Year: 2014

10 Cucumber Tips and Tricks

Cucumbers are hugely underrated. Not only do they taste great, but with 95% water content they are amazingly hydrating­­—helping flush away toxins from your body. They also a number of other health benefits and other useful purposes. BENEFITS: • High in vitamins B1, B3, B5, B6, folic acid, vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, […]

Turkey Dinner with Sage Stuffing

Tips for Brining a Turkey: For a super moist flavorful turkey I find a salt brine works wonderfully. I always order a fresh turkey, which works especially well, but surely a frozen and thawed in the refrigerator turkey would work well too. I use a large plastic brining bag (in addition to a couple shopping […]

Lentils – A Guide to Cooking

Not only are lentils an amazing source of protein, but cooking them is super-easy! Unlike beans, lentils don’t need any pre-soaking and have the added advantage of cooking quickly. Low in fat and high in protein, iron and fiber, lentils make a healthy and tasty staple for vegetarian diets. With just one cup, they provide […]

Arabica and Robusta? Spill the Beans

Most of us are familiar with the term “Arabica” found on the pack of espresso sold at the supermarket. Actually this is pretty misleading, since a real espresso consist of a blend of Arabica and Robusta beans. Likewise, there’s this rumor floating around that only Arabica beans are really good coffee beans. That’s not entirely […]

Beluga Lentils and Beets in a Herbs de Provence & Orange Vinaigrette

I love beets, want to eat beets, but how do you keep them interesting? A bowl of boiled beets is blasé…even if you ask yourself how could anything so simple taste sooo yummy? You can’t go wrong with this combo. Roasted beets and delectable beluga lentils in a sweet, tangy fresh hand-squeezed OJ with herbes […]

Coffee Storage: Storing Your Coffee Beans Properly

I don’t know how it is for you, but I have always wondered how I should really store my coffee properly. As I’m not one for run of the mill “plain-vanilla” supermarket or instant varieties of coffee, this is pretty important to me. I buy my coffee directly from my local trusted Italian café, perhaps […]

Parsley Tuna Salad

I’m always on the look out for new ideas for creating that perfect mix of ingredients that really make a salad exciting. My recent obsession with using fresh herbs inspired this one, which is truly tasty. The refreshing combination of fresh flat-leaf parsley, cool mint, red sweet pointed pepper, crunchy celery, red onion, and chunky […]

Baked Pasta with Creamy Peas, Chicken and Prosciutto

Baked Pasta with Creamy Peas, Chicken and Prosciutto

This is an easy, breezy sort of recipe that is cozy and familiar as an old pair of jeans. Classic comfort food full of kid-approved flavors and ingredients, making it perfect for a family meal. I used Gemelli (Italian for “twins”) noodles for this recipe. They are corkscrew-shaped, resembling two thick strands of spaghetti twisted […]

Spicy Mongolian Beef and Shiitake Mushroom Stir-Fry

Craving something spicy and slightly sweet? Despite what the name suggests, Mongolian beef doesn’t actually trace its roots back to Mongolian cuisine. Neither the cooking method or the ingredients have anything to do with the country of Mongolia. The name only implies that it’s “exotic”. I can only say that the picture doesn’t do this […]

Foods That Are Good For Your Smile‏

Dental care is a very complex theme. Both scientists and dentists have differing opinions, only to confuse us even more. One says we should brush our teeth with a soft “manual” toothbrush, the other says, no, you should definitely use an electric brush. Yes, and fluoride is good, only to told later, actually it is […]

Lemon Chicken with Fennel and Artichokes

This is a wonderfully simple dish, filled with an amazing array of bright and briny flavors that create something so simple and wow so good! Artichoke hearts, fennel, capers, garlic, lemon slices plus a generous sprinkle of freshly grated parmesan add so much flavor to juicy and tender braised chicken breasts. I only wish I […]

Goji Berries – Super Fruit of the World

Chinese wolf berries, known in the modern western world as goji berries, are super fruits of the world. Native to southeastern Europe and Asia and have been used in Chinese medicine for centuries to help improve health, fertility, boost the immune system and slow down the aging process. According to the legend of Chinese herbalist […]

Carrot Orange Soup

This carrot orange soup makes the ideal starter to any dinner party. It’s light, delicious and amazingly simple. If you are looking for a healthy, delicious, throw together meal, this one is perfect. Leftovers make for a great lunch served with ciabatta or a classic grilled cheese sandwich. For the best flavor, try to use […]

Eggplant: To Salt or Not To Salt?

This has been one of those age old questions that I have really been wanting to know the real answer to. Why do we do it? My first experiences with eggplant (aubergine) involved salt and have done ever since. That’s what I was told needed to be done. But really, is it absolutely necessary? There […]

Gepa Organic raw cane sugar Mascobado

Muscovado – Mascobado – Whole Cane Sugar – Is There a Difference?

For most of us the first thing that comes to mind when hearing the word sugar is white granulated sugar. During the first centuries of the sugar industry, cane sugar was made into molasses and rum for shipping overseas. Sugar itself was raw; a light brown in color, and still retained much of its original […]