Bananas Are Good Food!

I’m sure you’ve seen those ads like this…
Weeping Banana

…that appear or pop up (annoyingly) when you pull up a recipe or just about any resource regarding health, diet, or nutrition on the Internet. For some reason – and I haven’t yet found one that makes any sense even though I’ve sure been duped into believing temporarily that bananas just might be an unhealthy food – bananas have been given an unfairly deserved bad rap. Having said that, though, bananas are one of the most consumed foods in the world and, in the U.S., are eaten more than apples and oranges combined. That alone is a good sign that common sense does sometimes – very appropriately – rule the day. Read more »

Avocado and Mango Salsa – All in Pictures

Avocado and Mango SalsaLast post showed how to cut a mango as easily and mess-free as possible. Here’s a great way to combine the “bite of tropical sunshine” fruit flavor of fresh mango with avocado, fresh cilantro, lime, garlic, red onion, and as much – or little – jalapeño pepper as you’d like to pack together an explosion of summertime flavor. Read more »

How to Ripen and Cut a Mango – All in Pictures

Cutting a mangoAs noted in the article below, mangoes are considered the most consumed fruit in the world – and for good reason. They’re full of tropical flavor and rich in nutrients and fiber. For details, including mango health benefits and recipe ideas, click the picture below for a link to an April 2014 Medical News Today article.

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Pasta with Fresh Chicken Sausage Sauce – All in Pictures

Pasta with Fresh Chicken Sausage SauceLast post showed how to cook pasta to “al dente” (or, “firm to the teeth”) perfection. Here’s a great way to enjoy that pasta – with fresh chicken sausage sauce.

As the word “fresh” implies, the key to making this recipe turn out full-on flavorfully is using fresh garlic, fresh tomatoes, and a good handful of fresh basil – and, you bet, fresh sausage, if you can find it, sure makes a difference.

Here are the ingredients needed to make this recipe.

Pasta with Fresh Chicken Sausage Sauce IngredientsClick any picture on this page for a complete, easy to follow step-by-step picture book recipe.
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How to Cook Pasta to Perfection – All in Pictures

Pasta Cooked Al DentePasta: It’s a popular favorite, it’s versatile, and it’s easy to make.

Here’s all you need to cook pasta to perfection.

Needed to Cook PastaClick any picture on this page for complete, easy to follow step-by-step cooking directions that include tips about how to measure serving size easily for any shape of pasta, how much water to use to cook pasta, and what it means to cook pasta to “al dente” (Italian for “to the teeth”).
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Cinco De Mayo Fresh Salsa and Fresh Guacamole – All in Pictures

Fresh Salsa and GuacamoleHere are two easy to make recipes to bring Cinco de Mayo – or any day – to fantastically flavorful life: fresh chop & mix salsa and fresh guacamole. (Cinco de Mayo, or May 5th, is not Mexican Independence Day but is instead the anniversary of the Mexican’s unlikely defeat of the French in the Battle of Puebla on May 5th, 1862.)

As always, the key to make these two recipes as powerfully flavorful as possible: fresh ingredients. You bet!

Here’s what you need to make fresh chop & mix salsa.
Fresh Chop and Mix Salsa IngredientsHere’s what you need to make fresh guacamole.

Fresh Guacamole IngredientsJust click either picture below for either or both easy to follow step-by-step picture book recipes.

Fresh Chop and Mix Salsa Step-By-Step Picture Recipe Fresh Guacamole Step-By-Step Picture Book Recipe


Fresh 5-Ingredient Nonfat Yogurt Salad Dressing – All In Pictures

Fresh 5-Ingredient Nonfat Yogurt Salad DressingHere’s an easy way to change the flavor and calorie content of the fresh 5-ingredient salad dressing shown in the previous article. All you have to do is replace oil with nonfat yogurt. See the nonfat plain Greek yogurt to oil nutrition fact label comparison below and note that a serving of nonfat plain Greek yogurt is 1 cup (8 ounces) while a serving of oil is 1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce). That means that 1 cup (8 ounces) of oil contains 1920 calories and 224 grams of fat as compared to the cup (8 ounces) of nonfat yogurt shown below containing 130 calories and 0 grams of fat.

Nonfat Yogurt to Oil Nutrition Comparison

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Fresh 5-Ingredient Salad Dressing – All in Pictures

Fresh Salad DressingIt’s all about learning and adapting. What you see below are the ingredients I used to use to make a fully flavorful, quick, fresh salad dressing. But then after working with some fellow military veterans, some of whom had either or both high blood pressure and diabetes, I improvised a dressing on the fly to show them to make that cut out the added salt and sugar. I even cut out the paprika because, as one of the guys said, “You can’t taste that sh– (stuff) anyway”.

Former Fresh Salad Dressing Ingredients

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Cooking Mistakes Can Taste Great!

Cooking Mistakes Can Taste Great

It’s all about not giving up, being flexible, and staying calm – and, you bet, that’s sometimes a lot easier said than done. And while some cooking mistakes are better to walk away from; burned chocolate is a great example – here’s an example of a cooking mistake that turned out tasting great.

I’d recently intended to make a mixed berry fruit pancake that was supposed to look like this…

Berry Pancake

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How to Chop Garlic 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 »

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