Foods & Cooking

Coffee Trivia

Are you a true java junkie? If so then you should know all about your favorite drink. This trivia will help make you the Cliff Clavin of coffee knowledge. Are you a true java junkie? If so then you should know all about your favorite drink. This trivia will help make you the “Cliff Clavin” …

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All About Coffee

Curious about what’s in your cup? This coffee primer brings you up to speed on the different types of coffee, and how coffee is processed and roasted, plus great coffee recipes. Kinds of Coffee There are two main types of coffee that are produced in various parts of the world: Arabica and Robusta. Arabica Beans …

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All About Radishes

Featured Ingredients – Radishes Radishes are highly underrated. But after checking out these tasty and creative recipes featuring low calorie, vitamin C rich radishes. Radishes are highly underrated. How often do you actually think about picking up a bunch of these zippy, spicy, nutritious vegetables, let along cook with them? We want to change all …

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Featured Ingredient – Mushrooms

Our mushroom tutorial gives buying and cooking tips, the different types of mushrooms and a mountain of marvelous mushroom recipes. We love mushrooms, shitakes, crimini, portabellos, oysters, enoki, even plain old “ordinary” whiteEnoki Mushrooms mushrooms. Mushrooms pack a HUGE flavor punch, without adding much in the way of calories or fat. They’re incredibly versatile, equally …

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Focus on Portobello Mushrooms

Focus on Portobello Mushrooms. Learn all about the giant mushrooms and cook up some of our marvelous portobello mushroom recipes. (Also Known As Portobella). If you’re not familiar with portabello mushrooms, they’re those really, really big ones, the kind a creative kid could imagine a family of gnomes living underneath. Fairy tales aside, portabellos are …

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Toasting and Blanching Walnuts

Walnuts are delicious eaten out-of-hand without any kind of cooking, preparation or seasoning. That said, many people find that toasting and blanching can enhance their naturally sweet, nutty flavor. Be aware, however, that heating nuts does reduce walnuts nutritional quality. Lab analysis shows that when walnuts are toasted at 350ºF for 8-10 minutes, they lose …

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Walnut Trivia

Walnut Trivia — Fun facts about one of nature’s healthiest and most delicious foods. Go Smart with California Walnuts Smart Menus Program: Delicious, convenient recipes aimed at changing the way Americans eat, brought to you by best-selling author and Oprah regular Dr. Michael Roizen and James Beard award-winning cookbook author Mollie Katzen. Smart Menus is …

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The Basics of Organics

The Basics of Organics — What do organic food labels actually mean for you the consumer. Are organic foods important? The small circular green United States Department of Agriculture Organic label affixed to foods is one powerful piece of paper. It assures consumers of exactly how, and under what conditions, their food was grown and …

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6 Best Chocolate Recipes

These recipes will have discerning lovers groaning with pleasure – chocolate lovers, that is! Check out these truly decadent recipes that use chocolate in ways you might never have dreamed of! Chocolate Griddle Cakes with Chocolate Sauce (Serves 4, Prep time: 45 min) If you’ve never indulged in chocolate for breakfast, you’re missing out! This …

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Quinoa: Three Ways

Have you tried quinoa? It looks and acts like couscous but it’s actually a whole grain. When cooked, it’s a teeny bit crunchy and takes on the flavor of whatever it’s seasoned with. As a result, it’s really super versatile. Seriously, quinoa is one of those things that can be adapted for breakfast, lunch or …

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Cooking with Mint

But mint, an herb that grows wild in many places, is more than just a pretty addition to cool summer drinks. It’s also a vivacious herb that can be used in both sweet and savory dishes. When I was a young girl, my grandmother grew mint in our backyard garden. It would grow tall and …

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All About Bell Peppers

Fresh bell peppers, also known as sweet peppers, come into season in much of the U.S. during the mid summer months. Pick the best bell peppers from your farmer’s market or local grocery store and make the most of the summer’s bell pepper season with this simple, handy guide to everything bell pepper. Bell pepper …

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