest ranked methods and recipes, and rendered it down to this one recipe for you. The secret? It seems that everyone, including the legendary queen of Italian cuisine Lidia Bastianich, uses canned tomatoes. But not just any kind of canned plum tomatoes. Specifically, San Marzano tomatoes, which are the most similar to the ripe tomatoes you can get in Mount Vesuvius. Ready? Here's how you can make the best marinara sauce.

marjoram_16x9-7907937 "Learn About..." is a new recurring post where we'll look at lesser known herbs, and discuss their origin, health benefits, and everything in between!
Marjoram (Origanum majorana) is a perennial herb that originated in Egypt and Arabia, and is now indigenous to Cyprus and southern Turkey. With sweet pine and citrus undertones, it pairs great with tomatoes and tomato-based dishes, like marinara, in salad dressings, soups, and stews.

tropical-green-smoothie-3-31-2076303 Between demanding lifestyles and busy work schedules, it can be incredibly difficult to maintain a good diet. Studies suggest that you need seven to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables each day. In the event that you can't envision yourself casually snacking of two whole heads of broccoli or eating 10 whole bananas (unless you're this girl) each day, here are some awesome green smoothies that pack a punch in both flavor and nutrients.