cooking

Blanching is the process of quickly cooking fresh vegetables in boiling water or steam. It is recommended if you are going to freeze fresh vegetables. Blanching slows or stops the action of enzymes in vegetables that cause the loss of flavor, color and texture. It also rids the vegetables of surface organisms, brightens the color, … Read More

It’s been estimated that 50% of vitamins are lost in cooking. There are things you can do to lessen the loss. Microwaving is the kindest to vitamins – short cooking time, moderate heat and little water. Steaming is a close second. Stir-frying is also gentler on vitamins because it cuts down on water and vegetables … Read More

Alcohol adds flavor to recipes and tenderizes meats, but the substitutes recommended below can do the same. • For white wine, use an equal amount of white grape juice, apple juice or nonalcoholic wine. For every cup of marinade use ¾ cup juice + 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar or 2 tablespoons lemon juice. • … Read More

How do you eat more nutritiously and add flavor, too? Add a little butter or olive oil to cooked veggies. Adding a little fat helps the vitamins in veggies to be absorbed more efficiently. … Read More

According to a new statistics from the UN Food and Argiculture Organization, roughly one-third of the world’s food supply is lost or wasted. At a time when land, water and energy resources needed to feed a global population of 6.9 billion are increasingly limited, this loss is staggering. In developed countries, like the US, food … Read More

Alcohol adds flavor to recipes and tenderizes meats, but the substitutes recommended below can do the same. • For white wine, use an equal amount of white grape juice, apple juice or nonalcoholic wine. For every cup of marinade use ¾ cup juice + 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar or 2 tablespoons lemon juice. • … Read More

Sandwiches are the number 1 dinner entrée eaten at home according to a study reported in Progressive Grocer. Americans are into convenience. It’s the driving factor when it comes to food choices. And, nothing is simpler to make or eat than a sandwich. Didn’t most of us grow up on PB&J? Did you know there … Read More

The answer is, nobody! In a recent survey, just 10% of people said they spend an hour or more cooking, 61% spend 30 minutes or less and 10% can whip up a meal in 10 minutes flat. Maybe we need to give good eating a little more priority in our time stressed lives. … Read More

Did you know that tasting and snacking while you cook can add hundreds of calories to your intake? It can be especially tempting when you’re whipping up holiday treats. If you’re finding it a hard habit to break, try chewing gum while you cook–it will keep your mouth too busy for nibbles and licks. … Read More

We enjoy looking at new cookbooks. Some are great and become staples in our kitchen. Others don’t measure up. See what you think. The Earthbound Cook by Myra Goodman, founder of organic food grower Earthbound Farm, is a kitchen staple that will be used over and over again. The recipes have unique combinations of ingredients, … Read More