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Wrap it Up and Tame the Morning Chaos

POSTED: September 17, 2019
Are you stuck in a rut when it comes to breakfast?   Do you keep telling yourself that you want to eat a better breakfast to prevent that mid-morning sluggishness?   Or maybe you would ...

Impress Your Guests With These Tailgating Tips

POSTED: September 10, 2019
As we head into mid-September, autumn is rapidly approaching (even if the weather in your area may not feel like it yet!).  This, of course, means fall festivals, family trips to the pumpkin ...

What’s the dill?

POSTED: August 6, 2019
Pickles are REAL food, right? Aren’t they just cucumbers, spices and some pickling liquid? Unfortunately, it's not quite that simple when it comes to buying jarred pickles.   Have you ever ...

Have You Tried This 5 Minute Flavor Enhancer?

POSTED: July 23, 2019
Want a super-simple way to add another level of flavor and texture to your meals? No fancy equipment required, and it can be done in a matter of minutes!  You can even delegate this simple task ...


POSTED: June 4, 2019
We recently asked some family and friends what they thought about pesto.  The response… ”you mean that green stuff?” That made us think a coaching tip on pesto might be helpful! If you already ...

The Magical Fruit…

POSTED: May 28, 2019
"Beans, beans, the magical fruit"... we all know the rest of this, right?! Why beans? Beans are a nutritional powerhouse, but are sometimes under appreciated.  Beans of all kinds provide an ...

Thyme to Grow!

POSTED: April 30, 2019
Fresh basil at your fingertips? Mint growing just a few steps away from your kitchen? Growing fresh herbs at home is a excellent way to add tremendous flavor to your meals, boost your nutrients ...

Can Pizza Really Be Healthy?

POSTED: January 15, 2019
Let’s face it…pizza is one of America’s favorite foods. It’s quick, it’s convenient and it’s a staple at most get-togethers. It is reported that the average American eats 23 pounds of pizza every ...

No More Intimidation!

POSTED: December 18, 2018
Picture it... the perfect poached egg with a runny yolk and perfectly set egg white. Your fork slices through it and the yolk magically coats your toast, roasted or sautéed vegetables, pasta, or ...

The Real Reason You Should Eat Avocado Toast

POSTED: October 16, 2018
It's ridiculously simple. It requires no recipe. It can be one of life’s simplest pleasures. And, it's ideal for breakfast, lunch, a mid-afternoon snack or any time of the day. If you haven't ...

Does Your Pumpkin Spice Come From the Farm or the Factory?

POSTED: October 9, 2018
Does the thought of "pumpkin spice season" have you feeling like a kid on Christmas morning?   It used to start making an appearance with the beginning of cooler temperatures and the first ...

How to Eat Healthy in the Chaos of Daily Life

POSTED: August 21, 2018
It's hard to believe it's that time again... ...back to school! If you have kids headed back to school, the routine that comes with it can be great, but it also can mean more chaos!  Between ...

Another Example of Why Reading The Ingredients is So Important

POSTED: August 7, 2018
It still amazes us how often we run across foods that are NOT what they appear to be. In this week’s coaching tip, we are going to pick on enchilada sounds so simple, right?  You may ...

Another Under-Appreciated Kitchen Tool…

POSTED: July 24, 2018
In the past, we have shared some of our favorite kitchen gadgets, and there is another kitchen tool that is close to our hearts... ...the immersion blender!   Someone recently told us, "I ...

The Original Non-Stick Skillet

POSTED: June 12, 2018
Do you own a cast iron skillet? If so, do you use it all the time or is it sitting lonely in one of your cabinets? Cast iron skillets can be extremely useful in the kitchen, but can also raise a ...

Your Worries Will Disappear with This No Fuss Breakfast

POSTED: June 5, 2018
Hakuna Frittata!   Frittata.  Sounds fancy, doesn’t it?   If you have no idea what a frittata is, you are not alone.  For many years, we thought it was a complicated, fancy and ...

Choosing Seafood 101

POSTED: May 8, 2018
Let's be honest, for those of us who don't live on the coast, it can be challenging to find high-quality, fresh seafood... ...many of us aren't exactly surrounded by fresh-water oceans, bays and ...

An Oat is an Oat is an Oat

POSTED: March 13, 2018
They are nutritious, taste great, can be transformed into sweet AND savory meals, and are versatile enough to be enjoyed for any meal of the day. Plus, they are easy to prepare and very ...

Every Bottle Has a Story

POSTED: February 13, 2018
Happy Valentine's Day!  Last week, we provided tips on how to prepare the perfect steak for your loved one.  Since you are likely preparing a wonderful meal at home or enjoying a meal at a ...

The Perfect Steak

POSTED: February 6, 2018
As promised a couple of weeks ago, we want to follow up on our coaching tip regarding the Maillard reaction and provide some guidance on... to cook the perfect steak! With Valentine's Day ...

Chemical Reactions in Your Kitchen?!

POSTED: January 23, 2018
Have you ever wondered why veggies taste so good when they are roasted?     Or why bread smells so good when it is baking?   And, "what's the point of searing a roast before you ...

Salads Aren’t Just For Summer!

POSTED: January 16, 2018
What is the best salad you have ever eaten? Take a second to think about it. You may be thinking of a summer salad with fresh, in-season tomatoes, cucumbers, romaine lettuce, basil and other ...

Time for a Paradigm Shift?

POSTED: November 14, 2017
Thanksgiving is right around the corner!  Are you ready?   What will be on your Thanksgiving menu this year?   Of course, turkey is a staple in most homes and there are many favorite ...

Read This Before You Open Your Next Can of Soup!

POSTED: November 7, 2017
Especially this time of year, we get the question "what do you think of canned it ok to use recipes that include canned soups like cream of mushroom?” Our best response is "well, we ...

Use This Strategy When You Find Yourself Asking ‘What’s for Dinner?’

POSTED: September 26, 2017
"What's for dinner?" We all know a little planning is involved to best answer this question, especially if you are cooking with fresh ingredients and eating at home (which we hope you are!). But ...

How to Get the ‘Processed’ Out of Your Sausage

POSTED: September 19, 2017
Did last week's coaching tip stress you out? Did it make you think about all the processed meats that are part of your weekly routine...and how they are causing havoc inside your body? Did you ...

Frozen in Time

POSTED: August 22, 2017
One of the best pleasures of summer?   Fresh, flavorful fruits and vegetables!   If you eat in-season (which we highly recommend!), then you most likely love this incredible summer ...

The Stinking Rose

POSTED: July 25, 2017
When we began our REAL food journey, one of the first things we began to experiment with was FRESH garlic.  Yes, I have always loved garlic, but was an avid user of garlic powder.  I had never ...

Oils…they are not created equal!

POSTED: June 20, 2017
It seems like such a simple question:   “What is the best oil to use?”   Have you looked at all the choices at the store lately?  There is olive oil, walnut oil, peanut oil, sesame oil, ...

Why Do They Call It A Buddha Bowl?

POSTED: May 16, 2017
Buddha bowls...   have you heard of them? what in the world are they? why are they such a big deal?       And, why are they called buddha bowls?   (or maybe you have ...

Are You Throwing Away Flavor?

POSTED: April 11, 2017
Have you ever noticed how many Eat REAL America recipes call for citrus zest – either lemon, lime or orange zest? Do you sometimes ask yourself “is that ingredient really necessary?” or do you ...

There is a Sweet Potato in My Toaster

POSTED: February 14, 2017
Last week, we shared some of the 2017 food trends. One of these was “Plant-based everything.”  This week, we want to share another example of this.   What if we told you that you can turn ...

February Superfood of the Month: Spaghetti Squash

POSTED: January 31, 2017
I still remember our first encounter with spaghetti squash... we were at the farmers’ market, feeling pretty adventurous so we decided to buy one.  It was more out of curiosity whether it would ...

How to Have an Unforgettable Holiday Party

POSTED: December 13, 2016
Are you one of the lucky ones who gets to host a holiday gathering this year? Festive get-togethers with family and friends can be joyous fun-filled occasions, but if you are the host, it can ...

Gift Giving Made Easy

POSTED: December 6, 2016
Are you struggling to come up with gift ideas for someone on your Christmas list? Are you looking for something that is useful, practical and dare we say, possibly inspiring? We have some gift ...

Make Your Meals Pop With Flavor With These Easy Toppings!

POSTED: October 25, 2016
What do you think when you hear words like chimichurri or chutney or gremolata?     We see these words on menus in nice restaurants and watch chefs making dishes with them on The Food ...

Doing This Will Change Your Life!

POSTED: October 4, 2016
Do you “eat with the seasons?” If not, we highly recommend giving it a try!  Just when you have been enjoying summer produce such as zucchini, melons, okra, tomatoes and peppers until you can’t ...

De-Stress Dinnertime with This Time-Saver!

POSTED: September 13, 2016
Last week, we provided a delicious way to simplify and healthify your mornings with baked oatmeal cups.  Did you have a chance to give them a try?  We would love to know how you liked them and ...

Try this Delicious Way to Simplify Your Mornings

POSTED: September 6, 2016
Have you noticed that oatmeal cups have recently become a "thing"?!   We have been experimenting and have found that oatmeal cups can be absolutely delicious and help revolutionize your ...

Use This Simple Formula To Transform Your Veggies

POSTED: June 21, 2016
Do you... love the crisp taste of pickled vegetables, but wish it wasn't quite so salty?  Or, do you wish you could avoid the questionable ingredients you see on jars of pickled vegetables? But, ...

Give Your Kids This Life Skill and Cure Summer Boredom at the Same Time!

POSTED: June 14, 2016
Has summer boredom kicked in for your kids yet? If you have kids at home this summer, or know someone who does, you know the challenge of keeping them busy and keeping their minds productive! ...

Do This and Your Taste Buds Will Be Screaming for More!

POSTED: June 7, 2016
Most of the information out there on grilling covers topics like gas vs. charcoal, direct vs. indirect heat, cleaning the grill, oiling the grates, marinating your meat and other grilling ...

Spring Rolls 101

POSTED: April 5, 2016
Quick, easy, and the possibilities are endless! You can use your favorite veggies, fruits, seafood, meats, nuts, herbs and so much more!  Plus, they are affordable, delicious and good for you! ...

Have No Fear…

POSTED: March 15, 2016
“I am a horrible cook!"   “When I try to make something new, it always turns out awful.”   “What if I mess it up and no one likes it?”   Does this sound like you or someone you ...


POSTED: March 8, 2016
Love beer?!  Love food?!  Why not love them together?! More and more people are now pairing beer and food...just like we have been pairing wine and food for many years.  The right beer paired ...

Betcha Can’t Eat Just One…

POSTED: January 26, 2016
What is one of the most popular snacks in America? You got it…chips! And, there are so many choices to pick from at the store…with all kinds of crazy flavors!  Not surprisingly, many chips come ...

The Perfect Gift…

POSTED: December 8, 2015
What do YOU want for Christmas this year? Most of us want the simple things…relatives getting along, no pets (or kids) knocking over the Christmas tree, and gifts we can actually use! With the ...

Culinary Magic!

POSTED: November 24, 2015
Do you want to know the secret to making vegetables taste absolutely amazing?  Would you like to work a little crazy-easy culinary magic? It’s so simple…put vegetables in the oven and roast them! ...

Success Does Not Happen Overnight, but Oatmeal Does!

POSTED: November 10, 2015
Have you had the chance to try overnight oatmeal?  When we first discovered it, we will admit, we were skeptical.  Cold oatmeal?  It's not cooked?  What?  Being open-minded, we decided to give it ...

Put Those Lonely Coffee Mugs Back to Work!

POSTED: October 27, 2015
What if you could have delicious eggs and veggies for breakfast in less than 3 minutes? You can!  And, it's the perfect way to use those lonely oversized coffee mugs sitting in your ...

The Best $1 Investment You Will Ever Make!

POSTED: October 20, 2015
What if I told you one of my favorite kitchen tools costs less than $1?   And, you probably have one in YOUR house…it has been around for over a hundred years…   …it’s a mason jar! ...

Sodium…Where You Least Expect It!

POSTED: September 29, 2015
Believe it or not, the average American consumes over 3,500 mg of sodium every day*!  That is over 1.5 teaspoons - which is twice as much (actually more than twice as much) as we should be ...

No Fail Smoothies

POSTED: September 15, 2015
Would you believe me if I told you there is an insanely delicious (and easy) treat you can make that works for breakfast, snacks, or even dessert?  Dare I say an alternative to ice cream?  Yes, ...

A Better Breakfast…

POSTED: September 1, 2015
Today marks not only the first day of September, but also the first day of “Better Breakfast Month!”  I’m not sure how this got started, but it's a great opportunity to focus on what is ...

Slow Cooker Success

POSTED: August 18, 2015
Fix it and forget it...the magic of the slow cooker!  It can be your best friend in the kitchen; but there are a few tips that can help you get the most of this magical kitchen tool! The slow ...

The Ancient Grain That Spell-Check Hasn’t Met Yet

POSTED: June 9, 2015
By now, I am sure you are familiar with quinoa – and maybe you are slightly obsessed with it like we are!  But, there is another “ancient” grain quickly gaining popularity...farro (pronounced ...

“I had no idea veggies could taste like that!”

POSTED: May 12, 2015
When I look back on our journey to enjoying more REAL foods, there is a key breakthrough that really stands out.  This breakthrough opened up a whole new world for us and is what helped our son ...

At The Core of It…

POSTED: April 28, 2015
A few Christmases ago, I was the lucky recipient of a pineapple corer.  The real story is I took it from my cousin's girlfriend in the white elephant gift exchange!  At the time, I didn’t really ...

Folks, This Ain’t Normal!

POSTED: March 31, 2015
Most of us know we live in a culture where we want our food to be convenient, fast and cheap.  So, to answer our wishes, many foods in the supermarket today have been developed to provide just ...

Happiness is Homemade

POSTED: March 17, 2015
We receive quite a few questions about chicken broth and vegetable broth.  Is homemade broth really better than store-bought?  And, what is the best store-bought broth to purchase?  These are ...

Out of the Box: Pancake Edition

POSTED: January 13, 2015
A favorite breakfast item for our kids is PANCAKES!  And, the boxed pancake mixes are just so darn easy…throw some pancake mix, water and a handful of chocolate chips in a bowl, turn on the stove ...

All I Want for Christmas…

POSTED: December 9, 2014
If you love to cook, then you know the excitement of receiving a new kitchen tool or gadget!  Or even better...the joy of giving someone a great gift for the kitchen that will help them enjoy ...

Sides Can Steal the Show

POSTED: November 4, 2014
It’s November and you know what that means…Turkey Day will be here before we know it!  Most families have their own turkey cooking traditions…roasted, brined, smoked, deep-fried, among others. ...

Caramelized Onions! For Crying Out Loud!

POSTED: October 21, 2014
Caramelized onions…sounds fancy, right?  Chances are, you have enjoyed these sweet, savory, tender onions on a burger, steak or sandwich at a restaurant and thought “great flavor!”  But unless ...

Spiralizer…Two Thumbs Up!

POSTED: July 8, 2014
A while back, I kept running into recipes that included “noodles” made from different types of vegetables.  I was intrigued…how do you make noodles from a vegetable?  The recipes talked about a ...

Summer on a Stick!

POSTED: July 1, 2014
Summertime bliss…a cold glass of lemonade, fireworks on the 4th of July, your favorite music, watermelon seed spitting contests and eating a popsicle at lightning speed to keep it from melting ...

Emergency Substitutions: Part 2

POSTED: June 17, 2014
Why is it I always forget something at the store?!  Does this sound familiar…I have my list (check), I go to the store (check), I get home and start preparing dinner (check), and then everything ...

On the Cutting Edge

POSTED: May 20, 2014
When we started cooking more frequently several years ago, one of our first learning lessons had to do with knives. "You only need one," says Mark Bittman, NY Times cooking advice columnist.  In ...

Emergency Substitutions: Part 1

POSTED: April 22, 2014
After a long crazy day, you are feeling pretty good about the plan for dinner.  Sure, you only have a 30 minute window, but no problem, you’ve been to the store, have the recipe ready and have ...

What Does That Mean?

POSTED: December 17, 2013
What really is the difference between chopped, diced, and minced?  And, how much is a "dash"?  Where is the cooking terminology instruction manual?! Some “fancy” cooking terms can sound ...

Extreme Home Makeover: Pantry Edition

POSTED: October 21, 2013
The kitchen pantry.  It's the go-to for food and all those essential cooking ingredients.  I am sure we have all come across that ingredient that hasn't been used in months, OK, maybe years, and ...