Kitchen Dictionary

From tips for cooking through chemotherapy to busting healthy food myths to easy, pantry-friendly meal ideas — our team of experts covers it here.
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Coconut Oil

Despite the coconut’s reputation as a fatty fruit, its cold-pressed oil confers a unique flavor and more health benefits than you can shake a palm-frond at. The oil,...

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A growing body of research has linked following a Mediterranean diet pattern, which includes the cashews can help lower levels of LDL cholesterol while increasing HDL cholesterol. Including...

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An old proverb states: “Fish, to taste good, must swim three times: In water, in butter, and in wine.” This homage to butter has since been overshadowed by...

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Here Comes the Sun By Fiona Breslin Perhaps it’s no accident that summer apricots bear some resemblance to that season’s bright heavenly body. The sun-colored stone fruit boasts a cheerful,...

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These little citrus fruits are available throughout most of the year, but are truly at their best when they are in season, from late fall through winter. Recent lab...

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It’s not only the wonderful taste that has earned mangoes the ranking among fans as “the king of fruit.” Bursting with nutrients, mangos are rich in vitamin C,  fiber,...

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Originally native to the warmer climates of Mexico and Central America, the juicy papaya can now be found in tropical countries all over the world.  The bright orange...

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In winter, when other veggies are taking the season off,  antioxidant-rich rutabaga comes to market. Rutabaga is a vegetable that for many reasons doesn’t deserve its near anonymity....

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Fennel: Health Benefits & Recipe Tips

Fragrant fennel has been used for centuries to ward off stomachaches. Atypical in American cuisine, this licorice-like bulb has an honored place at the table throughout Europe —...

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A Happy Home Crumbing By Ann Ogden Breadcrumbs are one of those useful kitchen staples that most people think about only when they make stuffing at Thanksgiving. That short, seasonal...

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Maple Syrup

The Sap of Happiness: Maple Syrup By Chelsea Fisher The big price difference between ordinary pancake and waffle syrup and pure maple syrup is no artificial mark up.  The inexpensive...

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Okra: Health Benefits & Recipe Tips

Okra is a cooking staple in Asia and the southern United States and is divisive among diners for its slightly slippery texture. But when prepared correctly, okra adds...