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    How do you know when chicken breasts are cooked?

    One of the best cooking skills you can ever learn is how to tell when food is cooked and ready to eat. Chicken is the backbone of family meals – so knowing when chicken is cooked is just one of those “ah-ha” moments that saves you so much time and worry. You can confidently know when it’s ready to eat. A digital thermometer is among the the best investments you will ever make. All the guesswork is taken away, you know with a quick check when your food is ready, and it saves you the time of slicing into your protein to check it – which also helps your food…

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    So happy to be back!

    Hello readers! It’s been a long time. Last fall and earlier this winter was personally one of the hardest periods of my life, and I found that a time-out was essential. I am so glad to have made it through such a difficult struggle, and I feel grateful to be back on a healthy, happy and forward-moving path. I am blessed to have the absolute love and support of my family, honestly I don’t know how I would have made it without them. Throughout this period, I was reminded over and over of what food and this endeavor means to me. Despite some dark and painful times, food, the love…

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    When Is Your Food Done?

    It’s tricky to know when your food is done, whether you are grilling or roasting, seafood or big cuts of meat, how do you know? My answer…you have to invest in a digital thermometer. There is a big range of price points, so this is not a pricey investment. Instead, think of your digital thermometer as an insurance policy. You know that when you use it you are not going to ruin your dinner – either by under or overcooking. But, I want to challenge you one step further. Once you start using your thermometer, feel your food every time you take a temperature. Gradually you will start to recognize…

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    Chicken Safety on the Grill

    This is not going to be the most exciting post I ever write, but I think it’s one of the most important. Over the years, I have spent a lot of time in classes learning about food safety and making sure I was preparing food correctly for my clients. While there’s a lot of useless technical information mixed into those classes, there are some super important lessons that can really help the home cook. While grilling is fun and relaxed it can also dangerous. You are touching raw food several times and most people forget to change out their cooking utensils. This leads to cross-contamination, and it can make you…

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    Kitchen Scissors

    Kitchen scissors are one of my kitchen tool MVPs. I have 4 pairs that are solely reserved for the kitchen and make their home in a drawer with my Microplane graters (another MVP) but that will have to be another post…I use scissors instead of a knife for mincing both scallions and chives, it’s super fast and it also doesn’t crush them the way a knife can. My favorite thing to do with scissors is trim chicken and pork. I find it much easier than using a knife and I can skip the cutting board that way. I take a chicken breast out of the packet one by one, trim…

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    Zest Everything

    I absolutely love the brightness and flavor lemons and limes add to food. Years ago, I had an epiphany – if the recipe was calling for lemon or lime juice why not add the zest? No matter what I am making – marinades, salads, sauces – I always zest my lemon or lime. It takes just a few seconds of your time to really deepen the flavor and texture of any dish. All you need is a microplane grater and you are ready to go!

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    Make Delicious Ground Turkey and Chicken!

    We all know that you should cook with ground turkey and chicken much more frequently than you use ground beef. But what about the fact that ground turkey and chicken just don’t have that much flavor? Over many years of experimenting, I’ve figured out a way to amp up the flavor in lean proteins while still keeping it a super healthy choice. First, you need to add a little oil. I always start with adding a tablespoon or two of olive or canola oil to my pan. I let the oil heat up and then I add my ground protein. I also don’t use a spatula – I think it’s…

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    Make Asian meals healthier

    Do you love Asian food but worry about the sodium? I know I do! Even if you are making the meal yourself, you still have to be careful about the sodium in different ingredients. Always make sure to use the low-sodium version while cooking. My secret technique is to use a small amount of chicken broth to replace certain ingredients. For example, you can replace a 1/4 cup of chicken broth for soy sauce in many recipes. The healthiest chicken broth is made by you, but there are many brands out there that are healthy choices. Check out my Chicken Yakitori recipe for an example of a chicken broth swap.