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Cooking with Whole Grains

Whole grains are an important source of complex carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber.  The Whole Grains Council (wholegrainscouncil.org) defines “whole grains or foods made from them [as those that] contain all the essential parts and naturally-occurring nutrients of the entire grain seed in their original proportions. If the grain has been processed (e.g., cracked, crushed, rolled, extruded, and/or cooked), the food product should deliver the same rich balance of nutrients… See More

Sandwich Ideas for Lunchtime

Sandwiches are a lunchtime staple.  They are easy to enjoy at school or work, on a picnic, or at home on the weekend.  Anyone can make a salami sandwich and call it lunch.  Why not get a little creative and call it something special?

Most sandwiches include some combination of bread, meat, cheese, greens and one or more spreads.  One way to make your sandwiches special is to take what you know and like and add a twist.  On your tried and true peanut butter and jelly sandwich, add some… See More

10 Must-have Kitchen Tools

Kitchen utensils are instruments used to prepare food. They make work in the kitchen quicker and easier.  I have drawers full of kitchen utensils (no surprise there!), however, I only use a select few utensils on a daily basis.

Knife: One true essential is a good quality knife or set of knives. Different kinds of knives are designed to be suitable for different kinds of tasks.  However, if you are going to buy yourself one knife, make it an 8-inch chef’s knife.  Look for certain characteristics… See More

Anti-inflammatory Foods in your Pantry

These days, it is hard to avoid news about studies linking inflammation to chronic illnesses such as heart disease, cancer and arthritis.  The things we choose to eat can either promote or fight inflammation in our bodies.  The health benefits of an anti-inflammatory diet are hard to deny – but what does that mean you actually eat?

Inflammatory foods are those foods high in refined or hydrogenated vegetable oils (such as margarine, potato chips, and many baked goods), sugar, caffeine,… See More

Easy Party Appetizers

Appetizers are small bites, preceding a meal, designed to whet one’s appetite.  It sounds like an oxymoron – “fun easy appetizers.”   But it’s really not. I like being creative without getting terribly fussy.  Following are some simple ideas for whetting appetites in the weeks to come.

When it comes to making small bites, puff pastry is your friend.  Sold in sheets in the frozen section of your grocery store, puff pastry bakes up as a light, flaky, buttery base for just about… See More

Healthy Cooking Oils

Cooking oils play a key role in moistening, binding, flavoring, and lending texture to our food.  Ranging in taste and color, cooking oils come from a variety of sources including nuts, seeds, grains, and fruit.  Various methods are used to extract oils from their sources including mechanical pressing, crushing, and more extreme measures involving heat.

A term often used when discussing oils for cooking is “smoke-point,” which refers to the temperature at which oil begins to break down and… See More

Holiday Cookie Exchange Ideas

Each year, I usually bake a variety of cookies to have around for guests, family and friends during the holiday season.  I like giving them away to co-workers and neighbors.  Most of the cookies I bake freeze well, so I can work ahead in batches, making the task seem more manageable. One alternative to doing all the baking on your own is to enlist your friends or co-workers in a cookie exchange. Fun and social, a cookie exchange is a great way to bring folks together for a little cheer and everyone… See More

How to Decide: Blender vs. Food Processor

No kitchen has an unlimited amount of counter space, which is why you want to make sure every appliance you own is perfect for your needs. After all, you only have so much storage space, and you want to make sure it’s filled with the items that will help you quickly and efficiently prepare meals. Perhaps the toughest decision you make will be between owning a food processor or a blender. Both machines are very similar, so it can be hard to tell which is a better fit for your kitchen. When you need… See More

Immunity Boosting foods

With cold and flu season upon us, we do what we can to keep the fevers and sniffles at bay.  This is the time of the year to stock your kitchen with immunity boosting foods.  Experts tend to agree that protein, zinc, magnesium, healthy fats, and Vitamins A, C, and E play a key role in building our immunity to cold and flu bugs.

One of my favorite immunity boosting foods is coconut.  I used to avoid coconut based on its high saturated fat content, but no longer.  Once I learned more… See More

Guide to Winter Produce

The winter produce scene is not nearly as bleak as some may think.  Our global economy ensures that most markets have a variety of fresh produce available all year long.  However, if you are trying to cook seasonally and locally, you will certainly be bound by a narrower list of ingredients then you enjoyed all summer.  No problem.  You can still find inspiration in winter’s bounty.  Here are some items to look out for at markets now.

Winter Squash – Pumpkins, butternut squashes,… See More

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