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How to Make Garlic Infused Cooking Oil

For dipping hard breads or cooking with garlic flavor in every bite, garlic infused oil is easy to make at home. Read the rest of this entry »

Creative Ways to Cook Potatoes

Inexpensive and Filling, Potatoes Don’t Have to Be Bland

Potatoes are cheap and filling, and they make an excellent and inexpensive addition to any meal. After time, the plain potato gets a little boring, so let’s look at some creative ways to dress up a potato and add variety to the dinner table.

Baked Potato – The baked potato is the old standby for cooking potatoes for dinner. Soup up the plain baked potato by adding the traditional topping, like bacon bits, crumbled bacon, cheese, sour cream, chives, cracked pepper, butter, etc. Ranch dressing, Thousand Island dressing or other flavors of dressing can be a great and low-calorie alternative to sour cream. Pico de Gallo or fresh salsa are both good baked potato toppers too. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Roast Garlic

Oven or Pan Roasted Garlic is Easy and Tastes Great

Garlic is one of the most versatile cooking spices, able to be used in most cuisines and complementing various dishes and other spices well. While garlic can be purchased in jars already minced or in powder or salted versions dried and ready to sprinkle into and on foods, the best garlic comes from fresh garlic that has been pressed at home and then properly roasted either with a dish or separate to use on a dish.

Depending on the type of dish and how much garlic is required, how to roast garlic can vary. This article looks at some easy but creative ways to roast garlic, both with and without an oven. Read the rest of this entry »

Fruit and Vegetables: Is “Organic” Really Better?

What Does “Organic” Really Mean?

One of the things I told my friend I wanted to do when visiting the Houston / Galveston area was to visit some of the farmer’s markets and some of the organic supermarkets in the area. Where I live, in the desert of West Texas, beer and steak are staples, and buying organic food is impossible (hard to find) or difficult (super expensive).

Does Organic Taste Better? Read the rest of this entry »

An Apple a Day: Health Benefits of Apples

Does it Really Keep the Doctor Away?

Ah, the apple! One of the most cultivated fruits in the world, with more than 7,500 different types of apples available, the apple is likely one of the most well-known fruits on the planet. While you probably won’t find 7,500 different varieties of apples at your local grocery store, it’s a sure bet that most produce sections carry several different types of apples, from the green Granny Smith to the Red Delicious and the Golden Delicious, and many more.

Whether it’s eating an apple as a snack, apple butter, apple jelly, apple pie, applesauce, apple crisp, apple juice or any other apple concoction one can create, apples are a great source of meeting the recommended dietary fruit servings per day. Read the rest of this entry »

Foods that Fight Depression: Eat Your Way to Happiness

Can Food Really Make You Feel Better Emotionally?

Time and time again, we’ve seen the female lead in a romantic comedy drown her sorrows in a bucket of ice cream. There’s long been the running joke about women and chocolate improving PMS symptoms and improving mood. It’s been said the enzymes in chocolate can mimic an ‘in love’ feeling.

There are foods considered aphrodisiacs that can increase sexual arousal and desire. With all this ‘evidence,’ it seems clear people believe food can and does alter body chemistry and thus influences mood. If this is the case, it makes sense that some foods can trigger depressive moods while other foods might actually help fight depression. Read the rest of this entry »

Grilling Fruit: Outdoor Grilling Classic with a Fruity Twist

How to Grill Fruit on an Outdoor Grill for Dessert

by Michelle Devon

If you’ve read any of my other recent articles, you’ll know I’m on a grilling kick! I love summer and good temperatures and swimming pools and most of all: outdoor cooking!

I love grilled meats, grilled vegetables and shrimp, and I adore grilled fruit! That’s right – grilled fruit!

Okay, if you’ve eaten ‘Hawaiian’ things, I’m sure you’ve had a kabob with some pineapple on it, but I bet most of you never thought about grilling other fruit. You can grill anything on the BBQ you want, but there are some fruit that work better on the grill than others. Read the rest of this entry »

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