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Food bloggers share what to do with fresh strawberries

Food bloggers share what to do with fresh strawberries

It's strawberry picking season and this juicy summer bounty makes a perfect addition to so many fresh, delicious recipes. Some of our favorite food bloggers share their favorite ways to use nature's gift in June. You're going to love these scrumptious strawberry recipes!... Read More

Love Dad - Cook Him Healthy Food!

Love Dad - Cook Him Healthy Food!

Elizabeth Beal

Sure, juicy steaks, sticky banana splits and tubs of craft beer may be every father’s cookout fantasy, but it’s possible to make dad a special meal that tastes fantastic and won’t leave him in a stupor.

We’ve rounded up our ten favorite healthy recipes for daddy-o’s to enjoy on their day (psst – that’s Sunday, June 16th).

What healthy and delicious treats will you cook for the dad in your life?... Read More

Jess Jackson Sustainable Winery Building opens

Jess Jackson Sustainable Winery Building opens

Supporters and wine industry leaders gathered on May 29 at the University of California, Davis, to celebrate the opening of the Jess S. Jackson Sustainable Winery Building.

This $4 million state-of-the art structure, when fully equipped, will enable the adjacent teaching and research winery, brewery and food-processing facility to operate in a self-sustainable manner through onsite capture of energy and water. It was made possible by a $3 million pledge from the late Jess Jackson and his wife, Barbara Banke, proprietor of Jackson Family Wines.

The one-story, 8,500 square-foot building will eventually house equipment and systems for capturing and sequestering carbon dioxide from wine fermentation, and for filtering and recirculating water for wine, beer and food processing. It is expected to be the first building at any university to be certified Net Zero Energy under the Living Building Challenge and only the second such building in California... Read More

Superfoods for a super you: Raw chocolate

Superfoods for a super you: Raw chocolate

There is something special about chocolate. We all know this. We also know that it's supposed to be healthy, too. Well, those health benefits come from cacao, also known as raw chocolate. So, skip the sugar-filled candy bar and go for a handful of raw cacao beans instead. Your body will thank you... Read More

Fired up for Chile Peppers

Fired up for Chile Peppers

Alana Sugar

Summer brings a variety of peppers, some hot, some not. Because different peppers have different levels of heat, they offer tremendous versatility in cooking.

Hot peppers, also called chile peppers, contain varying degrees of capsaicin, the chemical compound that puts the heat in the hot pepper. (Bell peppers have a recessive gene that eliminates the capsaicin, so they’re never spicy.) The smaller the pepper, the greater the heat, so start BIG to be safe! Here’s a low-down on popular peppers:... Read More

  • Poblano – Mild; when dried, they’re known as Ancho chile peppers.
  • Anaheim – Mild; named after Anaheim, California where it was first planted.
  • Serrano – Pretty hot.

Homemade S’mores Cupcakes

Homemade S’mores Cupcakes

Homemade S’mores Cupcakes

We’re heading into Memorial Day Weekend, which I see as the kick-off for summer. It’s time for BBQs, camping, going to the lake, and laying pool side. I actually went to my first BBQ a couple of months ago (hello, lovely California weather!), and when I was asked to bring a dessert, I wanted to come up with something BBQ friendly. Sure, there’s peach cobblers and another summer fruit desserts, but besides the fact that none of that was in season yet, I also gravitate towards chocolate and cupcakes... Read More

Essential Seasonings for Grilling

Essential Seasonings for Grilling

Elizabeth Smith

Mention the start of grilling season to a diehard grill master and prepare to get an earful about how grilling is always in season. It certainly was in my house growing up. The Midwest’s unforgiving weather didn’t deter my father from firing up our grill. The frequency of grilled meats, fish and veggies at my house meant we experimented a lot with added flavors, from Cajun to Asian-influenced, smoky to sweet spices.  

Dry Rubs: Jamaican Me Hungry
If you haven’t already befriended dry rubs, it’s time. They add depth of flavor to your favorite grilled foods, but try them when you’re baking and pan-frying too. The right combination of spices can give your meal a Southern kick, an island flare or a Texas twist. Try them with beef, tofu, fish, pork chops, chicken breasts and vegetables.

Explore a wide variety of combinations and follow these guidelines for best results:... Read More