Simple Trick To Eat Fewer Calories in a Meal

A study from Andrade et al in 2012 [1] found that inter-meal water consumption improved satiety ratings when eating speed was controlled. What this means is that people felt fuller during and after a meal when they drank water with it. This could be beneficial for a dieter trying to lose body fat.

Drinking water could potentially help with satiety during the meal and later in the day as well, making someone feel fuller, thus, decreasing their overall calories. This study also showed that slowing down and chewing your food fully helped as well. Our recommendation: Eat slowly, enjoy your meal, and drink Simpson Spring water with it!

A practical recommendation could be to drink water 15-30 minutes prior to a meal and sip on water during a meal. While calories are the most important factor to losing weight, manipulating your fluid levels could trick you into eating less overall calories.

Reference: [1]


Karen Emery's Chicken Soup

Thanks to Karen for submitting her favorite "soooo simple" chicken soup recipe


  • Roasted Chicken - You can buy an already cooked chicken or use leftovers from your own roasted chicken. (We recommend a Feather Brook Farm Chicken); Use mostly white meat, chopped up
  • 1 large box of liquid chic broth or two small
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 celery, chopped
  • 4 carrots, chopped
  • 2 cups egg noodles


  • Add all ingredients to a crock pot 
  • Cook close to high for couple hours till carrots tender 
  • Then add medium egg noodles maybe 3 handfuls
  • Continue to cook on high for half hour; Then simmer low for half 
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Granulated Honey: What Causes Honey To Crystallize?

by Celeste Apiaries, (hives located behind Simpson Spring, Easton, MA)

The honey bee collects pollen and nectar from many different plant sources. Nectar contains a high percentage of water which the bees evaporate in the process of making honey. Honey is composed of dextrose, levulose, water 92%, the other 8% , various sugars.... When honey contains high levels of dextrose, it will granulate more quickly.

The temperature of the honey will also effect crystallization. That can cause problems for winter storage if you are a beekeeper and plan to sell honey throughout the winter. If you have ever tried to bottle crystallized honey, you'd know, it's difficult.

After harvesting our honey it is put into our bottling tank which keeps the honey just warm enough to prevent crystallization. We never filter our honey, and the temperature is never any higher than it would be if it were in a bee hive on a summer day. This makes our job a little easier and keeps our customers happy and sweet throughout the winter months.

Celeste Apiaries Honey is available for purchase 6 days a week

at the Simpson Spring Marketplace.


Local Author Book Signing Event - September 23rd, 2017


September 23rd 11am - 2pm @ Simpson Spring

Local celebrity authors Doug "VB" Goudie, Michelle McPhee, and Anthony Amore will be here for a book signing and discussion.

Screen Shot 2017-09-12 at 8.02.05 PM.png

ANTHONY AMORE, author of Stealing Rembrandts, is the Director of Security & Chief Investigator at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, where he is charged with the ongoing efforts to recover thirteen works of art stolen from the museum on March 18, 1990. A columnist & lecturer, he also provides analysis on issues related to security and terrorism for a number local and national news outlets.

MICHELE McPHEE, author of Maximum Harm, is an Emmy-nominated investigative journalist, and award-winning columnist. A veteran investigative journalist, Michele is the best-selling author of six true crime titles. She is a Boston based investigative producer for the ABC News Ross Investigative Unit and a contribtor to Newsweek, Boston and other national magazines.

DOUG ‘VB’ GOUDIE is a WRKO Morning Show Host, and author of ACK in Ashes, a novel about Nantucket’s Great Fire of 1846. This book tells the story of that fateful fire, and it also tells the stories of many of the men who would help see the island through its devastation.

Simpson Spring's regular Saturday Marketplace will be taking place beginning at 10am featuring organic and sustainably sourced meats and poultry, local bakers and food artisans and crafters and more! Admission is always FREE. 719 Washington St. South Easton. More at

Jelly-Glazed Grilled Chicken

OK, so this isn't cooking with soda, but we have several FANTASTIC jams and jellies available in the Simpson Spring company store and even more options for locally sourced meats to brush these glazes onto - such as Featherbrook Farm Chicken or Blackbird Farm.

Try this recipe with your favorite jelly or jam -  we suggest Sidehill FarmsBonnie's Jams or Sprig


  • Bone-in Chicken Parts
  • Cooking oil for the grill
  • 2 TBS Olive Oil
  • 8 oz. or so of your favorite jelly or jam


Preheat and clean the grill. Oil the grates.

Mix 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1/2 of your jam together.

Brush the chicken with the remaining olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Place chicken on gas grill over medium heat. Cook covered 8 to 12 minutes or until juice is clear when center of thickest part is cut (180°F), turning once and brushing with jam mixture during last 2 minutes of cooking time. Serve with the remaining jam on the side for extra dipping!