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Simply Nutritious, Quick and Delicious

Jenna Smith, Extension Educator brings you helpful tips to make meals easy, healthy and tasty!

Don't Overlook Cauliflower's Potential

Many people find cauliflower bland and uninspiring, and when this colorless vegetable is unseasoned and eaten by itself, I’d have to agree. But you should never underestimate the power of the cauliflower. It’s remarkably versatile with a mild flavor that can work to your advantage, and although it is not a starchy vegetable, its unique texture makes it...

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Microwave Caramel Oatmeal Cake

What Cooks Better in a Microwave?

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The microwave oven is generally used for leftovers and TV dinners, but have you ever thought about making cakes or omelets in the microwave? These foods may actually cook better in the microwave than by other heating methods. Microwave ovens cook food by converting electrical energy into microwaves, which cause food molecules to move back and forth. The...

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spaghetti squash

Should You Salt Water to Cook Pasta?

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Do I need to salt the water when cooking pasta? My years of watching cooking shows on TV would tell me “yes.” But this hefty debate between chefs, dietitians, and the like has gone on for years. As a dietitian, my obvious answer is “no!” but it’s not quite as simple as that. There are two main reasons why some are adamant about salting pasta water....

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Understanding Differences in Hams

Posted by Jenna Smith - Holidays

Ham tends to be a traditional entrée for the Easter holiday meal, and because of its ease, you don’t need a professional chef to cook one. However, you do need to know what to look for when purchasing a ham. Ham comes from the hind leg of a hog. There are many different varieties of ham to choose from. You should decide if you want it cooked, cured, smo...

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