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Which Is Better Plastic or Wood Cutting Boards?

Which Is Better Plastic or Wood Cutting Boards?

Many years ago, our government advised against using wooden cutting boards, saying they were more difficult to keep hygienically clean than plastic cutting boards. Recent research, however, shows that a wood cutting board is no more likely than a plastic one to harbor harmful bacteria. […]

Soak Up Your Stress!

Soak Up Your Stress!

Relaxation, we all need it. For most of us we live hectic lives that leave very little room to pamper ourselves, or so we think. Stop! Take care of yourself first. Relaxation can mean different things to different people. For some it could be mediation […]

Decanting Wine

Decanting Wine

Can you lose something if wine is decanted too long before consuming? Answer: In two words, it depends. There are two fundamental reasons to decant a wine: 1. To provide extra aeration for a recent vintage by exposing it to the air as it is […]

A Bit about Olive Oil

A Bit about Olive Oil

Like wine, extra virgin olive oil is a product of a natural fruit, the quality and character of which is largely dependent on the climate. And like the grape vine, there are a many different varieties of olive, each producing olive oils with distinctive style […]

Spices Shelf Life

Spices Shelf Life

Just about every fresh herb or vegetable will stay fresh for about five to seven days, and the ground and/or dried versions will stay fresh for about two to three years. The vibrant color of dried and ground spices and herbs will fade as they […]

Are Your Avocados Turning Brown or Gray?

Are Your Avocados Turning Brown or Gray?

What makes a cut avocado turn brown? Cut avocados turn brown for the same reason that cut peaches and apples darken: the oxidation of phenolic compounds. Almost all fruits (and avocado is a fruit) contain phenolic compounds, which turn brown when they react with oxygen. […]