Cooking Tip Tuesday: Secrets to perfect pasta

Young. Old. Single. Married.  We're a population who loves our pasta.  And while boiling pasta is an easy task, it's not void of controversy.  Here are a couple pasta water add-ins and a post-cooking procedure that spark some uncertainty: Salt.  Should you salt your pasta water?  The answer is YES.  Why?  It seasons your noodles …

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Sundays with Samantha: Coconut & Almond Bars

These amazingly delicious bars are a cross between a granola bar and dessert.  I wanted to create a kid-friendly snack or mid-afternoon treat as an alternative to packaged granola bars or cookies.  These bars would be great as a pre-sports-practice-snack, play date treat or dessert with friends.  They're loaded with good-for-you ingredients like oats, nuts, …

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Favorite Recipe Friday: 5 EASY bread and cheese appetizers

Fresh bread and good cheese are a match made in heaven.  Add a bit of fruit, a sprinkle of salt, fresh pepper and herbs and everyone's tastebuds are in for a serious treat.   These 5 bread and cheese apps are incredibly simple and perfect for your summer BBQ's, bunco nights, wine parties, office potlucks...you-name-it.   …

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Wild Card Wednesday: We got a new Bentgo!!

Dueling bentos! We love Samantha's "Bentgo" box so much I got one in blue for Jack. He used it for the first time today and was stoked to have such a selection. Click HERE for my previous post on EASY, HEALTHY, bento box ideas and find out where YOU can get these adorable bentos.

Favorite Recipe Friday: Spiced Salmon with Mustard Sauce

This Spiced Salmon with Mustard Sauce (adapted from Cooking Light) is my go-to EASY salmon recipe. It takes about 15 minutes from start to finish and clean-up is a snap. It's made with spices and condiments you probably already have in your pantry (with the exception of turmeric*). The whole grain mustard gives it a …

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Wild Card Wednesday: Ted Ed–How the food you eat affects your gut

A balanced gut (good vs. bad bacteria) is incredibly important. A happy gut can improve immune function, prevent inflammation and even reduce your risk of cancer. While there's no definitive solution to keeping your gut balanced, there are many things that you can do to encourage the growth of good bacteria, which, in the end, …

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