Tips on Grilling Food Safely

Back in April, I shared ideas on reducing food poison and illness with safe food handling in the kitchen. Food safety tips included the 4 steps in food handling:

  1. Clean — Wash hands and surfaces often.
  2. Separate — Don’t cross-contaminate.
  3. Cook — Cook to proper temperatures, checking with a food thermometer.
  4. Chill — Refrigerate promptly.
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Why Cooking From Scratch is Better

Here on the blog, I’ve shared quite a few recipes in the last 6 years. Personally, I prefer eating simple meals using real food. That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy eating out occasionally, or that I don’t like short cuts in the kitchen. Unlike many people, I cannot live on take out. In the US, 60% of households order takeout weekly. With talks about America’s eating habits reaching unhealthy levels, there are ways to turn things around. This includes cooking from scratch and being responsible for what goes into your home-cooked meals. Indeed, you may not be able to cook all the time, and that may require eating out or ordering takeout. However, you benefit more when your meals are cooked from scratch. It can even help bring families together. Having everyone sit at the table and share your evening meal builds strong bonds. Today let’s discuss the main reasons for cooking from scratch.

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Steamed Salmon in Aluminum Foil

Previously I wrote about a good diet for your health with colorful fruits and vegetables and oily fish like salmon and tuna.  One of the most healthy and delicious entrees is wild caught salmon with that red hue.  You may see farmed salmon that looks red – that is a food dye added to look like wild salmon with its antioxidants. Try to always get wild caught salmon for its health benefits if possible.  Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which can help reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure, and decrease risk factors for diseases. It’s a great source of protein, potassium, and selenium, a mineral that protects bone health, improves thyroid function, and reduces the risk of cancer.  Salmon can also help reduce the risk of heart disease, aid in weight control, and protect brain health.

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