March is National Nutrition Month: Tips on a Healthy Lifestyle

National Nutrition Month: Open Communication with Residents on Dining Leads to Great Taste By: Jim Bain, Dining Services Director at The Watermark at East Hill Maintaining a nutritious and healthy diet may seem like a lofty goal to many, but it does not have to be. During National Nutrition Month, the Academy of Nutrition and […]

Cooking Pancakes with the Grandchildren

Get cooking pancakes with the grandkids By Portia Little It’s a jog down memory lane, recalling special times cooking with my kids in the kitchen. And now I’m able to relive that experience with my grandkids – baking and decorating cookies, punching down the risen yeast dough in the bowl, hearing the cranberries pop while […]

Potatoes are a January comfort food

By Portia Little You say ‘potato,’ and I say ‘potatah’. So goes the line from an old movie. And if you live in New England, there’s a good chance you call it a ‘bodadah.’ But this popular veggie, no matter how you pronounce it, is a favorite winter comfort food. As potatoes have a neutral […]

End-of-summer squash is bountiful and budget friendly

By Portia Little It’s sometimes called the “other” squash. Shaped like a zucchini, but yellow instead of the familiar green color, straightneck squash is well-known in American cooking. With thin, edible skin, soft seeds, and mild tender flesh, this squash may be used interchangeably with zucchini in recipes. It’s low in calories, as well as […]

Summertime Grilling!

By Portia Little One of the joys of summer is eating outside, and that includes enjoying a great meal from the grill. And what could be easier, in fact, than grilling your entire meal, including the veggies and even a scrumptious fruit dessert. With fresh veggies available in abundance this time of year, you can […]

“Farm-fresh Cooking that will boost your Energy! “

By Portia Little One of the delicious rites of the summer season here in New England is going to a farmers’ market. It’s a chance to pick up some locally-grown fresh produce, munch on delectable baked goods, and to buy a gift from a local artist. In addition to our regular favorites, new markets are […]

Slow cooker bread pudding is easy-prep and budget friendly

Bread pudding has many charms. It can be sweet or savory and served at any time of the day, from breakfast to snack time to dessert. It’s also budget-friendly. Recipes for bread pudding first emerged sometime during the 11th or 12th century as a way to use up stale or leftover bread. Stale bread still remains a […]

Healthy fermented foods can be pleasing to the palate

The word fermented is not often used in the same sentence with tasteful. When it comes to food, however, fermented is one way to benefit overall health, with foods such as pickles and yogurt, which also taste good. What exactly are fermented foods? Fermentation, is a process that helps to preserve foods, introducing bacteria that […]

Oats make desserts that are flavorful and good for you

It’s February — a time to treat your sweetheart and also yourself – to some foods that are heart healthy. One great way to accomplish that is by adding oats. The demand for those dietary heroes has increased in the past 15 to 20 years as repeated scientific studies have found that the soluble fiber […]

Warm up winter with one-pot meals

Eat much over the holidays? If you’re like many folks, perhaps you overindulged on hi-cal, sugary, buttery foods. So now it’s time to settle down to more healthful eating with some delicious hot soups and stews that contain lots of – yes, fiber. Most of us realize the benefits of a diet rich in dietary […]