Simple Substitutes: Healthy Alternatives To The Basics

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Simple Substitutes: Healthy Alternatives To The Basics

Getting Rid of Junk Food In Your Life
Junk food is a major detriment to our health and our nutritional value system. We should all become better eaters and try to cook meals at home as much as possible. Taking the short cut in eating is not a productive way to live or eat healthy. Therefore, it is very important to understand how the body works and work Continue reading »


Feast Of Our Fathers: Dads Who Cook

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With Father’s Day just around the corner, now is the perfect time to rediscover family recipes that Dad made great. Is your father a master of the grill, or does he make the perfect pancakes? No matter what, a Dad who cooks should be celebrated. Take the time this Father’s Day to explore the dishes and feasts that your Dad has cooked for years. Each recipe or dish that he makes has its own history and memories that will be unique to him and to you.Additional information can Continue reading »


Uncommon Greens: Mustard, Kale And Collards

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We all know about the importance of including dark, leafy greens in our daily diets. Most people only think of spinach or Swiss chard when the word “greens” is mentioned. There are other greens as well; some are well-known in Southern cooking. These include greens such as mustard, kale and collards.

Collard greens are most commonly found in Southern cooking with bacon, salt pork or other types of meat added. They are also eaten with black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day as Continue reading »


Simple Steps For Preventing A Kitchen Fire

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Believe it or not, cooking is the leading cause of home fires across the globe. Attempting to fight a kitchen fire can be very dangerous. Grease fires do not react well to water. This has lead to many physical injuries among panicking home owners. However, kitchen fires are fairly easy to avoid. There are many simple steps that can prevent a kitchen fire from ever occurring.

Step One

The most obvious kitchen fire prevention method is to stay inside the kitchen when cooking. Most kitchen fires occur because food is left unattended on the stove. Try not to become distracted when cooking. Stay alert until the meal has been prepared and all appliances have been completely shut off.

Step Two

Another simple way to avoid a kitchen fire is to reduce the amount of loose material near all hot surfaces. Window curtains above a stove are never a good idea. Try not to wear loose clothing when cooking and also remove all plastic and paper from around the stove.

Step Three

Do not use an extension cord when cooking. All appliances should be plugged directly into a wall outlet. This creates a cleaner cooking environment and also reduces the chance of an electrical fire. It is also wise to check all electrical cords to ensure that there are no frayed or exposed wires. Electrical cords should be replaced as soon as any wear becomes visible.

Step Four

A clean kitchen is less likely to cause a fire. Leftover oil and grease is flammable and can ignite the next time you use the stove. Clean your kitchen regularly and reduce clutter around all appliances. A grease fire can quickly spread to any nearby flammable objects.

Step Five

It is also very important to ensure that every smoke alarm in the home is working properly. You must test the smoke alarm in the kitchen on a regular basis. There is no telling when a kitchen fire may strike. Generally, home insurance will help to cover any serious losses due to a major kitchen fire. Talk to an insurance company about the best policy for your home.


Making The Most Of Your Farm Shares Basket

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Many rural areas offer programs for farm shares baskets. A farm shares basket provides consumers with a healthy alternative to grocery store shopping for their farm fresh foods. There are many great benefits for the consumer to shop this way.

Fresh Food

Fresh food is vital for a healthy lifestyle. Eating fresh food eliminates pesticides and processed foods that rob food of its vital subsistence. Learning how to prepare farm fresh food is vital to the success of this project.

New Tastes

Eating farm fresh food from a farm share basket exposes people to new tastes Continue reading »


Surprising Squash: Discovering The Exotic Beauties

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Summer is the best time of year to grow vegetables in your own garden, pick them, and cook them for a great meal right away. Exotic summer squash is one of the best summer garden vegetables. Give the recipe below a try for some amazing fresh squash!

Summer Squash and Zucchini with Rice – The ingredients needed for this recipe are:
2 garden fresh zucchini
1 garden fresh yellow squash
1 onion
2 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon basil leaves chopped
1 tablespoon lemon balm leaves chopped
Dash of salt
1 teaspoon olive oil
Cooking rice

Preparation: Wash the squash and zucchini off and slice then about inch thick Continue reading »


The Cast-Iron Question: Yes or No?

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Cast-iron is controversial. Those who love it, swear by it, but many others can’t stand it. When considering whether to buy cast-iron cookware, examining the benefits and drawbacks should help remove doubt.

Cast-iron is tough. It will stand the test of time, high temperatures, and bumps and scrapes. It is also versatile. Cast-iron can be used on stove tops, in the oven, on the grill, and over an open flame. The even heat-distribution makes it a top choice Continue reading »


Sunday Brunch For Special Guests: Five Great Dishes

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When you plan on having guests for Sunday brunch, there are many great dishes that you can easily prepare and serve. You might choose to go with a casserole dish such as King Ranch Chicken which is filled with chicken, tortilla chips, spicy diced tomatoes and topped with cheddar cheese or you might choose to serve something a little less spicy such as Chicken Spaghetti which can easily be made with deboned chicken, cream of chicken soup, spaghetti noodles and cheddar cheese. Either of these easy to make dishes will be great served with hot rolls Continue reading »


A Study In Sauces: From Bearnaise To Hollandaise

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Sauces are the crowning glory of many dishes, adding flavor, texture and color to many foods. The following sauces are some of the most popular in the world.

Bechamel sauce, named after its inventor, Louis de Bechamel, is creamy and white. Made of milk, butter and flour, the sauce can be thick or thin depending on its preparation.

Veloute is another white sauce made from stock. Chicken, fish or veal stock can be used to make this sauce, and some chefs add enrichments like cream or egg yolks. Continue reading »