January-February 2014

Get Saucy Series: Creamy Classics

December 27, 2013 Jill Melton

The French may be credited with developing the sophisticated art of sauce making, but the midcentury rise of canned soup gave homemade sauces a reputation for fussy and dated cooking. Today, millions of baby boomers

January-February 2014

Immersion Blenders: Stick Shift

December 27, 2013 Sara Haas

True to their namesake, immersion blenders are just that: blenders that can be immersed. Unlike countertop blenders or processors, immersion blenders — or “stick blenders” — are designed to be mobile. Constructed with a motorized

January-February 2014

7 Tips for Pairing Oils

December 27, 2013 Jodie Shield

Avocado oil makes a beautiful light salad dressing and holds an emulsion well. Pair it with citrus fruits, tomatoes, and chardonnay and champagne vinegars. Grapeseed oil is perfect for dipping and salad dressings. Create a

January-February 2014

Grain Brain

December 27, 2013 Marisa Moore

In his new book, Dr. Perlmutter claims that sugar and gluten have a role in everything from chronic headaches and insomnia to depression, epilepsy, ADHD and Alzheimer’s. Billed as a four-week plan to improve brain

January-February 2014

A Knife Made for Sparkling Lemonade

December 20, 2013 McKel Hill

Product Reviewed Pure Komachi 2 Citrus Knife The Pure Komachi 2 Citrus Knife is, as the name suggest, designed for citrus fruits. This brightly colored yellow knife is made from high carbon stainless steel, which

January-February 2014

Cooked Pasta at the Touch of a Button

December 20, 2013 Sally Kuzemchak

Product Reviewed Lékué Pasta Cooker You may be thinking, “Really? Microwaved pasta?” I was too. And the first time I tried the Lekue Pasta Cooker, I ended up with a mountain of mushy, overcooked spaghetti

January-February 2014

Caramelized Onions without the Tears

December 20, 2013 Maria Tadic, RD

Product Reviewed Rösle Onion and Vegetable Chopper Over the past few months, I’ve become progressively more obsessed with caramelized onions. They are now, officially, my favorite “condiment.” I mix them in with scrambled eggs, put

January-February 2014

No More Jar Opening Tricks

December 20, 2013 Crystal Petrello

Product Reviewed Vacu Vin Jar Opener My hand strength has started to dwindle over the years. So with my weaker hands, I have tried every “DIY” Internet trick for hard-to-open glass jars — and learned

January-February 2014

The Gadget with a Seal of Approval

December 20, 2013 Natalia Stasenko

Product Review Caso® Vacuum Sealer I had never used a vacuum sealer before, but the Caso® Vacuum Sealer turned out to be a very easy appliance to handle, even for a novice like myself. Keeping

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Classic Gluten-free Sugar Cookies

December 20, 2013 Gretchen Brown

Some of my most favorite holiday memories were the hours spent in my mom’s kitchen decorating Christmas sugar cookies with my family. While we chatted and laughed, we would roll and cut the sugary dough

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Caramelized Onions without the Tears

December 20, 2013 Maria Tadic, RD

Product Reviewed: Rösle Onion and Vegetable Chopper Over the past few months, I’ve become progressively more obsessed with caramelized onions. They are now, officially, my favorite “condiment.” I mix them in with scrambled eggs, put

Healthy Freekeh in wooden spoon.
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Freekeh’s Fantastic Health Profile

December 19, 2013 Ginger Hultin

A new class of whole grains is gaining popularity and you will want to know how to pronounce “freekeh” with finesse. Freekeh is one of many “ancient grains” attracting attention for its nutritional value and

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Banana Skillet Bread

December 18, 2013 Cheryl Harris

My baking must meet some strict criteria. It’s got to be gluten-free because I have celiac disease. And to be more inclusive, it’s often vegan and low-sugar. That’s a tall order! Through trial and error

Colorful food from above
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Should Kids ‘Veg’ Out?

December 17, 2013 Jodie Shield

More kids are saying no to meat and going green — they’re eating vegetables! But is a vegetarian diet OK for kids? If your child wants to become a vegetarian, there’s no need to panic.