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All about Umami

What makes your mouth water? Chances are, many of the foods you think of have some umami taste! Learn more about the fifth taste and how to add more umami to what you eat.All about umami Some scientists maintain that there are, in fact, five basic tastes instead of four. This additional taste is called umami, [...]

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Two Kid-Friendly Taste Experiments

Have you heard "I'm bored" one too many times this summer? Set your kids up with these two easy and fun experiments that will teach them all about our sense of taste! When we eat food, it is a sensory experience. The mouth and teeth and tongue and nose and taste buds and brain all work [...]

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2 Recipes Featuring Honey to Try This Summer

Honey is a delicious sweetener made by bees. Here's more on where it comes from, plus 2 recipes that feature honey.Where to find honey Bees construct it in their hives. It is a collection of hexagonal cells made of wax by bees inside a hive or nest in which honey is stored, eggs are laid, and [...]

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The Mystery of the Disappearing Bees

About a decade ago, people started noticing that bee hives were empty and bees were missing. Large numbers of bees across North America started dying, leaving their usually busy and buzzing hives unoccupied. The problem persisted, so farmers and scientists took notice. According to the  Department of Agriculture, in October 2006 beekeepers began reporting losses of [...]

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Soak Up the Sun . . . and Some Vitamin D!

What the human body is capable of doing is pretty incredible. It can turn food into energy. It can turn water into sweat. It can turn new experiences into memories. And, how about this for cool? It can turn sunlight into a vitamin required for human survival. It’s true. While most of the different vitamins that [...]

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I Scream, You Scream: States of Matter and Ice Cream

School's out for the summer! But, that doesn't mean your kids won't learn anything. Discover how matter changes states by making a ice cream.Matter First, let's talk about matter. Matter is a scientific term that basically means stuff. Rocks are matter, and so are things as different as carrots and bicycles and raindrops and air. Matter is [...]

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Your Guide to Blueberries

Happy blueberry season! These delicious berries are in season June through August in the US. Blueberries don’t grow on a tree or vine but on a shrub, which is like a large bush. Mature blueberry bushes are usually taller than kids and can be very wide around. Blueberries are ready to be picked when they change from [...]

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Kids' Activity: Kitchen Concentration

Introducing new ideas and fundamentals to kids requires explanation and repetition. One of the best ways to introduce new ideas to children is through games. The game Concentration, sometimes called Memory, is great for kids as young as 3. This game will work very well for introducing kitchen gadgets and explaining what the different gadgets can do. [...]

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Banana Bread

Makes about 12 servingsWhat you need:2 cups all-purpose flour (or 1 each of all-purpose and whole wheat)¼ cup white sugar2 teaspoons baking powder1 teaspoon ground cinnamon½ teaspoon baking soda½ teaspoon salt 1 cup old-fashioned oats (plus 2 teaspoons)½ cup milk1 cup mashed bananas2 eggs, beaten½ cup vegetable oilHow you do it:Preheat oven to 350 degrees [...]

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Avocado Toast

When is toast not just toast? When it is covered with toppings like an open-faced sandwich, it is called a tartine. A fun way to eat avocado is as a protein-packed toast topper. Try your own combination of toppings.What you need:1 thick slice of bread, toastedHalf of a fresh avocado, mashed2 thick slices of tomatosalt [...]

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