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January Superfood of the Month: Flax Seeds

POSTED: January 2, 2018
What are they?   Why are they important?   Are they really good for us, or is it just marketing hype about another "healthy food?"     These are the questions we are often ...

How to Enjoy Holiday Treats Without Going Overboard

POSTED: December 5, 2017
Tis’ the season!  The season with a love/hate relationship for many of us. We love the decorations, the parties, the time with family and friends, the festive music and, of course, the sweet ...

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 ...

How Well Do You Know Ginger?

POSTED: October 17, 2017
Not that Ginger! Is fresh ginger a staple in your house, or do you automatically go for ground ginger because you are unsure how to use that funky-looking “knob?” There is absolutely nothing ...

Got Milk?

POSTED: August 15, 2017
Milk…it does a body good, right?! Or does it? A lot of controversy has arisen regarding cow’s milk and our health.  What exactly are these health concerns?  Are plant milks better and, if so, ...

It’s Melon Time!

POSTED: August 8, 2017
If you are hitting the farmers’ market this month, it will be obvious that melon season has arrived!  There are many ways to enjoy local, in-season melons, but do you ever wonder... what to look ...

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, ...

June Superfood of the Month: Kohlrabi

POSTED: May 30, 2017
With its odd alein-like shape and strange name, kohlrabi may be the world’s most overlooked and under-appreciated vegetable... but it's definitely one you should know about!     Which ...

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 ...

December Superfood of the Month: Winter Squash

POSTED: November 29, 2016
Now is the time to savor the goodness of winter squash...   but have you wondered what exactly do you do with these curious winter vegetables?     Whether you are already enjoying ...

November Superfood of the Month: Pomegranate

POSTED: November 1, 2016
Welcome to pomegranate season...and the Superfood for November! If you haven’t seen them already, these ruby-red seasonal fruits should start showing up at your local stores.  Until a few years ...

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 ...

Simple Steps to Save You Over $1,000 Per Year

POSTED: October 18, 2016
Have you experienced digging through your refrigerator produce drawer and discovering a moldy green pepper, shriveled-up limp greens or cauliflower covered with brown spots? You had such great ...

Could You Be Eating More Than 1/3 Cup of Added Sugar Every Day?

POSTED: September 20, 2016
This probably won't come as a shock, but sugar has been in the news again this past week.  You are probably thinking...what now? In case you missed it, an investigation has determined that the ...

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 ...

If Superman Was a Spice, He Would Be This…

POSTED: July 19, 2016
Turmeric... the real deal or just a bunch of hype? Is it really as beneficial as some people claim?  We have several family members and friends who have dealt with arthritis and cancer who have ...

What do you get when you cross a warthog and a no fuss breakfast?

POSTED: May 24, 2016
Of course...HAKUNA FRITTATA! A 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 ...

Kick the Bottle to the Curb!

POSTED: April 12, 2016
"My teenage daughter was eating the dressing from the Caesar Salad with Avocado Dressing with a spoon!" "I was skeptical about the Maple Almond Vinaigrette, but followed the recipe and the salad ...


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 ...

No More Intimidation!

POSTED: February 16, 2016
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 English muffin or roasted vegetables....YUM! ...

REAL Hot Chocolate

POSTED: January 19, 2016
It's January and winter is here!  Have you noticed an increase in your craving for a cozy, warm cup of hot chocolate?   Hot chocolate is such a comforting drink -- I’m sure many of us have ...

January Superfood of the Month: Kale

POSTED: January 5, 2016
How many people do you know have kicked off the new year "dieting" to lose weight? They've given up sugar, carbs, fat, grains, meat, you name about deprivation! We have a MUCH different ...

Health by Chocolate

POSTED: December 15, 2015
"Dieting?  Don't Forget the Chocolate!"   "Excellent News! Chocolate Can Help You Lose Weight!"   "Dark Chocolate May Guard Against Stroke."   So, is it true? Is chocolate really ...

Get to the Root of It!

POSTED: November 3, 2015
What comes to mind when you hear "root vegetables?" Some might say "intimidating" or "I am not even really sure which vegetables make the root vegetable list."  And, of course, the most ...

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 ...

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, ...

Don’t Judge a Box By Its Cover!

POSTED: September 8, 2015
Try to wrap your brain around this...there are a whopping 17,000 new food products introduced every year!  The grocery store shelves have become...needless to say...intimidating, especially if ...

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 ...

What’s Your Number?

POSTED: June 23, 2015
When you go to the store, what percentage of the food you buy is either highly or moderately processed?  Would it shock you if I told you this number is over 75% for the average American ...

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 ...

The Magical Fruit…

POSTED: May 26, 2015
"Beans, beans, the magical fruit"...we all know the rest of this, right?! Beans are a nutritional powerhouse, but are sometimes under appreciated.  Beans of all kinds provide an excellent and ...

“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 ...

Thyme to Grow!

POSTED: May 5, 2015
Fresh basil at your fingertips?  Mint growing a few steps away on your patio? In many parts of the country, this is a great time to plant fresh herbs!  Growing fresh herbs is super easy -- trust ...

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 ...

Red, White, And…Yellow?

POSTED: April 14, 2015
What's the difference between the different varieties of onions?  Can they be used interchangeably?  Scallions, green onions and spring onions...aren't they all the same?  Many of us probably ...

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 ...

It Comes Down to 3 Simple Words!

POSTED: March 10, 2015
With the abundance of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, excess weight and obesity, it’s no surprise there is a constant buzz about healthy eating, nutrition, diets and food.  But, ...

Don’t Fear the Yolk!

POSTED: March 3, 2015
The perfect food?  Eggs?  Yes!  Many consider eggs to be “the perfect food” because there are so many nutrients jam-packed into such a small package!  However, eggs have also been considered a ...

Cool Whip…or Cruel Whip?

POSTED: February 3, 2015
It's light, fluffy and sweet and is the perfect topping for pies, puddings and hot chocolate...Cool Whip!  But hold on a minute...there is more going on in that plastic white tub…and it's ...

The Great Potato Debate

POSTED: January 27, 2015
“Avoid white potatoes…eat sweet potatoes instead.”  “A white potato is worse than a Snickers bar.”  “White potatoes have too many carbs.”  Have you heard any of these about the misunderstood ...

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 ...

Pantry or Medicine Cabinet?

POSTED: December 2, 2014
What gives ballpark mustard its yellow color, improves the function of your blood vessels and helps fight cancer? It's the all-powerful spice...turmeric! Pronounced (tu-mer-ik) or (ter-me-rik), ...

An Oat is an Oat is an Oat…

POSTED: October 28, 2014
nutritiOus And TaStes amazing – any guesses? It’s a food that is highly nutritious, can be turned into great-tasting sweet and savory meals, is versatile enough to be enjoyed for any meal of the ...

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 ...

Life’s Too Short to Count Ingredients!

POSTED: September 16, 2014
Imagine looking through recipes and a mouth-watering photo jumps out and you just have to have it!  You look at the ingredients and see there are killer?  For some, yes!...the ...


POSTED: September 2, 2014
We were contemplating doing a blog on pesto and asked a couple of family members if they knew what it was.  The response…”you mean that green stuff?”  That made us think a blog on pesto wasn’t ...

What’s the dill?

POSTED: July 22, 2014
Pickles are REAL food, right?  Aren’t they just cucumbers, spices and some type of pickling liquid?  Well, unfortunately it is not quite that simple when it comes to buying jarred pickles. Have ...

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 ...

Life’s Too Short for Bland Tomatoes!

POSTED: June 3, 2014
We all know that “explode in your mouth” sweetness that comes from a perfectly ripe, fresh-picked tomato from your home garden or a local farm.  Just the thought makes my mouth water as I think ...

Some Sage Advice…

POSTED: April 29, 2014
Have you ever thought of growing your own herbs at home?   It's so easy, plus you can save some money and have fresh herbs at your fingertips!  Now is the perfect time to start your own herb ...

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 ...

No, not mullet…millet!

POSTED: February 18, 2014
Millet is another one of those ancient grains that is making a comeback!  Last month I wrote about freekeh, bulgur, and barley .  This time I thought I ...

What the Freekeh?

POSTED: January 14, 2014
Most of us are now pretty familiar with quinoa and couscous, but a whole list of “ancient” grains are gaining popularity.  Why?  Even though these grains have been around for hundreds of years, ...

Maybe Grandma Was Onto Something…

POSTED: January 7, 2014
Ok, this is not an easy topic to write about without getting into the "science" of it, but I decided to give it a shot. I was talking with someone recently who said that flies won't even land on ...

Friends Don’t Let Friends Buy Bottled Salad Dressing

POSTED: December 10, 2013
Salads are a part of almost every meal in our home.  Of course, great REAL ingredients are a big part of great salads, but I believe a dressing can make or break a fantastic salad.  Have you ever ...

The whiter the bread, the sooner you’ll be dead.

POSTED: November 11, 2013
This is a quote from Michael Pollan’s book, “Food Rules.”  He is making the point that, as far as our bodies are concerned, white flour is not much different than sugar.  So our grandmothers, who ...

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 ...

Why you don’t want aunts in the pantry

POSTED: October 14, 2013
Have you ever heard of "food imposters?"  They are substances pretending to be food -- and there are many food imposters out there. One of the most blatant offenders is pancake/waffle syrup.  ...

It’s all about the Ingredients

POSTED: October 7, 2013
There was a time when we remember always looking at the calorie content of food.  Then we were told to also worry about the fat, and not just the fat, the saturated fat because that was the kind ...