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Category Archives: Healthy Cooking & Eating

A Food Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words or Is it?

March 19, 2018
A Food Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words or Is it?
I was reading a very good article from the March 2018 issue of the magazine, Food & Wine.  The article called “On Food Photography” was a roundtable discussion between Andrew Zimmern, the television food personality, photographer Christina Holmes, chef Camille Becerra, food stylist Victoria...

Shame on You, Food Network Star

June 16, 2017
Shame on You, Food Network Star
Your first episode of the 2017 season of Food Network Star aired recently, showcasing thirteen lucky contestants vying to become the next Food Network Star.  It’s a coveted win because with it, the contestant ends up with his or her own cooking show. From the onset of the program, hosts Bobby...

Northwest Tea Festival 2016

October 4, 2016
Northwest Tea Festival 2016
Even though Seattle may be known for having a Starbucks on almost every corner, we’re also big tea drinkers. (You have to be with our gray winters!) I love tea as much or more than coffee, so I went to the Northwest Tea Festival to learn more about tea. I attended a number of lectures and workshops,...

Thanks FDA for the New Nutrition Labels

June 10, 2016
Thanks FDA for the New Nutrition Labels
FDA Finally Makes Some Changes Too bad things move so slowly when the health of a country is at stake.  Finally, the FDA approved some changes to the new nutrition labels that must take effect by 2018.  Keep your eye out for the new Nutrition Facts panel on packaged foods.  These should make a major...

Have You Got the “Hots” for Hot Peppers?

April 21, 2016
Have You Got the “Hots” for Hot Peppers?
Cinco de Mayo and Hot Peppers Cinco de Mayo (May 5) is just a couple of weeks away. It’s a festive day when people enjoy spicy Mexican food. To get that kick in Mexican food, hot peppers are used. The heat in “hot” peppers is from a chemical compound called capsaicin.  It causes a mild burning...

Eating Mindfully – Kitchen Tips

February 27, 2016
Eating Mindfully – Kitchen Tips
The ancient Buddhist practice of mindfulness is the state of being present in the moment, and noticing and accepting all that is around you, nonjudgmentally. It requires you to disconnect from the stresses of life and focus all of the senses on the present activity. In other words, mindfulness means...

Is It a Nut or Is It a Seed?

December 17, 2015
Is It a Nut or Is It a Seed?
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans encourage the consumption of nutrient-dense foods, and that includes nuts and seeds. Touted for their heart-healthy benefits, nuts and seeds are rich with unsaturated fats, vitamin E, and other substances that have many other health-promoting properties. In this December...

Spud Safety

December 2, 2015
Spud Safety
Potatoes are a vegetable – a white vegetable.  They are not a green vegetable.  In other words, if you see any green under the skin, you don’t want to eat it. It’s rare, but some potatoes develop a green tint. That color is caused by high levels of chlorophyll, which by itself is harmless....

Are Hikers Healthy Eaters?

July 16, 2015
Are Hikers Healthy Eaters?
Yesterday, my husband and I went on a hike to Little Mt. Si near North Bend, Washington.  It was a lovely day and fortunately, plenty of trees to keep us from getting roasted.  (Yes, even in Washington state we can get some warm weather!)  With an ascent of 1300 feet and a round trip of 5 miles,...

Don’t Store All Produce in the Refrigerator

May 7, 2015
Don’t Store All Produce in the Refrigerator
While we intuitively think that anything put in the refrigerator will last longer, you shouldn’t store certain produce in the refrigerator because it may lose a lot of flavor.  It can also lose its characteristic texture when doing so.  Here’s a quick guide to get the most out of your produce.   TOMATOES Always...