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Best Kitchen Tools for 2014

By Steven V. Philips - As you may have noticed, I am surrounded by Real Food People. Here and at home. So it’s very risky (ok, stupid) to be offering my  so-called wisdom about food preparation tools as I hold only a beginner’s permit, which limits me to cleaning them. But, in an attempt to advance to a higher level, I’ve rounded up several well-designed, quality tools that will improve food preparation, even at...

Mantras For A Better You in 2014

By Marsha Fottler - Mantras are a good thing. Essentially, they are little words or phrases usually associated with meditation. The sound of a mantra repeated many times in the right setting along with rhythmic breathing empties the mind to allow insight, awareness and serenity to take up the cleared space. Mantras can also be helpful to people who need self encouragement and motivation to commit to a healthier lifestyle and...

Outrageous Vegan Baking

By Anna Dantoni - Bake And Destroy by Natalie Slater is not your average vegan cookbook. This colorful paperback tome has photos of tattooed men and women, funky illustrations, a forward written by a pro wrestler, and a baker who loves football and video games. In writing this book and choosing recipes Slater said, “I wanted to inspire people to try new things in the kitchen with a no-holds-barred approach. Food tastes...

GOURMET HIGHWAY: Christmas in Original Florida

By Doc Lawrence - In 1928 Pulitzer Prize winner Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings left New York for the wilds of Florida, lamenting that her “first Christmas at Cross Creek would break my heart,” but she stayed on to become one of America’s most acclaimed writers. With full knowledge she would miss the traditional celebrations up North, she settled into the small Cracker community of Cross Creek 15 miles south of Gainesville. “It was...

Desserts Will Trend Lighter and Healthier in 2014

By Chef Judi Gallagher - The past few years have witnessed a sweets trend that included donuts, cupcakes and whoopee pies. Expect the year 2014 to trend a bit lighter. One of the of the reasons is obesity awareness and greater knowledge of what too much sugar and cholesterol can do. While the sweet tooth is probably never going to depart most of our senses, lighter, more refreshing desserts are on the way. And smaller...

Sugar Alternatives, Know When to Use Which Ones

By Chef Judi Gallagher - When scanning the aisles at the grocery store, you’ll notice there are an incredible number of  refined white sugar alternatives. How do you know which ones to use? Isn’t fructose bad for you? Sugar is often associated with fattening foods, diabetes and high energy. But there are a lot of sweeteners (not the artificial ones) that have health benefits and taste just as sweet as white sugar. Here...
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