Focus on Food – Chicken

Focus on Food – Chicken

Wait – Chicken, like the animal? Yep. At some point in our lives, we realize that the cute little cluckers that we’ve learned about in Old Macdonald’s sing-a-long are the very same ones that we’re eating. Hopefully this isn’t the first time you’re hearing this news…if so, Santa is also…completely and totally real! Obviously! Poultry (including chicken, turkey, geese, and ducks) is a common and well-liked protein source in many diets all around the world. We all know what a…

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Shopping Seasonally

Shopping Seasonally

The season has just changed over from summer to fall. Gone are the days of fruit salads, slices of watermelon, and dipping cucumber to keep cool. And here comes the onslaught of pumpkin this and pumpkin that. Apple picking. Winter squashes. Cranberries. Aside from staying cool and warming up, there’s a reason we eat certain foods with certain seasons. It’s more than just the marketing ploy of “PSL is back!!” and “We always have sweet potato casserole at Thanksgiving!” Those…

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Focus on Food – Garlic

Focus on Food – Garlic

Halloween is approaching, and we’re starting to ward off vampires early here at Salt and Skillet! Garlic is a fantastic ingredient that is used in so many recipes for its aromatics and rich flavor. It’s distinct. Whether it’s on your date’s breath or in a pasta dish – you’ll know. Good or bad, this food works great with onions to provide fullness in a recipe, plus it has tons of other benefits as well! There’s a reason people have been…

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Book Review – How to Cook Everything: The Basics by Mark Bittman

Book Review – How to Cook Everything: The Basics by Mark Bittman

I absolutely love books. Physical books. Don’t get me wrong, I can’t argue with an expansive library on my phone that I can take with me (best for airplanes!) in my kindle reader….but physical books are just¬†better. The weight of them in your hands, the smell of the pages, the ability to flip back and forth through pages to reference easily without frantically swiping and then losing your spot in your eReader…. So, I figured I’d take a closer look…

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Focus on Food – Apples

Focus on Food – Apples

It’s finally fall! Well, here in Buffalo it’s been uncharacteristically SCALDINGLY hot outside, so even though I’ve been wearing jeans and flannel shirts already, others are walking around in shorts and tanks still! I’m ready to let summer go, though, and embrace the chilly, crisp, earthy air of autumn. Shane and I went apple picking the first weekend a local orchard opened up. There were only a few apples ready to go, and even the ones we picked still needed…

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How to Cut an Onion

How to Cut an Onion

An onion is a versatile ingredient that enhances the flavor of recipes. If you’ve ever hesitated to use onions at home, hesitate no more! Whether you’ve avoided them because they make you cry or because you just don’t know where to start when taking a knife to an onion, you won’t have any fears of the vegetable any longer! In this article we’ll cover the parts of an onion you’ll eat and discard, how to prepare an onion so that…

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How to Sharpen Knives

How to Sharpen Knives

Having a sharp knife in the kitchen may be scary to some, but it’s actually much safer than having dull blades! A sharp knife cuts through food more easily, which requires less force and helps reduce slips. Fewer slips means fewer cuts on your fingers. Plus, it will help your knives last longer, giving you more bang for your buck! But why do we need to sharpen our knives at all? They look pretty pointy to me! Sure, they look…

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How to Start Meal Planning (and why you should be doing it!)

How to Start Meal Planning (and why you should be doing it!)

Are you tired of asking “What’s for dinner?” Do you tend to skip cooking dinner because you’re just too tired to think about what to even cook after a long day at work? Do you maybe have a big collection of recipes (printed or pinned?) just waiting for you to¬†someday try it? I have a solution for you. It’s not even hard. It takes about 15 minutes once a week. It’ll save you time and money and frustration. Meal planning!…

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Baked Chicken Breast with Roasted Vegetables

Baked Chicken Breast with Roasted Vegetables

If there is any recipe that serves as a gateway to healthy eating and easy cooking, this is it. This is the first recipe I learned because it’s so simple, cheap, and great for beginners. While I am still learning, I’m no longer a beginner. Even so, when you become more familiar with cooking, not every recipe has to be ridiculously complicated – sometimes simple is best! (Psst – wanna learn more about chicken? Check out this Focus on Food!)…

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10 Awesome Benefits of Living a Healthy Lifestyle

10 Awesome Benefits of Living a Healthy Lifestyle

Okay, so we all know that there are benefits to living a healthy lifestyle. We know we’ll be stronger, be closer to a healthy weight, and give our body the good stuff it needs. But there are probably a few things that are affected that you hadn’t thought of! Here’s the list of how I’ve personally benefited from a healthy lifestyle.   1. Weight Loss I have almost always been overweight. I’ve struggled with overexercising and starving myself and all…

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