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Doughnut Day: a family tradition

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Posted on Jan 01, 2017 in Food

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.

Did you know…?

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Posted on Dec 01, 2016 in Food

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.

In a nutshell…

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Posted on Oct 01, 2016 in Food

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.

Traditional Mexican food preparation brings out flavor

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Posted on May 01, 2016 in Food

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.

Are you eating the right amount of protein?

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Posted on Mar 01, 2016 in Food

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.

How does food pairing work?

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Posted on Feb 01, 2016 in Food

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.

Where are citrus fruits most commonly grown?

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Posted on Jan 04, 2016 in Food

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.

Do you know how these holiday traditions began?

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Posted on Dec 01, 2015 in Food

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.

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Save time with meal prep and planning

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Posted on Nov 01, 2015 in Food

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.

International food etiquette rules

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Posted on Aug 01, 2015 in Food

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.

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