One Pan Fresh Chicken Tacos with Smokey Tomatoes and Chiles


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor When we are in the mood for a smoky, spicy taco, this is one of our favorites. To do so we need 1 chicken breast and some previously smoked tomatoes and chiles from a mother batch made earlier in the week. Rather than buy chicken breasts…

Mussels in a White Wine, Olive Oil, Garlic, and Basil Sauce


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor This is a super easy recipe and delicious complete meal in one bowl to throw together assuming you are sure to clean the mussels well. The easiest way to be sure the mussels are free of grit is to purchase them ahead of time, (be sure…

CILANTRO, JALAPENO AND LIME HUMMUS


Recipe courtesy of Donna Hargrove, D.O., Nutrition Editor As with all hummus recipes, many of the ingredients can be increased or decreased according to taste, such as salt and chile peppers. This recipe can also be customized to each person’s taste by adding more jalapeno for more heat and more cilantro for those who really…

Savory Seafood Stew


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor The following recipe uses little neck clams. When using fresh clams one of the keys to delicious clams other than not over cooking the little bivalves is to be sure that they are free of grit, sand, etc. An effective way is to place them into…

BARILLA’S HOME MADE BOLOGNESE


Recipe sent in to NutritionHealthNet courtesy of Chuck Barilla – Culinary Contributor Equipment: Large stock pot, chef’s knife, cutting board, food processor

Hearty Chicken Soup


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor This is a relatively easy and quick recipe for a large batch of chicken soup that can be stored in smaller quantities, frozen and heated up later. One of my favorite reheats is to add whole wheat pasta, noodles or elbows to the soup when reheating…

Roasted Summer Vegetables with Pork Rice and Chutney


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor We’ve discussed the idea of constructing plates of food following the Mediterranean style of proportion, 50 % vegetables, 25 % grains, rice or fruit, and 25% protein. The following dish is a pretty good example of such a construct using seasonal vegetables, rice, and pork left…

Spicy Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Hummus


Recipe courtesy of Donna Hargrove, D.O., Nutrition Editor What’s special about this recipe? Besides being mine, I have incorporated poached garlic instead of uncooked garlic. Poaching the garlic before putting it into a recipe that will not be cooked, keeps the garlic from getting stronger (hotter), as it rests in storage. Information about poaching garlic…

Principles of the Mediterranean Diet


Following the principles of the Mediterranean Diet has shown to prevent or reduce the risks of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity. The Mediterranean diet incorporates the basics of healthy eating — plus a splash of flavorful olive oil and perhaps a glass of red wine — among other components characterizing the traditional cooking style…

Grilled Eggplant


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor When eggplant is plentiful this is one of my favorite ways to prepare the vegetable. It is also one of the simplest and quickest recipes for eggplant as well as one of the tastiest, especially if you choose to grill over wood to add a little…

Olive Oil


This article courtesy of Donna Hargrove, D.O., FACOG, Nutritional Editor Nutrition Factoids: Olive oil is a complex compound made up of fatty acids, vitamins, microscopic bits of olive and other water soluble components. Its primary fatty acids are oleic and linoleic acid. Oleic acid is monounsaturated and makes up approximately 55-85% of olive oil. Linoleic…

Olive Oil – Rosselli Del Turco


Introduction by Chef Bren Ankrum –Culinary Editor A few years ago my wife, Donna, and I had the pleasure of visiting Italy, specifically the Chianti area of Tuscany near Florence or Firenze as it is called in Italian. We stayed in a wonderful two story house situated at the edge of a family vineyard. We…