• 24 Tips For Cultivating A Cultured Family In The New Year

    Cultured. This adjective is used to describe something that can be cultivated or made. It can also be used to describe a person who is intellectually- and artistically aware, as well as courteous and well-mannered. And, at some point this year, I came to the beautiful and humbling realization that it also describes the family that my husband and I have created. From the moment that each of our daughters were born, my husband and I have tried to raise them to be individuals who want to continually learn about, and positively impact, the world in which we live. Specifically, we want them to value and care about the people…

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    Why Fort Collins, Colorado, Is A Cultural Foodie’s Dream Town

    What cities would you put on a list of great food towns in the United States? Chicago, Illinois? Nashville, Tennessee? Austin, Texas? While these cities are worthy of being included, after our family’s recent trip to Fort Collins, Colorado, we think this friendly, mid-sized college town should also be on it. In fact, thanks to the different cuisines (e.g., Chinese, Japanese, Mexican, Italian, French, Greek, etc.), not to mention desserts (e.g., donuts, ice cream, cupcakes, etc.), that we ate during our time in Fort Collins, I think the town is a cultural foodie’s dream. I’d visited two other cities in Colorado years ago, but I had never been to Fort…

  • Cooking Cuisines From Different Cultures Can Be Educational And Fun

    My husband, daughters and I really enjoy eating meals made up of dishes from cultures that are different from our own. Doing so is a palate-pleasing experience and also inspires us to pause for a moment to think and talk about the people who are credited with creating or perfecting various dishes. My girls will sometimes ask if they can help me as I’m cooking. This provides the perfect opportunity for me to toss out such questions as “How long ago do you think this recipe was created?” or “Why do these herbs and spices work so well with the other ingredients in the dish?” Because I’ve always encouraged them…

  • Seven Must-Have Seasonings for Every Kitchen

    I have always enjoyed cooking. However, I do believe that my interest in experimenting with different seasonings emerged after writing an article years ago about the value of having different herbs and spices on hand in our kitchen. The information I gathered while interviewing people like Tony Hill (author of The Contemporary Encyclopedia of Herbs and Spices) and Rosie Daley (co-author of The Healthy Kitchen: Recipes for a Better Body, Life and Spirit) helped me complete my assignment, as well as taught me how to spice up the meals I enjoyed preparing for my family. I know there are a lot of herbs and spices to select from in local…