Food Preparation Safety Basics


There are many reasons to understand safety in the kitchen, especially as it applies to the purchasing, preparation, and storage of food products. The following are some basics. (This article may be updated or added to from time to time, so please  visit occasionally to get new or additional information to help you prepare safe…

Links to Video Sources for GMO Information


The links below provide information in either a video format or text that may help our readers become more aware of the pervasive nature of GMO food products now in our food sources and grocery stores. You can be the judge of whether or not our government agencies (FDA and others) are seriously examining the…

Recipe Calorie and Nutrition Calculator


The following web site has a free service that allows anyone to input a favorite recipe with the number of servings and it will calculate calories and other nutritional information. It is relatively easy to use but has some quirks as to common measurements. However it will prompt you to correct what it sees as…

Alcohol’s Effects on the Risk for Coronary Heart Disease


Alcohol’s Effects on the Risk for Coronary Heart Disease Kenneth J. Mukamal, M.D., M.P.H., M.A., and Eric B. Rimm, Sc.D. Kenneth J. Mukamal, MD, M.P.H., MA, is an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School, and associate physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts. Eric B. Rimm, Sc.D., is an associate professor of…

20 Exercise Tips


The following article is courtesy of the Harvard School of Public Health – The Nutrition Source Try these ideas for fitting more activity into your day—and for getting more out of your daily activities. 1. Choose activities you like. A lot of different things count as exercise: dancing, walking, gardening, yoga, cycling, playing basketball. To…

Fresh Spinach with Sesame Seeds


Recipe courtesy of Harvard University Dining Services Serves 3 1 pound baby spinach 1 clove garlic, minced 1 tablespoon canola oil or peanut oil 2 teaspoons sesame oil 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

Roasted Beets with Balsamic Vinegar


Recipe courtesy of Harvard University Dining Services Serves 4 • 4 medium beets, washed, peeled, and diced into roughly 1-inch pieces • 1 tablespoon canola oil • Salt (optional) and pepper to taste • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh parsley

Green Beans with Chili Garlic Sauce


Recipe courtesy of Harvard University Dining Services Serves 4 ¾ pound green beans, trimmed 2 teaspoons olive oil ¼ small red onion, thinly sliced (about ½ cup) ½ medium red bell pepper, thinly sliced (about ½ cup) ¼ pound shitake mushrooms, sliced 1 clove garlic, minced ½ teaspoon red chili garlic sauce

Asparagus with Warm Tarragon-Pecan Vinaigrette


Recipe courtesy of Mollie Katzen Serves 4 to 6 Try this sparkly dish as an appetizer all on its own, so it can get the full attention it deserves. 1½ pounds fresh asparagus (medium-thick) 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 2 teaspoons sugar or light-colored honey 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 cup minced pecans 2 teaspoons minced…

Five Tips for Adding More Veggies to Your Meals


The Bottom Line Choose more vegetables and fruits. Go for color and variety—dark green, yellow, orange, and red. Why do we need vegetables? Five Quick Tips 1. Keep fruit out where you can see it. That way you’ll be more likely to eat it. Keep it out on the counter or in the front of…

Worm Composting


I found the following instructions for worm composting on  The Savy Gardener. They cover the fundamentals of using worms, bedding (shredded paper, leaves, etc.) and household vegetable scraps, egg shells, coffee grounds to be made into compost as the worms break down the organic materials. You may choose to visit their site by using the…

Why Use Organic Seeds


This article is taken from Garden Harvest Supply and is in response to a frequently asked question by their customers and I have had the same question from friends and colleagues. I believe this covers the bases well. You may choose to visit their site by using the link above. – Chef Bren Ankrum –…

Urban Farming


Article by Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor What you might ask is Urban Farming? It seems there is a growing trend, no pun intended, for homeowners, apartment and condo dwellers, and others in the urban setting to cultivate and grow a part of their own food supply. It is not necessary to have acres…

THE FEISTY FENNEL


Fennel has played a supporting role in history (much like its supporting role in recipes). According to Greek mythology, Prometheus smuggled fire to humans inside the hollow wand of a fennel stalk. Roman writer and scientist Pliny the Elder believed in its medicinal properties, and had at least 22 remedies linked to it. Charlemagne made…

THE WONDERFUL AVOCADO


ADD IT OFTEN TO YOUR REGULAR CHOICE OF FOODS Avocados contribute nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, including 4% of the recommended Daily Value (DV) for vitamin E, 4% vitamin C, 8% folate, 4% fiber, 2% iron, 4% potassium, with 81 micrograms of lutein and 19 micrograms of beta-carotene.