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Filed under Cooking and kids, Recipes
Orange blossom and oranges. Taken by Ellen Lev...Image via Wikipedia

I just came from the store and saw they had tons of oranges and grapefruits. I bought some red grapefruits and they are oh, so tasty and good! Had enough oranges so didn’t buy any.

Since I had a good supply of oranges, I’ve been enjoying making fresh orange juice and smoothies, and adding oranges to salads, meats and desserts.

Here is a simple but very fancy dessert using oranges that I often make. I hope you will like it, too. So go ahead, get out some showy tall glasses or dessert goblets and surprise your family with this elegant dessert:

Comments (0) Posted by Lee on Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Filed under Good thoughts, Join Me
The South Park character Chef.Image via Wikipedia

Instead of despair and frustration, think and talk about possibilities and hope. Hope for the future and hope our lives get better. These dismal days will not last forever. After the storms, the sun will shine.

Good things continue to happen to us, our friends call us, there is food on the table. We are blessed with what we have. It may not be all we want, but it is what we have, and for that we are truly thankful.

Chef Crombie

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Comments (0) Posted by Lee on Friday, February 20th, 2009

Filed under Healthy food practices, Holidays, Recommendations

Valentine’s Day is over, but are you still on a sugar high? Chocolates and other sweets can be highly tempting as well as addicting.

Here are 5 tips you can use now to cut back or eliminate sugar:

  • When the urge hits to have a candy or sweet, have a drink of water or brush your teeth.
  • When you have the craving, wait 10 minutes, then wait 20 minutes, then see whether you have defeated it.
  • When a candy attack hits, say to yourself, “I only eat foods that are healthy for me,” or other saying that reinforces your will to stay away or cut down on sugar.
Comments (0) Posted by Lee on Monday, February 16th, 2009

Filed under Cookbooks, Cooking and kids, Holidays, Recommendations
Scottish pancake and fruit crumpet.Image via Wikipedia

I hope you are spending time with your family and special friends today.  Here are some easy suggestions you can do to express your love in a fun way on this Valentines Day.

  • Set out paper place mats and decorate them with a Valentines Day theme.
  • Write an “I love you” note with soap on your bathroom mirror.
Comments (0) Posted by Lee on Saturday, February 14th, 2009

Filed under Cooking and kids, Holidays
Office Manager Debbie Brightens the Zenoss Off...Image by blunck2 via Flickr

Oh, what a busy day! All of these Valentine cookies to bake yet, each with its own secret message.

Here is my secret message for you inside this “Valentine cookie”:

“Thanks for reading my blog.
I hope you are enjoying this.
Come back often.
I appreciate you stopping by
and wish you a very
Happy Valentine’s Day
filled with much happiness!”

Best wishes,
Chef Crombie

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Comments (0) Posted by Lee on Friday, February 13th, 2009

Filed under Cooking and kids, Holidays, Recipes
Buster Brown Valentine postcard by Richard Fel...Image via Wikipedia

This is a cool, refreshing frozen salad perfect to go with your Valentine’s Day meal. It is especially attractive if you have a heart shaped log in which to freeze the salad. If you don’t have a heart shaped container, the mixture can be poured into paper cup-lined muffin pans, individual gelatin cups or other small dishes.

Frozen Fruit Salad

3 oz. package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup crushed pineapple, drained
1 -10 oz. package frozen strawberries with juice
1 banana
1 cup frozen whipped topping, thawed

Comments (0) Posted by Lee on Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Filed under Cooking and kids, Recipes
Burrito at Papa Chevo'sImage via Wikipedia

Why go out to eat if you can whip up a tasty meal in less time than it takes to stop for fast food. You may need to add a few ingredients to your grocery list so you have them on hand. Planning is the key.

This is an easy recipe kids will enjoy. Adult may need to do the cooking of the meat, depending on young helper’s age. But children can help prepare vegetables and roll up their finished product.

Comments (0) Posted by Lee on Thursday, February 5th, 2009

Filed under Books, Cooking and kids

Give Kids the chance to create healthy dishes they make themselves.

If you give kids the chance to help prepare their own food they will eat more nutritionally. What better way to get them hooked on working with food than to have them “help” you in the kitchen.

Just like adults, many children when given a cookbook will not put it down. Encourage this. It is an excellent preparation for this life skill.

Here is a cookbook that will get your kids excited about wanting to make something in the kitchen. They will beg you to let them make something for supper. Check it out.

Comments (0) Posted by Lee on Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

Filed under Cooking and kids, Food patterns and eating habits, Nutrition tips
USDA Food PyramidImage via Wikipedia

Is what you eat really “food”? If you eat it, does that make it “natural food”?

A diet high in “natural food” or “real food” and low in food products (or those heavily processed foods) is a much healthier choice. But how can you tell the difference?

One way to generally tell whether the food you eat is considered “natural food”, or “real food”, is to check on the following:

  • Is the food grown and does it have a close connection to the land? (Considered the best is if the food is grown locally).
Comments (0) Posted by Lee on Monday, February 2nd, 2009

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