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No ‘knead’ to stress when making yeast bread

A yeast bread may feel intimidating to make, but even a novice baker can pull off making a basic loaf. Yeast breads, of course, use yeast to make the dough rise. Yeast is sold in individual packages or jars. Be sure to refrigerate after opening and check the expiration date, as it will weaken and...
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Indulge in safe edible cookie dough

Some may say that raw cookie dough is better than the baked cookie itself. However, raw cookie dough eaters are taking a risk with foodborne illness. Most know that eating cookie dough with raw eggs runs the risk of contracting Salmonella. But this isn’t the only ingredient that deems it...
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Bowl of cashews

Cracking the 'nut': Are cashews nuts, fruits, or drupes?

Call me a nut, but I’m always interested in how my food is grown. Did you know that cashews are grown on a tree? Ok, maybe you did, but did you know that the tree produces fruit, known as a cashew apple, and below the apple hangs a drupe, which is a hard shell that surrounds the cashew? I didn’t!...
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Arugula is not your average leafy green

With its surge in popularity, it’s likely that you have come across arugula, whether in the supermarket, at the local farmers market, or in a trendy restaurant. Arugula, also known as rocket, is a leafy green with a peppery taste. It appears most often in salads, usually in a mixture with other...
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Learn how to preserve your produce like a pro

No one like’s having to throw out food because it’s gone bad; that’s hard-earned money down the drain. Fruits and vegetables are some of the most common foods wasted. Knowing how to store produce properly will help them stay fresh and last longer, decreasing food waste. Some fruits and vegetables...
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What do you know about Fermentation?

Fermentation has been around since ancient times, but with the surge of people wanting to preserve their own food, it’s been enjoying a revival. There are three main types of fermentation, producing an industry of fermented products: alcohol (wine, beer), acetic acid (vinegar, kombucha) and lacto-...
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Healthy grilling without sacrificing flavor

From Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, backyard cookouts are a favorite summertime activity. But between the hot dogs, mayo-drenched salads, crunchy potato chips and sugary drinks, these meals are often loaded with fat, sugar, sodium and calories. However, with a plan in place, healthier...
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The possibilities are endless with cod fish

Cod is one of the most popular fish and is commonly used for the traditional “fish and chips” recipe. Cod is a white fish from the same family as haddock and pollock. It has a very mild flavor, making it an excellent choice for those that don’t care for a “fishy” flavor. Cod is firm with a flaky...
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Reap the benefits of whole grain rice

Rice is a common staple to always have on-hand in the kitchen cabinet. It can make a stir-fry, add to a soup, fill a casserole, or stuff a burrito. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans encourages us to make at least half our grains whole grain. Whole grains contain the complete grain kernel, which...
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Mayonnaise versus salad dressing for popular summer dishes

Mayonnaise is a staple of summer. It’s the glue that holds together the potato salad, coleslaw, deviled eggs, and the classic BLT. But you may have asked yourself, “should I use mayonnaise or salad dressing, and what’s the difference, anyway?”  Mayonnaise is a mixture of eggs, oil, lemon juice or...
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