Cinnamon: Winter’s Natural Remedy

I’ve been freezing all day and just downed a cup of hot ginger tea with cinnamon, which got me thinking….

Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices known to man. Thousands of years ago it was so highly treasured that it was considered more precious than gold.  Boy how the times have changed.  Cinnamon in America today has become ubiquitous with Continue reading

Rethinking Thanksgiving Leftovers

Thanksgiving leftovers are as much a part of the holiday tradition as the dinner itself.  Some people even think the leftovers are the best part of the meal.  But if you’ve had one too many turkey, stuffing, cranberry and mashed potato sandwiches, here are a few ideas to make the most out of everything you’ll be waking up to Friday morning. Continue reading

10 Super “Brain” Foods

You think what you eat.  It doesn’t have quite the same ring as the age-old slogan, you are what you eat, but its got potential.  I can see the ad for it now – a child’s brain growing vastly larger as they delve into a huge piece of wild salmon… Or maybe I should stick to what I know best and stop channeling my inner Don Draper.  I was never really much for advertising anyway.  Here are 10 of the best essential-nutrient-rich foods that fuel the brain to make it stronger, more durable, quicker and Continue reading

Recipe: Almond-Flax Granola With Dried Cherries

As mentioned in my last post highlighting the benefits and uses for flax, here is an incredibly tasty, yet super healthy recipe for homemade almond-flax granola.  It is so good and so easy, that I swear, you just might question ever paying for pre-packaged, who knows what’s in it, granola again.  Enjoy. Continue reading

Got Flax?

Flaxseeds, the seed of the flax (a.k.a linum) plant, are credited with a number of health benefits, including better digestive health, lower cholesterol, increased heart health, fewer hot flashes during menopause, and reduced risk of cancer, including breast and prostate.  Given the exceptional fiber and (vegetarian) Omega-3 fatty acid content, it’s no wonder why. Continue reading

Hey Sugar, Sugar

 

If you had an 8-oz glass of Sunny D orange juice or an entire Hershey’s milk chocolate with almonds candy bar in front of you, which would you think had more sugar?  If you guessed Sunny D, you are correct.  Shockingly, the glass of “fruit juice” contains 20 grams of sugar while the candy bar contains 1 whole gram less.  And even though your kids may still be buzzing from all their leftover Halloween candy, according to new research, the biggest source of added sugar in the American diet comes from beverages.  The Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity has just released a major study looking at the nutrition and marketing of over 600 sugary drinks to youth.  You can read the full report here, but to give you an idea of what they found, here are a few of the findings: Continue reading

Cooking Tip Thursdays: The Heat of Meat

Cooking Tip Thursdays is dedicated to making time in the kitchen quicker, easier, and just plain better…

I can’t believe it’s officially November.  Even more so, I can’t believe that my local drugstore is already selling Christmas candy.  Looks like it’s time to start plotting and planning this years holiday menu.

Roasted herb chicken, smoked turkey, beef brisket, glazed ham, broiled salmon, whatever your family tradition, don’t go through this holiday season without a meat thermometer.  This little lifesaver takes all the Continue reading

Recipe: Sautéed Brussel Sprouts, Shitake Mushrooms, and Onions

If you would have told me when I was a little kid that I would grow up to have a near obsession with brussel sprouts I would have thought you were crazy. Then again, my mother thought it was a perfectly good idea to serve these little baby cabbages steamed or boiled, so can you blame me?  No disrespect to my mom, as she is a fantastic cook, but the key to edible brussel sprouts is to bring out their natural sugars and sweetness.  The way to achieve this: roasting or sautéing.  Definitely not steaming, Continue reading

The Power Of A Pepper

I have just returned from a week in northern California where apparently I missed one heck of a Northeastern blizzard (I know, I don’t feel bad for me either).  Power outages and sore shoveling shoulders aside, I suppose this means we can look forward to an earlier than expected cold and flu season ….

Luckily there is the power of the pepper, cayenne pepper that is.  Made from dried ground cayenne chilies, cayenne pepper is loaded with capsaicin, the miracle substance known for staving off winter Continue reading