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Tip: Eat Your Colors

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June 7, 2010
Tip: Eat Your Colors

An easy (and fun!) way to eat fresh, nutrient rich foods is to load up your plate with as many bright colors as you can. Like deep green spinach, broccoli and asparagus. Bright red strawberries, bell peppers and tomatoes.  Blueberries, orange carrots, purple grapes…you get the idea. Some easy ways to do this–serve a fresh...
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Tip: How to Clean Mushrooms

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March 4, 2010
Tip_How to Clean Mushrooms

It’s tricky to clean delicate mushrooms. But years ago my Grandma Hirvo taught me an easy and effective way to do it. Simply wet a paper towel, ring out excess water, and gently wipe the tops of the mushroom caps clean. As each paper towel gets dirty, toss it and start with a fresh...
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Tip: Check the Date

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January 15, 2010
Tip_Check the Date

With the new year upon us, it’s a great time to check expiration dates. Particularly on your spice rack. We know to keep fresh herbs fresh in the fridge, but it’s also important to keep dried herbs and spices fresh as well. Check all the dates on your jars and toss anything that’s past...
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Tip: Be Creative

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November 19, 2009
Tip_Be Creative

When planning dinner, don’t get stuck in the same old rut. Flip thru recipe books for inspiration. Walk down a different aisle in the grocery store to see what they have. Talk to friends about what they’re making. One of my favorite tricks is “brinner”–serving breakfast for dinner! There are so many delicious, filling...
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Can’t live without…the Salad Spinner

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September 12, 2009
Can't live without...Salad Spinner

OK, I’m pretty sure you’ve got one buried in a pantry somewhere. I highly suggest digging it out and putting it to good use. And if you don’t have one, I suggest adding it to your kitchen supplies. The Salad Spinner is the quickest, easiest way to dry your lettuce leaves before adding salad...
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Tip: Menu Planning

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August 2, 2009
Tip_Menu Planning

Instead of worrying every night “what’s for dinner?” plan your weekly menu in advance and you’ll be all set! I usually take time on Saturday morning to plan the following week’s menu. I start by flipping thru recipe books to decide what to make. Then I write down main dishes and side dishes for...
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Tip: Freezing Fresh Fruit

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July 10, 2009
Tip_Freezing Fresh Fruit

Waste not, want not–right?? So the next time your fruit is about to go bad, try this tip to save it. Wash, peel (if necessary), and cut the fruit into bite size pieces. Then spread the pieces onto a cookie sheet lined with tin foil. Put the tray of fruit into your freezer for...
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Tip: Stir-Fry Technique

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July 6, 2009
Tip_Stir-Fry Technique

It’s taken much trial and error for me to learn to stir-fry properly. Hopefully these tips can save you the time. The key is to cook food in hot oil, over high heat, quickly. I recommend using a non stick wok-skillet or deep saute skillet. You also have to stir the food often while...
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Can’t live without…Good Seasons

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June 29, 2009
Can't live without...

If you don’t already own the Good Seasons make-your-own dressing bottle, I highly suggest getting one and a 4-pack of the Italian dressing mix! You can find it in any grocery store’s salad dressing aisle (in the USA, that is). That way you always have home-made vinaigrette on hand. The recipe is on the...
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Tip: Baking Accuracy

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June 26, 2009
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I recommend measuring all baking ingredients very carefully. I used to think this was a waste of time, but now I see that it really does make a difference in the outcome of the baked good. Spoon flour into dry measuring cups (don’t scoop directly from the bag). Use liquid measuring cups for liquids,...
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