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Saturday
Jun212014

Find farmers markets in New Jersey and nationwide with USDA  directory

Scotch Plains Farmers Market, open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays in the town parking lot at 430 Park Ave., has produce, flowers, cheese, prepared food and more.

Farmers markets can offer the freshest of both familiar and less familiar types of seasonal produce.

If you love your fruits and veggies as much as we do, check out the USDA's farm-market finder,  the Farmers Market Directory.

At farmersmarkets.usda.gov, there are lots of statistics and farmer-centeric details like the total number of registered farm markets and the states with the highest number. But most of us will just want to find farm markets -- say, one that will have Jersey Fresh tomatoes, peaches and local honey. The nationwide database lets you search for markets by ZIP code within a specified radius.

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Friday
May162014

Whip this up: Evaporated milk makes a fluffy dessert topping

Whipped evaporated milk on fruit cups. From Meals.comEvaporated milk can be whipped into a stand-up topping for fruit salad, pie, cake and other desserts. Apparently grandmothers have been doing it since the Depression days.

We like to think of it as a lighter option that can always be conveniently on hand in cans or powdered form. Meals.com gives the following instructions to make about 3 cups of this whipped cream alternative. The recipe should be halved if needed, so all the topping will be used the same day.

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Saturday
Mar012014

Foods for the two-day diet: pomegranate molasses recipe for oatmeal

The whole idea of 5:2 dieting, or intermittent fasting, has been popularized by “The FastDiet,” a best-selling book written by BBC medical journalist Micheal J. Mosley after he tried it himself.

Intermittent fasting has been said to be helpful for weight loss, digestion and, according to the Reader's Digest book "The 2-Day Diabetes Diet," even issues of diabetes.

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Thursday
Feb272014

How to make ebelskivers: Experts share their tips 

Camilla V. Saulsbury, author of “150 Best Ebelskiver Recipes” (Robert Rose, $24.95) says getting the pan to the right temperature is key. “If the pan's not hot enough, it's not going to cook quickly, and it will be very difficult to flip them over,” she says. At the right temperature, flipping is relatively easy with a little practice. Saulsbury uses a scoop for equal measures, but at least one Danish chef pours the batter from a pitcher, pokes the ebelskivers with a skewer and uses the skewer to remove them. (See the featured video with Arne Solvang, founder of Solvang Restaurant.)

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Wednesday
Feb262014

Better Homes and Gardens 'Skinny Slow Cooker': Red posole soup recipe 

Red posole soup from "Better Homes and Gardens Skinny Slow Cooker" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) When a slow-cooker recipe takes less than four hours to cook, it’s obviously not a dish that can sit home alone during a work day or simmer overnight as you sleep.

The new Better Homes and Gardens “Skinny Slow Cooker” cookbook (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $19.99) boasts “more than 150 recipes to cook while you’re away,” but many will finish in less time than it takes to run a few errands.

As slow cookers increase in popularity, the number of ways to use them is expanding. We’re seeing more recipes for relatively quick dishes in the two- to four-hour range. Such op tions are perfect during the cooking-area crunch for holiday or party spreads, or if a kitchen is being remodeled.  The “skinny” part of this volume comes in lower-calorie ingredients, less fat and more fiber.

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