Making the Perfect Stuffed Bell Peppers

The perfect stuffed bell peppers are filled with the perfect mixture of the perfect ingredients—such as ground beef, tomato sauce and rice— and then topped with just the right amount of cheese and baked to perfection. A classic dish. Bell peppers are a comfort food at its finest…even though if you’re like me, you absolutelyContinue reading “Making the Perfect Stuffed Bell Peppers”

The Cajun Holy Trinity

Usually when I think about  bell \peppers, the first thing that  comes to mind is stuffed bell peppers. However, the most common use of bell peppers is the almost daily use of “The holy trinity,”…used just about in every recipe…such as Cajun foods and Creole foods like etouffee, gumbo, dirty rice, red beans and ricer,Continue reading “The Cajun Holy Trinity”

Bell Peppers…The Which

Now that you know what bell peppers are and why you should include bell peppers in your quest for a healthier diet…and a few great recipes to use them in…let’s make sure that we’re selecting the best bell peppers and storing them correctly. ********************* Selecting Bell Peppers   Like most other fruits and veggies, bellContinue reading “Bell Peppers…The Which”

Chamomile…The Why

Peter Rabbit’s mother must have been a very smart woman…(or rabbit)…She had enough knowledge to grab chamomile tea whenever the mischievous Peter Rabbit came home after narrowly escaping from Mr. McGregor’s garden…even though she had quite a stash of different types of tea available.  She knew about its health because she loved to read and hadContinue reading “Chamomile…The Why”

Chamomile…The What

Chamomile is an herb that comes from the daisy-like flowers of the Asteraceae plant family….a family of plants which also includes sunflowers, Echinacea and marigolds.     ******************* Types of Chamomile There are actually nine different types of chamomile, including… Chamomilla recutita, German Chamomile Anthemis arvensis, corn, scentless or field chamomile Anthemis cotula, stinking chamomileContinue reading “Chamomile…The What”

Making the Perfect Waffles

Now that we’ve learned how to make the perfect pancakes, let’s move on to making the pancake’s kissing cousin…the waffle… You might think to yourself, we just learned how to make the perfect pancake batter…can’t I simply use the same recipe to now make waffles…     Actually… No!!!   Waffle batter and pancake batterContinue reading “Making the Perfect Waffles”

Making the Perfect Pancakes

A towering stack of freshly made pancakes have been a classic breakfast treat for generations…not only for breakfast, one of our family’s favorite meals for dinner is breakfast. Pancakes are also relatively cheap to make…consisting of ingredients that most of us keep stocked anyway—such as flour, eggs, milk, and butter. The perfect pancakes are light andContinue reading “Making the Perfect Pancakes”

Yogurt…The Why

Yogurt ranks among one of the most nutritious foods on the planet not only because of its nutritional value, but also because of the health benefits that yogurt offers. First of all, yogurt contains some of nearly every nutrient that your body needs, including… Calcium (49% DV) Magnesium (12%) Phosphorus (38% DV) Potassium (18%) Riboflavin (23%Continue reading “Yogurt…The Why”

Raspberries…The Which

  Raspberries are another food that is high in antioxidants. ******************** Buying Raspberries Buy certified organically grown raspberries because these have less likelihood to have been exposure to contaminants—such as pesticides and heavy metals. Look for the USDA organic logo on the container to make sure that they are “cerified organic.”. Buy raspberries in their peak period—whichContinue reading “Raspberries…The Which”

Raspberries…The What

Now let’s move on to raspberries, a member of the rose (Rosaceae) family of plants— which also inclues apples, apricots, blackberries, cherries, loquats, peaches, pears, plums, strawberries, and almonds. Raspberries are the third most popular berry here in the United States…right after strawberries and blueberries. There are over 200 species of raspberries, but these typically belongContinue reading “Raspberries…The What”