TIP OF THE DAY: Create A New Cocktail Garnish

Do you garnish your cocktails with the same wedge of lime or orange wheel, curl, peel or twist? The same olives and cocktail onions? The same notched strawberry on the rim? The standard celery stick in a Bloody Mary? Expand your garnish horizons. Presentation is everything; and while no one would turn away an ungarnished…
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FOOD 101: What Is Comfort Food

Banana pudding is one of America’s favorite comfort foods. Here’s the recipe for this version. Photo by M. Sheldrake | IST.   A tweet from FoodTimeline.org sent us to the site to drill down on the origins of comfort food. According to the site, the first record in print is in the magazine section of…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Good Carbs Vs. Bad Carbs

March is National Nutrition Month, so we’re opening with a mini-tutorial on carbohydrates. Most people will concur that “carbohydrates are bad for you.” But just as there are good oils and bad oils, there are healthful and bad carbs. COMPLEX CARBS = GOOD CARBS “Good carbs,” more scientifically called complex carbohydrates, are important in your…
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TIP: Soup As A Main Course

Add enough protein to a lentil or bean soup and you’ve got a main course. Ham and sausage pair deliciously with beans and legumes. Photo courtesy McCormick.   As we published the post below, for acorn squash soup with gnocchi, we thought about soup as a main course. To turn a first course into a…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Eat More “Brain Foods”

When they’re in season, load up on delicious, low-calorie asparagus. Photo of grilled asparagus with romesco sauce* courtesy California Asparagus Commission.   Many people make New Year’s resolutions about general health and appearance: Dieting is Americans’ #1 resolution. But how about brain power? Many recent studies indicate that certain nutrients can positively affect the brain—specifically…
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