Apple Candleholders

Apples are in season, and they just so happen to make adorable––not to mention budget-friendly––candle-holders. We saw this simple craft listed for Halloween, but we think it can be used for so much more.   Place them on windowsills and mantels for a unique way to cast a glow and usher in fall. Use them in a bowl or on a plate for a unique centerpiece for Thanksgiving. Or place some loose greenery around it for a red and green Christmas display.

apple candleholder

Skill level: Beginner

Materials:
Steel tub filled with water (optional)

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Fish Alternatives

Everyone knows that fish is good for us.  Fish are a lean, healthy source of protein—and the oily kinds, such as salmon, tuna, sardines, etc.—deliver those heart- and brain-healthy omega-3 fats you’ve probably also heard you should be getting in your diet. And we are supposed to be enjoying them twice a week.

fish grilled

So why don’t we?

Many of us set out determined to improve our health and diet and head out to the Market to “Get Us Some Fish”. But then it happens:

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The Easiest Way to Preserve Tomatoes: Freeze Them!

Freeze those fresh tomatoes! And we don’t mean after you’ve worked all day in the kitchen stewing, saucing, canning, pasting, and general preserving. Nope! you can freeze those tomatoes right off the vine.

Tigerella Tomato

Skeptical? Well, the folks at thekitchn.com have tried it and here’s what they had to say:

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Cobbler Dough

There are almost as many different types of cobbler dough as there are cobbler recipes.  And in true American style they have some very interesting names:   the Betty, the grump, the slump, the dump, the buckle, and the sonker.  But no matter how you prepare your fruit cobbler many of us will agree that the Deep South tradition of topping it with a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream, is a tradition well worth preserving.

cobble collage

Here is an easy to prepare cobbler dough for the perfect summer dessert

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Tart Cherries – Super Drug?

There was a fascinating article by Lena H Sun in the Washington Post recently.  Ms. Sun had apparently wrenched her neck and instead of reaching for her bottle of ibuprofen, she downed a bunch of freshly picked tart cherries. She went to bed and the next morning she was feeling a lot better.

cherries tart

Ms. Sun had confirmed what a ton of research has been saying; these cherries are packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that help relieve inflammation, pain and damage to cells, organs and blood vessels.

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Storing Produce in the Refrigerator

Some produce are terrible roommates  – they are a bit “gassy”.

The main way to lengthen shelf life of produce is by using cold temperatures to slow food’s respiration, or ‘breathing’ process.”  In general, the warmer the temperature, the faster the rate of respiration, which is why refrigeration is critical for most produce. But while you want to slow it down, you don’t want to stop the breathing altogether. The worst thing to do is seal fruits and vegetables in an airtight bag.  You’ll suffocate them and speed up decay.produce in frig

But some fruits simply don’t get along with other produce – and they

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