Reheating & Refreezing Food Safety

Practicing food safety keeps us healthy and lets us enjoy the foods we eat. Food safety guidelines include washing hands, cleaning surfaces that come in contact with raw foods, cooking foods to high enough temperatures, and storing foods properly. Temperature is very important during cooking, and also for food storage. Harmful bacteria that cause illness […]

Be a Soup-er Star

When it begins to get chilly outside, one of the best ways to stay warm is with a hot cup of soup. Soups are a budget-friendly way to incorporate more vegetables into your day and there are many combinations of spices and flavors to try. We generally recommend avoiding cream-based soups like bisques and chowders […]

Summer Salad Ideas

The hot days of summer continue and if you are like me, salads are on the menu. Here are some simple ideas to make dinner delicious and cool. These salads are a great way to use leftover grilled fish or meat or other vegetables you have from other meals. Think of the below as not […]

My Dessert Dilemma

I love dessert! Once my husband and I became empty nesters, dessert became a real dilemma for me since my husband doesn’t eat sweets. I would bake a dessert and have a serving each day. As the days went on, the dessert would become stale or soggy, and I would end up tossing the rest […]

Rethink Takeout

Busy lifestyles compete with time spent in the home kitchen. Ordering takeout can seem like the easiest, most convenient option on a weeknight. Eating out provides convenient nourishment as well as opportunities for socializing, celebrating, and experiencing new flavors. There is nothing wrong with eating out because it is one of life’s pleasures. However, it […]

Level Up Your Cooking Skills with Marinating

Marinating adds flavor and moisture to food and is an easy technique to incorporate into your cooking skill set. It is the process of soaking meats or vegetables in a seasoned liquid before cooking. Marinades often use an acid (like vinegar or citrus) to enhance flavors. You can buy store-bought marinades, but making your own […]

Get Inspired for Grilling Season!

Whether it’s a casual backyard gathering or a festive barbecue, the pleasures of grilling when the weather heats up evoke a sense of joy, celebration, and the simple pleasures of good food enjoyed in your backyard or the great outdoors. From marinated meats to vibrant vegetables and juicy fruits, the grill transforms ordinary ingredients into […]

Can We Rebrand Salads?

Salads are often labeled as “diet foods” and that is quite frankly a bummer. Rather than simply being a boring and healthy side dish, salad should be reimagined as a delicious and satisfying main course. One way to do this is by adding flavorful and filling ingredients, such as protein-rich grilled chicken, hearty grains like […]