Slow Cooking: Maidu Indian Style

Posted on 08/9/2012 by | Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthFast food is frequently blamed for the rise in obesity across the nation. Although a causal relationship between fast food and surplus pounds in adults has yet to be established, one study clearly linked the rise of childhood obesity with the rise in children’s fast-food consumption. According to the study of 6,212 children, one out of every three children eats fast food on a daily basis, and the trend “likely packs on about six extra pounds per child per year.” …

Making Calories Count: Recipe for Chicken Cacciatore—Mouth-Watering, Healthy Chicken Dish

Posted on 08/2/2012 by | Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthMy neighbor Richard Scammell is a wonderful cook. Cooking is Richard’s hobby, but when it comes to food preparation, Richard is a highly skilled and well-educated professional. (He’s even traveled to Europe to take cooking classes.) Richard and I share a love of creative, healthful cooking. When I asked him for ideas that I could share with readers, he sent this simple recipe for Pollo alla Cacciatora (Chicken Cacciatore): Pollo alla Cacciatora (Chicken Hunter Style, from Umbria, Italy) Serves 6 …

Shopping for the Cheapskate Chef

Posted on 12/19/2011 by | The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsEverybody in my family knows that I love to cook (cheapskate-style, of course).  So for holiday gifts, people often give me kitchen utensils or small cooking appliances.  Now, I love my family dearly and appreciate the thoughtfulness behind their gifts, but I like to keep things simple in my kitchen. I’m not big fan of novelty kitchen gadgets that just take up space. Do I really need a special tool to remove olive pits, AND another one to remove cherry pits? But …

Sweets Minus Guilt = Better-For-You Holiday Cookie Recipes

Posted on 11/30/2011 by | General News | Comments

Personal HealthThis is a guest post by Annie Lynsen, on loan to AARP from Small Act. I’m committed to my healthy lifestyle, but the idea of a holiday without cookies makes me really sad. That’s why I was so excited to find not just one, but several collections of better-for-you holiday cookies. They all include healthy swaps to help cut the fat, calories and guilt that often go hand-in-hand with holiday sweets. A word of caution, however – even though these cookies …

Try a Baggie-Brunch for Affordable, Fun Entertaining

Posted on 09/15/2011 by | The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsMy wife and I invited two other couples over for brunch last Sunday. We like getting together with friends, particularly in our home instead of an expensive restaurant. We’d rather see friends more often over a simple, home cooked meal, than less frequently for a pricey dinner out. Although we host a lot of potlucks, we’ve found that brunches tend to be the most budget-friendly entertaining option. 

Dr. John LaPuma: Culinary Medicine

Posted on 10/25/2009 by | General News | Comments

EntertainmentFrom Kim Barnes Dr. John LaPuma, also known as the ChefMD and the author of “ChefMD’s Big Book of Culinary Medicine: A Food Lover’s Road Map to Losing Losing Weight, Preventing Disease and Getting Really Healthy,” gave his audience basic tips for storing and preparing food to help reduce issues with impotence, premature wrinkling, many cancers, arthritis and others. Among his tips: Marinate meats with rosemary Store watermelon outside the refrigerator Eat 1O walnuts 10 minutes before eating fast food …