Sundays with Samantha: Berry-licious Lemonade

We Hazards are so incredibly lucky to live in California, where many of our friends and family have lemon trees. This means, bags of beautiful juicy lemons are graciously passed down to us.  Upon receiving them, my mind immediately wanders into lemon dessert land (see Lemon Ricotta Cookies) while Samantha's goes straight to lemonade. Fresh …

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Favorite Recipe Friday: DIY Fruit-Flavored Yogurt

Unadorned plain Greek yogurt is a healthy snack.  Per cup, you get a whopping 23 grams of protein.  With the exception of meat, it's hard to find a single food with that much protein power.  (Protein is essential for building and repairing tissues and muscle, as well as making enzymes, hormones, blood, and much more.) …

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Wild Card Wednesday: How much caffeine is in that?

I love coffee.  In fact, I'm sipping on an iced coffee AS. WE. SPEAK.  If I could, I'd bathe in coffee or spray myself with coffee bean perfume.  But, depending on how much I've slept, eaten, hydrated, etc., too much caffeine can make my heart race and give me the shakes or give me the …

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Supermarket Saturday: Oil (Only) Spray

Cooking spray is great to have around. It creates a non-stick surface for everything from cakes to casseroles and calorie conscience humans like it because it adds a smidge of oil with minimal impact on your waistline.  The bad news is, traditional cooking sprays aren't just the oil they claim to be.  They contain a …

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Cooking Tool Thursday: Kuhn Rikon Ratchet Grinder

​​​ ​ I discovered this salt and pepper grinder while working at Sur la Table.  I can honestly say, it is one of the best tools they sell and in my house, it's the most used.  This grinder is far superior to other grinders for many reasons featured here in my video.  Check it out!!! Want …

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Cooking Tip Tuesday: How to prolong the life of fresh berries

Fresh, ripe berries are natures candy.  But, if you don't eat them within days of buying (or picking) them, they can get squishy, shriveled and furry. Sad. Why does this super speedy spoilage happen? It most often happens when you've rinsed them before storing them.  When you introduce moisture, it actually speeds up molding. Even …

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