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Take a closer look at food, one ingredient at a time. I’ll take one food or ingredient and break it down – what’s in it? How do you cook it? Where does it grow? When is it in season? Let’s focus on food!

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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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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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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Focus on Food – Onions

Focus on Food – Onions

Maybe you love them, maybe you hate them. They make you cry, they stink, they’re picky about where they want to be stored…But, onions are a staple ingredient in many recipes! I used to hate onions, but the more I cooked the more I realized how delicious they get when cooked and how versatile they are. They really can transform a dish from blah to yum! That being said, while they don’t provide much nutritional value or functionality in a…

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Focus on Food – Carrots

Focus on Food – Carrots

Veggies can be a touchy subject for some. Kids hate to eat them, adults hate to eat them…Poor veggies. There are a few of us who do actually like veggies, or at least some of them. Carrots are pretty universally well-liked, I think, and are a base in so many recipes. Let’s take a closer look at them, and start off our focus on veggies in good light! Carrots Where do carrots come from? While carrots are native to a…

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Focus on Food – Almonds

Focus on Food – Almonds

  I am totally nuts for nuts! I could eat them every day. Peanuts, pistachios, walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, whatever! During the holidays, I’ve always got a big bowl of nuts on my coffee table with a nutcracker ready to go. (I should keep that going year round…hmmm.) But, there’s one nut in particular that I love as a snack or as part of a packed lunch, and it’s super duper good for you! Almonds Where do almonds come from? Almonds…

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Focus on Food – Eggs!

Focus on Food – Eggs!

What if I told you there was a food that cook be cooked in minutes, in a variety of ways, eaten with just about anything, for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, AND costs next to nothing? Yeah, that’s pretty much why eggs are one of my favorite things. They call them incredible for a reason! For my very first “Focus on Food”, I wanted to cover eggs. We’ll be talking about the nutritional and compositional breakdown of eggs, how to store…

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