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Fermentation

What is food fermentation? Fermentation is a metabolic process in which an organism converts a carbohydrate, such as starch or a sugar, into an...

Farm to Table

Farm-to-table, farm-to-fork, field to feast… these are all foodie lingo for the social movement to promote local and regional cuisine, created from local food...

Everything’s Coming Up Garlic

We all know there is no shortage of events in the local area, but the Midwest Garlic Fest in Elizabeth, IL is one that...

Cool Summer Treats

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Okay, so maybe I am aging myself here, but the hot and humid days...

Galettes – The Easiest ‘Quick Pie’ You Will Ever Make

The warm weather is finally upon us; thus, we are in official “summer gatherings” mode. We look forward to the scheduled barbecue or pool...

Look Mom, No Carbs

As the diet trends of Paleo, Keto, Whole30, and overall low-carb eating continue to dominate in 2019, people are searching for more ways to...

Perfect Roasted Chicken

What makes a perfect roast chicken? A crisp, crunchy, flavor-filled skin and juicy, tender meat. How do you get this magic combination of crispy...

Good for the Heart

February is Heart Health Awareness Month. Since I lost my brother recently to a massive heart attack, this month’s awareness is personal. Heart disease...

New Year New You

Eating healthy, exercising more, caring for ourselves… yes, January is the month for New Year’s resolutions. Let’s make those good intentions result in positive...

Holiday Appetizers – Quick, Easy and Certain to Please

Every family has slightly different traditional holiday fare, but we are pulling from our own favorite family traditions for this edition. Starting with appetizers, we...