Posts Tagged ‘Cooking’

10 Foods for Strong Kids

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Want to help your kids' bones grow stronger? Faced with kids who don't want to try new foods? You'll want to check out Cooking Light's "10 Foods for Strong Bones."

Registered dietitian Katherine Brooking shows you good food sources for this critical nutrient, then shares great recipes for dishes made with salmon, cheddar cheese, almonds and more.

Check it out. You'll be inspired to amp up your family's grocery list with these bone-friendly foods.


My Dirty Little Secret

Monday, November 10th, 2008

Children washing their hands before lunch. Tak...
In my childhood home, cleanliness was not next to godliness. It reigned
supreme. There was a sense of peace, of being saved somehow, if the
shower was wiped down, if the cutting boards were scrubbed, if the
table was set by freshly washed hands. As a child, I could never
understand why “Thou Shalt Wash Thy Hands After a Trip to the Bathroom”
was not included in the Ten Commandments.

It certainly didn’t start with my parents. This “clean gene” was
passed down through the generations like a family Bible. But for all of
us, it has caused pain as well as comfort. My sweet, easy-going
grandmother once declined to join a cooking group at her nursing home.
The other residents enjoyed making their own creations in the large
kitchen and then sharing their lasagna, salad or chocolate-chip cookies
during lunch.

We finally asked Grandma, who had never met a stranger, why she
wouldn’t attend the lunches. “Because they don’t wash their hands and
then they put their hands in the food,” she said, shuddering at the
thought. “I just can’t stand to think about all those fingers in the
food!”

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Got a Family With a Healthy Appetite? You’re in Luck

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Are you a fan of the Food Network? If so, you’ve probably been tempted (like I am) by Paula Deen’s butter-laden Southern goodies.

But given that I’m trying to cook more healthfully for myself and my family these days, I tend to enjoy Paula for the entertainment value (she’s a hoot!) and then turn to “Healthy Appetite With Ellie Krieger” for recipes I’ll actually use.

While I’ve done my share of downloading Ellie’s recipes from the Food Network website, I’m all over her hot-off-the-presses new cookbook, The Food You Crave (Taunton; 2008; $28).

Ellie doesn’t pretend we don’t all have cravings. In fact, she takes the comforting dishes my family adores the most — garlic fries, chocolate pudding — and creates healthy versions that we love.

She also offers tips for things like “building a better muffin” by cutting but not eliminating fat, using heart-healthy canola oil, increasing moistness and tenderness with fruit or vegetable purees and using whole-grain pastry flour.

With recipes for Jerk Chicken with Cool Pineapple Salsa, Jambalaya With Shrimp and Ham and Chocolate Cherry-Almond Biscotti, you may tend to forget that Krieger is a registered dietitian and that these recipes are good for you. Just don’t tell your taste buds — or your kids — and they’ll never know.