Super Foods to Keep Health Well

Super Foods to Keep Health Well

What Super Foods to Eat to Stay Healthy
We all wonder what we need to eat to stay healthy.  Everywhere we look there’s advice on a new diet to follow, the latest foods to eat to live forever, and the required physical exercises to do to stay in shape.

All this information can be a bit overwhelming and confusing.  Fortunately, here’s an infographic created by Susan Conley at Cook the Stone summarizing a list of superfoods to add to your diet, along with their health benefits.

 

 

 

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Mornay Sauce

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What is a Mornay Sauce?
A Mornay sauce is essentially a bechamel sauce with a combination of cheese melted in.  Some know the bechamel sauce by its less elegant name of white sauce.  Bechamel sauce definitely sounds better, even if it’s basically only milk, flour and butter with a little salt, pepper and nutmeg.  That’s it!

Traditionalists add an egg yolk to give it more creamy consistency (and reduce the amount of flour used). Yet I don’t think it’s necessary.  I also often use olive oil instead of butter to improve its health benefits and make it vegan if I’m going tha…

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Handmade Wonton Wrappers

Handmade Wonton Wrappers

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Why Make Your Own Handmade Wonton Wrappers?
Wonton wrappers are known by several names:  dim sum wrappers, dim sum skins, and dumpling skins, among the most common  Yet in the end this single basic Handmade Wonton Wrapper recipe will help you prepare yummy dim sum dumplings to eat steamed, grilled or fried.

There are other types of dough for other types of dim sum.  To make make buns you will need a dough with a leavening agent, such as yeast or baking powder.  For dumplings to boil in wonton soup, you will need a sturdier dough usually made with eggs added.  Last there i…

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Preparing Pumpkin Puree

Preparing Pumpkin Puree

Roasting vs. Boiling when Preparing Pumpkin Puree
Since pumpkin in cans is almost impossible to find outside of the United States, I usually prepare pumpkin puree from fresh pumpkin.  If you follow this step, remember to leave the cooked pumpkin in a strainer over a bowl for about 30 minutes to eliminate the excess water.  But do not throw this liquid out as it is absolutely delicious to drink as is or to add it to smoothies, oatmeal, soup or any other dish.  I find this liquid to be my autumn gold as it is so refreshing.

Most cookbooks recommend roasting pumpkin in the oven to remove the …

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Braised Belgian Endives

Braised Belgian Endives

Why learning how to braise Belgian Endives is so important?
Everyone in Belgium needs to learn how to braise Belgian endives, commonly known as chicons or witlof in Belgium, at some point in their life.  It should almost be a requirement for citizenship. Many people are a bit intimidated by Belgian endives because they are easy to overcook or often fall apart while cooking.  Yet, braising Belgian endives is actually fairly simple.

 
How to braise Belgian endives
All it takes to braise Belgian endives is a pan, some olive oil or butter, garlic, a touch of nutmeg, a sprinkle of sugar …

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21 Fun Food Tricks

21 Fun Food Tricks

21 Fun Food Tricks to Excite your Table
Yesterday I posted a link to Here are 21 Food Tricks That Totally Change Everything on my Facebook page.  In less than 1 day, more people viewed this article than any other item posted on my Facebook page in the past year!

What makes this post so wonderful?  The title of course whets the reader’s curiosity.  Then the list presents one fun trick after another in a visual way enabling the reader to understand immediately what the food trick involves.  Easy to grasp, simple to implement.

My favorite new fun food tricks on this list are probably numbe…

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Preparing Brown Sushi Rice

Preparing Brown Sushi Rice

How do you make brown sushi rice to replace ordinary white sushi rice?
Tips by Mark Bittman
Brown sushi rice has a slightly nutty flavor compared to white sushi rice, yet provides added nutritional value.  Once you learn how to make brown sushi rice, as described in the recipe below, you will see it is well worth the extra effort.

Mark Bittman’s book How to Cook Everything is one of my go-to references when I begin searching for a recipe. It’s amazing the wonderful variety and depth of choices to be found in this essential book. Mark Bittman often presents a classic recipe yet will also s…

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What are Reasonable Serving Sizes?

Do I overeat?
For my flight from Belgium to Los Angeles I brought extra food (nuts, rice cakes, and apples) just in case I got hungry. I try to have “healthy” alternatives with me in case I do get hungry.

When I saw the size and composition of the first meal on the plane, I was a bit disappointed. About half of the meal tray was filled with the main course of chicken with spaghetti in a tomato sauce. The remaining half was made up of a tiny salad, a roll, a triangle of Camembert cheese, and a square piece of apple cake for dessert.

As I sat in disappointment with the meal I wondered if …

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