Cooking for the Holidays When You Are Blind or Visually Impaired

Whether you’re making a meal, taking a dish to a party, preparing treats to have on hand if visitors drop in, or creating gifts to please the palette, with proper planning these don’t have to be holiday stressors!  What to Fix   With low or no vision, what is your skill level?  By evaluating what you can easily do, you can … Continued

Cool Down This Summer with Five Microwave Cooking Hacks

I use the microwave mostly for heating foods, but not for actual cooking. It comes in handy for warming up a nice mug of cocoa during cold winter months or for reheating leftovers and popping my all-time favorite snack, a buttery bag of popcorn, to munch on while watching an audio described movie. Otherwise, it sits on the kitchen counter doing double duty as a quick device for heating foods and as a place holder for my vitamins, memo pads and other odds and ends. But when I … Continued

The Gift of Homemade Cooking for the Holidays

Maribel Steel We all love to receive homemade treats. There is something special in the way they taste with the added ingredient of thoughtfulness. For special occasions, I like to prepare tangy preserves or mouth-watering cookies and surprise my family and friends with a pretty package they can eat! Here is a family favorite from … Continued

Cooking, Cleaning, and COVID-19

Since COVID-19 has entered our lives, many people have had more time to enjoy cooking as well as having to cook by necessity. This is the first of many articles outlining cooking techniques and equipment used by individuals who are blind or who have low vision with emphasis on techniques to make life less challenging … Continued

Cooking with Vision Loss: Making Holiday Cookies

Organization is a key to cooking with vision loss. Here are some easy tips to follow to keep your workspace organized and clean. Gather all the ingredients you need and place on a tray. As you use each ingredient, remove it from the tray and set aside. You will know which ingredients you have used … Continued

Cooking and Meals: Master Your Kitchen

For many people, cooking is a joy; for others, it’s a simple necessity. The onset of even minor vision loss, however, can turn what perhaps used to be a pleasure into a chore. The anxiety you may be feeling about preparing food is understandable. Even so, with practice and a few modifications to your cooking … Continued

Safe Cooking Techniques for Cooks Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision

Safe Cooking TipsCutting and ChoppingMeasuringPouringPeelingPlacing Pans on a BurnerBakingTurning FoodsTesting Food for DonenessSpreadingAdapting Cookbooks and RecipesUseful Tools and Small Appliances Safe Cooking Tips Wear short sleeves or roll your sleeves above the elbow when working at the stove.Wear oven mitts to handle pots and pans.Set a timer to remind you when to turn off the … Continued

Joel Tepperberg: From Carpentry to Cooking

by Dolores Hanley-McDiarmid, MA, COMS Getting Services from Lighthouse of Broward Joel Tepperberg, now 60, walked through the doors of Lighthouse of Broward for the first time in February 2014, after losing some of his vision due to Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy. I can remember meeting him for the first time. He appeared depressed and … Continued

Ms. Dorothy Keeps on Cooking

When we were asked to submit a “success story” for the OASIS program (Older Alabamians System of Information and Services), we were daunted. How does one choose from among so many successes? For the OASIS program and the Alabamians it serves, success can be as simple as providing a 97-year-old master bridge player with low … Continued

Cooking Surprises! We All Have Them

Editor’s Note: This is part of our ongoing series on Laughter is Often the Best Medicine. The contributors to this series hope their vignettes provide a chuckle, an “aha moment,” or dispel myths about visual impairment for all readers. How Many Chocolate Lovers Have Eaten Chocolate Mashed Potatoes? By guest writer, Liz Bowden, vision technology … Continued