Cooking Tool Thursday: Bench Scraper

The name "bench scraper" sounds like a painful new-age exercise.  Don't fret...it's actually a wonderfully useful kitchen tool.  A bench scraper is a metal or plastic rectangular tool designed to scrape your bench (a.k.a, your work space).  It is used a lot in baking to scrape up and cut dough or clean up excess flour.  …

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Cooking Tip Tuesday: How to become a better cook (Step 3)

(Image courtesy of clipartkid.com) And now, last but certainly not least... Step 3: Use (and trust) your senses Whether I'm making breakfast while packing a lunch or helping with homework while dinner is the in oven, I am often multi-tasking (read: distracted) while cooking. And that is why Step 3 is so incredibly important.  If …

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Wild Card Wednesday: MUST WATCH Ted-Ed video on how what you eat affects your brain

THIS great Ted Ed video reminds you how much your diet affects mood, energy and brain health.  A very important reminder to eat a balanced diet and that (healthy) carbohydrates and fats are your friend.  

Supermarket Saturday: Trader Joe’s Frozen Rice and Quinoa

Trader Joe's (frozen) Organic Brown Rice, Rice Medley and Organic Quinoa are rice, I mean life, savers.  I ALWAYS have a box of one or all of the above varieties in my freezer.  I love them because they are all 100% whole grain (fiber√, antioxidants√, vitamins/minerals√), they come in a convenient little microwaveable pouch AND …

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Cooking Tool Thursday: Cutting board

If you invest in a good knife, you need to invest in a good cutting board.  And while nice big natural wood boards are awesome, they can be pricey, heavy and bulky and often require special care (like oiling and hand washing).  If you want a board that is gentle on your knife, easy to …

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