Thanksgiving meal

Try Something New for your Thanksgiving Meal

While a table filled with turkey, stuffing, gravy, sweet cranberry sauce and an assortment of vegetables is the traditional “Thanksgiving meal,” there’s plenty of reasons why you may not want to go with the standard group of recipes this year. The responsibility of cooking a turkey is daunting and not something you see as fun…. Read more

fall produce

What’s in Season: Fall Produce

The transition to fall is marked by cooling temperatures, colorful leaves, and an abundance of squash and root vegetables. Fall produce lends itself well to the warm comfort foods many of us crave on a chilly night. Hearty soups, stews, chilis, and rich pasta dishes can keep all their appeal and gain some nutritional value… Read more

micro-nutrients

5 Micro-Nutrients You May Not Be Getting Enough Of

A well-balanced diet includes a variety of foods from the five food groups (protein, fruit, vegetable, grain, dairy). But just as important as the foods themselves is what they are made up of. Food is full of micro-nutrients (vitamins and minerals), and when we don’t eat enough variety, we put ourselves at risk for deficiency…. Read more

More Matters Month

Fruits and Veggies – More Matters Month

Even though we all know that fruits and vegetables are a low-calorie source of filling fiber, water, and vitamins and minerals that power our body, over 90% of children and adults don’t eat the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables. Fruit and veggie intake is associated with reduced rates of many diseases including diabetes, heart… Read more

childhood obesity

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

One in 3 children in the United States is overweight or obese. Young people who fall into this demographic have a greater risk of diet-related diseases we have historically seen only in adult populations. These diseases include type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Children who are obese have a higher chance of… Read more

Barbecue Food Safety

Late summer brings many opportunities for eating outdoors–camping, cookouts and picnics. Be sure to follow these barbecue food safety rules while enjoying the weather! Clean your hands. Ideally, you’d wash with soap and water, but an alcohol-based sanitizer will do in a pinch. If you are traveling with food, pack uncooked meats separately from ready… Read more

salad dressing

Salad Dressing Basics

Summer is in full swing here in New England. Markets are bursting with ripe fruits and vegetables, and salads are becoming a regular side dish or main meal on warm nights. Making a tasty side salad is a simple way to get a few servings of vegetables into your day. Only 2 cups of leafy… Read more

summer produce

What’s in Season: Summer Produce

July and August bring peak temperatures, peak sun, and peak summer produce availability! Fan-favorite produce is not only available during the summer, it is usually at the height of flavor and nutritional value. Plus, it’s a little less expensive. Take advantage of the season by revisiting some of your favorites: Apples Blueberries Cantaloupe Peaches Raspberries… Read more

culinary vocabulary

Culinary Vocabulary

Cooking has its own terminology, and understanding the various words commonly found in cook books will guide you through any recipe. Whether you’ve been cooking for years or are just starting out, a good grasp on culinary vocabulary can go a long way. AL DENTE: An Italian term describing cooked pasta that has a slight… Read more

fiber

Favorite Fiber Filled Foods

Dietary fiber helps us feel and stay full after a meal. It can help reduce cholesterol, prevent constipation, and regulate our blood sugar. Many of us are already aware of these benefits but still aren’t getting enough fiber. Women should aim for 25 grams, and men for 38 grams per day. Over age 51, women… Read more