How Food Bankers do Thanksgiving

What do you picture when you think of Thanksgiving? A table surrounded by family? A living room filled with friends? A quiet evening with loved ones? What about the food? Do you have mashed potatoes that are lumpy or smooth? Turkey or ham? What about green bean casserole? What foods can you not live without?… Read more

Fun Meals for the Whole Family

Wouldn’t it be a dream to have your whole family help you cook dinner? Sharing meals together as a household is a great way to strengthen relationships and communication. By creating a fun and interactive meal that everyone can participate in, families can bond in a very meaningful way. Here are some ideas on how… Read more

Prep for No-Cook Nights

It’s September, the days are getting shorter, school and sports are back in session and days are feeling busier. Preparing dinners every night of the week can feel like just one more thing on your to-do list, but present you can help future you save time by preparing a few items to keep on hand… Read more

Food Safety from Package to Plate – Hamburger Edition

Practicing proper food safety helps to prevent foodborne illness. Foodborne illnesses are caused by pathogens (bacteria, viruses) that are either naturally present on food or may get on food through outside contamination. Symptoms of foodborne illness include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, fatigue, fever, and/or jaundice. These symptoms can appear as soon as a few hours, or… Read more

Keeping Summer Food Fun

At this point in the summer you’ve probably heard “I’m bored” more than once from your kids. Summer camps are getting boring, games are getting boring, tv is getting boring, and every meal you make is boring. While we can’t help you convince your kids that they should get off the couch and go play,… Read more

Prep School: Freezing Fruits and Vegetables

Summer is (finally, thankfully) here in New England and the fruits and vegetables of the season are starting to fill the market shelves. An abundance of ripe seasonal produce means grocers and farmers need to move it or lose it, and this means deep discounts for you when compared to prices the rest of the… Read more

What’s in Season: Summer Produce

Eating seasonally is a great way to save money, support your local community, and get the freshest, most delicious produce available. This summer try your hand at eating seasonally and reap the benefits. Not sure what’s in season? See this guide below for details. Don’t forget to bring this list with you to the local… Read more

Top 5 Kitchen Tools

A well-equipped kitchen is essential to making meals at home. If you’re just starting out or are looking to update your current kitchen there are many things you can buy, but you don’t need to have every gadget. Besides a cutting board and a few mixing bowls, here are the top 5 tools that every… Read more

soup

Base Recipe: Soup from Scratch

We love soup. It’s easy to make, has endless possibilities for flavor combinations, freezes well for future meals and can help reduce food waste (soup is a great cover for vegetables that are close to meeting the compost bin). Plus it’s made in one pot, so clean up is a breeze. If you’re new to… Read more

Chinese Stir-Fried Sticky Rice Cakes (aka “Nian Gao”)

Growing up in China, I was happy to see when my lunchbox contained a delicious savory dish full of sticky rice cakes, meat, and vegetables. One may ask, “what are sticky rice cakes (or “nian gao” as they are called in China)?” Sticky rice cakes are a counterpart to our familiar wheat flour noodles, except… Read more