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Look out! A new season’s comin at ya!

Catch new episodes of Delicious TV’s Totally Vegetarian!

Here’s how to get the new season of Delicious TV’s Totally Vegetarian in your area:
Contact your local PBS Station to let them know you want them to telecast the new season of Delicious TV’s Totally Vegetarian and that it’s available for free through NETA, our distributor.

Go to the PBS station finder to e-mail your local station.

Please don’t delay! The first episode uplink for the third season, via satellite, will be on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2007.

Delicious TV’s Totally Vegetarian once again showcases the easiest, most scrumptious, and accessible vegetarian and vegan recipes you’re likely to find anywhere. Our website makes it possible for you to print one or all of the recipes, ask Toni questions about vegetarian food and diets, and even blog your own vegetarian favorites.

The show is fun and informative, and what’s more, the food is fabulous.

Here’s a preview recipe.

Spicy Chick Pea Salad with Basil and Pine nuts

1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 T. red onion, finely chopped
1/2 c. red or yellow bell pepper, chopped (or mix red and yellow for added color)
1/4 c. toasted pine nuts
1/4 c. fresh basil, cut into ribbons
1-2 T. chopped sundried tomato (optional)

2 T. olive oil
1 T. fresh lemon juice
1 t. fresh chili paste
Salt and pepper

Rinse beans and place into a bowl. Add the onion, peppers, pine nuts, and basil. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, pepper paste, and lemon juice until emulsified. Pour over the chickpeas and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve with a hearty slice of bread to mop up the juices, or alternatively, lightly mash the chick peas and serve on grilled or toasted bread as a bruschetta.

Where do pine nuts come from?

Where do pine nuts come from?

Yesterday I attended a pot luck dinner with some friends. I brought a dish that contained toasted pine nuts and during the course of the evening, it became apparent that not many people knew where pine nuts actually come from.

Having grown up in Italy, these nuts were a regular staple and available everywhere. Pine nuts (pignoli nuts) are the seeds of the Stone Pine, a native of the Mediterranean region, but the seeds of various other pines are also eaten in different parts of the world including the seeds of the Korean Pine or North American piñon tree.

Pine nuts are very labor intensive to harvest which explains their relatively high cost, but the Italian variety is far costlier than Asian pine nuts and there is a difference in shape and quality between the two. The Italian nuts have a slimmer shape, firmer texture, and more flavor, but they’re often three to four times more expensive. Pine nuts are vital for pesto, and are absolutely delicious lightly toasted. They can easily get rancid so store them in the refrigerator or freezer. 100 grams of pine nuts contain 31 grams of protein, the highest of all nuts and seeds, and they have a slightly sweet buttery flavor. While the Italian pine nut is superior in flavor to the more commonly found Chinese variety, I still recommend purchasing the less expensive variety if cost is a factor just to get pine nuts into your diet.

Pine nuts are a welcome, healthy, and delicious addition to many dishes.