Get the particulars on plums

December 4, 2014

When you ask folks to name a stone fruit, they’re apt to say peaches, cherries or even apricots. Sometimes overlooked for flashier fare, the plum is a delectable, low-calorie choice that’s packed with nutritious value. Sometimes called a gage, the plum boasts more than 2,000 varieties. Here in the U.S., fruit connoisseurs can choose from… Read more »

White Chocolate: Not really chocolate?

December 3, 2014

As it turns out, white chocolate shouldn’t really be called ‘chocolate’ at all! Interestingly, chocolate must contain chocolate liquor to receive the chocolate moniker. Good white chocolate contains cocoa butter, sugar, milk solids, vanilla and lecithin. Despite that, white chocolate likely got its name for the similar way that it’s made in relation to its… Read more »

Health benefits of chocolate

November 20, 2014

Have you had your flavonoids today? Once you know the benefits of what was once called Vitamin P, you’ll be asking yourself this daily! Derived from natural sources, flavonoids help protect plants by shielding them from environmental toxins and helping repair damage. Where does one find these flavonoids with antioxidant power? Chocolate! Flavanols are the… Read more »

Jam, Jelly, Preserves, Marmalade – what’s the difference?

November 16, 2014

Some people like jam, some like jelly, some insist on marmalade. What’s the difference? Let’s start first with what they have in common – they all are basically some sort of fruit that has been combined with sugar, boiled until the sugar dissolves and then put into sterilized jars. So, what differentiates them? Jellies include… Read more »

Storing, Cleaning and Using Fresh Mushrooms

October 15, 2014

You know the difference between a white button, cremini and shiitake, but do you know how to keep mushrooms at their freshest? Mushroom care begins the moment you arrive home from the grocer. If your mushrooms are loose, transfer them to a paper bag with the top loosely folded over. You’ll then want to get… Read more »

Get ’em while they’re here…Palisade Peaches

September 2, 2014

They say you haven’t tasted a peach until you’ve tasted a Colorado Palisade peach. And, that’s saying something considering other parts of the country have made the peach its state symbol! Its velvety skin, deep and rich colors and juiciness make Palisades peaches a delicacy that people wait for year round. Plus, the numerous varieties… Read more »

Fresh or canned pumpkin? I’m a fan of the can!

November 15, 2013

With the hubbub of the holiday season, busy cooks want to know…is fresh or canned pumpkin the way to go? In a lot of cases, I advocate for fresh herbs and veggies. But, when it comes to pumpkin – I’m a fan of the can. Sure, you can go to the trouble of cutting, cleaning,… Read more »

Four ways to finger-lickin’ good Barbeque Sauce

June 10, 2013

If you want to start a fight among foodies – have them debate the merits of their favorite regional barbecue sauce! Whether you like your meat with a dry rub, mopped with a sweet sauce or smoked over mesquite – there’s a method and taste to suit every palate. There are four generally recognized styles… Read more »

Feta cheese

June 5, 2013

Feta is a white, brined cheese with small or no holes, a compact texture and no skin. It is usually formed into large blocks, which are submerged in brine. Its flavor is fresh, tangy, slightly herbal and always somewhat salty. The saltiness comes largely from the brine it is packed in. Purchasing feta not stored… Read more »

The incredible, edible egg

January 13, 2012

You’ve seen the ads and heard the jingle about the Incredible, Edible Egg. But, have you stopped to review how healthy, powerful and wonderful this self-contained food really is? Eaten whole, one egg has lots of vitamins and minerals – all for 70 calories per egg. Some time ago, Americans began to shy away from… Read more »

Looking for More Recipes from Lee?

Lee's latest award-winning book, Fresh Tastes includes 173 recipes, many of which are exclusively found in the book.

Order Now

The Perfect Gift for Mothers and Daughters.

A mother/daughter collection A Well-Seasoned Kitchen, includes an award-winning and inspiring collection of 180 recipes.

Order Now