By Joe Craig We have a family tradition called Doughnut Day. This all started when my mother, Irene Craig, who just celebrated her 100th birthday in early December, found a recipe for homemade doughnuts about 50 years ago. Even though preparing the doughnuts required a significant time investment, she took them to church dinners, family… Continue reading.
During the food rationing of World War II in the 1940s, bakers began to use beets to enhance the color of their cakes. In addition to creating a red color, the boiled beets, beet juice and even beet baby food allowed the cake to retain moisture. Using a natural alternative to red food coloring can… Continue reading.
Not all “nuts” are the same. Did you know that peanuts technically aren’t nuts? They’re legumes. Most legumes come in a pod and usually contain multiple fruit in a single pod. Nuts, on the other hand, come in a strong shell that doesn’t split open when they’re ready to be picked. Plus, drupes make the… Continue reading.
Despite advancements in technology, the basic tools and techniques for preparing Mexican food, especially the staple corn tortillas, have stayed relatively constant. Have you used these traditional Mexican cooking tools? Cazuela: an earthenware pot used for boiling corn, moles and beans Metate: a small, sloped, stone table used to grind corn Prensa: a wooden or… Continue reading.
By planning meals ahead of time, you can eat healthier food and save time and money at the grocery store. The challenge can seem daunting, though. Planning menus days in advance, grocery shopping in bulk and preparing multiple dinners in one day are no easy tasks at first. But by developing an organized system and… Continue reading.
Without protein, our bodies wouldn’t be able to function properly. Protein is a structural molecule composed of amino acids, which our bodies typically can’t produce on their own. Not only do proteins make muscles, tendons, organs and skins, our bodies rely on proteins for enzymes, hormones, neurotransmitters and other important functions. According to the U.S…. Continue reading.
When foods share certain chemical compounds — like coffee and roasted peanut — they complement each other and attract more flavor from one another when paired together. Did you know that roast beef shares chemical compounds with the most other foods? Roasted beef connects with peas, peanuts, potatoes, shrimp, milk, wheat bread and many more… Continue reading.
According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, more than 140 countries produce citrus fruits. About 70 percent of the world’s total citrus produce is grown in the northern hemisphere. Brazil, China and the United States are the top total citrus fruit producers, growing grapefruit, lemons, limes, oranges and tangerines. In the United… Continue reading.
Christmas cookies began in medieval times with cookies flavored with Christmas spices, dried fruit and nuts. Cut-out cookies trace back to 18th century England when people used them as props when acting out Christmas stories. Eggnog is from the British aristocracy who drank the warm milk and egg beverages with expensive spices and brandy to… Continue reading.
In addition to following quick recipes, you also can save time in the kitchen by planning and preparing your meals in advance. With busy schedules, it can seem impossible to cook a healthy meal at home each evening. But meal planning and preparation allow you to make quality meals for your family without sacrificing extra time…. Continue reading.
Chile: Avoid eating anything with your hands. Chileans are formal with manners to identify with European culture, so make sure to use a knife and fork when eating. France: Don’t eat bread as an appetizer. Save it to eat with your meal or with the cheese course at the end. Place the bread directly on the table,… Continue reading.
Pack your cooler in layers. Start with the last day at the bottom of the cooler and place the first day on top. Packing in layers limits how often the cooler is opened. Prepare food ahead of time to save time and to avoid bringing extra cooking utensils. Add logs to your fire slowly. If… Continue reading.