Category: Foods & Culinary

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Making Meat Tender Through Braising

It isn’t news that food prices are spiraling out of control. What makes it worse is that other living expenses are also climbing into the stratosphere, causing most families to look at their grocery budgets to see where they can make cuts to save money. While it’s necessary to take a hard line during these troubling financial times, you don’t want to have to...

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Kefir: What is It, Why Drink It, and How Do I Make It?

It used to be, those that talked about healthy bacteria and probiotics were the health nuts who lived on granola and fruits and vegetables. Now, even the main stream food manufacturers are picking up the concept and incorporating it into their foods. Yogurts like Yo-plus by Yoplait and Activa by Dannon have hit our store shelves in...

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Essential Herbs: Must-Haves For Any Home Kitchen

Americans are becoming increasingly conscious of their salt intake. In some cases it’s due to a chronic health condition like high blood pressure. However, many more Americans are learning to control how much salt they eat as part of a proactive approach to maintaining good health. Just because you salt your food less doesn’t mean it...

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Desserts On A Dime

This is the time of year when you find yourself having to entertain on a moment’s notice. Your first impulse may be to dash to a bakery and pick up some expensive confection. But before you put on your running shoes, why not try one of these desserts? They’re simple to put together and don’t cost...

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Cultured Veggies: A Homemade Guide

Like kefir, cultured veggies are another great way to get healthy bacteria into our digestive system. Cultured vegetables are similar to the Korean dish of Kimchi, but not as spicy. They tend to be “bitey”, like sauerkraut, and there is a little bit of a mental block to overcome when consuming them, considering how they’re made...

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Crock Pot Cookery

Energy efficiency is a topic on everyone’s mind these days. Americans are looking to trim energy use and cut costs anywhere they can. A large contributor to the amount of energy used in many homes is the electric stove. According to Unison, a company that delivers electricity to both consumers and businesses in New Zealand, an electric oven has an approximate...

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Creative Snacks

Ever get tired of the same old snacks? You can only eat chips or cookies so many days in a row. Not only that, but most of us are trying to eat healthier these days, and chips and cookies don’t exactly fall into the “healthy” category. Here are some different snack ideas that can satisfy both...

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Cooking by Feel

It is safe to say that I have never been a goddess in the kitchen. In fact, I would normally suggest that if I offer you something I’ve cooked, you’d probably be better off not eating it. I don’t enjoy cooking, and the things I cook rarely resemble anything edible. However, in recent months I’ve discovered...