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19 Days To Bikes Battling Cancer Ride and How to Cut Avocados Safely

Avocados are packed with health-promoting, anti-inflammatory whole body nutrients, which makes them great for those of us who keep our bodies active (click this link to a comprehensive avocado nutrition article from Medical News Today and this link to the World’s Healthiest Foods detailed description of avocado nutrition and preparation tips). I’m planning to have a good shot of avocado when I get back from a training ride around lunchtime. (19 days until the Bicycles Battling Cancer ride and still plenty of time to contribute to its very worthy cause by clicking this link.)

Regarding avocado prep, you might’ve seen some recent headlines like those shown above. The problem: people cutting Read more »

How to Cook Rice Picture Book Directions


Rice is terrific cycling, running, or any sports fuel that goes with just about anything. I always make enough to have plenty of leftovers that then allow me to make very much immediate meals. The only down side is that, depending on the type of rice and how much it’s been processed, rice requires about 25 minutes to an hour to absorb water as it cooks on the stove.

Now, how ’bout the difference between brown rice and white rice? Easy. Although the cooking method is identical, brown rice is not milled, which means its bran, or fiber-rich outer coating, and germ, or nutrient-rich embryo of the rice grain, haven’t been removed. White rice is milled, meaning its bran and germ have been removed. Brown rice is therefore more chewy, has a more nutty flavor and has more nutrient and fiber content. The reason bran and germ are removed is to increase rice shelf life. That’s it.

Here’s what you need to cook rice on the stove. As always, click any picture on this page for a complete, easy to follow step-by-step picture book recipe. More tomorrow.

Why I’m Riding in Bicycles Battling Cancer June 11th

Cancer, heart disease, hypertension, obesity: they’re the leading causes of death in the world, including the US, and all them, regardless of genetics, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and many more highly credible health organizations, are significantly avoidable through better eating and moving our bodies.

I’m riding 100 miles through Central Massachusetts in the Bicycles Battling Cancer event June 11th specifically in memory of my mom, a pioneering female radiation oncologist and cancer patient herself.

Please click this link if you’re interested in helping to sponsor my ride June 11th. I’d appreciate it. And please keep an eye on this site for regularly updated, easy to make, full-on flavorful foods great for fueling a ride, run, or any activity that sustains our bodies in motion.

Thanks very much for your time and interest,

 

Love Fresh Chop Garlic But Don’t Know How to Chop It? Check Out These Picture Book Directions

Chopping Fresh GarlicThere’s nothing quite like the magnetic scent of freshly cut garlic to attract attention to action in the kitchen. And then, of course, there’s nothing like the fantastic punch of flavor freshly chopped garlic adds to any recipe you’re preparing.

First, here’s what to look for when you buy fresh garlic at the grocery store. For optimal flavor and ease of chopping, select fresh garlic bulbs that are firm to the touch and heavier in weight, not those that are dried out, spongy soft, and lighter in weight as shown in the comparison pictures below. Also, avoid garlic bulbs that have started to sprout green shoots or show signs of dark colored mold on or under the bulb’s papery white skin. Finally, select garlic bulbs with bigger garlic cloves as bigger cloves are a lot easier to peel and chop than smaller cloves. Read more »

Warm Apple, Kiwi and Cranberry Fruit Topping Picture Book Recipe

Apple Kiwi and Cranberry Fruit ToppingLast post showed how to ripen and prepare fresh kiwifruits (kiwis). Here’s a fully flavorful way to have those kiwis warmed in a pan with fresh apples and cranberries either as is or over hot cereal, or any way you like.

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How to Ripen and Prepare Fresh Kiwifruit (Kiwi) Picture Book Directions

How to Ripen and Prepare Kiwifruit Kiwifruits, also known as kiwis, are native to Southern China but are now grown around the world with a fresh fruity flavor that’s a cross between bananas, strawberries and pineapple. Kiwifruits are rich in vitamins A, C and E, and their black seeds, when crushed or chewed, are an excellent source of beneficial Omega-3 fatty acids.

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Glow (Mulled) Wine Picture Book Recipe

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Here’s an easy-to-make, fully flavorful hot wine drink to warm you down to your soul on a cold winter evening. The original term for this drink, “Gluehwein”, is pronounced “glue-vine” in German. We in America refer to it as mulled wine, but replacing the word “mulled” with “glow” makes this drink sound much more magically appealing.

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Stress-Free Roast Turkey Picture Book Recipe

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Years ago I put together what I thought was the most stress-free roast turkey picture book recipe available. That recipe produced terrifically tender results because it required roasting the turkey at consistently high heat (450℉/230℃) mostly with the bird in a breast-side down position. Leaving the the turkey breast-side down for most of the roasting time protects the more delicate breast meat from direct heat and also allows the fat in turkey’s legs and thighs to baste the rest of the bird naturally by gravity. That technique, though, has two significant drawbacks: high heat roasting works well only for turkeys weighing up to 15 pounds and consistent high heat roasting temperature creates a lot of smoke in the kitchen. Read more »

Fresh and Easy Apple Pie Picture Book Recipe

fresh-and-easy-apple-pieAll right! My favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, is just around the corner. Friends, family, great flavors, terrific smells – and for some, a 4-day holiday!

The fresh and easy apple pie you see here goes great for dessert anytime, but particularly for Thanksgiving.

Here’s all you need to make this pie. I put the pie crust in a separate insert picture because the recipe itseslf doesn’t show how to make a pie crust, though there is a link to an easy recipe showing how to make the crust shown in that insert.

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Oven Roasted Delicata Squash Picture Book Recipe

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I was first introduced to delicata squash only recently when I shot the recipe you see here with a good friend of mine. I’m now a big fan!

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