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One of the best way to get kids involved in eating well is to get them involved in creating well—cooking, I mean. They can see what goes into the dishes. They can develop some of their own preferences and even their own specialties—and the more they cook, the more they learn about good food and the joy of sitting down to a meal with family and friends. Two of my children are great cooks. I still remember my daughter picking … continued…

Barb Freda Tips, Tools & Techniques

Have you ever been browsing the grocery store and come across some strange produce? I love to go to big grocery stores (think Jungle Jims) and just look at some of the different fruits and vegetables and imagine how they grow and what I could do with them. I try to expose my kids to new foods but the same is true for us as adults, it’s important to try new things! Here’s just a sample of some of the … continued…

Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

Let’s make March the time to take stock and do some spring cleaning in the kitchen. Here are a few tasks for your list.   1. Check smoke alarm batteries. Fire departments everywhere try to remind us to change the batteries with the spring fall seasons… check your batteries and change ‘em.   2. Along the same safety line, think about adding a small fire extinguisher to your kitchen. Keep it handy below your sink or next to your range. … continued…

Barb Freda Tips, Tools & Techniques

I use wonton wrappers to escape making pasta, but if you like to make your own pasta sheets, by all means, do! The wonton wrappers are surprisingly easy to handle. One tip for any leftovers: if you have to store leftover ravioli, try to store them sauced in a single layer—they tend to stick together when stacked.   Prep time: About 25 minutes Cook time: About 20 minutes Makes about 32 ravioli   Sauce: 1 small onion, finely chopped 1 … continued…

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Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Healthy, Delicious Recipes Tips, Tools & Techniques

Somehow I let the holiday season roll by without giving you an idea of what I’m reading these days in the cookbook category. I am all over the place, but there are some new titles here and a perennial favorite or two that I keep pushing.   Tartine Book No.3 by Chad Robertson. Believe it or not, I cooked with Chad when he was still a student at CIA (that’s Culinary Institute of America). I’ve watched the great things that … continued…

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Barb Freda Tips, Tools & Techniques

We’ve all had peanut butter but did you know that there are many more choices besides crunchy or creamy when it comes to nut butters? Nut butters are a great source of protein and monounsaturated fat and can be used in many ways, including in the traditional PB&J.   Next time you are at the super market, look around the peanut butter section and you may be surprised at all of the other options. I picked up a few to … continued…

Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

Are you wondering about the latest craze of juicing and if it’s right for you? For many people, eating enough fruits and vegetables can be a struggle. Juicing advocates promote that it can increase weight loss, increase vitamin and mineral intake, and may help “cleanse” your body. Some of this may be true but there are also a few things to be cautious about. Just because you drink juices doesn’t mean you don’t need to eat fruits and vegetables too. … continued…

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Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

I love the combination of steak and eggs, but wanted to put a spin on it. The Steak and Egg Omelet was born (although, as one tester points out, isn’t that like saying steak and eggs and eggs? We like semantics in this house…). This is one of the best ways to use up leftover steak (we had leftover filet: even better) and made a great midnight snack for one hungry visiting son.   Prep time: 2 minutes Cook Time: … continued…

Steak and Eggs
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Tips, Tools & Techniques

I love sweet chocolate–and all kinds of chocolate, not just the bittersweet chocolate that is supposedly good for you. In fact, I like milk chocolate best of all. But that’s a treat. What doesn’t have to be a treat is chocolate in your savory dishes. You get all those antioxidant benefits and none of the “bad” stuff from a bar of chocolate.   Here are five sites to check out with ways to incorporate chocolate into your savory dishes:   … continued…

Barb Freda Holidays Tips, Tools & Techniques

Do you crave something crunchy to snack on? Potato chips are generally not a great choice because as we all know it’s hard to stop at just one! Popcorn is a great alternative as long as it’s prepared the right way and not drenched with butter.   It’s a pretty cool scientific experiment each time you make popcorn if you stop and think about it. The kernel has moisture sealed inside of it and when it is heated that causes … continued…

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