March is National Nutrition Month® and the theme this year is "Put Your Best Fork Forward". This campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and making each bite count. Here are some tips to get you started:

This post is all about spicing up your baby's food. Why would you want to do that?!

To develop in your child what is known as a refined palate of course! Additionally, one day you'll be able to say, "I have rarely needed to use sugar and sweets to entice my child to eat!" Mealtime doesn't have to be a battleground and you definitely should NOT have to put dessert on a pedestal just to get your kid to eat some vegetables or 3 more bites of chicken.

Yesterday, I had the day off of work so I decided to plant myself in the kitchen to use up some of the freshly-picked blueberries I gathered at a local U-Pick Farm. I had 3 quarts of berries so I had to find something yummy to do with them!

variety of herbs, garlic, tomatoes and cooking utensils

July is perhaps my favorite month. I love the summer heat, the cookouts, festivals, fireworks and all of the fresh food from the garden. It's also my birthday month so...what's not to love?!

My herbs are in full force right now and it's a great time to maximize their use in the kitchen. I like to experiment with new recipes and other food related projects to get the most out of my herbs each year.

In honor of Bratwurst Day, I thought I would share some steps on how to make sauerkraut successfully at home to accompany your cookout fare. I recently did a class at the German-American Heritage Center on this very topic and my sauerkraut recipes were a big hit. You can download these recipes at the link below!

The first thing you should know is that sauerkraut is a product of fermentation.

What is Fermentation?

I always get a strange feeling around this time of year. It could be all the ghoulish Halloween décor or the fact that the days are getting shorter and my to-do list is not!! Maybe a combination of the two has me a little on edge but the trick is to treat yourself with love and set the right intentions for a happy and healthy fall/winter season. The last thing you need is a cough and sore throat when battling bone-chilling winds and holiday crowds so make sure self-care is a part of your daily routine.

1 in 3 American adults is at risk for kidney disease which often has no symptoms and can go undetected until advanced stages. Diet and nutrition can protect your kidneys and other vital organs which is why prevention is so important.

What is Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)?

When I hear someone is going to remodel a room in their home, it is rarely the bedroom. It's usually the kitchen or some other living area that is frequented during waking hours. However, the bedroom can play a major role in the quality and quantity of sleep and ultimately long-term health.

June is National Safety Month so I wanted to share some helpful information about "work safety". Whether you have a desk job or a construction job there are many things you can do to improve your health and safety at work. Below are several links that demonstrate healthy work environments and practices. Click on a link to learn more.

1. Be Grateful

Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough. –Oprah Winfrey

April 16th has been declared as National Eggs Benedict Day. The secret to making this breakfast just right is making a perfect poached egg. There is a little skill involved so I will tell you how to make a flawless poached egg in the directions below. Don't forget the hollandaise sauce! I will show you how to make a simple variety with less fat and sodium.

Baked Eggs Benedict Recipe (Printable PDF version)

Serves 12

Ingredients: