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Using Up Every Ingredient

Using Up Every Ingredient

I grew up in the Midwest where it was considered a mortal sin to waste food. The motto was “waste nothing and make the most of every ingredient.” Here are some ways for you and your family to make the most of ingredients that otherwise may make their way into the trash bin. Stewed Fruit […]

What Makes Popcorn Pop?

What Makes Popcorn Pop?

Corn kernels contain a small drop of water that is stored inside a circle of soft starch. The soft starch is surrounded by the kernel’s hard outer surface. As the kernel heats up, the water begins to expand, and pressure builds against the hard starch. When this hard surface gives way, the popcorn explodes. As […]

Frying Fish

Frying Fish

Frying fish in fat gives fish a delicious crust and cooking is fairly fast. Sautéing is one of the most useful methods for cooking fish, which has become considerably easier in the recent past, due to the ongoing improvement of nonstick skillets. As a matter of fact, the first rule of sautéing fish is to […]

School Lunches

School Lunches

Have school lunches hit a wall? It’s gets tedious for anyone to eat the same thing every day. It may be time to mix it up to keep your kids interested in eating healthy. You may want to include dry roasted edamame or chickpeas for a salty, crunchy snack with some protein. Individually packed, pitted […]

Cooking With Coffee

Cooking With Coffee

There’s nothing like the smell of freshly brewed morning coffee whether it’s perked, dripped or pressed, it’s the most favorite part of my day. Coffee is my morning ritual, but coffee is not just for mornings. If you have a bit of extra brewed coffee or grounds lying around then you can “perk” up the […]

Figs

Figs

Figs are truly fantastic! Dried figs are available all year round and many markets offer luxuriously sweet fresh figs throughout the year as well. Figs are a healthy and portable snack that is packed with nutrition. Figs are rich in potassium, which helps control blood pressure. They also provide calcium, magnesium, iron, and copper. Because […]

Citrus

Citrus

Oranges and lemons were first brought to the Americas by Spanish explorers. Today the United States is among the world’s top citrus growers and consumers. To choose the best citrus select fruit that is heavy and not too soft. When selecting oranges don’t worry about the color, as it is not a good indicator of […]

Making Muffins

Making Muffins

Love The Lumps! Don’t use an electric mixer when combining wet and dry muffin ingredients. Beating will cause gluten to overdevelop, which will produce tough muffins. Mix just enough to wet the dry ingredients; a lumpy batter is the goal.

Add More Greens To Your Life

Add More Greens To Your Life

Dark Leafy Greens Give You More Nutritional Bang For Your Buck. Add More Greens To Your Diet And Most Likely You’ll Feel Much Better. Add Cooked Greens To Frittatas, Breakfast Tacos And Poached Eggs. Stir Greens Into Soups And Stews During The Last Few Minutes Of Cooking. Start Your Day With A Smoothie Packed With […]

High Altitude Cooking

High Altitude Cooking

Most recipes have been perfected for use at seal level. At higher altitudes, adjustments in the cooking time, temperature, and ingredients could be necessary. At sea level, water boils at 212 degrees. With each additional 500 feet of altitude, the boiling point drops 1 degree. Even though the boiling point is lower, it takes longer […]