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Ancient grains are becoming part of modern menus.

Ancient Grains

Quinoa has been all the rage lately receiving praised as a source of high protein. It is one in a category of ancient grains that has been rediscovered. The term “ancient grains” or “heritage grains” as they’re sometimes called, is popping up more and more on food labels, but there doesn’t seem to be a […]

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In a Pickle

The rise in consumers desire to eat more fresh, locally grown produce has given rise to the old homemaking skills of preserving food.  Check of the educational offerings at community centers, park districts and supermarkets and you’ll find classes on canning, hydrating and pickling. When you go to a farmers market and spy a bushel […]

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Heirloom Tomatoes

You may be seeing some funny looking specimens at your local farmers markets. These are heirloom tomatoes.  Instead of the perfectly red, uniformed size we’re accustomed to seeing, these may be orange or striped, and have ribs or shaped more like a pear than a tomato. A commercial heirloom variety is described as one that […]

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October is breast cancer awareness month.  I was privileged to hear a presentation last month by Dr. Christine Salter titled Breast Health and Essential Oils.  Dr. Salter has been sharing essential oils with her clients since 2009 and has witnessed how essential oils can be used effectively not only for affecting one’s state of mind, […]<img alt="" border="0" src="http://stats.wordpress.com/b.gif?host=reneerenz.com&blog=11303245&post=2106&subd=reneerenz&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1">

Breast Health & Essential Oils

October is breast cancer awareness month.  I was privileged to hear a presentation last month by Dr. Christine Salter titled Breast Health and Essential Oils.  Dr. Salter has been sharing essential oils with her clients since 2009 and has witnessed how essential oils can be used effectively not only for affecting one’s state of mind, […]

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Are Babies Going to Die?

A striking question. Yet that is the point. I worked my way through college as a manager of an Estee Lauder counter at Bloomingdale’s. In case you don’t know, cosmetics are big business with American women spending nearly $7 billion each year. At the time it was a business conducted with the same calm, warm […]

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All She Wanted

What she was thinking: She had been at work all week leading her business.  Somehow she fit in her daughter’s doctor appointments, helped her mother-in-law manage having shingles and caring for her father-in-law who was struggling with serious lung disease. She was getting it all done. She just wanted someone to recognize it. When she […]

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Most meat  gets a grade of prime, choice or select.

Passing the Test on Meat Grades

With Labor Day over, the kids are back in school, worrying about their grades. I worry about grades, too, but the subject is not math or science. It’s meat. Meat is the most expensive part of anyone’s food budget. It can also be one of the most confusing. The same cut of meat can have […]

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The best use for a potato is determined by level of starch.

A Potato Primer

Have you ever seen a recipe that calls for low-starch potatoes and wondered, “What in the blue blazes is a low-starch potato?” I sure have. We love potatoes because they’re so versatile. They can be baked, mashed, fried, scalloped, added to stews and soups, doubled baked and simply boiled. My mother ate raw potatoes as […]

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