August 9 is Booklovers’ Day, and since I love a good cookbook, I decided to declare it my own personal Cookbook Lovers’ Day, a nice time to introduce you to some great new books I’ve found this year. 1. Top of the list is Ripe: A Fresh, Colorful Approach to Fruits and Vegetables by friend (full disclosure) and fellow food writer, Cheryl Sternman Rule. The book is full of wonderful recipes focusing on the bounty of the season and lovely photos … continued…

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August is National Peach Month and little makes me happier than a bushel of peaches in the kitchen, waiting to be jammed, pickled, chutneyed and so much more… well, eaten fresh, too, of course. But here I just wanted to make this chutney to enhance the ground beef. A touch of heat, lots of peach flavor and some warm spices make this a treat for a burger. It’s best to make it a day ahead of time and let it … continued…

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Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Summer Grilling

As the temperature soars, there is nothing better than an ice-cold slice of watermelon. When I was pregnant with my daughter in the heat of July, I swore watermelon was like air conditioning in my mouth! Watermelon is rich in vitamins A and C and has a fair amount of vitamin B-6. Remember last month’s post about staying hydrated – watermelon is a great choice! There are so many things you can do with watermelon other than just cutting it … continued…

Healthy, Delicious Recipes Heart Healthy Jenny Kramer, RD Snacks

I love the official designations–partly because they are just interesting, but also because they are often a reminder to me to pass on some details about one thing or another. In this case, it’s the evergreen topic of food safety, one that I get a bit… hmm… passionate about. My story, by way of explaining that passion, is that I was quite cavalier about food safety. I pushed the boundaries, until one day I pushed too far. We’d gotten some … continued…

Barb Freda Healthy Habits Tips, Tools & Techniques

In the fitness world, stretching tends to be something that people often times have misconceptions about or are currently doing incorrectly. It is an important part of any exercise regimen; therefore it is important to do it correctly! The main purpose of stretching is to increase flexibility and range of motion around the joints. This increased flexibility aids us in daily activities, sports, and exercise. Although many people think stretching is done to reduce the chance of muscle soreness, there … continued…

Fitness Judy Eggebeen Tips, Tools & Techniques

A few years ago my husband gave me an automatic ice cream maker for my birthday. Ever since, my kids and I have loved trying out different ice cream recipes and combinations. They’re fun to make with our favorites being vanilla with chocolate chips and vanilla with crushed Oreo cookies. But to make ice cream, it usually requires some forethought since we normally don’t have all the ingredients on hand. Luckily, we have two favorite recipes, slushies and chocolate fudgesicle … continued…

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Proper hydration and nutrition are key to making it through the summer heat. Don’t wait until you feel thirsty to start drinking, thirst is actually a sign of already being dehydrated. How much fluid is enough? To determine your body’s specific needs, take your weight in pounds and divide by two. The resulting number is the amount of fluid ounces you should have each day. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds: 150 pounds / 2 = 75 ounces This … continued…

Fitness Healthy Habits Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

I love the idea of these, heated on the grill, meltingly good and good for you. There are some tools sold that hold the peppers upright, but I shape a “holder” out of super-duty foil. It happened to work especially well in this case, because when I shopped, I only found the longer, small sweet peppers, not the popper-sized sweet peppers. Either way, this is a great mix of flavors and a great starter to any party this summer. Prep … continued…

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Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Summer Grilling

Much to my dietitian dismay, my daughter LOVES fruit snacks. These are often given as a snack at school and every time she eats them all I can think about is the sugar that is sticking to her teeth and immediately forming cavities! That being said, I decided to try my hand at dehydrating fruit to see if I could convince her that these are a great replacement. Dehydrating is a great method of food preservation because it doesn’t require … continued…

Healthy Habits Jenny Kramer, RD Snacks Tips, Tools & Techniques

Every month I glance over the “official” holidays, and it’s official: July is National Blueberry Month. Here are some great links to resources for cooking with blueberries. Blueberries are consistently ranked as a super-food – fruit packed with nutrition and disease fighting antioxidants. If you find a “you-pick” blueberry farm near you,  pick way more than you can consume fresh–blueberries freeze well. Wash them and let them drain dry. Line a baking pan with parchment paper and pour blueberries into … continued…

Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Heart Healthy Summer Grilling Tips, Tools & Techniques