Basics and How-To

How to Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

April 8, 2014

Frustrated by hard boiled eggs that are hard to peel then look like a train wreck? Here is the new way I do them, perfect every time.

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How to Make Zucchini Noodles

February 4, 2014

Zucchini noodles? Yes! Long strands of zucchini that look like pasta noodles and taste terrific. Zucchini noodles are a great way to add vegetables to your diet. You will need an inexpensive tool called a spiral vegetable slicer to make them. 

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Roasted Cauliflower

January 19, 2014

Cauliflower that tastes so incredible you cannot stop eating it. No kidding. At least that has been my experience. I made it to go with last week’s kale salad recipe. It came out so good I wrote a separate post and recipe for you. You’ve got to try this! It could change anyone from a cauliflower hater to a cauliflower lover.

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Rich Turkey Broth

November 20, 2013

The best Thanksgiving gravy starts with rich, homemade turkey broth. Make your turkey broth now and freeze it, then thaw for use Thanksgiving Day. It also makes the best turkey soup for using with that leftover turkey.

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How to Make Homemade Bread Crumbs

October 7, 2013

You might scratch your head and wonder why I would post a recipe for homemade breadcrumbs. Seems so simple. But details like homemade breadcrumbs do make a difference, and they are so easy to make. Plus, they are thrifty. Never let old bread go to waste again, or buy the stuff in the blue container filled with unhealthy ingredients. Make your own, in minutes.

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Five Minute Fresh Green Beans

May 1, 2013

Fresh green beans in just five minutes. Yep. That’s all it takes, excluding the time for water to boil. So simple! After just five minutes you can dress the green beans in a variety of ways and eat immediately or chill for heating later. I shared this simple technique with a friend recently and she told me her kids will now eat green beans.  I hope it will help you get a quick vegetable dish on the table for your family. Plus there are many [...]

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Baked Corn Tortilla Chips

April 16, 2013

Details, details. The right little garnish can make a simple soup or salad a lot more fun, interesting and tasty to eat. Lately I’ve been making these thin, crisp, golden tortilla strips or chips to garnish soups, salads and chilies. They provide a nice, satisfying crunch. Everyone has gone crazy for them, so I thought I’d share this quick basic recipe.

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All About Quinoa and How To Cook It

January 17, 2013

I’ve been surprised lately how many people I’ve talked to who are not yet familiar with quinoa (keen-wah). I thought I’d write a quick post to encourage anyone who has not tried it to do so. This is one gluten-free super grain that you need to have in your diet. It cooks in just 18 minutes, is packed with nutrition and tastes terrific. Interestingly enough, 2013 has been declared the Year of Quinoa by the United Nations.

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Homemade Vegetable Broth

January 13, 2013

If you want to follow a more plant-based diet, try using vegetable broth instead of chicken or beef broth in soup, risotto and other dishes. Vegetable broth can also be used instead of water when cooking rice or quinoa to provide more flavor. Store brands taste pretty bad and have scary ingredients. Homemade tastes great and is guaranteed to be healthy. This is one foundational ingredient you need to make from scratch – and its easy.

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How to Roast Beets

October 7, 2012

Beets are a love-hate vegetable. People seem to be either in the “dirt” camp (hate them) or the “earthy” camp (love them). Even though my husband hates them, I love them and often roast fresh beets for myself. I add roasted beets to salads or enjoy them as a side dish. Beets are super nutritious and a great way to add more vegetables to your diet, plus they are easy to make.

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