Recipes Information

The Science of Mother Love


A growing body of scientific evidence shows that the way babies are cared for by their mothers will determine not only their emotional development, but the biological development of the child's brain and central nervous system as well. The nature of love, and how the capacity to love develops, has become the subject of scientific study over the last decade. New data is emerging from a multitude of disciplines including neurology, psychology, biology, ethology, anthropology and neurocardiology. Something scientific disciplines find in common when putting love under the microscope is that in addition to shaping the brains of infants, mother's love acts as a template for love itself and has far reaching effects on her child's ability to love throughout life.

To mothers holding their newborn babies it will come as little surprise that the 'decade of the brain' has lead science to the wisdom of the mother's heart.

According to Alan Schore, assistant clinical professor in the department of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at UCLA School of Medicine, a major conclusion of the last decade of developmental neuroscience research is that the infant brain is designed to be molded by the environment it encounters.1 In other words, babies are born with a certain set of genetics, but they must be activated by early experience and interaction. Schore believes the most crucial component of these earliest interactions is the primary caregiver - the mother. "The child's first relationship, the one with the mother, acts as a template, as it permanently molds the individual's capacities to enter into all later emotional relationships." Others agree. The first months of an infant's life constitute what is known as a critical period - a time when events are imprinted in the nervous system.

"Hugs and kisses during these critical periods make those neurons grow and connect properly with other neurons." Says Dr. Arthur Janov, in his book Biology of Love. "You can kiss that brain into maturity."

Hormones, The Language of Love

In his beautiful book, The Scientification of Love, French obstetrician Michel Odent explains how Oxytocin, a hormone released by the pituitary gland stimulates the release of chemical messengers in the heart. Oxytocin, which is essential during birth, stimulating contractions, and during lactation, stimulating the 'milk ejection reflex', is also involved in other 'loving behaviors'. "It is noticeable that whatever the facet of love we consider, oxytocin is involved.' Says Odent. "During intercourse both partners - female and male - release oxytocin." One study even shows that the simple act of sharing a meal with other people increases our levels of this 'love hormone'.2

The altruistic oxytocin is part of a complex hormonal balance. A sudden release of Oxytocin creates an urge toward loving which can be directed in different ways depending on the presence of other hormones, which is why there are different types of love. For example, with a high level of prolactin, a well-known mothering hormone, the urge to love is directed toward babies.

While Oxytocin is an altruistic hormone and prolactin a mothering hormone, endorphins represent our 'reward system'. "Each time we mammals do something that benefits the survival of the species, we are rewarded by the secretion of these morphine-like substances." Says Odent.

During birth there is also an increase in the level of endorphins in the fetus so that in the moments following birth both mother and baby are under the effects of opiates. The role of these hormones is to encourage dependency, which ensures a strong attachment between mother and infant. In situations of failed affectional bonding between mother and baby there will be a deficiency of the appropriate hormones, which could leave a child susceptible to substance abuse in later life as the system continually attempts to right itself.3 You can say no to drugs, but not to neurobiology. Human brains have evolved from earlier mammals. The first portion of our brain that evolved on top of its reptilian heritage is the limbic system, the seat of emotion. It is this portion of the brain that permits mothers and their babies to bond. Mothers and babies are hardwired for the experience of togetherness. The habits of breastfeeding, co-sleeping, and babywearing practiced by the majority of! mothers in non-industrialized cultures, and more and more in our own, facilitate two of the main components needed for optimal mother/child bonding: proximity and touch.

PROXIMITY, Between Mammals, the Nature of Love is Heart to Heart

In many ways it's obvious why a helpless newborn would require continuous close proximity to a caregiver; they're helpless and unable to provide for themselves. But science is unveiling other less obvious benefits of holding baby close. Mother/child bonding isn't just for brains, but is also an affair of the heart. In his 1992 work, Evolution's End, Joseph Chilton Pearce describes the dual role of the heart cell, saying that it not only contracts and expands rhythmically to pump blood, it communicates with its fellow cells. "If you isolate a cell from the heart, keep it alive and examine it through a microscope, you will see it lose it's synchronous rhythm and begin to fibrillate until it dies. If you put another isolated heart cell on that microscopic slide it will also fibrillate . If you move the two cells within a certain proximity, however , they synchronize and beat in unison." Perhaps this is why most mothers instinctively place their babies to their left breast, keep! ing those hearts in proximity. The heart produces the hormone, ANF that dramatically affects every major system of the body. "All evidence indicates that the mother's developed heart stimulates the newborn heart, thereby activating a dialogue between the infant's brain-mind and heart." says Pearce who believes this heart to heart communication activates intelligences in the mother also. "On holding her infant in the left-breast position with its corresponding heart contact, a major block of dormant intelligences is activated in the mother, causing precise shifts of brain function and permanent behavior changes." In this beautiful dynamic the infant's system is activated by being held closely; and this proximity also stimulates a new intelligence in the mother, which helps her to respond to and nurture her infant. Pretty nifty plan - and another good reason to aim for a natural birth. If nature is handing out intelligence to help us in our role as mothers we want to be awake ! and alert!

TOUCH

"The easiest and quickest way to induce depression and alienation in an infant or child is not to touch it, hold it, or carry it on your body." - James W. Prescott, PhD

Research in neuroscience has shown that touch is necessary for human development and that a lack of touch damages not only individuals, but our whole society. Human touch and love is essential to health. A lack of stimulus and touch very early on causes the stress hormone, cortisol to be released which creates a toxic brain environment and can damage certain brain structures. According to James W. Prescott, PhD, of the Institute of Humanistic Science, and former research scientist at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, sensory deprivation results in behavioral abnormalities such as depression, impulse dyscontrol, violence, substance abuse, and in impaired immunological functioning in mother deprived infants.4 For over a million years babies have enjoyed almost constant in-arms contact with their mothers or other caregivers, usually members of an extended family, receiving constant touch for the first year or so of life. "In nature's nativity scene, ! mother's arms have always been baby's bed, breakfast, transportation, even entertainment, and, for most of the world's babies, they still are." says developmental psychologist, Sharon Heller in, The Vital Touch: How Intimate Contact With Your Baby Leads to Happier, Healthier Development.5

To babies,touch = love and fully loved babies develop healthy brains. During the critical period of development following birth the infant brain is undergoing a massive growth of neural connections. Synaptic connections in the cortex continue to proliferate for about two years, when they peak. During this period one of the most crucial things to survival and healthy development is touch. All mammal mothers seem to know this instinctively, and, if allowed to bond successfully with their babies they will provide continuous loving touch.

Touch deprivation in infant monkeys is so traumatic their whole system goes haywire, with an increase of stress hormones, increased heart rate, compromised immune system and sleep disturbances.6

With only 25% of our adult brain size, we are the least mature at birth of any mammal. Anthropologist, Ashley Montagu concluded that given our upright position and large brains, human infants are born prematurely while our heads can still fit through the birth canal, and that brain development must therefore extend into postnatal life. He believed the human gestation period to actually be eighteen months long - nine in the womb and another nine outside it, and that touch is absolutely vital to this time of "exterogestation."7

Newborns are born expecting to be held, handled, cuddled, rubbed, kissed, and maybe even licked! All mammals lick their newborns vigorously, off and on, during the first hours and days after birth in order to activate their sensory nerve endings, which are involved in motor movements, spatial, and visual orientation. These nerve endings cannot be activated until after birth due to the insulation of the watery womb environment and the coating of vernix casseus on the baby's skin.

Recall Dr. Janov's claim that you can kiss a brain into maturity. Janov believes that very early touch is central to developing a healthy brain. "Irrespective of the neurojuices involved, it is clear that lack of love changes the chemicals in the brain and can eventually change the structure of that brain."

BREASTFEEDING: Liquid Love

Breastfeeding neatly brings together nourishment for baby with the need for closeness shared by mother and child; and is another crucial way that mother's love helps shape baby's brain. Research shows that breastmilk is the perfect "brain food", essential for normal brain development, particularly, those brain processes associated with depression, violence, and social and sexual behaviors.8

Mother's milk, a living liquid, contains just the right amount of fatty acids, lactose, water, and amino acids for human digestion, brain development, and growth. It also contains many immunities a baby needs in early life while her own immune system is maturing. One more instance of mother extending her own power, (love) to her developing child.

LIMBIC REGULATION: The Loop of Love

Another key to understanding how a mother's love shapes the emerging capacities of her infant is what doctors Thomas Lewis, Fari Amini, and Richard Lannon , authors of A General Theory of Love, call limbic regulation; a mutually synchronizing hormonal exchange between mother and child which serves to regulate vital rhythms.

Human physiology, they say, does not direct all of its own functions; it is interdependent. It must be steadied by the physical presence of another to maintain both physical and emotional health. "Limbic regulation mandates interdependence for social mammals of all ages." says Lewis, "But young mammals are in special need of it's guidance: their neural systems are not only immature but also growing and changing. One of the physiologic processes that limbic regulation directs, in other words, is the development of the brain itself - and that means attachment determines the ultimate nature of a child's mind." A baby's physiology is maximally open-loop: without limbic regulation, vital rhythms collapse posing great danger, even death.

The regulatory information required by infants can alter hormone levels, cardiovascular function, sleep rhythms, immune function, and more. Lewis, et al contend that , the steady piston of mother's heart along with the regularity of her breathing coordinate the ebb and flow of an infant's young internal rhythms. They believe sleep to be an intricate brain rhythm which the neurally immature infant must first borrow from parents. "Although it sounds outlandish to some American ears, exposure to parents can keep a sleeping baby alive."

The Myth of Independence

This interdependence mandated by limbic regulation is vital during infancy, but it's also something we need throughout the rest of childhood and on into adulthood. In many ways, humans cannot be stable on their own-we require others to survive. Recall that our nervous systems are not self-contained; they link with those of the people close to us in a silent rhythm that helps regulate our physiology. This is not a popular notion in a culture that values independence over interdependence. However, as a society that cherishes individual freedoms more than any other, we must respect the process whereby autonomy develops.

Children require ongoing neural synchrony from parents in order for their natural capacity for self-directedness to emerge. A mother's love is a continuous shaping force throughout childhood and requires an adequate stage of dependency. The work of Mary Ainsworth has shown that maternal responsiveness and close bodily contact lead to the unfolding of self-reliance and self confidence.9 Because our culture does not sufficiently value interpersonal relationships, the mother/child bond is not recognized and supported as it could be.

The ability of a mother to read the emotional state of her child is older than our own species, and is essential to our survival, health and happiness. We are reminded of this each time a hurt child changes from sad/scared/angry to peaceful in our loving embrace. Warm human contact generates the internal release of opiates, making mother's love a powerful anodyne. Even teenagers who sometimes behave as if they are 'so over' the need for a mother's affection must be kept in the limbic loop. Children at this age might be at special risk for falling through the emotional cracks. If they don't get the emotional regulation that family relationships are designed to provide, their hungry brains may seek ineffectual substitutes like drugs and alcohol.

Children left too long under the electronic stewardship of television, video games, etc., are not receiving the steady limbic connection with a resonant parent. Without this a child cannot internalize emotional balance properly.

Our hearts and brains are hardwired for love, and from infancy to old age our health and happiness depend on receiving it.

As the research keeps coming in and we gain a gradually expanding vision of how mother love shapes our species, we see an obvious need to take steps to protect and provide for the mother/child bond. We can take heart knowing that all the while we carry in our genes over a million years of evolutionary refinements equipping us for our role as mothers. The answers sought by science beat steadily within our own hearts.

Notes 1. Schore, Alan, Effects of a Secure Attachment Relationship on Right Brain Development, Affect Regulation, and Infant Mental Health, 2001 2.Verbalis, J.G., McCann, McHale and Stricker, 'Oxytocin secretion in response to cholecystoknin and food: differentiation of nausea from satiety.' Science 1986, 232: 1417-19 3. Prescott, James W., PhD, Breastfeeding: Brain Nutrients in Brain Development For Human Love and Peace, From Touch The Future Newsletter, Spring 1997 http://www.violence.de/prescott/ttf/article.html 4. Prescott, James W., PhD, The Origins of Human Love and Violence, From Pre and Perinatal Psychology Journal, Volume 10, #3: Spring 1996 5. Henry Holt, 1997 6. Prescott, James W. , Ph.D , Rock A Bye Baby, Time Life Documentary, 1970, Executive Producer: Lothar Wolff, Scientific Consultant. (last modified 2001/04/16). 7. Montagu, Ashley Touching : The Human Significance of the Skin, Harper, 1986 8. Prescott, James W., PhD, Breastfeeding: Brain Nutrients in Brain Development For Human Love and Peace, From Touch The Future Newsletter, Spring 1997 http://www.violence.de/prescott/ttf/article.html 9. Ainsworth, M.D.S., "Attachments Across the Life Span." Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine 61, 1985

References

Carmichael, M.S., Warburton, V.L., Dixen, J., and Davidson, J.M. (1994). Relationships among cardiovascular, muscular, and oxytocin responses during human sexual activity. Archives of Sexual Behavior. Feb. 23(1):59-79.

Carter, C.S., Willams, J.R., Witt, D.M., Insel, T;;.R. (1992). Oxytocin and social bonding. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. Jun 12. 652:204-211.

Castrogiovanni, P., Capone, M.R., Maremmani, I. and Marazziti, D. (1994). Platelet serotonergic markers and aggressive behaviour in healthy subjects. Neuropsychobiology. 29(3):105-107.

Cook, P.S. (1996). Early Child Care: Infants & Nations At Risk. News Weekly Books Melbourne

Fazzolari-Nesci, A., Domianello, D., Sotera, V. and Raiha, N.C. (1992). Tryptophan fortification of adapted formula increaes plasma tryptophan concentrations to levels not different from those found in breast-fed infants. J. Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. May. 14(4): 456-459.

Ferris, C.F., Foote, K.B., Melster, H.M., Plenby, M.G., Smith, K.L., Insel, T.R. (1992). Oxytocin in the amygdala facilitates maternal aggression. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. June 12. 652:456-457.

Gutkowska, J., Antunes-Rodrigues, J. and McCann, S.M.'Atrialnatriuretic peptide in brain and pituitary gland.' Physiological Review 1997; 77; 2:465-515

Higley, J.D., Suomi, S.J., Linnoila, M. (1990). Parallels in Aggression and Serotonin: Consideration of Development, Rearing History, and Sex Differences. In: Violence and Suicidality: Perspectives In Clinical and Psychobiological Research (Herman van Praag, Robert Plutchik and Alan Apter, Eds) NY: Brummer/Mazel.

Higley, J.D., Hasert, M.F., Suomi, S.J. and Linnoila, M. (1991). Nonhuman primate model of alcohol abuse: Effects of early experience, personality, and stress on alcohol consumption.Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA V. 88, 7261-7265.

Insel, T.R. (1992). Oxytocin--a nuropeptide for affiliation: evidence from behavioral, receptor autoradiographic, and comparative studies. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 17(1):3-35.

Kamimura, S., Eguchi, K., Sekiba, K. (1991). Tryptophan and its metabolite concentrations in human plasma and breast milk during the perinatal period. Acta Medica Okayama. April 45(2):101-106.

Lanting, D.I., Fidler, V. Huisman, M., Touwen, B.C., Boersma, E.R. (1994). Neurological differences between 9-year old children fed breast-milk or formula-milk as babies. (1994). Lancet. Nov 12 344(8933):1319-22.

Mahalati, K., Okanoya, K., Witt, D.M., Carter, C.S. (1991). Oxytocin inhibits male sexual behavior in prairie voles. Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior. May. 39(1)219-22

Murphy, M.R. Checkley, s.A., Secki, J.R., Lightman, S.L. (1990). Naloxone inhibits oxytocin release at orgasm in man. (1990). J. of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. Oct. 71(4):1056-1058.

Neuringer, M. (1993). Cerebral cortex docosahexaenoic acid is lower in formula-fed than in breast-fed infants.Nutrition Reviews. August 51(8):238-41.

Newman, J. (1995). How Breast Milk Protects Newborns. Scientific American. December.

Prescott, J.W. (l979): Deprivation of physical affection as a primary process in the develop- ment of physical violence. In. Child Abuse and Violence (Gil, D. G., Ed). AMS Press

Prescott, J.W. (1996). The Origins of Human Love and Violence. Pre- and Perinatal Journal of Psychology. 10 (3):143-188

Prescott, J.W. (2001) America's Lost Dream: Life, Liberty And the Pursuit of Happiness. The Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health 10th International Congress: Birth - The Genesis of Health.

Raine, A., Brennan, P. and Mednick, S.A. (1994). Birth complication combined with early maternal rejection at Age 1 year predispose to violent crime at age 18 years. Arch. Gen. Psych. V51:984-988.

Salk,L., Lipsitt, L.P., Sturner, W.Q., Reilly, B.M. and Levate, R.HJ. (1985). Relationship of maternal and perinatal conditions to eventual adolescent suicide. The Lancet. March 15.

Uauy, R. and De Andraca, I. (1995). Human milk and breast feeding for optimal mental development. J. of Nutrition. August 125(8 Suppl):2278S-2280S.

Werner, E. and Smith, R.S. (1992). Overcoming the odds. High Risk Children from Birth to Adulthood. Cornell University Press. Ithaca and London.

Winslow, J.T. and Insel, T.R. (1991). Social status in pairs of male squirrel monkeys determines the behavioral response to central oxytocin administration. J. of Neuroscience. Jul 11(7):2032-2038.

Winslow, J.T., Hastings, N., Carter, C.S., Harbaugh, C.R., Insel, T.R. (1993). A role for central vasopressin in pair bonding in monogamous prairie voles. Nature. Oct 7. 365(6446):545-548.

Winslow, J.T., Shapiro, L., Carter, C.S., Insel, T.R. (1993). Oxytocin and complex social behavior: species comparisons. Psychopharmacology Bulletin. 29(3):409-414.

2004 Cori Young

Cori Young is a writer and herbalist living in the Pacific Northwest. Visit her website HerbalRemediesInfo.com


MORE RESOURCES:
We’ll give you an earful — of summer corn recipes  The Washington Post

Now is the time of year when farmers market and grocery store displays are overflowing with peak summer corn. If you're looking for a new way to use this ...


Celebrity chef shares cost-effective recipes for your next family dinner  GMA

Restaurateur and celebrity chef Alex Guarnaschelli knows how to implement *fresh* produce in inventive, delicious dishes for a price that can't be beat. The host ...


Over-the-top mac and cheese recipes: Pizza and truffle  TODAY

Derrick Turton, aka Chef Teach, upgrades mac and cheese with his six cheese-truffle and pizza mac recipes.


Everybody Eats: From smoothies to adult cocktails, blender recipes for any time of day  The Gazette

My youngest leaves for college later this month. Her departure means my husband and I will be empty nesters. I remember back in the days of diapers, tears and ...


10 New, Impossible to Resist Summer Recipes  The New York Times

We have enough brand-new recipes to keep you busy, and well fed, all week. Make cherry tomato and white bean salad (above), crostini alla norma and all the ...


peach dessert recipes plus ways to use peaches in cocktails and savory meals  Los Angeles Times

Ripe peaches star in these summer fruit dessert recipes, cocktails and creative dinner dishes.


Cute dessert recipes: Ramen bowl cake and coconut bear cupcakes  TODAY

YouTuber Rachel Fong makes the cutest desserts ever with her coconut bear cupcakes, ramen noodle bowl cake and s'mores cupcakes.


24 Gluten-Free Sheet Pan Recipes, Because You're In A Chicken & Rice Rut Right Now  Romper

Perfect for the days where you don't feel like cleaning a bunch of dishes (which is… every day), sheet pan recipes allow you to assemble all your ingredients on ...


Tahini isn’t just for hummus. Here are 10 recipes to use up that jar.  The Washington Post

Tahini has long been a staple of Middle Eastern cuisine, and for good reason. It's delicious, full of nutty flavor and protein, with a slight but pleasant bitterness to ...


This Is Your New Biscuit Recipe  The New York Times

Good morning. Tejal Rao introduced a radical new biscuit technique in The New York Times Magazine this week, and delivered a recipe to go along with it for a ...


3 Main Course Salad Recipes For Light Summer Eating  WBUR

These salads take advantage of the season and the need to be outdoors.


Recipe: Hominy Casserole, Updated From Mary Faulk Koock’s “Texas Cookbook”  Texas Monthly

This midcentury recipe collection offers an overwhelming look at the state's cuisine. Its limitations are a product of its time.


Best corn recipes: Katie Lee's chowder and ice pops  TODAY

Katie Lee is making the most of *fresh* summer corn with her recipes for corn chowder with scallops and sweet corn ice pops.


When you can’t be bothered to cook, these 7 recipes will save the day  The Washington Post

You don't need to turn on the stove or the oven to eat well.


30 Comforting Italian Recipes That Work For Any Night of the Week  Parade

We all love Italian food in my family and I make it quite often. Pasta, risotto and anything covered in homemade marinara or alfredo sauce, is fine by us.


15 of Your Favorite Délicieux French Recipes Made Vegan!  One Green Planet

Pour yourself a glass of red wine because we've found these 15 plant-based French recipes from the Food Monster App for you to try out!


30 Chicken Breast Recipes That Prove Chicken Doesn't Have to Be Boring  Parade

Let's face it, sometimes we get in a rut when cooking meals for our family. Chicken breast is a popular protein choice, but it can sometimes be boring to cook with ...


Nigel Slater’s ice-cream recipes  The Guardian

In this heat, it's ice screamingly obvious what you need to do, says Nigel Slater.


Strategies and recipes for cooking without the heat  The Washington Post

Can you cook without heating a single thing? Bowl of cereal to the rescue! Oh, you want to cook cook? And end up with an actual meal? Good news: You can do ...


How to make the perfect pesto — and 5 recipes to get you started  NBC News

Giada De Laurentiis shares her best tips for making pesto, plus five favorite recipes and creative ways to use them.


Fleur de Lolly: Classic recipes, quotes from Julia Child  Smyrna Clayton Sun Times

In honor of Julia Child's birthday (Aug. 15), I wanted to share two of her classic recipes which have become family favorites and a few of her quotes that make me ...


My Favorite Farmers’ Market Challenge Recipe  Bon Appetit

Every Friday morning, Bon Appétit senior staff writer Alex Beggs shares weekly highlights from the BA offices, from awesome new recipes to office drama to ...


Salad days: Making the most of the season's bounty [recipes]  LancasterOnline

Salad are must for the warmer days of summer. There's nothing like a *fresh* salad loaded with seasonal ingredients for a picnic, entertaining at home or a quick, ...


Cajun Butter Shrimp and Sausage Skewers Recipe - How to Make Cajun Butter Shrimp and Sausage Skewers  Delish.com

Skip the classic skewers and grill up some Cajun Butter Shrimp and Sausage Skewers from Delish.com.


Easy and Healthy Recipes for Back-to-School  PopCulture.com

Summer is over and back-to-school is here, which means you need to get back on your game when it comes to your family's diet. Those days of letting the kids ...


Thrice as nice: Yotam Ottolenghi's rice recipes  The Guardian

Think you know rice? Try a Korean fusion starter of fritters, a vegetarian Cajun dirty rice and a southern US-style black rice and butternut squash main.


Hometown Focus Recipes  Hometown Focus

As promised, here is a continuing list of what is new to enjoy at the state fair which will be held from Thursday, August 22, through Labor Day, Monday,


Start your grain bowl right with these 5 jazzy rice recipes  The Washington Post

When building a grain bowl, pay attention to your base.


The Best Tailgate Food for Game Day – Ultimate Tailgate Recipes  GoodHousekeeping.com

Tired of your usual tailgate routine? As daunting as tailgate food may seem, there's no need to settle for plain pretzels and boring burgers. You can get creative ...


Meera Sodha’s vegan recipe for courgette and chickpea dal  The Guardian

The summer courgette glut is here, but this spicy dal is a novel and simple way to use them.


Joy Bauer's 3 better-for-you burger recipes  TODAY

Joy Bauer puts a healthy spin on burgers with her Tex-Mex turkey burger, French onion soup burger and vegan version of a Big Mac.


RECIPE: French Potato Salad (It's sooooo good!)  StyleBlueprint

Meet your new favorite potato salad. Made without mayonnaise and with all the tang and yum that you would expect when we say "French Potato Salad!"


Recipe for the Ultimate Chicken-Salad Sandwich  The Wall Street Journal

Colorado chef Caroline Glover has high standards when it comes to this lunchtime classic. Her *fresh*, unfussy version is the kind you could eat every day.


How Museums Make Their Fake Foods Using Real Recipes  Atlas Obscura

The morning daylight streams in through a wavy glass windowpane to illuminate a table full of food: There is a platter of grilled fish surrounded by lemons, little ...


3 recipes to help you make the most of tomato season  The Boston Globe

Late summer's small window of exquisitely ripe, local tomato apotheosis pretty much mirrors how many of us feel about summer itself: The whole shebang is ...


Air Fryer Pizza Recipe - How to Make Air Fryer Pizza  Delish.com

Have a pizza party at home with this Air Fryer Pizza recipe from Delish.com.


Design Recipes: Try these lighting tips in any space  Reading Eagle

Lighting can greatly enhance or diminish a space. Poor lighting can make a home feel dark and gloomy, while a well-lit home can feel bright and welcoming.


Need a golden brown chicken schnitzel that’s crispy without being greasy? This is it.  The Washington Post

Panko and sesame seeds join forces for the just-nutty-enough coating.


Top Chef Mei Lin's Hainan Chicken Recipe Is Worth the 2-Hour Effort  Shape Magazine

Top Chef winner Mei Lin shares her favorite family recipe for Hainan chicken.


Recipes, lifestyle campaigns could help manufacturers reach Americans who are cooking more  FoodNavigator-USA.com

As Americans learn more about where food comes from and how to prepare it, they increasingly are embracing cooking at home as an important part of their ...


Joy Bauer makes 3 healthier ice cream sandwich recipes  TODAY

When Superfood Friday falls on National Ice Cream Sandwich Day, we celebrate by making (what else?) superfood ice cream sandwiches. Get ready to beat the ...


It's National Rum Day! Celebrate with these boozy recipes  News 12 Long Island

Happy National Rum Day! Rum is a distilled alcoholic drink made from sugarcane byproducts, or directly from sugarcane juice. What's your favorite way of ...


Four summer jam recipes  The Guardian

Store up the sunshine for the leaner months in homemade jams of peach and lemon thyme, gooseberry and camomile, raspberry and cacao, or a strawberry and ...


30 Easy-to-Assemble Wrap Recipes — Tasty Wraps to Pack for Lunch  GoodHousekeeping.com

Refresh your lunch meal prep routine with these wrap recipes that make the most of bold flavors and seasonal ingredients — and are easy to transport, too!


8 spicy snack recipes to heat up your next party  The Washington Post

Picture: You've thrown a party … and it's a total dud. It's okay, you can fix this! Just pop over to the kitchen where you've already prepared an array of spicy ...


Start Your Morning with This Cinnamon Coffee Cake Recipe from Joanna Gaines' 'Magnolia Journal'  Showbiz Cheat Sheet

Are you stuck in a breakfast rut? If you're looking for a new breakfast recipe, you're in luck. Look no further than the latest issue of Magnolia Journal.


Easy recipes for the new school year  WOAI

Getting ready in the morning can be stressful with back to school season. Worry about one less thing with these easy ideas for breakfast and lunch!


This One Surprising Ingredient Swap Will Change Pesto as You Know It  Real Simple

How to eat this dill pesto? Since this sauce has plenty of oil, it stays good in the fridge for a few weeks, at least. Which is plenty of time to add.


18 Vegan Soup Recipes To Try - Easy Plant-Based Soup Ideas  Women's Health

Whether you're in the mood for a creamy soup, a chilled soup, or something broth-based, these dairy- and meat-free recipes are as delicious as non-vegan ...


Strawberry delights: nutritionist Sarah Di Lorenzo's delicious strawberry recipes  7NEWS

Check out nutritionist Sarah Di Lorenzo's delicious strawberry recipes!


5-Minute Fettuccine Alfredo - TODAY.com  Today.com

This is the perfect "I don't feel like cooking" recipe. Aside from waiting for the water to boil and pasta to cook, this sauce really does come together in less than ...


Lawsuit claims former employee stole secret recipes of Duke’s mayonnaise founder  The Takeout

We're hoping Susan Orlean—author of Orchid Thief, The Library Book, and others—can clear her schedule, because we need a true-crime novel about this ...


Back to School recipes with HEB Cooking Connection  KBTX

Back to school means mealtime is a little more complicated for families. We're helping you plan some easy and healthy options with H-E-B Cooking Connection!


Three recipes that bring out the deep flavors of eggplant  The Boston Globe

Charring over high heat is the key to great flavor with these dishes, including traditional Persian dip and a tantalizing pizza.


Anna Jones’ recipes for fruit cobbler and corn salad  The Guardian

Arm yourself with a couple of baskets and stuff them with the season's bounty to make a fruity crumble cobbler and a charred corn salad. Anna Jones. Fri 16 Aug ...


Summer dinner recipes: Grilled steak, sweet potato fries and peach crumble  TODAY

Pig Beach's Matt Abdoo grills up marinated steak, barbecue sweet potato fries and a sweet peach and strawberry cobbler.


Check Out the Star Wars Galaxy's Edge Cookbook Recipe for Rey's Bread From The Force Awakens  Gizmodo

Blue milk is obviously the superstar when you think of Star Wars food. But rising up the charts, literally, is the bread Rey makes in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.


6 Irresistible Salmon Recipes That Work For Any Night of the Week  Parade

If you're a seafood lover, chances are you're obsessed with salmon. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, it's a protein that's high in vitamin B and a good source of ...


Need a snack? Buy a can of chickpeas, and make these recipes  Tampa Bay Times

This week's recipes are mostly inspired by the fact that my husband and I are about to embark on a road trip up the East Coast to see a beloved friend get ...


This fresh tomato sauce is rich, flavorful and yours in under an hour  The Washington Post

Now is the time to stock up using those farmers market tomatoes.


Local Chefs Share Recipes and Tips at Grange Fair Demos -  State College News

After 145 years, the Centre County Grange Fair continues to keep up with the times even as it holds on to tradition. Its Celebrity Chef Farm to Table series is not ...


17 Baking Recipes for Total Beginners  Yahoo Lifestyle

You've just binged four seasons of The Great British Bake-Off and you're officially ready to channel your inner Mary Berry. The only problem? Your baking ...


9 Easy Meatless Meal Recipes  ConsumerReports.org

These 9 meatless meal recipes from Consumer Reports are delicious and make it easy to get more plant protein into your diet.


Jacks: Favorite tailgate recipes from friends  Barrow Journal

Sending get well wishes out to my neighbor when I was growing up, Alton Thornton, and my neighbor now, George Pabis. Both of these men are physically fit ...


Homemade relish recipes spice up cookout meals  MyWebTimes.com

Dear Lynn: I'm looking for some recipes for candy that are tasty but not too complicated. — Mary, from North Utica.


15+ Gnocchi Recipes - Easy Gnocchi Dinner Ideas  Delish

Whether you opt for marinara sauce or you bake this Italian favorite with cheese and meat, these easy gnocchi dinner ideas are bound to be a family favorite.


Turmeric recipes for arthritis: 10 healthful options  Medical News Today

Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory spice. Research suggests turmeric and other anti-inflammatory foods can help relieve arthritis symptoms. This article looks at 10 ...


Spice up your family picnic with these tasty Mrs Crunch recipes  The Sun

IT may be barbecue season but there is nothing more quintessentially British than packing up a picnic and heading to the park, woods or river. Instead of dishing ...


The 'Easy Keto For Busy People' Cookbook Makes The Diet Sustainable When Life Gets Crazy  Women's Health

Keto-friendly lunch, dinner, dessert, and snack recipes the whole family will love? Look no further than the book Easy Keto For Busy People for quick meals.


Our 47 Best Zucchini Recipes  The New York Times

It's everywhere. We're ready to make zucchini pancakes, a tart with eggs and *fresh* herbs (above), and all the recipes in the collection below.


Bring Out Your Inner Glow With Glow Recipes Fruit-Powered Skincare  KTLA Los Angeles

Co-Founders of Glow Recipe Sarah Lee and Christine Chang joined us live to tell us all about their clean fruit powered skincare to bring out your inner glow.


A Greek summer meal in four dishes - recipes  The Guardian

Conjure up a taverna in your own kitchen with this four-course feast of aubergine fritters, grilled prawns with feta, courgette and caper salad, and fa cooling ...


Recipes: Watermelon and cantaloupe are the stars of these summer dishes  The Coloradoan

Local Colorado watermelon and cantaloupe are available now, sweet and juicy and utterly delicious.


Peaches, raspberries and wine: This white sangria is bright and refreshing  The Washington Post

It may just become your new favorite summer drink.


This Simple Fish Recipe is a Show Stopper  The Wall Street Journal

From Sofreh in Brooklyn, this branzino with a flavorful herb and walnut stuffing is quick to make and impressive to serve.


If you're cooking on holiday, don't forget to pack these blueprint recipe ratios  The Telegraph

At this time of year, a lot of us who cook experience the same sinking feeling. I am talking about that first look around the kitchen of the place where you are ...


RECIPES: Family-friendly recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner  Richmond Register

Morning routines, homework, practices and more are all part of back-to-school season, and even when time is short, flavorful meals can be, too.


Design Recipes: 5 tips for bargain décor finds  The Providence Journal

Great design doesn't have to be expensive to look expensive. A secret of many interior designers is to blend a mix of high with low, creating vignettes and ...


14 Keto and Low-Carb Ice Cream Recipes to Sweeten Up Your Night  Parade

In a world full of busy lifestyles, it's nice to hit the pause button with a bowl of ice cream every once in a while. It's also impossible to feel stressed when you're ...


Scientists cook up new recipes for taking salt out of seawater  Phys.org

As populations boom and chronic droughts persist, coastal cities like Carlsbad in Southern California have increasingly turned to ocean desalination to ...


Recipes Are Here! The Jersey Shore’s Vinny Guadagnino Is Releasing a 'Keto Guido' Cookbook  Yahoo Entertainment

The Jersey Shore's Vinny Guadagnino is going from reality show star to author with the upcoming release of The Keto Guido Cookbook, which is set to hit stores ...


Best Marinade Recipes From Around the World for Chicken, Steak & More  Thrillist

Here's an (admittedly incomplete) international guide to marinades in order to take your grilling skills from novice to seasoned pro.


Let This Recipe Change How You Cook  The New York Times

Perfecting the technique for a seasonal risotto, like this tomato dish, opens up a year's worth of meals.


Dessert Diva shares her Gooey S’mores Squares recipe  WFLA

Dessert Diva Danette Randall stopped by News Channel 8 and showed Gayle and Evan how to make Gooey S'mores Squares, no campfire needed.


Loving Summer Blonde Ale Recipe  Craft Beer & Brewing

This blonde ale is more flavorful than your average “lawnmower” beer, so save it for after you mow. Once you dial in the recipe, this beer will get your ...


Unique recipes for bacon  9News.com KUSA

National Bacon Lover's Day is coming up. Executive Chef Adam Vero from Hearth & Dram shows us some bacon-infused cinnamon rolls.


Meal Planning for Weight Loss: Tips, Recipes, and Sample Menu  Healthline

When it comes to weight loss meal plans, the magnitude of options can be overwhelming. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you search for the most ...


Recipe: Thin rounds of zucchini in this lemony spaghetti are never cooked — and they’re delicious  The Boston Globe

Use slender, young zucchini for this dish because they're sweeter and drier than the large squash, which have a high water *content*.


Recipe: Roasted bell peppers and feta cheese make a satisfying ‘jumble’ for summer  San Bernardino County Sun

Summer gatherings should highlight food that is delicious but easy to prepare. No one wants to spend a lot of time in the kitchen when the weather is hot.


Six portable snack recipes for your beachside (or other outdoor) eating  The Washington Post

Whether it's snacks or sandwiches you're after, these options are bound to satisfy.


Recipe: Elote pasta salad  FOX 13 News, Tampa Bay

Vanessa is at it again, taking elote (Latin street corn) and turning it into a pasta salad for this week's Good Day Gourmet recipe.


Recipe: Southern Fried Corn  Alabama NewsCenter

Y'all, I just love fried corn. Like, love it. For those of you not too familiar with Southern fried corn, it's not a big ol' ear of corn deep fried – though I have seen that.


Banana Rum Muffins without Gluten, Dairy, Nuts, or Even Added Sugar  Go Dairy Free

These easy gluten-free Banana Rum Muffins are made without Gluten, Dairy, Nuts, and Alcohol! The recipe includes an added sugar-free option.


Recipe: How to Make an Old Fashioned  Gear Patrol

Few recipes in the cocktail kingdom are as divisive as the Old Fashioned. Here's how to make one like a pro.


Parsi recipes with a twist  Mumbai Mirror

The delicacies tend to be as traditional as possible, but there are a few dishes that buck the trend.


Plant Based News Showcases 'The Very Best' Vegan Food With New Recipe Section  Plant Based News

Plant Based News is showcasing 'the vest best' vegan food with the launch of its new recipe section. Featuring submissions from top-name plant-based chefs ...


12 Indulgent, Gourmet Hot Dog Recipes Sure to Elevate Any Summer BBQ  StyleCaster

It's easy to get stuck in the same rut of traditional grill items, but these gourmet hot dog recipes are here to spice things up.


Slang Jang was a family recipe I thought I hallucinated  The Takeout

While American cuisine has quite a few universally agreed-upon summer staples—hamburgers and hot dogs, ice cream and apple pie, grilled anything—some ...


A Healthy Beginning: 6 Easy & Quick Millet Recipes to Power up Your Breakfast  The Better India

Bengaluru: Millet is sustainable, healthy and delicious. If you wish to start your day on a healthy note, try these tasty millet/ ragi breakfast recipes.


Fennel sausage, tomato and lentil stew recipe  Telegraph.co.uk

Lentils are another great thing I always add to the shopping list, but the key to the one-pot stew featured here is to buy really good sausages – the flavour is ...


home | site map
© 2006