Have you ever wondered how to get a beautiful shiny, golden brown crust on your pies, bread and other baked goods? Compare the buns on the left and the right. Which ones looks prettier and way more appetizing? The secret is to glaze or wash the dough with beaten egg just before...
What if there was a simple, sensible guide to eating a healthy diet? I tried to explain the food guide and our dietary requirements to a friend once. It didn’t make sense to her, it seemed too complicated and I’d hazard a guess she isn’t alone. We can learn...
Happy Holidays and a big thank you! Here’s a short video greeting to wish you the very best for the holiday season and the new year. May you always have enough of the things you need in life. With much love and appreciation, from Melody!
While the weather may still be balmy and summer-like, winter is really just around the corner. Now is the time to make sure your pantry is ready for cold weather, comfort food, and easy meals when you don’t want to step outside. The following tips and ideas will help...
Are you a pumpkin spice latte fan? It’s easy to make this popular fall coffee beverage at home! It’s more economical to make it at home and you get to control the ingredients too. You can make your pumpkin spice latte with regular coffee brewed stronger than usual or if you...
It’s pumpkin season, gardeners and farmers are harvesting their crops now so fresh pumpkins are available at farmer’s markets and grocery stores. If you are using fresh pumpkin to bake something or carving a jack-o-lanterns you’ll have nutritious seeds to roast. Roasted pumpkin seeds make a delicious, healthy snack. Add some spices like crushed...
When you think of salsa a chunky, spicy tomato condiment probably comes to mind but you can actually make salsa out of almost any fruit. Tomatoes are actually a fruit even though we serve and eat them as a vegetable.
I picked up some rutabagas at our local farmer’s market recently. The rutabaga is something like a turnip, but it tends to be larger, it has yellow flesh and a sweet flavor without the “bite” that turnips impart. I remember I hated turnips when I was a kid but our tastes change...
This lovely salad is sure to delight, with a combination of cool weather fall greens, crisp, sweet pears tossed in with a maple balsamic dressing and garnished with crunchy candied pecans. We tend to eat less salad in the fall even though many greens grow better in the cooler...