There is nothing like opening the front door on a cold winter evening and being greeted by the inviting smells of beef stew or chicken noodle soup wafting from a slow cooker. Besides the good aromas there is the satisfaction of knowing that your meal is ready to serve. Winter is not the only time a slow cooker is useful. In the summer, using this small appliance can avoid introducing heat from a hot oven. At any time of year, a slow cooker can make life a little more convenient and it takes less electricity to use a slow cooker rather than an oven.
It has been quite a few years now, but I remember pulling a chair up to the kitchen counter when my children were small so they could stand beside me while I was cooking. They wanted to see what I was doing and be part of the action! Allowing the kids to help was usually messy and took a lot longer, but we had fun and made some great memories. I am happy to say that both my children are pretty good cooks today and my son even uses his culinary skills to impress the young ladies!!
Blueberries were on my mind as we bicycled through coastal Maine in October. Today I found a new study that shows the continuing promise of better health offered by eating a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, and (coincidentally) berries! The study showed that the risk of heart attack was reduced by one half in people who ate this way over a four year period. The study participants were people with a higher risk of heart disease due to a specific gene.1
The kitchen is considered by many to be one of the most important rooms in the house because of its role in independent living. The ability to cook is a daily activity that helps a person remain independent. Kitchen designs and modifications that foster home safety are essential. There are many products and practices that can help increase accessibility while maintaining a safe working environment.
Since I acquired a “super blender” with a dynamite motor, I have begun drinking summer fruits and vegetables on occasion! When time is short, I can down several servings while working on a project or traveling in the car. For the fruity version, a little known dairy product called kefir is a wonderful base for my fruit smoothie.
Can’t stand Broccoli? Research into the evolution of taste yields interesting food for thought. Our five taste senses– sweet, salty, umami (savory), bitter and sour – equip us for consuming the essentials for survival – energy, salt, and protein – as well as avoidance of poisonous or rotten food.
The term “Amish”, when attached to food products, enhances sales, as the obsession for hand-crafted, artisan foods converges with the natural and local food movements.
If you are planning on hosting a holiday party or family gathering, be sure to keep food safety in mind. Handling food safely is critical to preventing foodborne illness from being an uninvited guest at your event. Below are a few tips from the USDA and Iowa State University Extension to help keep holiday parties safe.
Stress and depression can occur at any time in our lives. For many people, they occur during the winter months and around the holidays. There are many causes, including too many expectations, too many responsibilities, and commercialization of the season.
Are you looking for that perfect holiday gift? Some of the best presents don’t come from a store but rather from the heart.
Herbs, ancient plants that have come down through the ages, are filled with legend and lore. Think about using these symbolic plants when decorating this season.
The 4-H National Headquarters, US Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is pleased to announce that the following 6 youth have been selected out of all applicants to participate in the National 4-H Conference Youth Leadership Team: Brittany Avant-Florida, Sergio Martinez-Beltran-Puerto Rico, Kelsey Kannenberg-Wisconsin, Haley Lundeby-Idaho, Stephen McFall-Pennsylvania, and Rachel Wise-Florida. The Youth Leadership Team will be responsible for hosting meetings, leading group activities, providing training, along with many other leadership opportunities.
Growing a garden, eating organic and being techy are all the rage these days, so why not combine these three by getting some good apps for your “smart phone”?
The members of the Delaware Valley High School Teens Against Tobacco Use (T.A.T.U.) club encouraged smokers at the high school to use the Great American Smokeout to make a plan to quit.
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