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Four Ways to Make Your Kitchen a More Enticing

The kitchen is my happy place.  And although I feel comfortable there, I know that may not be the case for everyone.  For some it can be an overwhelming place, a boring place.  For others, spending time in the kitchen is as a must do rather than I get to do – a chore to… Continue reading Four Ways to Make Your Kitchen a More Enticing

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Four Ways to Get More Veggies into Your Day… That Are Not Salads

91 percent of individuals living in the US do not meet the daily dietary recommendations for vegetable consumption (currently set at 2-3 cups, or 4-6 servings) and keep in mind, the recommended amount is simply the minimum for a body to function -- not necessarily the amount needed for optimal health.  Those who are malnourished,… Continue reading Four Ways to Get More Veggies into Your Day… That Are Not Salads

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Ingredient Spotlight: Zucchini

There are so many ways to eat zucchini. Its mild sweetness makes it a versatile ingredient in any kitchen.   It can be diced up and thrown into stews or soups, steamed as a simple side dish, roasted for a flavorful accompaniment at any meal.  It can be spiralized into noodles, sliced into planks, even shredded… Continue reading Ingredient Spotlight: Zucchini

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Ingredient Spotlight: Avocado

The creamy, buttery, decadent avocado.  It sure is versatile.  It can be used as a garnish or the main event; it can be mashed into a dip, blended into a drink, or sliced into a snack.  This mighty fruit sure can be delicious, and that deliciousness has been enjoyed for several thousand years.   The… Continue reading Ingredient Spotlight: Avocado

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How to Prepare More Meals at Home

What comes to mind when you think about your kitchen?  For me it is peaceful, tranquil, a stress reliever.  It brings me joy: where creativity is housed.   It is the place where both my belly and soul are nourished.  Not everyone shares those same emotions though. Not everyone sees a kitchen as a happy place. … Continue reading How to Prepare More Meals at Home

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Ingredient Spotlight: Shrimp

Cooking shrimp may seem a little daunting or scary at first.  They can be delicate to handle – temperature wise, overcooking can happen pretty quickly, and lets face: shrimp is not the cheapest source of protein.  Yet, once you become familiar with it, a shrimp dish becomes easy to execute (not to mention tasty).  Most… Continue reading Ingredient Spotlight: Shrimp

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Ingredient Spotlight: Coconut

The mighty coconut.  It harbors many uses in the kitchen.  The meat has been used in both sweet and savory preparations all over the world.  The milk and cream make for wonderful additions to just about any sauce, soup base, or dessert imaginable.  Its oil was the go-to cooking oil up to the invention of… Continue reading Ingredient Spotlight: Coconut

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Ingredient Spotlight: Raw Cacao

Although, nowadays many who think of chocolate tend to associate it with Belgium or Switzerland, the origin story of the mighty cacao bean is traced back to Mesoamerica.  The cacao most likely originated in Southern Mexico, where the Olmecs ground the beans with water to create a beverage.  Very little sweetener was used in those… Continue reading Ingredient Spotlight: Raw Cacao

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Ingredient Spotlight: Cauliflower

Cauliflower is part of the cruciferous family.  Named after the shape of the petals (the four petals resemble a cross or crucifix), cruciferous vegetables are known for the nutrient-dense properties (yay!).  A native of the Middle East, cauliflower made its way to Europe from Cyprus in the 16th century before being found in North America… Continue reading Ingredient Spotlight: Cauliflower

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Nutrient Spotlight: Sodium

Sodium is probably the most controversial nutrient.  For decades it has been closely associated with table salt (sodium chloride) and used interchangeably in everyday conversations.  Often vilified, sodium is usually portrayed as harmful and bad for human health.   However, sodium is a necessary part of a balanced diet.  It is needed for survival, and in… Continue reading Nutrient Spotlight: Sodium