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Make Your Own Brown Sugar
September 24, 2014 • Posted by Jessica Wald

There are plenty of everyday ingredients that we buy in-stores and never think to make at home. Brown sugar is one of those ingredients! With just 2 simple steps you can have this staple ready to put in your cakes, cookies and more.

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Homemade Steak Rub
September 5, 2014 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

Homemade spice mixes are a great way to explore your creativity in the kitchen. A tasty blend can make any steak, roast or chicken go from good to great. But why stop there? You can make your own spice mixes for stews, popcorn, tacos, seafood and more. Impress your family with a blend they can’t resist.

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Jamaican Jerk
August 11, 2014 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

It’s easy to let your mind wander off to sandy beaches, palm trees and relaxing music. All of these summer pleasures remind us of Jamaica. The dancing, the reggae, the patois and the people are the only exciting cultural aspects of the island. Our personal favorite lies within their cuisine.

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Homemade Mayonnaise – Food Processor Method
July 16, 2014 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Homemade mayonnaise is something many of us wouldn't have very often if we had to make it by hand, but a food processor makes it easy to whip up a fresh batch anytime. If you have concerns about consuming raw eggs, this recipe is for you. It calls for heating the eggs just enough to kill any salmonella bacteria.

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Can Babies Have Olive Oil?
June 24, 2014 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

If you’re wondering whether or not olive oil is safe for your baby, stop wondering. This nutrient-rich oil has a ton of health benefits you don’t want your baby to miss out on!

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Cooking Up Couscous
June 20, 2014 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

Have you been missing out on this inexpensive yet very filling pantry essential? If so, it’s certainly time to make a change. Couscous, known for its North African origins, is tiny pasta usually made of wheat. Traditionally it’s served over meat or vegetable stew but couscous is a very versatile side dish.

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Mushrooms for Baby
June 19, 2014 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

Switch it up from the basic first foods of fruits and vegetables by adding mushroom into your baby’s diet. This immune-boosting veggie contains vitamin D, vitamin C, B vitamins, iron, potassium, protein, and other nutrients along with powerful antioxidants. Not to mention, mushrooms are definitely tasty!

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National Strawberry Month
May 21, 2014 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

Happy National Strawberry Month! Since April – June are the peak months of strawberry season, it’s only right that May is the month to acknowledge this amazing fruit. Did you know that strawberries aren't actually berries, but aggregate fruits?

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Yogurt for Baby
May 15, 2014 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

Adults love, love, love some yogurt! Yogurt bars, yogurt smoothies, froyo. You name it! Things just taste so much better when made with delicious treats. Raising a foodie baby? Yogurt is certainly the snack to introduce. It’s not only tasty, but filled with all the good stuff baby needs to grow healthy and strong.

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Weeknight Pork Chops
May 1, 2014 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Boneless pork loin chops, like the ubiquitous boneless chicken breasts, are sure to become a pantry staple you will have in your freezer at all times once you discover how versatile they are. They lend themselves well to the fancy dinner party or the easy work-night meal.

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More Than Just a Garnish – Parsley
April 29, 2014 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

We don’t often stop to think about the pretty green garnish at the top of our tasty soup. When it comes to parsley, our way of thinking may be preventing us from experiencing the great flavor and nutrients it has to offer.

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5 Best Greens For Smoothies
April 15, 2014 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

Leafy greens are definitely stars when it comes to nutritious value. They are great additions to smoothies when you’re looking for a quick health boost, but why stick to just one? Don’t miss out of the benefits of other greens you may not have thought of. Here’s our list of the top five greens for smoothies!

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Gluten-Free for You and Your Toddler
April 11, 2014 • Posted by Alexandra Supel

People who suffer from celiac disease tend to have a difficult time creating gluten-free recipes to meet their needs.  Gluten is a protein composite found in wheat, barley, and rye and is used in some form in most meals—from pasta to bread to oatmeal and all other delicious carb-full treats.  Although it is difficult to maintain such a diet, you don’t have to eliminate delicious meals or stick to only a select few recipes.  Time to diversify!

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Kale- The Sturdy Superfood
March 10, 2014 • Posted by Alexandra Supel

Have you heard all the fuss about kale? Everyone is talking about it and for good reasons—it’s one of the healthiest veggies out there!

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Substituting Starch with Cauliflower
February 20, 2014 • Posted by Christina Fong

If you aren't already aware of it, one of the best kept secrets of the low starch dieting community is cauliflower.

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Making Yogurt Yummy for Baby
February 11, 2014 • Posted by Christina Fong

Baby food doesn't have to be synonymous with blandness, and plain yogurt is...well, plain. When it comes to sweetening your baby's yogurt experience, go natural with fruits.

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Trade Up Fruits For Veggies With Savory Oatmeal
January 8, 2014 • Posted by Ankita Satija

When you picture oatmeal, it usually brings to mind an image of a bowl strewn with blueberries and cream. However, did you know that giving oatmeal a savory element can also be revitalizing and delicious?

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How To Make Your Own Pasta
December 27, 2013 • Posted by Ankita Satija

You may have never considered creating your own rendition of this feel-good treat, but fortunately it’s a skill you’ll keep handy forever.

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4 Super Foods For Super Health
December 5, 2013 • Posted by Ankita Satija

Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean tracking down obscure ingredients. Many “super foods”, or foods high in nutrients, are everyday ingredients whose nutritious value might surprise you.

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Keen On Quinoa
November 29, 2013 • Posted by Ankita Satija

Rice and grains are some of the most common ingredients in comfort food – they’re the perfect complement to many entrées and they fill you up oh-so-nicely. However, have you been introduced to rice’s healthy cousin, quinoa?

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Drip Coffee, Perfected
November 21, 2013 • Posted by Priya Koshy

Skip the mile-long waiting lines and have your own barista brew the perfect cup of Joe right at home! Here’s how to ensure your home-brewed coffee tastes just as delicious as coffee shop java.

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A Healthier Cup of Coffee
November 4, 2013 • Posted by Priya Koshy

For many of us, one of the highlights of the day is beginning the morning with a cup o’ joe.

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Just "Beet" It
October 7, 2013 • Posted by Kalie Vitt

Beets are wonderfully rich in both color and taste. Their sweet taste comes from their high sugar content, but that doesn’t mean beets aren’t healthy. Beets actually belong to the same family as spinach, chard and quinoa, which have increasingly justified themselves being listed as some of the world’s healthiest foods.

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The Potato
October 1, 2013 • Posted by Kalie Vitt

Potatoes are the number 1 leading vegetable crop in the United States and are available year round. Due to how easily the crop is grown, potatoes have become a very popular dietary staple. Not only is the potato low in fat and high in fiber, but potatoes also have more potassium than a banana and are packed with high amounts of vitamin C and B vitamins among other nutrients.

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Baby's First Spinach Meal
September 11, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

As adults we enjoy spinach in a variety of meals from pasta to dip! It’s easy to make, healthy and it tastes great. But why do adults get to reap all of its benefits? Let your baby get in on the fun!

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6 Healthy Energy-Boosters
September 5, 2013 • Posted by Kalie Vitt

If you couldn’t quite make time for those 7-8 hours of sleep last night or you just need a little pick-me-up, we’ve made a list of 6 healthy foods and drinks that will not only boost your energy-levels but will also help lift your mood.

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Natural Remedies to Soothe a Fussy Baby
August 28, 2013 • Posted by Kalie Vitt

Natural remedies are the oldest form of medicine and have continued to remain popular for many reasons. Natural ingredients are favored for being inexpensive, clean and easy to find.

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5 Tips for Cooking With Wine
August 20, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

Wine is a culinary pleasure that many people enjoy drinking and cooking with. However, some people don’t realize it’s not the actual taste of the wine that makes it a great addition to dishes but its ability to enhance the flavor of food.

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Healthy Baking Substitutes
July 31, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

Baking is certainly easy to love but most of us feel the guilt after indulging in one of our homemade treats. Many of us are trying to lose weight, lower cholesterol and make many other healthy life changes. What if I told you there were ways to make your baked goods healthier without sacrificing flavor, texture or anything in between?

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What Foods Don't Belong in the Refrigerator?
June 21, 2013 • Posted by Christina Fong

While it’s a natural impulse to refrigerate all your food, it’s not necessary for all of them! Learn more about what foods prefer your pantry rather than your refrigerator.

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5 Foods That Will Never Go Bad
June 3, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

We are all very used to checking the expiration date on all of our foods. No one wants to get sick, waste money, or forget to use something that’s expiring very soon. There are plenty of foods, probably the majority, which you shouldn't eat after they've been around for a while, but there are a select few that will always be edible even after they've been around for years.

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Drink Your Fill of Veggies
May 17, 2013 • Posted by Christina Fong

While we aren’t saying our juice recipes will turn the most passionate vegetable naysayers into overnight fans, they may just make the veggie-intake a little easier.

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Serving Up A Side of Scallion Pancakes
May 3, 2013 • Posted by Christina Fong

Let’s not get into the technicalities of the differences between green onions, spring onions, and scallions. All we know is scallions are delicious, and now that it’s spring, we’ve entered peak scallion season. 

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Vegan Avocado Alfredo
April 24, 2013 • Posted by Rebecca Marber

Usually, when we think avocado, we think guacamole. But avocado can be used for more things than you might think.

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Homemade Apple Pancakes for Baby
April 5, 2013 • Posted by Christina Fong

Raw, baked, pureed—we love apples any way we can have them and so does your baby, most likely. Apple sauce is among the most popular baby foods, after all.

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Sweet Potatoes: Get Every Bang for your Bite
March 19, 2013 • Posted by Rebecca Marber

Sure, plain old potatoes are vegetables. We tell ourselves this when we want to justify that bag of chips or plate full of french fries. In reality, white potatoes lack significant nutrition and have even been banned from many school cafeterias. Sweet potatoes, on the other hand, have been proven to deliver a number of health benefits. When it comes to picking your potatoes, it’s best to follow the vegetable rule of thumb: the more colorful, the better.

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Fall in Love with Chia Seeds
March 15, 2013 • Posted by Rebecca Marber

The health food world can’t stop talking about these little things called chia seeds. But what are chia seeds, you may wonder, and what do they do for us?

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What Is Fennel?
March 1, 2013 • Posted by Christina Fong

Those who have looked upon it say it has the bulbs of an onion topped with celery-like-stalks and a feathery green carrot top, but this mystery vegetable is no mystery at all.

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Common Soup Thickeners
February 15, 2013 • Posted by Christina Fong

Signs of warmer weather might be bringing some of you out of your winter funk but it doesn’t mean it’s the end of soup season!

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Cauliflower Crust Pizza
February 5, 2013 • Posted by Rebecca Marber

If you’re like me, you can never say no to possibly the greatest food temptress: a slice (or so) of warm, cheesy pizza. Unfortunately I realize that ordering a pie in for dinner every night isn’t quite the best option for keeping a healthy diet. So, when I heard about a pizza crust made primarily out of cauliflower, I thought to myself: could it be? A pizza variation that is equally delicious as is healthy?

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Must-Have Sauces and Spices for Any Asian Dish
January 25, 2013 • Posted by Christina Fong

If you want to incorporate a lot more Asian flavors into your cooking, a well-stocked pantry is the first step.

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New Year, New Diet
January 6, 2013 • Posted by Katie Marber

While certain guidelines may not seem revolutionary or shocking, such simple diet ideas may have fallen by the wayside as 2012 came to a close. For those who do not know where to begin, these five suggestions can help.

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Rudolph's Candy Cane Ice Cream Cake
December 10, 2012 • Posted by Katie Marber

There’s just something about this time of the year that makes joyful songs play louder, busy days seem shorter, irritable neighbors act nicer, and, of course, desserts taste sweeter! This year, for an exceptionally sweet treat that your kids will love, try Rudolph’s Candy Cane Ice Cream Cake!

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Oh So Sweet Potato Fries
October 25, 2012 • Posted by Christina Fong

If you’re stocking up on Fall produce, then sweet potatoes should definitely be in your pantry.

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Cinnamon Apple Caramel Bites
September 24, 2012 • Posted by Katie Marber

Take advantage of the quintessential fruit of the season while making use of what’s stored away in the pantry. Try this fun twist on an autumn favorite, Cinnamon Apple Caramel Bites, that the family will love creating as much as they will love eating them!

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Get Your (Fruit) Jam On!
September 7, 2012 • Posted by Christina Fong

The end is coming! For summer that is. What better way to celebrate your seasonal fruits by cooking up a lovely jam you and your baby will undoubtedly salivate over?

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How to Pull a Party out of Your Pantry
August 28, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Sometimes the best parties are the ones that happen unexpectedly. Are you at a loss when friends drop in, or are you the host who can turn any unannounced visit into an occasion?

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Get Back to Your Roots
August 24, 2012 • Posted by Vivian Manning-Schaffel

With the Fall season on our doorstep, fresh root veggies abound and make great staples for a new eater's diet. They taste sweet, puree to a smooth consistency, and have few allergens - all good attributes for a baby's first food.

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Quick and Easy Spoon Rolls
August 9, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Though tasty, traditional spoon rolls are more like a muffin in texture. So I started experimenting and came up with a much more flavorful version that has the proper yeast dough texture.

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Cool Summer Salad - Cucumbers and Cream
August 2, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Hot foods, whether hot off the grill or spicy hot, call for a cooling accent on the summer table. Cucumbers are the natural choice for summer salads, and this one is quick and easy.

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Eating with the Seasons
July 26, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Buying local, or at least, domestic produce grown as close to home as possible is better for you and the planet. The old adage “good things are worth waiting for” is especially true when it comes to seasonal produce.

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Butternut Squash Risotto
July 19, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

After a few months of warm-weather favorites, we start craving some of the dishes we’ll be making when the days shorten and cool. Butternut squash can be found at farmers markets toward the end of summer and is available through winter.

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Chill Out with Lemon Sherbet
July 6, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

The sherbets of my childhood were of the store-bought variety, tasty enough but overly sweet and filled with various artificial additives, the most obvious being the food coloring. If you have an ice cream maker, you can make your own frozen desserts using all wholesome ingredients.

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Pasta-bilities
June 28, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Universally appealing, pasta is inexpensive, versatile, convenient and deliciously satisfying. Though we often see it drowning in sauce, experts agree that pasta should be just coated.

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Essential Herb Garden
June 21, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Dried herbs are convenient and even preferred over fresh in some applications. But there are times when only fresh will do.

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Give Peas a Chance
June 14, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Whether you grow your own peas or buy them fresh, they are a special treat to be enjoyed for a brief season. Fortunately, frozen peas are the one frozen vegetable that can truly be said to rival fresh in many dishes. And pea salad is definitely one of those dishes!

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Mommy and Me: Finger Foods
June 4, 2012 • Posted by Christina Fong

After about eight or nine months, your baby will have the motor skills to not only throw food at the wall but in their mouth. Sure, you can rejoice in the fact that you no longer have to fight to spoon feed them but why not join in on the finger food merriment?

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A Peach of a Dessert
May 23, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

The sweet juiciness of a perfectly ripe peach makes it ideal for a summertime dessert. Don’t just grab the first peaches you see, though. To pass as dessert, the peaches must be perfect. But... How can you tell?

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Spice Rack Basics
May 10, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Eventually every cook winds up with dozens and dozens of herbs and spices—some that are used just one time, then left to gather dust for a few years until it finally feels okay to toss them. It takes a while to discover which ones are going to play a big, and ongoing, role in one’s cooking repertoire.

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9 Food Safety Tips
April 29, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Whether you’re going to a potluck or a picnic or hosting a food-filled indoor occasion at home, following a few simple steps will keep you and your fellow diners safe from foodborne illness.

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Eggs 101: Hard-Boiled Eggs and Deviled Eggs
April 2, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Eggs can make a fast-but-real meal any time of day. Whether it's a fried egg for breakfast, a scrambled egg for dinner or a hard-boiled egg for lunch on the run, an egg packs a lot of nutrition into a very small package.

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A Well-Equipped Kitchen Makes Cooking a Breeze
March 16, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Whether you're just starting to equip your first kitchen or you've been cooking for a long time and feeling frustrated at not having just the right tool for every task, a list can be helpful. Think about the foods you usually cook and the recipes you would like to add to your repertoire, and make note of the equipment needed.

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Easy Homemade Granola
February 26, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Homemade granola is the only way to go for those of us who find all the store-bought granola far too sweet. This granola is even-textured, great for parfaits, doesn't make big clusters. Making clusters takes sugar, and quite a lot of it.

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Belgian Waffles for Brunch
February 20, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Belgian waffles are easy to make, but might take a bit more time than we can spare on a busy weekday morning. Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, they’re a clear favorite for a leisurely weekend breakfast or brunch.

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The Gluten-Free Pantry
January 13, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

People in greater numbers than ever before are discovering they have an allergy or sensitivity to gluten. Whether it’s a slight sensitivity or full-blown celiac disease, it calls for a complete overhaul of the pantry.

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The Holiday Pantry
November 30, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Right around this time of year, there’s lots of talk about making a list and checking it twice. When it comes to holiday baking, this is especially wise advice. Before you preheat the oven, add these ingredients to your shopping list, and you’ll be ready for almost any recipe that catches your eye during this busy baking season.

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Apple of My Eye
September 18, 2011 • Posted by Marisa McClellan

Last year, one of my favorite orchards offered an incredible deal. For just $20, they’d let you fill a half-bushel crate of apples up to the very top. That’s approximately 25 pounds of apples. Being one who cannot resist the allure of a good deal, I indulged in this bargain.

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Preserving Tomatoes: Tomato Ginger Jam
August 23, 2011 • Posted by Winnie Abramson

Ever since I started growing my own tomatoes, I looked forward to making tomato jam each summer. I make all sorts of salads, salsas, and sauces, too, but there's just something magical about this jam: the spices and the ginger make it reminiscent of an Indian chutney, but it's thick, perfectly sweet, and spreadable.

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Tomatillos: Salsa Verde
August 18, 2011 • Posted by Ethan Adeland

Show me someone who has never heard of salsa verde (green salsa) and I will show you someone who will fall in love with the taste of it as soon as they give it a try.

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Cold Peach & Mint Soup
August 16, 2011 • Posted by Ethan Adeland

I know, I know, cold soups aren't for everyone. But I've found that most people don't like the idea of a cold soup because they haven't actually tried it.

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Corn on the Cob 101
July 30, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Farmers’ markets were not a full-time affair growing up, so in the off-season, most of our vegetables came from a can. Come summertime, though, I remember by mom rifling through mounds of fresh-picked corn on the cob. She’d gently pull back the husks to peek at the top kernels, making sure it was worth the asking price. Try doing that today, and your friendly farmer may start giving you the evil eye.

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In Season: Eggplant
July 21, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

I’ve been eating seasonally for some time now, and it certainly has its advantages. Every veggie and bite of fruit is bursting with flavor, having only been picked hours before, generally within 100 to 150 miles of where I live. The downside to this approach means I haven’t had eggplant parmigiana in the winter in about five years.

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Egg-free Homemade Pasta
July 1, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

One perk of my job as a food editor is getting a sneak peek at cookbooks before they hit shelves. While browsing through a new Italian one scheduled for release this fall, I was reminded there’s more than one way to make pasta at home. We often rely on eggs to make pasta at home, but there’s good news if you’re allergic to eggs. Next time you’re in the supermarket, read one of the labels and you’ll see most boxed pasta are made with semolina flour and water, not an egg in site. You can make this at home too.

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A Berry Easy Dessert
June 27, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Here in New York, we wait for the short window of time when strawberries come into season. While the hope is that each batch is filled with juicy, sweet berries, it’s inevitable that some need a little help. My solution for the tart berries in the bunch is to make jam. Recently, I realized if I took this one step further, I could have a tasty way to the beat the heat too with homemade strawberry frozen yogurt.

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A Fresh Take on Zucchini
June 8, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Every week I’m greeted with sightings of old favorites making a comeback at the farmers’ market. Recently, I blinked and rubbed my eyes in surprise to see the first zucchini of the season. June has snuck up on me, though, so perhaps it shouldn’t have been a surprise at all.

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Sweet Pea Pesto
June 3, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Rhubarb was the first sign of spring, its ruby stalks brightening up the rows of root vegetables at the farmers’ market. Now strawberries have made their presence known too. Before long, sweet peas will also be in abundance—I already spied a few, but they were expensive. Thankfully I have one last bag of fresh-frozen peas from last year’s harvest. I’m happy I planned ahead too, though a bag of frozen peas from the supermarket is perfectly fine in a pinch.

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A Savory Summer
May 19, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Before summer rears its hot, humid head, there are some winter dishes I’m not ready to bid adieu. While strolling the market a few months ago, I happened upon a pile of onions. Actually, it was more like tripped over them. Anyone who’s spent a winter season in the northeast knows January is the land of root vegetables and tubers.

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Make Every Day Earth Day
April 22, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Reduce, reuse and recycle is how I normally approach life. Each day, week, and month, I build on that philosophy as I learn new ways to lessen my family’s carbon footprint. The same can easily be applied to food. Before you scrape leftovers into the trashcan, think about how you can make them into something delicious again.

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A Better Butter
April 6, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Recently, at a local restaurant, my friends and I enjoyed the salted molasses butter that arrived in a tiny pot. One taste, and the oohs and ahhs flowed so freely, you’d have thought we were looking at baby pictures. Someone said “I wonder how you’d make it at home”. I promptly replied it’s easy—just whirl some softened butter with molasses and salt in a food processor. Turns out I was right...

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A Hint of Spring
March 17, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Four years ago this spring, my husband and I took a long awaited honeymoon to Venice. We hadn’t called it that officially, but with an almost three year old, we realized it was time for a kid-free getaway. Family graciously stepped in and our daughter was in good for care with her nana, uncles and aunts while we strolled the narrow, often confusing streets of one of the most romantic cities in the world.

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Quick & Easy Italian Flatbread
March 5, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

A few weeks ago I mentioned on twitter that I was making Italian-style quesadillas. Within minutes someone in Tuscany replied they really have a dish in Italy called piadina, and it’s very similar to what I was preparing for dinner. All it took was a few clicks and keystrokes, and bingo, the homemade flour tortillas I usually make just needed a few tweaks to become a quick and easy Italian flatbread.

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The Heat is On
February 23, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

The truth is there isn’t one definitive reason for high obesity rates or nutritionally void food choices. Schedules are busier than ever, processed foods are cheap, placed front and center at supermarkets—it’s a perfect storm of sorts. The most important change you can make to beat this battle of the bulge is to simply get cooking.

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How To Make Oat Flour
January 27, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

I’ve never been one for resolutions, but as 2010 faded into my memory, I awoke with the goal of getting more whole grains into my family’s eating habits. Since I’m the head cook in our house, that is a very doable resolution. I’ve dabbled in whole wheat flours for years, but had never been wowed by any recipe to make it twice.

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Cabin Fever
January 24, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

The holiday may be over, but these fragrant, spice-scented muffins are the perfect treat year-round with an icy glass of milk for the kids—and hot cup of coffee for mom.

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A Real Steel
January 20, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Oatmeal is one of those foods I didn’t fully appreciate until adulthood. My early introductions were granules poured from a packet and mixed with water. I know instant oatmeal is a booming business, but it doesn’t qualify as the real thing, and in my case turned me off the delicious nutty grain for a good 20 years

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A Better Resolution
January 10, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

I remember the first, and only, time I’d ever sipped fresh-made almond milk. It was a palate-opening experience, and I longed to recreate it at home. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was.

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Cooking Under Pressure
January 6, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Winter is all about braising, but truth be told, I don’t have patience for traditional stew recipes. In less than 30 minutes, you’ll be ready to dig into a hearty meal simply by using a pressure cooker

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Crafty “Cooking”
December 16, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

When people hear homemade during the holidays, thoughts jump to gingerbread and sugar cookies. While those are fun to both give and receive, some gifts needn’t require turning on the oven. In fact, everyday household ingredients and kitchen “scraps” can be given a second life without stepping foot near a compost. All you need is a food processor and some imagination.

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Latkes 101
December 2, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

This week, Jewish homes around the world will be frying up latkes, also known as potato pancakes, in celebration of Hanukkah. Some foods are so delicious, though, they should be enjoyed year-round, and by everyone regardless of religion.

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Back to School
September 24, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

School lunch. In a perfect world, childhood nutrition would be a budget priority. All our kids would have access to healthful, tasty meals in their own school cafeterias. Until then, here are some time-tested tips for packing a healthy lunch your kids will actually eat.

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Under Pressure
September 15, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Between homework, shuttling to afterschool activities and playdates, dinner seems to be an elusive task this time of year. So what’s a busy person to do when they want home-cooking to be a regular part of their routine? The answer is as easy as investing in a pressure cooker.

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Breakfast for Dinner
September 7, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

I love eggs. My kids love eggs. Besides their great taste, there are plenty of reasons to include eggs in a balanced diet. At a mere 68 calories, a single one delivers more than 5 grams of protein and generous amounts of essential amino acids. If you’re worried about cholesterol, take heart that as with any food, eating them in moderation can be a good thing.

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A New Brew
July 29, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

It’s ironic that most people need a cup of coffee to get going, yet putting up a pot requires a caffeine-energy boost. A good answer to this early morning java dilemma is cold-brewed coffee. Just set up a pot of French press with ground coffee and water from your Cuisinart CleanWater, and all you’ll need to do in the a.m. is pour and enjoy.

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Farro: Whole Grain Goodness
June 21, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

I love white rice, and so do my daughters. I’m pretty sure they’d eat a bowl of it every night if left to their own devices. Since moderation is key, it’s important to find more nutritional grains to help satisfy their regular appetite for grains. Right now, I’d like to introduce you to a new staple to stock in your pantry: farro.

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Tale of Two Mayos
June 17, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

It’s the small things we tend to take most for granted. The same can be said about garnishes and condiments. Take mayonnaise for example. Even high-end sandwich shops use the standard jarred stuff, lavishing all the attention on the main ingredients. Being a purist, I set out recently to make mayonnaise from scratch.

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Banana Split, Coming Right Up!
June 10, 2010 • Posted by Rebecca Marber

Are you one of those people who just can’t resist ice cream? Are you sick of feeling guilty for finishing that pint all by yourself? Not to worry, there is a solution, and it lets you eat as much ice cream as you want without thinking twice!

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The Lean Green Smoothie Machine
June 3, 2010 • Posted by Rebecca Marber

In the early morning hours our metabolisms are just as sluggish as the rest of our bodies. So why make their jobs more difficult by feeding them complex carbs that are harder to digest? Before overloading your system with pancakes, waffles, and bagels, try drinking one of my Lean Green Smoothies to bring you energy that will get your day going in the right direction.

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Jam Session
April 30, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

I’m crazy about rhubarb and you should be too. Since it appeared last week, I’ve been making muffins mostly. Now I’m moving onto jam and decided to kick off the 2010 canning season. I decided to add in some frozen wild blueberries left from last year’s harvest. The result was a not-too-sweet jam perfect for toasted bread or warmed and spooned over Sunday brunch pancakes.

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Springtime Brunch
April 23, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Each passing weekend, I find myself competing for parking at the local farmer’s market. As the weather grows warmer and spring crops appear, everyone is ready to head outdoors from a long winter of root vegetables. While it does mean I have to set my alarm on a Saturday, the early wake up call means I also get to the market before the crowds and can have first pick of spring’s new arrivals.

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Wok This Way
March 19, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Wok cooking is a tasty solution to beating the clock and enjoying more time for fun in the sun as the weather warms up. Here are some of time-tested tricks for making stir-fries.

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