Category Archives: Tips, Tools & Techniques

For many years, coconut oil was deemed unhealthy and now you may have noticed it is frequently mentioned as a healthy diet addition. While coconut oil is high in saturated fat, it doesn’t seem to have the same artery clogging effect as saturated fats found in foods such as whole milk or fatty meats.   Studies show that coconut oil may help raise HDL cholesterol but be cautious because it may also raise LDL cholesterol. Coconut oil contains medium chain … continued…

Contests & Giveaways Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

Is there anything better than fresh summer blueberries? It’s that time of year again so make sure to stock your fridge and freezer so you can enjoy them now and later. Blueberries are a definite superfood, they are loaded with antioxidants, fiber, and the phytochemical resveratrol, the same one we recently discussed in our “Cheers to Good Health” wine post. There have been studies linking blueberry consumption with improvements in memory as well as blood circulation. Michigan and Maine are … continued…

Contests & Giveaways Healthy Habits Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

Have you ever wondered how to really clean fruits and vegetables? Whether you are buying organic produce from a local farmer or picking straight off the supermarket shelf, it’s important to make sure you are cleaning it well. Some fruits and veggies are more delicate than others so take special care when cleaning those.   Consider these tips when cleaning your produce: • Choose local – it will be picked closer to its peak of ripeness so less chemicals may … continued…

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Contests & Giveaways Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

Every now and then I feel I have to share some of my best finds. This post was inspired by something new (item number 1 below) that I now can’t live without — and got me thinking about other ways I’ve gone green over the years. “Going Green” is an ever-evolving process. I want to hear from you all about what new “green” products have made your own “must have” list.   1. Reusable Bags. We’re all getting these from … continued…

Barb Freda Contests & Giveaways 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