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Spring Clean Your Kitchen

When warm spring breezes inspire you to clean and remove the last remnants of winter from your home, take the opportunity to clear out and refresh your kitchen. Make room for the harvest of the coming season by removing expired food, replacing dried spices and cleaning out your freezer. These simple tips will help you […]

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Stress Reducing Foods

Stress is unavoidable in modern life. While small amounts of stress can actually motivate and help you focus, long-term chronic stress leads to serious health problems and chronic illness. By some estimates, stress-related problems account for up to 90 percent of visits to primary care physicians. Did you know that eating the wrong foods can […]

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Energizing Foods

Do you ever feel lethargic after eating certain foods? It’s not a coincidence! Growing research is showing that certain foods can give you lasting energy, while others work against you. Foods such as refined carbohydrates may give you a quick energy boost, but it’s these same foods that deplete you in the long run. Instead, […]


Foods for the Senses

Foods for the Senses Even though Valentine’s Day is in the rear view mirror, I’m still thinking a lot about foods for the senses. Eating is a sensual experience, involving smell, appearance, texture, taste, and even sound. Our sense of smell has the strongest link to memory and emotion. This is why cooking your grandma’s […]


Warming Foods

Warming Foods Stay warm this winter by choosing foods that heat your body from the inside. Foods like soups and stews are not only nourishing and hearty, but they also provide penetrating warmth that will keep you cozy during the frosty months ahead. When you make them “from scratch” without preservatives and unnecessary filler ingredients, […]


Realistic New Year’s Resolutions

With the new year just around the corner, another holiday season is almost over. If you are the typical American, you went to a lot of parties and family functions, had fun but ate too much, and put on 3-5 extra pounds. You will wake up New Year’s Day and set lofty goals to make […]


Surviving the Holiday Season

The holidays are definitely here, and there’s a lot of celebrating to do – at home, with friends, at work, at church, all over the place. We, at the Chef Marshall O’Brien Group, are getting full just thinking about it all!   For me, Chef Marshall, the holidays are a great way to reconnect with […]


Culinary Delights of Istanbul

My family and I took some time off in Istanbul with the in-laws and relaxed, as much as one can with two active kids.  One of my highlights, as usual, was enjoying all the amazing flavors and foods Turkey offers its residents and tourists.  I’ve been there about a dozen times now, and every time […]


Rethinking Treats for Halloween

Halloween is fast approaching. Kids love Halloween for the costumes, decorations, parties and, of course, the candy. Adults enjoy seeing their precious little ones transformed into their favorite characters and seeing the smiles on their faces. Many parents, however, struggle with how to handle all the candy that surrounds this holiday. It’s not just about […]


Minnesota Recreation and Parks Conference

Hi, thanks for attending Chef Marshall's presentation, Using Nutrition in Youth Sports to Improve Safety and Fun. Below you'll find links for the Powerpoint and more: Presentation PowerpointYouth Sports 10-8-14 v2 Youth Sports Nutrition program – Why & How handout CHEF Youth Sports 032014 High School Sports Nutrition program CHEF Sports Nutrition PRINT 020114 Video: British Study – […]

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