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Apple Crunch For Food Day October 24th

Nothing says fall like the "CRUNCH" of an apple! And to celebrate, join me in a CRUCH, SNAP and TWEET Apple Crunch effort as part of Food Day on October 24th to raise awareness about eating better by including plenty of fruits and vegetables and supporting local...

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#FoodDay2015 Apple Mimosa

That was easy - CRUNCH, SNAP and POST on October 24th for Apple Crunch Day! Thank you for joining me and local community members, businesses and farmers in raising awareness about eating better for our health and the environment, access and affordability of fruits and...

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#FoodDay2015 Apple Stuffing

That was easy - CRUNCH, SNAP and POST on October 24th for Apple Crunch Day! Thank you for joining me and local community members, businesses and farmers in raising awareness about eating better for our health and the environment, access and affordability of fruits and...

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#FoodDay2015 Apple Crumble

That was easy - CRUNCH, SNAP and POST on October 24th for Apple Crunch Day! Thank you for joining me and local community members, businesses and farmers in raising awareness about eating better for our health and the environment, access and affordability of fruits and...

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Apple Mimosa

Apple Mimosa - - Apple Cider, Champagne, Butter, Brown Sugar, Apple Slices for Garnish (Optional), In a small saucepan, simmer apple cider until it is reduced to a fourth of its original quantity. It will get thick like syrup. Allow to cool and chill. Lightly rub the...

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Apple Stuffing for Chicken, Pork or a Great Fall Side

Apple Stuffing for Chicken, Pork or a Great Fall Side - - Chicken Broth, Dried Cranberries, Butter, Onion (Chopped), Celery (Coarsely Chopped), Granny Smith Apples (Cored, Peeled, & Finely Chopped), Pecans (Coarsley Chopped), Eggs (Large), Milk, Orange (Zested),...

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Apple Crumble

Apple Crumble - - Granny Smith Apples (Peeled, Cored & Sliced), Brown Sugar (Packed Well), Flour, Oatmeal, Walnuts (Coarsely Chopped), Cinnamon, Butter (Softened), Preheat oven to 375ºF. Put apple slices in an 9-inch square baking dish. In a small mixing...

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Afternoon Pick Me Up

Does afternoon have you looking for energy in all the fun, time-off places? How about a quick getaway to Mexico with Mexican Hot Chocolate Yogurt with Berries from Sarah Haas, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Chef.  ...

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Pop-Up Farm Dinner Raises Money for Barnard’s Orchard

Nectarines, plums, and peaches…there’s nothing like the first bite of pure nature’s sweetness…and, nothing like the second bite with juices dripping down your hand and nothing like the last bite, thinking that was the best each you EVER had. Until the next one. But...

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Food Poisoning – How to Keep Your Kitchen Safe

  With the recent outbreak of food poisoning at restaurants, people are wondering, “How did this happen?” and “How do I keep my kitchen safe?” No one wants to be sick during the holidays! While there are thousands of germs that can make us sick, the highly...

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Hot Cocoa Moment

With all the hustle and bustle of the season, take a moment to relax. For some this moment is when you plop on the couch with a book, submerge in a hot bath or curl up with the sleeping cat for lesson in “taking it easy”. And when it’s cold outside, nothing gives me...

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Cultural Holiday Quiz

Test your knowledge of holiday traditions around the world. Learn the answers listening to great conversation at Libby’s Luncheonette on WCHE1520AM (listen live) at 12:15 pm EST. Hanukah – Israel                                     Seven fishes Christmas – Mexico    ...

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Translating Traditions

Connecting with family traditions always seems especially important this time of year.   I remember my mom’s recipe box was that dated olive green plastic that matched the living room curtains and modeled green wall-to-wall carpet. Don’t laugh, that was in style when?...

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Citrus Spiced Olives

‘Tis the season of getting together.  From a small dinners, to holiday parties, to neighbors stopping by for a chat, you never know when an occasion will arise.  I like to be prepared with a few ready-made foods that I can put out, or quickly put into a small mason...

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Flavors of Summer

  Quick…what are your favorite flavors of summer? So many I know, but three are at the heart of summer cooking – tomatoes, corn and basil. Love ‘em! In season and as fresh and local as your back yard garden, or at least your nearest farmers market, these flavors...

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Thanksgiving Cooking Classes

Thanksgiving is just around the corner...believe it or not!  And, I have a couple of cooking classes to get us all in the mood to have fun in the kitchen! It's all about having a good time and experiencing easy-to-do-at-home great ideas that will make your table a...

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3 Locations for Cooking Classes

Kitchen Kapers October 12, 2013
, Saturday Okto-beer-fest: Celebrate Cooking with Beer Celebrate Octo"beer"fest with an October feast of recipes made with beer. You’ll explore some delicious flavors developed through cooking with beer. There will also be a...

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Come cook with Libby

Here are a few of my upcoming cooking classes.  You'll find more classes and at other locations, see the Cooking Classes page of this blog. October 8, 2013 Three Cheers for Homecoming! Crisp nights and sunny days, welcome home Fall and the gang.  Filled with foods for...

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Fall Cooking Classes Are Here!

Here are several of the cooking classes I'm hosting this fall. Great Harvest Bread Company 933 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills, PA  19342 Tuesdays from 6:00 to 8:00 pm Fresh, local ingredients from Pete's Produce Farm. BYAA&B:  Bring your appetite, apron and beverage...

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Nothing in the House but Spanish Rice

It was one of those evenings... time to cook dinner, but there was nothing in the house.  Nothing, but bits and dabs of this and that, none of which seemed to go together…at first.  But these bits of this and that became the makings for something excitingly different...

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Hydrating Foods to Beat the Heat

What are the top 5 foods to help you stay hydrated and healthy? Summer is for salads…and at a hydrating 96% water, lettuce piles on the potassium,  a necessary electrolyte when active for longer periods of time in the heat. Water-me Melon, 91% water, is another source...

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Fourth of July at Libby’s Luncheonette

From water ice to foods off the grill, the 4th of July is a celebration!  Find out how your celebration can unite the tastes of the nation.  Plus. a homemade recipe for water ice so delicious, who would think it's healthy?  And if you've ever wondered about why you...

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Road Trip Snacks: Set the GPS to Arrive Healthy

Summer, sun and fun…it’s time to get out of town for a vacation, even if it’s just for the day.  And what better way than a good ol’ road trip. For many, a road trip justifies indulging on salty, high-fat snacks, candy, sugary beverages and a lot of extra calories. ...

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Mother “May-I-naise”

Remember back, way back, to when warm afternoons were filled with fun “Duck, Duck, Goose!” “Red Rover, Red Rover,” and “Kick-the-Can.”   Such a highlight of childhood days, I remember begging my mom, “Please Mama, may I …?” Mom’s approving “okay”—mothers seem to...

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Game-Day Strategy Runs Up the Score

There is nothing like the early winter months for a sports enthusiast.  The can be a non-stop marathon of games for the coach, home commentator and even the non-fan. Coming out a champion in managing calories can be more challenging than the Eagles winning the Super...

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Save Room for Pumpkin Pie

What a shame… to pass on the pumpkin pie. What’s Thanksgiving without it?  And yet, this year millions will over feast and pass on our country’s crowning jewel to Thanksgiving traditions - pumpkin pie. And, understandably.  When eating 2,000 to 4,500 calories in one...

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Goblin-please’n Healthy Halloween Treats

Goblins, ghouls, and ghosts…large amounts of Halloween candy spooks many parents. While kids like sweets, research shows children between 3 to14 are just as likely to choose non-candy fun-treats as they might candy. Finding Halloween fun-treats is as easy as going to...

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Keep the Doctor Away: Proof is in the Apple

“And when you crush an apple with your teeth, say to it in your heart: Your seeds shall live in my body, And the buds of your tomorrow shall blossom in my heart, And your fragrance shall be my breath, And together we shall rejoice through all the seasons.” ― Kahlil...

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Fall kabobs & maple, cayenne, toasted pecan sauce

butternut squash peeled, seeded, cut into ½”x1” cubes fennel bulb, cut into 1”x1” pieces apple, peeled, cored, cubed 1”x1” applewood smoked bacon (optional) Over medium heat, add squash and ¼ cup water.  Cover and simmer approximately 10 minutes or until the squash is...

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Thera-organize-omi

Feeling brain bog, overwhelmed by clutter, blurred by words written here and there… they say the practice of origami could help clear, organize and focus our minds and work stations.  With the 8 ½ x 11” canvas laid in front of me, who can dispute looking at a blank...

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Watermelon Wind-Down into Fall

I spent almost my entire life disliking watermelon.  Oh, it’s okay, but nothing I ever craved.  And, if it was offered, I would agree to accept only a thin slice as if that might put me over the top with of my caloric rationing.  All that could be heard was the slurp,...

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Foraging for Mushroom Inspired Eats

Drenched, I ran back to the car as if I could dodge the flood of rain that put an early end to the first day of the Kennett Square Mushroom Festival.  The opening day ended before I could forage the festival for all the mushroom delights. Here, mushrooms were far from...

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Don’t Overlook the Common Mushroom for Optimal Health

Local markets are bursting with color this time of year.  Red, green and yellow peppers, orange winter squash and deep, dark greens fill many hand-held baskets making it difficult to nestle in a bunch of crimson beets or head of purple cabbage. In the midst of so much...

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I Couldn’t Resist

Farmers markets are an irresistible sight for finding unique and inspiring ingredients for my next kitchen creation.  And when I discover one that I haven’t seen before…it is as if I just got the emergency call that the fire is inside. Like many inside farmers...

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Give me a little dirt

The joy of gardening gives me peace, stimulates my mind, helps my strength and flexibility, provides an abundant supply of nutrition and even saves a few dollars.  I can’t live without it. I have had back-yard gardens, container gardens on a third story deck and...

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