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Healthy recipes and cooking advice by CalMWM Executive Chef (Shadow Chef) Jeff Huff. For our patients.

It's time to fire up the BBQ as grilling season will extend from now through mid November. So, how can we be more health minded in our grilling menus? If we have worked so hard to shed a few pounds, we certainly don't want to lose ground with unhealthy BBQ recipes.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014 19:19

Get Refreshed!

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As we transition from Spring to Summer, in many parts of the country we experience hotter and hotter temperatures. On these hot days a little refreshment is in order. But, what can we reach for that is both refreshing and within the bounds of our weight management efforts? How about iced infused waters and varieties of 'lemonades'?

Wednesday, 07 May 2014 11:42

What Recipe Should I Use?

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When it comes time to plan for the week's menus, both for those of us on the CMWM weight management plan and for those who are not (our families and friends), we turn to recipes more often than not to put our shopping list together. Some of us are busy professionals or busy raising families and time is limited for cooking. Some of us love to cook but don't have a lot of time to do it in. Some of us enjoy cooking but are in a rut and benefit by having favorite recipes to rely on. Some of us just plain don't like to cook and need quick and easy recipes to make to help us with the weight management program. And then there are a gazillion other factors that affect our choices in menu planning. Here at the California Medical headquarters we want to hear from you. What works for you and what doesn't.

Thursday, 17 April 2014 10:30

Cooking Tips for Improving Your Quality Time

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With so many recipes to work with from the library of recipes at CMWM it's about time to share some tips to make cooking easier and more fun. I thought I'd share some tips that anyone can use in home cooking that the professional cooks use routinely to shore up space in a kitchen, multi-task and make some basic tasks a breeze. No need to spend more time in the kitchen than necessary. Enjoy cooking more quickly and efficiently so you can spend more time with friends and family.


Wednesday, 16 April 2014 11:35

Spring Holiday Menu Ideas

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Your spring holiday meal this coming weekend doesn't have to be boring and bland. Now is the time to plan ahead. You can still stay on track with your CMWM food plan with this menu and not feel deprived. Specific recipes are found in your clinic, here online in the recipe section, or in your Monthly Magazines.

Wednesday, 09 April 2014 14:25

Scrap Plants

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Last week I discussed 'scrap frugality' or getting creative with utilizing the often overlooked odds and ends of vegetables, the concept of using everything possible. This week I'd like to consider the produce we have that has already begun to sprout before our very eyes or at least think about making starter plants from 'extra' produce we have on hand.

Tuesday, 01 April 2014 23:54

Scrap Frugality

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Like many a budding Bay Area cook, I once went through a serious "Chez Panisse Vegetables" phase. I cooked through that book high and low, discovering the thrill of roasted beets and the wonders of fava beans. I remember the cheery suggestion from the Swiss chard chapter: "The crisp-textured stems are delicious steamed, stewed or gratineed." That sounded intriguing. Anything is delicious gratineed, after all. But so many bunches of Swiss chard later, I have to say that the majority of those stems have gone into my compost bin. They take longer to cook than the leaves, which is why most cooks usually toss them.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014 11:20

Flavored Oils

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Because herbs and spices are fat soluble, oil makes the perfect carrier for flavor. Not only does oil help to create a delicious burst of flavor in your favorite recipes, oil takes on the brilliant colors of your chosen herbs and spices, creating a dramatic and beautiful presentation on the plate. With just a few simple steps, you can begin to create your own flavored oils.

Monday, 10 March 2014 19:35

Custom Flavored Vinegars

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Custom Flavored Vinegars
To continue with our discussion on expanding our boundaries with flavors, making your own custom flavored vinegars can offer an endless array of flavors for your culinary palette. What are flavored vinegars? Basically taking your vinegar of choice and adding something unique to it. Once you infuse your creation, let it sit at least overnight to gain the added flavors and colors. The longer it sits, the more the flavors and colors you'll get. For an added flavor kick, when preparing a meal, pour some vinegar in a pan and reduce it just until it thickens slightly and serve the reduced vinegar as a sauce!

Tuesday, 04 March 2014 14:02

Make it Taste Great!

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It's time to eat but when you open your refrigerator or cupboard doors hoping something 'interesting for a change' will just jump right out and grab your attention. Well if that doesn't happen maybe it's time for a little change, time to shake things up a bit.

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