10 Tips for Getting the Best Flavor from Garlic

Garlic can either enhance or overwhelm a recipe.  Here are some tips to ensure you get the best qualities this little gem has to offer. When shopping, choose firm, whole heads of garlic with no mold nor sprouting.Store whole heads of garlic bulbs in a cool, dark place with good air circulation. Replace when it... Continue Reading →

Keep Food Safe!

By Siew Guan Lee – University of Idaho Extension According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COVID-19 is a viral respiratory illness that is unlikely to be transmitted through food. However, it is important to practice hand hygiene and follow safe food handling steps to keep you and your family safe. Foodborne... Continue Reading →

Cooking at Home – The Tricks You Have Been Waiting For

Whether you are new to cooking or have a lifetime of experience in the kitchen, there are always new tricks you can learn to take your cooking skills to the next level. Here are some of our favorite tricks: Toast nuts, such as almonds, walnuts, and cashews, before adding them to your favorite dishes. Save... Continue Reading →

The Thrill of Knife Skills – An Edible Education at Home

“Wait, you’re trusting students with real, sharp knives?” That was one of the questions teachers heard most often at the Edible Schoolyard Project kitchen classroom in Berkley, CA. Since schools closed, their Edible Education for the Home Classroom is a huge hit, with lessons on topics such as “Growing Food From Your Food Scraps”, and... Continue Reading →

Cooking at Home – Knife Skills

Learning how to use a knife can decrease the time you spend preparing meals and can save you money by chopping your own ingredients instead of buying costly, pre-chopped ingredients. However, working with sharp tools can be a little intimidating. With knife skills, a little practice goes a long way. To start, choosing the right... Continue Reading →

Easy Slow Cooker Beans

Raise your hand if you have ever burned a batch of beans… or just dinner. *Raises hand slowly* You leave a pot on the stove, get distracted, and suddenly dinner is a bit more charred than you would like. You might ask yourself, “What can I do?” An easy solution is to pull out that... Continue Reading →

Remember to Wash Your Hands

Lately, we are all hearing about the importance of hand washing and for good reason. Hand washing is one of the best ways to remove germs and prevent the spread to others, and it just takes 5 simple steps! Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold). To save water, turn the tap... Continue Reading →

How to Handle Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Safely

By Siew Guan Lee, MS, RD - University of Idaho Extension Fruits and vegetables provide many nutrients that are essential to our health. Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and some cancers. During a pandemic like COVID-19, it is especially... Continue Reading →

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