ROASTED CARROTS WITH HARISSA YOGURT AND MINT

Is there a more versatile vegetable than the humble carrot? You can find them juiced, grated into slaws, sliced for salads, folded into cakes,  shredded for muffins, served raw with dips, roasted, boiled, sauteed, pureed, and carved in miniature in baby carrot factories.  Every one of these ...

MY WEEK IN FOOD

It’s been so many weeks since My Week in Food, I’ll just hit the highlights, starting with a breakfast shared with Erin Scott, who has a magic touch when it comes to all things pretty. You can find that gorgeous, gluten-free Almond Torte in ...

SPRING VEGETABLE FLATBREAD PIZZA

Being robbed of “real seasons” here in San Francisco has its pluses and minuses. On the upside, we don’t suffer through blizzards, cancelled school days, frostbite, or the threat of falling icicles. On the downside, we don’t experience the wonder of spring in ...

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PUFFY APPLE CINNAMON PANCAKES (DUTCH BABIES)

This recipe is a treasure. Not just because it hits all the hot buttons of great home cooking: delicious, easy, and nourishing, ...

RAISING KIDS TO LOVE THEIR BODIES
(AND NOT DIET)

Raising three girls in a culture that at once idealizes a size two frame while overfeeding us a steady diet of 32-ounce ...

BERRIES THAT ARE CUTE AS A CUPCAKE

With food manufacturers pouring billions each year into convincing our kids to eat junk, how’s a health-minded mom to compete? Presentation is ...

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AND HONEY STEWED STRAWBERRY RHUBARB

I’m coming up for air. Looking around again. Answering long-neglected emails. Scheduling overdue dentist appointments. Organizing my desk. Sleeping. Tearing recipes from magazines. Reading a novel. Writing a post here. It’s been three weeks.  I’ve missed this. The mad mashup of working on a second cookbook with managing my life had tipped the balance. It’s been seven […]

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MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB CHOP
WITH MINT GREMOLATA

Meat and two sides. That was standard operating procedure for most dinners in my house growing up, along with many of my generation. If there wasn’t animal protein on the center of the plate, my dad would go sniffing around the kitchen looking for his steak. We’ve all evolved since then, for many good reasons. Most […]

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HOW TO BOOST VEGETABLES AT BREAKFAST

Vegetables. That’s probably not the first thought that popped into your head when looking at a steaming tower of pancakes waiting to be drizzled with maple syrup. But that’s exactly what you see. Pumpkin, to be exact, stirred into pancake batter along with cinnamon, ginger, and other warming spices. As a country, we are failing (quite miserably) […]

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MY TAKE ON FIVE TRENDY FOODS
PART ONE

When it comes to food trends, it’s sometimes hard to distinguish the health from the hype. Certain ingredients catch hold, often with very vocal proponents telling us it’s the dietary game changer we’ve  all been looking for. But is it really too good to be true? Here I share my thoughts on five of the […]

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MY WEEK IN FOOD

Favorite meal of the week was this shoot-from-the-hip noodley (is that a word?) Asian salad built on leftovers. The fixings? Udon tossed with shredded cabbage, pickled vegetables, roasted peanuts, and a splash of rice vinegar, fish sauce, and cilantro. This was where it all started the evening before when friends gathered around a  Saturday night Banh Mi Bar (I […]

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CHOCOLATE SYRUP FOR HOT COCOA OR COLD MILK

Bittersweet, that’s what it was, sitting with Mr Mom’s Kitchen and my oldest daughter across a desk from the counselor at school. Not the school psychologist, mind you. Or the academic counselor. The college counselor, for my daughter, who is closing in on her junior year of high school. Yes college: a place that seemed […]

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MY TAKE ON FIVE TRENDY FOODS (part two)

A few weeks ago I promised a “part two” for my Five Trendy Foods series. Here you have it, my two cents on some of what’s hot in the marketplace. You can find part one by going here.  TURMERIC Talk about trendy, this spice, long prized in Central Asia for its culinary and medicinal properties, appears to be […]

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AN UPDATE ON THE DIRTY DOZEN AND CLEAN 15

If you’ve ever taken a gander at my home page, you’ll notice that I’ve featured the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 since the very beginning. It’s a list of fruits and vegetables with the most and least amount of pesticide residues for produce sold in the U.S. It’s compiled each year by the Environmental Working Group and is […]

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CHICKEN, ORANGE, AND AVOCADO SALAD WITH TOASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS

“If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” I was thinking of that famous philosophical quote yesterday while making this salad for family dinner. It’s a household favorite that I published here a few years ago. Yet it seems to have gone under […]

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Since it was all about Valentine’s Day this week, I was thinking pink, as in Strawberry Milk. Not the Nesquik version, mind you, but a homespun recipe made by mixing 1 cup milk, 1 handful frozen strawberries, and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract in a blender until smooth and frothy. Add honey to taste, a teaspoon at a […]

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