In this issue:
- Treat Them to a Healthy Holiday Favorite: Triple Gingerbread
- Chef's Choice: Top Kitchen Gadgets for 2009
- In the Kitchen: Daemon D. Jones, N.D.
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Treat Them to a Healthy Holiday Favorite: Triple Gingerbread
What better way to say "Happy Holidays" than by treating your guests to some fragrant and flavorful gingerbread. Our take on this old time favorite, from chef Myra Kornfeld, contains powdered, fresh and crystallized ginger for a wonderfully, moist cold weather treat. Serve it to your guests as a festive dessert, or send them home with a home-baked loaf for a wonderful holiday gift. It will surely become a holiday favorite for years to come!
Download Triple Gingerbread recipe
Chefs' Choice: Must Have Kitchen Gadgets for 2009
We polled our MyFoodMyHealth chefs and asked them to share their must-have kitchen gadgets. The selections they came up with make excellent holiday gifts for the cooks in your life, or wonderful additions to your own kitchen.
2009 Top Kitchen Gadget: The Microplane grater
Hands down, our chefs couldn't live without the Microplane grater. "This is truly the premier indispensable tool for zesting citrus, grating garlic, ginger, nutmeg, hard cheeses like Parmesan. Many other wonderful uses." says chef Judith Friedman.
Buy it on Amazon - Microplane Grater/Zester
Second Place: Pressure Cooker
Many people might think the pressure cooker is a throwback to the past. But the pressure cooker is highly versatile and on the list of must-haves for many of our chefs. Chef Lorna Sass says, "I can't live without my pressure cooker, especially when the weather gets cooler and soups come to mind. I do lentil soup in 10 minutes and chicken broth in under a half hour. Beef stew takes about 30 minutes, with fork-tender results. The cooker makes the preparation of beans (no pre-soaking) and whole grains a last-minute affair. It's the answer for a new, healthy definition of fast food."
Buy it on Amazon - Presto 23-Quart Aluminum Pressure Cooker/Canner
Third Place: Vita Mix Blender
Many of our chefs also find the Vita Mix Blender indispensable. "I love my Vita Mix Blender. I make so much soup and this is the way to go for a large batch of smooth creamy blended soup. In the small blender it takes two to three times to fill up and blend a large pot of soup. With the Vita Mix it is one batch and you are done!!! The quality of the machine is very good and lasts a long time, the company is easy to work with if you need a repair. I highly endorse this product - I have had one for 13 years," says Chef Sally Nash.
Buy it on Amazon - Vita-Mix TurboBlend 4500
Fun Mention: The Onion Goggles
Tired of crying over onions? Try these onion goggles, recommended by chef Jennifer Abadi.
Buy them on Amazon - Tortoise Onion Goggles
Other Must Haves
Our chefs also gave us a range of other fun kitchen gadgets they find indispensible. Get a few and wrap them in a basket or bowl with a favorite cookbook, and you have a thoughtful gift that just about anyone will appreciate.
- A good chef's knife and paring knife
- Knife sharpener (for quick-sharpening in-between major sharpenings with a whet stone, chef Laura uses the Mino Sharp Plus Universal Sharpener---it's a ceramic water sharpener)
- Food processor with a chopping blade, a grating blade and a thin-slicing blade
- Blender, food processor, grinder, etc.
- Mexican lemon squeezer
- Mini chopper
- Rasp zester
- Small rubber spatulas that allow you to get every last drop of ingredient out of a small measuring cup, container, or little mise-en-place dish.
- Flat wire whisk that allows you to whisk a sauce or gravy in a pot and get right into the edges.
- Hand held julienne peeler to make spaghetti like strands with zucchini, carrots, turnips and potatoes. The strands can be sauteed with a little olive oil and garlic for a sensational and colorful side dish.
- Measuring spoons with flat bottoms
- Miracle stainless steel rice cooker
- Handheld blender
- Cast iron cookware
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In the Kitchen: Daemon D. Jones, N.D.
Our newest contributor to MyFoodMyHealth is Daemon D. Jones, ND, a naturopathic physician and author of Daelicious! Recipes for Vibrant Living (Healthydaes, 2007). In addition to her practice, Dr. Dae is an emerging voice in community health and is a sought after local, national, and international speaker, author and naturopathic physician who focuses on health education and prevention of disease, nutrition, and behavioral change. As part of her commitment to helping people lead the most vibrant, healthy and energetic lives, she also gives popular nutrition talks and cooking demonstrations, inspiring her audiences to adopt a colorful, healthy whole foods lifestyle. Learn more about Daemon
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