Saturday, February 22, 2014

Boiling Water in a Covered Pot


In theory, water in a covered pot should boil faster because as water changes to steam, it absorbs energy, which it carries away from the pot as it vaporizes. In a closed pot, most of the steam is trapped so it condenses (or turns back to water) on the lid and releases its captive energy inside the pot. To find out if the lid made a perceptible difference in practice, we did two tests. In the first, we put 2 quarts of water in each of two identical pots, submerged temperature probes in each, and then put a lid on one. We heated both pots over high heat on identical burners with timers running. The water in the covered pot took 10 minutes and 30 seconds to come to a boil (212 degrees), while the uncovered water took 13 minutes and 20 seconds—about 25 percent longer. We repeated the test with 2 gallons of water in 3-gallon stock pots to see if more water made more of a difference. It did. The covered water boiled in 26 minutes and 20 seconds, while the uncovered water took 34 minutes and 42 seconds—about 30 percent longer. Problem solved.

THE BOTTOM LINE: Water boils faster in covered pots. The more water you have in the pot the more of a difference the lid will make. When boiling water in a pot for which you have no lid, cover it with a baking sheet or aluminum foil.

Water boils about 30% faster with a lid.

Source:  Cook’s Country April/May 2012

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Christmas Baskets: How To Make Your Own!



These are very nice. Source: Howcast

Do you have homemade Christmas gift ideas and how do you make them?

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Friday, November 15, 2013

Cook’s Corner: My Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce!

My Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce

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Photo: © 2013 Anthony Sepe.  All Rights Reserved

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Photo: © 2013 Anthony Sepe. All Rights Reserved.



Hi Everyone,
Here's some homemade applesauce! It is so good, and here's what I did.


3 # McIntosh Apples, cored

100% Orange Juice (not from concentrate, no pulp)

Ground Cinnamon Spice (per tolerance)

Pumpkin Pie Spice (per tolerance)



1.  Cored apples and placed them (with the skin on) in a deep pot on the stove.  (Leaving the skins on gives the applesauce a nice tinge of the red color and fiber.)

2.  Poured pure 100% orange juice (not from concentrate, no pulp) over the apples to just cover them. Brought the apples to a boil; turned down the heat to low until soft.

3.  Added: ground cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice, and stirred well.

4.  Removed from heat. Poured into blender and pulsed about 10-12 times, until the skins were blenderized and applesauce was smooth.

5.  Poured into serving dish and served warm.   Enjoy!

Hope you try it!   -Anthony 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Applebee’s Provides Veterans Free Meal Today



Monday, November 11, 2013

Applebee’s Provides Veterans Free Meal Today

Thank you for your service. What a beautiful world we live in because of your service and your sacrifice!

1254685035B7HGZ6_thumb Who says that there’s no such thing as a free lunch—or even a free dinner? Today, Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar Restaurants around the country are offering a free meal for veterans and military active-duty personnel.

With many years of this kind of promotion and with that in mind, restaurants are in “all-hands-on-deck” mode. The restaurants have been completely decorated in patriotic themes, and all staff will be wearing read, white and blue.

1178380886oTczxd_thumb To qualify for the free meal, customers must bring military identification, such as a Uniform Services Identification Card, Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, current leave and earnings statement, veterans’ organization card, a photograph in uniform, a DD214 form, a commendation. Or, just wear their uniforms.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Healthy Buffalo Chicken Pizza Recipe From Liz Weiss, RD


Healthy Buffalo Chicken Pizza Recipe

Registered Dietitian Liz Weiss combines pizza and buffalo chicken for a unique, tasty treat.




Saturday, November 9, 2013

Pumpkin Cheesecake



The Cheesecake Factory Pumpkin Cheesecake





  • Prep Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hrs 44 mins
  • Servings: 8


    • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
    • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
    • 1 cup sugar, plus
    • 1 tablespoon sugar
    • 3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 1 cup canned pumpkin
    • 3 eggs
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
    • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
    • whipped cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Make the crust by combining the graham cracker crumbs with the melted butter and 1 T sugar in a medium bowl.
  3. Stir well enough to coat all of the crumbs with the butter, but not so much as to turn the mixture into paste.
  4. Keep it crumbly.
  5. Put foil partway up the outside part of an 8-inch springform pan.
  6. Press the crumbs onto the bottom and about two-thirds of the way up the sides of the springform pan.
  7. You don't want the crust to form all of the way up the back of each slice of cheesecake.
  8. Bake the crust for 5 minutes, then set aside until you are ready to fill it.
  9. In a large mixing bowl combine the cream cheese, 1 C sugar, and vanilla.
  10. Mix with an electric mixer until smooth.
  11. Add the pumpkin, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice and continue beating until smooth and creamy.
  12. Pour the filling into the pan.
  13. Bake for 60-70 minutes.


Additional Directions

  1. The top will turn a bit darker at this point.
  2. Remove from the oven and allow the cheesecake to cool.
  3. When the cheesecake has come to room temperature, put it into the refrigerator.
  4. When the cheesecake has chilled, remove the pan sides and cut the cake into 8 equal pieces.
  5. Serve with a generous portion of whipped cream on top.
  6. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 (186 g)

Servings Per Recipe: 8

Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Calories 564.1
Calories from Fat 358
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 39.8g
Saturated Fat 21.8g
Cholesterol 182.5mg
Sugars 35.3 g
Sodium 512.8mg
Total Carbohydrate 45.0g
Dietary Fiber 1.4g
Sugars 35.3 g
Protein 8.9g

Source: Cheesecake Factory

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Hot Sauce in HOT Water



CBS News October 30, 2013 Gail is Awesome!

How do you like your sauce, and what do you use it on?

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Appetite Tool for Older Adults



The Appetite Tool for Older Adults

Good nutrition is important at any age, but it is vital for older adults. Many older adults are at risk for not getting the nutrition they need. Use this tool to learn more about your appetite.

Council on Nutrition Appetite Questionnaire
A. My appetite is
  1. Very poor
  2. Poor
  3. Average
  4. Good
  5. Very good
C. I feel hungry
  1. Never
  2. Occasionally
  3. Some of the time
  4. Most of the time
  5. All of the time
E. Compared to when I was 50, food tastes
  1. Much worse
  2. Worse
  3. Just as good
  4. Better
  5. Much better
G. I feel sick or nauseated when I eat
  1. Most times
  2. Often
  3. Sometimes
  4. Rarely
  5. Never
B. When I eat, I feel full after
  1. Eating only a few mouthfuls
  2. Eating about a third of a plate/meal
  3. Eating over half of a plate/meal
  4. Eating most of the food
  5. Hardly ever
D. Food tastes
  1. Very bad
  2. Bad
  3. Average
  4. Good
  5. Very good
F. Normally, I eat
  1. Less than one regular meal a day
  2. One meal a day
  3. Two meals a day
  4. Three meals a day
  5. More than three meals a day (including snacks)
H. Most of the time my mood is
  1. Very sad
  2. Sad
  3. Neither sad nor happy
  4. Happy
  5. Very happy



Add up the number s for each answer to get the total score. If your score is:

8-16 - You may be at risk for eating and appetite concerns. Talk to your doctor to see if a professional evaluation is right for you.

17-28 - You may have some eating habit and appetite concerns. Talk to your doctor about any eating habits or appetite concerns you might have

Greater than 28 - Good! You don't seem to have any eating habit or appetite concerns. Take this checklist with you to your doctor.

Source: New Screening Tool Detects Appetite Problems in Senior Adults.. American Dietetic Association, accessed June, 2011.

Source:  Healthline

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Cool App: Grocery i Q Please Check It Out!


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It’s described as, grocery shopping made quick and easy with the features you expect from the #1 grocery shopping list app.

This is a great app; check it out at the Google Play Store, which is also Free!  Smile


Grocery i Q


Have a great day,


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Cooks Corner: Sesame Salmon




Sesame Salmon, Photo AICR




  • 3 Tbsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. mirin (any sweet white wine maybe substituted)
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. grated fresh ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch
  • 3 Tbsp. water


  • 1 large egg white
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 lb. (4, 4-oz.) salmon fillets
  • 2 Tbsp. sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1 Tbsp. sesame oil


  1. Whisk together soy sauce, mirin, broth, honey, ginger and garlic in saucepan. Set aside. In another bowl, whisk together cornstarch and water. Set aside.
  2. Whisk egg white and cornstarch in small bowl. Liberally brush skinless side of each fillet with egg mixture and sprinkle with seeds evenly, pressing gently to coat.
  3. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Gently place fillets, seed side down, and cook until the seeds are golden brown, about 5 minutes. Very gently turn over and continue cooking through, about 3 minutes.
  4. Over medium heat, simmer soy sauce mixture, stirring constantly, about 2 minutes. Whisk in the cornstarch mixture and continue simmering until sauce thickens, about 1 minute.
  5. Spoon glaze over fillets. Serve immediately.

SOURCE:  AICR ; October 15, 2013 | Issue 474

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Cooks Corner: My Black Bean Salsa for Labor Day Weekend!



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© Photo: Anthony Sepe


Anthony’s Black Bean Salsa


1 Can of Organic Black Beans with Sea Salt

1/2 Red Onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, diced or 1 Teaspoon garlic salt

1 Teaspoon of Crushed Black Pepper

2 Tablespoons Chili Powder

3 Tablespoons Cumin

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

1/4 cup of water

2 Tablespoons lemon juice

2 Tablespoons lime juice

1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar

2 Ripe Plum Tomatoes, Chopped

2 Teaspoons of bottled Cilantro or you can use fresh



Mix all ingredients in a metal bowl; chill at least a half hour for all flavors to marry.

Serve with a side of Wheat Thins or your favorite crackers.

Enjoy all-year-round, but particularly, this Labor Day weekend.

What special dish are you preparing for this Labor Day Weekend?

Take care,

Anthony Smile

Sunday, August 11, 2013




Thinking of skipping breakfast?

Consider the benefits you’re missing.  Breakfast foods (like egg whites, cereal etc.) are a quick and easy way to start your day with a boost of important vitamins and minerals.  And if you’d like to be more of a “morning person,”  studies show eating breakfast can improve concentration and reduce fatigue in the morning.  What’s more, eating breakfast may help with weight control by making us feel less hungry through the day.  Therefore, be good to yourself and take a few extra minutes to start your day out right!

Source: Wegman cereals

Monday, July 22, 2013

Healthy Buffalo Chicken Ranch Stuffed Mushrooms


Healthy Buffalo Chicken Ranch Stuffed Mushrooms


  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breast tenderloins, chopped
  • 10 ounces white or button mushrooms, center stems removed
  • 1/4 cup non-fat, plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed
  • 1 scallion, finely chopped (reserve green ends for garnish)
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/3 cup Frank's Red Hot Sauce (more or less to taste)
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free crackers or chips, crushed
  • 1/4 cup sliced bread and butter pickles
  • 1/2 teaspoon each, salt and pepper
  • 1 can olive oil cooking spray


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Heat a medium skillet on medium heat. Spray with olive oil cooking spray and add chicken tenderloins. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook on medium heat for 4-5 minutes on each side until cooked through. Remove from heat and finely chop or shred with a fork. Transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  3. To the mixing bowl with the chicken, add the Greek yogurt, garlic clove, 1/2 chopped scallion, dried dill and Frank's Red Hot Sauce. Season with salt and pepper and stir until all ingredients are combined.
  4. Place the hollowed out mushroom caps open side up on a cookie sheet. Fill the caps with the chicken mixture. Sprinkle with gluten-free cracker crumbs and place in the oven at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  5. Top with bread and butter pickle slices and garnish with chopped scallions.

Source: Recipe Rehab July 2013