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Why We Chill Wine

Why do some wines taste better when chilled? Learn the science behind it and discover 5 'chillable' wines that you'll enjoy all summer long.

Hot Dogs - A Brief History

Hot dogs are the most popular food served at barbecues, baseball games and picnics. Learn a bit about how the 'dog' came to be and which dogs fit into a healthier summer menu.

Local Lamb for Spring

Spring is the season for lamb, and if you're in Utah you're in luck - one of our great lamb producers is back in business!

Tips for Freezing Fresh Food

Meal planning is an art rather than a science, and we often buy more fresh food than we can eat before coming up against the 'use by' dates. Learn some simple tricks for freezing fresh food that will save you money and time.

What is a CSA?

Community Supported Agriculture programs have been around for a long time, but in recent years they have gained huge momentum. Find out what they are, how they work and why you should join one.

Good Irish Food and Guinness

Irish pubs can be found in most cities in the United States, but it isn't until St. Patrick's Day that a broader focus is placed on the hearty fare of the Emerald Isle. We have a menu idea for your St. Paddy's party, and be sure to wash it down with a big glass of Guinness.

Asparagus - ‘Tis the Season

Asparagus is at its peak in spring, so make the most of it while it's fresh! We have some great recipes and even a few tips for aspiring asparagus growers.

Honey - A Local Superfood

The Beehive state wasn't so named because of its honey, but it could have been. Try some honey from a local producer and see what sweet, sticky goodness is all about.

Valentine’s Day - A Primer

Valentine's Day is known for lovers, chocolate and pink paper hearts. The story of how it all came about is an intriguing one, filled with love, death and martyrdom.

Milk:  The Udder Truth

Milk is a highly processed food. Learn about the different milk choices and which type of milk is best for you.

Top 10 Recipes of 2012

What's a new year without top ten lists from the prior year? Find your weeknight cooking inspiration from this top 10 list - the best recipes from

Thanksgiving Menu and Make-Ahead Ideas

Thanksgiving meals are truly something to be thankful for. Try some of these classic dishes. We give make-ahead suggestions for each so you can enjoy the holiday, too!

Turkey Basics:  Equipment

You may have kitchen equipment coming out your ears, but be sure to do a quick check before you tackle Thanksgiving dinner. The items listed here can make the day much easier and more efficient.

Roasting a Turkey:  Frequently Asked Questions

Even the most seasoned cooks have questions when it comes to roasting a whole turkey. It just isn't a dish that is made often enough for most to master. If your questions aren't answered here, but sure to check the Ask the Chef Forum for more dialog.

Turkey Tips and Techniques

Roasting a turkey isn’t difficult, but below are some guidelines that will de-mystify the process and help you create the most delicious turkey ever.

Wheat-Free Flours

There is more to life than all-purpose flour, especially if you have a sensitivity to gluten. Read about these non-wheat flours and learn when to use them for best results.

Wheat Flour Varieties

Wheat flour comes in more varieties than just whole wheat and white. Learn about the various protein levels and which flour is best for what you're cooking.

Fresh vs. Frozen Foods

While frozen TV dinners may not do much to whet your appetite, frozen whole foods just might be the ticket to enjoying off-season favorites.

Internal Cooking Temperatures

Cooking meat to the proper internal temperature will ensure that your food is safe, moist and delicious.

Fruits and Vegetables by Season

Choosing the freshest and best produce means buying what's in season. Here is our guide to fruits and vegetables organized by winter, spring, summer and fall.


Rice is one of the most popular grains in the world. Learn about the different varieties and how to it for best results.

Simple Sauces Make Good Food Great

Most proteins and vegetables benefit from the addition of a little sauce. It doesn't have to be complicated, just something to complement the dish and add moisture.

Making Homemade Salad Dressing

Making homemade salad dressing is easy and can be done with ingredients you already have on hand. Don't douse your fresh produce with stuff from a bottle, make it yourself in a flash!

Omega 3 Fatty Acids:  The Benefits

There are good fats and not so good fats, and omega-3's are among the best in the good fat category. Learn how you can make them a regular part of your diet.

Grass-Fed Beef

Making the switch from conventional beef to grass-fed beef means you'll be paying more for your meat. Here's why you should do it today.

Heirloom Foods

Heirloom foods are those that are grown from seeds that have been saved from a crop and passed down through the generations. Many fruits and vegetables have heirloom varieties, and whether you grow them yourself or buy them, you will love their superior flavor.

How To Sharpen a Knife

Given that knives are the most important tool in your kitchen, it naturally follows that you'll want to take good care of them, and that means keeping them sharp.

Knives:  What You Need To Know

Buying kitchen knives is an investment. In this article we help you understand the anatomy of a knife, the difference between Japanese and European knives, and the 5 most important things to consider before buying.

Essential Cooking Equipment

Knowing what equipment is essential in the kitchen can save the new cook a lot of time and money. Check this list before you buy!

Top Ten Ingredients

The more you cook the more you begin to rely on certain basic ingredients. Olive oil, butter, salt are a few examples. Chef Susan shares her favorite brand names for 10 frequently used ingredients.

Pantry Essentials

Creating a smart pantry is a great way to get started cooking. When you have certain staple ingredients on hand, an impromptu meal that doesn't require a trip to the store is minutes away.

Egg Labels and What They Mean

Egg labels shouldn't be hard to decipher, but trying to figure out organic vs. cage free vs. free range is confusing. In this article we address the most common labeling terms and break them down into simple meanings.

Seafood:  Buying, Storing and Healthful Benefits

Incorporating seafood into your weekly meal plan is part of an overall healthy diet. Learn all about choosing quality seafood and how to store it, and how to support sustainable fishing practices.

The Dirty Dozen of Produce

The Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen lists guide you as to when you should look for organic varieties of fruits and vegetables and when it's okay to buy conventional.

Chile Peppers - How Hot is Hot?

Chile peppers come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors and levels of heat. In this article we talk about the relative heat of the most commonly used varieties and give safety tips on working with the really hot ones.

Groundhog Day Food Traditions

Most celebrations include some type of food that is appropriate for the occasion. Such is the case on Groundhog Day with the Pennsylvania Dutch and the social gathering they call fersommling.

The Legacy of the King

Elvis Presley made a huge mark on the world of music, but he also left behind a legacy of quirky food habits. On his birthday we celebrate with a menu fit for the King.

December:  The Season for Indulgence

If you're worried about eating too many goodies during the holiday season, relax! Follow Chef Susan's advice to take the stress out of holiday eating and put the fun back in.

Butter is Better

Butter versus margarine: a good example of why making healthy food choices can be confusing and why the mantra "stay as close to Mother Nature as possible" always serves you well.

Whole Grain Goodness

Whole wheat, whole grains, refined grains - what does it all mean? Chef Susan provides simple definitions for all types of grains and explains the value of whole grains over refined grains.

Dinner Party Planning Tips

Dinner parties are an intimate and fun way to spend time with friends. Let us help you take the stress out of hosting a dinner party with a few simple tips and suggestions.

Cocktail Party Planning Tips

Inviting friends over for drinks and appetizers is a magnificent way to entertain a large group. There are a lot of details to consider to make the event a true success, however, so take a few tips from Chef Susan and entertain with ease.

Feel Good Foods

Certain foods can not only fuel your energy, they can fuel your mental well being. Eating a diverse diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean proteins can put a skip in your step and a smile on your face.

About Chocolate

Now more than ever, chocolate can be confusing. Understanding the terms used to describe chocolate can help you make the best choice when shopping (and tasting!)

Eating to Survive the Flu Season

What you eat can have a huge impact on whether you catch the latest bug from the office or school. Take a crash course in antioxidants and learn to build your immune systems the old-fashioned way - through food.

How To Cook Chicken

There are many ways to cook chicken. You can roast, poach, bake, broil, grill or sauté, but no matter what you do there is always the risk that the meat will be dry. The secret to moist chicken is in the cooking time, rather than the cooking method.