Jan D'Atri

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We all know that health and wellness is an important part of our daily lives. I’ve always believed that cooking; besides being a vital family function can be a healthy recreational activity if the cooking process is simple, the ingredients are easy to find and the outcome is delicious. We want to share wonderful, nutritious recipes that make you and your family’s health a priority at the kitchen table. Please, use recipes as a guide. Adapt them to suit your personal taste, diet and nutritional needs. Enjoy iHealthKitchen and come back often!

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This leafy salad green is from the Venato region of Italy, my Momma’s home turf. It wasn't readily available on a worldwide scale before the 1990’s, even though it has grown in the Mediterranean area since Roman times. Back then, it was actually considered an aphrodisiac! (Must be all the vitamin C and iron that the plant is loaded with!) I think it might be an acquired taste, with it’s distinctively strong, peppery taste. But Oh! If you’re not quite ready for an entire salad bowl full of this kicky leaf, just throw a few leaves into a mixed green Spring salad to add real pizazz to the plate!

Saigon Cinnamon
Saigon Cinnamon  
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A few years ago, I was treated to delicious home-baked Rugelach sufficiently laced with Saigon cinnamon, and I’ve never used another cinnamon since. Much like the Madagascar Vanilla, less is more and the flavor is absolutely unbelievable.

Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla
Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla  
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This, I think, is the king of vanillas. I've always used pure vanilla, but this product takes an already great flavor to a whole new mind-blowing level. I generally buy the paste—I love the vanilla bean speckles and the thick texture and rich taste. It’s made from vanilla beans grown on the island of Madagascar and its creamy, sweet flavor blends beautifully with a variety of foods. You’ll find it in most kitchen and gourmet-ware stores. The product’s a bit pricey at $12 a bottle, but you’ll find that you need less and the flavor profile is greatly enhanced.

Tip of the Day

    To make a non-stick cake pan  
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    To make a non-stick cake pan, measure pan and then place two sheets of parchment on the bottom allowing for enough parchment to hang over the pan so that you can easily lift out cake.

    To slice a carrot safely  
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    To slice a carrot safely, cut a small slice vertically from the carrot. The carrot will not roll as you cut it.

    To make a covering for your electric mixer  
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    To make a covering for your electric mixer, find a plastic lid that covers the bowl. Turn the blender on so you can see how the beater goes around.

    To soften cream cheese  
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    To soften cream cheese, remove cream cheese from box but keep aluminum wrapping on. Place in plastic or zip lock back and immerse in hot water for about 20-30 seconds.

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Cool Gadgets

  • Bonny Red Apple Wedger
    Bonny Red Apple Wedger  
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    Slicing and coring apples perfectly is just not a fun job unless you have a cool kitchen gadget like the Bonny Apple Wedger. It has easy grip plastic handles and the stainless steel blades cut right through the apple, dividing it into eight perfectly uniform slices! It’s the perfect handy helper for busy mom’s who pack kid’s lunchboxes!
  • Just Great Stuff Peanut Butter
    Just Great Stuff Peanut Butter  
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    If you love peanut butter but aren't crazy about the fat and calories, you just might go nuts over Just Great Stuff Powdered Peanut Butter! It has 85 % less fat than traditional peanut butter even though it's made with organic peanuts, organic coconut sugar and sea salt. With only 45 calories per 2 tablespoons, this is Just Great Stuff!
  • Messermeister Tomato Knife
    Messermeister Tomato Knife  
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    This is my favorite “small cutting task” knife! In fact, I don’t know what I’d do without it. The fantastic German Knife company Messermeister calls it the Red Serrated Tomato Knife. It’s 4 ½ inches long and comes with it’s own shield. I’ve never found a better knife to slice through tomatoes, small fruit and even hard salami! This handy little knife is only about $8.00 and has always been one of my favorite stocking stuffer gift ideas!
  • Amco Enameled Aluminum Lemon Squeezer
    Amco Enameled Aluminum Lemon Squeezer  
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    With little or no effort, this handy kitchen utensil will let you squeeze every last drop of juice out of citrus and none of the pulp! It comes in 3 different sizes to fit oranges, lemons and limes. The colors are vibrant and cheery, and you can throw them right in the dishwasher when done. We love easy, don’t we?

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