Category Archives: Tips, Tools & Techniques

In honor of Egg Day, I thought it would only be fitting to talk about how to make the best hard-boiled egg. I figure you’ll be headed to more than one picnic with deviled eggs, right? So first the method, then five ideas to gussy up those deviled eggs.   The reason I’m writing about hard-boiled eggs is to save us all from the overcooked gray/green yolks that so many people get–yolks so hard and gray they might double as … continued…

Barb Freda Entertaining Ideas Summer Grilling Tips, Tools & Techniques

Last Spring we talked about the importance of good exercise shoes in the post “Exercise Shoes: More than an Accessory.” In that post we learned that shoes should be replaced every 350-500 miles (depending on what you are doing and how much you weigh). If you primarily exercise outside, you know that your shoes can get dirty well before it is time to replace them, so here is a great way to clean them so they look like you just … continued…

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DIY Fitness Judy Eggebeen Tips, Tools & Techniques

Garlic – I love it so much and apparently so does the rest of the world because April 19th has been declared National Garlic Day. Garlic is a member of the onion family, if you’ve ever opened a fresh garlic and shallot then you won’t be surprised that they are cousins. It is generally planted in the fall and harvested the next summer. The cloves of the garlic are most often used but you can actually eat almost all of … continued…

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Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

Here are some tips–some from the pros, some just smart–to make working in the kitchen easier. I’ve learned them the hard way! You just have to read them here.   1. Cook bacon in the oven, never in a skillet on the stovetop. Use a pan with a rim (like a jelly roll pan). Lay bacon rashers (I love that word) out in a single layer…they can touch each other, but only just. Bake at about 375°F until done to … continued…

Barb Freda Tips, Tools & Techniques

As a pediatric dietitian, one of the most common questions parents ask is how to tackle picky eating. If you have ever had a meal with a child then chances are you have encountered the frustrations of picky eating. When I had children, I vowed that they would not be picky. Unfortunately I am now eating my own words because my 3 year old has become quite picky! A few weeks ago I decided it was time to go to … continued…

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Healthy Habits Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

This topic is evergreen. I feel the need to revisit it at least once a year, often after I’ve come close to setting the place on fire. Most recently I set a plastic box (it was a lovely storage box for the mandolin you see me using in the eggplant and meatball recipe from Monday’s post) down too close to the open flame. I have a gas cooktop… it melted the plastic, ruining the box and reminding me I need … continued…

Barb Freda Tips, Tools & Techniques

There are a few kitchen truths in this world. Keep your knives sharp and your cast-iron skillet oiled. Never cut vegetables on the board you just cut your meat on. Red wine goes with everything. And you should always have a few quick meals available from your pantry for nights when you just can’t think about what’s for dinner. So here are four meals you will almost always find in my kitchen, meals that never make my family feel as … continued…

Barb Freda Tips, Tools & Techniques

Let me just say, I love Easter. I have since I was a kid. There’s just something about finding a basket full of goodies and running around hunting for eggs. Speaking of eggs, I stepped up my game and have been trying new dyeing and decorating techniques; and I’d like to share a few. Let me preface this by saying I hard boil all my eggs first. You can use whatever method you prefer. I do it the way my … continued…

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DIY Foodie Crafts Holidays Pam Freeman Tips, Tools & Techniques

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a dietitian and a nutritionist? How would you find a dietitian? Would your health insurance cover a visit? Could a dietitian even help you? Well you’re in luck, today is Registered Dietitian day so I’m going to clear up any confusion you might have!   A Registered Dietitian (RD) is someone that has a Bachelor’s degree in a nutrition related field, has completed an accredited internship program, and has passed a … continued…

Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annually declares March as National Nutrition Month. This year’s theme is “Get Your Plate in Shape.” Most of us would love to get our bodies in shape but the key to doing that is to start with your plate. Here are some changes to getting your plate in top shape: • Choose a smaller plate size. Consider using a saucer instead of a dinner plate. Research indicates that our plate size has increased 36% … continued…

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Healthy Habits Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques