Healthy cooking does not mean you have to be gourmet cook. You just need to use basic food selection and cooking techniques that will turn fresh food into healthy meals. It is wise to try to get all the nutrients we can from every morsel of food we eat, but is that realistic or necessary? Studies show that based on the daily nutritional requirements, if we get 50-75...

Posted on Apr 3 2012 - 1:15pm by Matt Kaludi
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Great swoops of glossy frosting make this a wonderfully exuberant cake with a dark backdrop for birthday candles. But this cake is just as suitable for afternoon snacks or a Sunday supper. Ingredients 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, plus more for pans 3/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder, plus more for pans 1/2 cup boiling water 2 1/4 cups sugar 1 tablespoon...

I’m always surprised when people tell me that they do not like to cook. Admittedly, this is coming from someone who has worked in several professional kitchens over the years (I actually take pleasure in chopping an onion). The fact is that most people are intimidated by cooking. Believe me, I’ve heard some creative excuses for avoiding the kitchen: “I...

Who doesn’t love weekends?  Long stretches of time (well, in truth, never long enough!) to fill up as we please – spending time with friends and family, staying out late, sleeping in, morning cuddles with no time limit, 3-hour lunches with wine, impromptu jaunts, dressing up, dressing down, naps!  You time and your rules. So anyway…thank goodness for the...

Zen enthusiasts say that we need to live in the moment more.  Focus on the present.  Shut out extraneous noise.  Feel the air on your skin.  We are always rushing around.  We need to stop, live, exist, feel the right now. I am no expert on Zen, nor on meditation, but I do appreciate the benefits of hitting the pause button and just…being.  Looking back, I...

Continuing on my breakfast cup recipes, I recently tackled Bacon Egg McMuffin cups.  English muffin + bacon + egg = Yum. The English muffin develops a nice crispy exterior similar to if you had toasted it. The bacon doesn’t quite wrap around the entire muffin, but it does seem to fit right inside the muffin cup. Inside the crispy bacon wrap is the egg. I used...

I saw a version of these easy breakfast cups on Dine and Dish and immediately wanted to make them. I’ve previously made bacon egg toast cups, but these are even easier (though you don’t get the toast). All you need to do is crack an egg into a muffin mold. And you sprinkle cheese and bacon bits on top. The original version uses ham and cheese, but I didn’t...

I’ve been putting this post off for so long. I just didn’t want to write about knefe (or knefeh) in Australia because I couldn’t possibly have done it justice. Let me start by explaining what knefe is. First of all, though it is sweet, knefe is not considered to be dessert; it’s a meal all on its own and it’s most commonly eaten for breakfast. A layer of...