Category Archives: Cooking Basics

The basics of cooking – handy online measurement conversion table, pantry items, converting recipes to low fat, egg substitutes and more.

Simple and Healthy Meals for Elderly Adults

Finding healthy meals for senior adults can be challenging, as senior malnutrition is a serious concern for older adults and those who care for them. It's common for elderly people to experience a decreased appetite and diminished sense of taste and smell as they age. It can also become increasingly hard for elderly adults to...
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To Shroom or Not to Shroom – Know Your Mushrooms

Mushrooms, toadstools, fungus. They may look alike but if you're an amateur, you should refrain from picking them in the woods. Many fragrant tasty species grow wild and add a pungent flavor to soups, stews and casseroles. White button mushrooms are grown domestically, offer less flavor and can be found in the produce section of...
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Is Your Olive Oil Real? Discover How to Find Out

Is the Olive Oil in your Cabinet Real?

There was a study done at UC Davis Olive Center in 2010 that discovered that 69% of the olive oils tested were not exactly what they said they were and did not meet legal standards in the United States. Read more

The Humble Onion: A Guide for Creative Cooks

A good cook knows what ingredients to combine into a delicious meal. This short article in the "Ingredients" series focuses on the humble and ubiquitous onion. Virtually every cuisine uses the onion or onion variant as a basic flavoring. In fact, Julia Child once said, "It is hard to imagine a civilization without onions." Read more

Time Saver: Coffee Stash

I love my coffee, especially first thing in the morning to get my day started, but sometimes I am short on time so just want to get that coffee brewing as quickly as possible or when company drops in and you are deep in conversation it take a few minutes to get the coffee filers...
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10 Smart Swaps to Make Baking and Cooking Healthier

Creamy sauces, cookies, casseroles and cakes - as temperatures drop, it's natural to crave favorite comfort foods. However, it's easy to overindulge on rich dishes and decadent desserts, especially if you're hosting a gathering of friends and family. How can you enjoy amazing foods while bumping up the health quotient? Read more
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