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Taste Test: Salt

Salt is one of the oldest and most widely used seasonings on the planet—and saltiness is one of the very few basic human tastes. While it’s true that salt is an important ingredient in good-tasting food, too much salt has been associated with health problems, especially in people prone to high blood pressure. We’d like you to experiment with different kinds of salt to see how they taste, with a goal of learning to use less salt. When the food you’re cooking tastes good, you’ll enjoy other flavors (besides salt) so much more.

Table salt, like the kind you find in a salt shaker, is mined from

The White House Kitchen Garden

By Eddie Gehman Kohan, Founder, ObamaFoodorama.com

The White House Kitchen Garden is “beautiful” and “amazing,” says First Lady Michelle Obama, who started it in 2009 to teach kids about the wonders of fresh fruits and vegetables. Every year Mrs. Obama invites elementary school children from around the nation to help her plant and harvest.  

Dozens of vegetable varieties grow in the garden, including carrots, lettuces, cucumbers, broccoli, pumpkins, tomatoes, and eggplant. 

And Mrs. Obama has also included some unusual plant varieties to show kids the many options for growing their own.

Exercises You Can Do Indoors

Spring showers may keep us from going outside, but it doesn’t mean they have to keep us from moving.  Our founding partner, New Balance Foundation, has some great ways to stay fit even if you have to stay inside.  Here are five ways to get some exercise without using a lot of space and are just as fun inside your house. 

 

 

  1. “Weight” Lifting

You don’t have to have weights in your house to give your muscles a workout.  Lift things in your kitchen, like jars, bottles, and even bags of carrots to strengthen your muscles. Want an extra challenge? Try lifting a watermelon!

 

  1. Core

Happy Father’s Day AND The First Day of Summer!

Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads out there! This year Father’s Day happens to align with the first official day of summer, so there are two reasons to celebrate with a great dinner.  Tonight have kids be the chefs, with a help of an older sibling or another parent, and eat outside to celebrate the warm weather. 

These five dinner recipes are easy for kids of all ages to help make with the help of another adult or older sibling.  We picked things that will keep your family cool in the sun and celebrate the flavors of summer. 

 Craving something else? Look through the recipes section of

Cinco de Mayo!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!  We have some easy and delicious Mexican dishes you can make with your family.  Pick your favorites and put them together for a celebratory Cinco de Mayo family dinner. 

MEXICAN CORN

Elote is the Spanish word for this spicy, lime-laced Mexican street-food favorite. It is often served with a coating of cheese, but in this version, we're letting more of the corn's sweetness shine through. 

ENSALADA DE NOCHEBUENA

Nochebuena means "good night" in Spanish—but in Spain, Cuba, Latin America, and parts of the American Southwest, often it is used to refer to Christmas Eve.

Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!   When I was younger my mom asked for two things for Mother’s Day: well behaved children and breakfast in bed. My brother and I couldn’t make any promises on the first request, but we always came through with the breakfast in bed (with the help of our dad). 

These four recipes are easy for kids of all ages to help make with the help of another parent or older sibling.  If you're a mom, print out these recipes and leave them on the kitchen table as a “big hint” for your kids to make for breakfast this Sunday morning while you relax and enjoy.  Or

National Picnic Day

Spring has officially been here for a few weeks, and it looks like Mother Nature finally agrees that it’s time for the flowers to start blooming. After being cooped up all winter, enjoy the short-sleeve weather and spend some time eating outside, on a picnic blanket, just in time for National Picnic Day on April 23.  These 8 recipes can be served cold, travel well, and taste best eaten on a blanket under the sun and in the grass.  If April showers keep you stuck indoors, have a picnic in your family room on the floor.

Tarragon Chicken Salad

Tarragon was used by the Greeks as early as 500 BC.

Memorial Day Burger Recipes

Happy Memorial Day! We’re prepping for our own barbeques and want to share some of our favorite recipes that you and your family can make together for your own Memorial Day celebration.  Here are three different burgers your family can try-one made with beef, one made with beanie burgers, and one made from turkey, pork, or lamb. Plus, May is National Burger Month, so this is a double celebration! Top these burgers with lettuce, tomato, onions, guacamole, ketchup, mustard, mushrooms, salsa, cheese, roasted peppers, and whatever else you like!

CLASSIC BURGERS

A classic beef burger is simple

National Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie Day

Here at ChopChop, we celebrate healthy and delicious food everyday.  We love when there’s even more reason to celebrate, with a wacky, fun food holiday.  June has many food holidays and ChopChop will be celebrating all month long.  We’ll be giving you ideas on ways to celebrate with us and of course, some recipes to try with your family! 

June 9 is National Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie Day.  Our Strawberry-Rhubarb Spritzer is a healthier way to get the sweet and tart flavors. Plus, the spritzer gives the flavors of strawberry and rhubarb in a drink form, which makes is especially perfect for a

National Biscuit Day

Here at ChopChop, we celebrate healthy and delicious food everyday.  We love when there’s even more reason to celebrate, with a wacky, fun food holiday.  May has many food holidays and ChopChop will be celebrating all month long.  We’ll be giving you ideas on ways to celebrate with us and of course, some recipes to try with your family! 

May 29 is National Biscuit Day. Our Crazy-Good Buttermilk Biscuits take only 30 minutes and are a great side to dinner.  These biscuits bake up puffy, flaky, and wonderful. 

CRAZY-GOOD BUTTERMILK BISCUITS

HANDS-ON TIME: 30 MINUTES

TOTAL TIME: 30