How To Make Food Taste Better

Cooking at home should not be a chore, and there are some basic tenements to cooking that will make your time in the kitchen more efficient and more enjoyable! Here’s three basic techniques, no culinary school required!

Licorice

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Licorice seems to be one of those ‘love it’ or ‘hate it’ flavors – probably because it has such a strong and distinct taste. Licorice is not just a candy, it is actually an extract from the Glycyrrhiza Glabra plant, which means sweet root.

Iced Tea From Rooibos

Red bush – or Rooibos in Afrikaans – tea comes from the leaves of a bush that grows in southern Africa and like many teas has valuable antioxidants. If you’re craving flavor, it comes in vanilla, orange, peach and even red bush chai. Don’t forget to get my recipe for rooibos -iced tea!

Soups For Summer

When the summer heat wave hits, I start to think about recipes that don’t require the oven or stove top, and that’s what inspired my recent recipes in Self Magazine. In this post, I focus on easy-to-make, flavorful summer soups that only require a few fresh seasonal ingredients.

Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches

I indulged in many a store bought ice cream sandwiches in my teen and 20’s, before I knew what was in them. I still like to have them from time to time, but now that I’m used to eating lighter I want a chilly bite that’s more ‘ice cream’ and less sandwich – something small that I can make myself with less preservatives.

Start Your Fall Off Right With Superfoods

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Summer’s not over yet but you can start planning for fall the fun way. Do a little surfing, both in the ocean waves and on your favorite food blogs! Bookmark some fresh new meal ideas that use the healthiest foods around, like pomegranate, quinoa, and pumpkin seeds to make your fall more fabulous. I’ll show you cooking hacks and tips to get these foods fast, so you can smoothly sail into your fall routine.

Washing Fruits and Veggies

Concerned about pesticides on your fruits and veggies? If you only have enough room in your grocery budget for a few organic ‘must haves’, then zero in on the following 12 fruits and vegetables. In this article, I also explain my philosophy on waxed fruits.

Healthy Happy Hour

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Do you love going out with friends but hate the idea of racking up hundreds of calories from those sweet frozen drinks? See my Healthy Happy Hour drinks in the July 2008 issue of Self magazine, and find out how to make them fresh and light at home!