MY WEEK IN FOOD

After a few weeks of stumbling around for equilibrium, we’re starting to get into the school lunch groove. I find dips help when it comes to making veggies more enticing. Pulled together a homemade ranch number, which you’ll find both here and in my cookbook. Making ...

BAKED PARMESAN POLENTA FRIES
AND ONE VERY YUMMY SUPPER

Spend five minutes in the “Diet and Nutrition” section of any bookstore and you may start to wonder what is actually acceptable to eat anymore. The focus is so routinely and squarely on what you can’t have rather than what you can. NO FAT warns one book. NO MEAT ...

MY SUMMER IN FOOD

The passing of Labor Day marks, for me, the official close of summer. As of today, all three of my kids are back in school and I’m back at work. Having skipped over more than a month of “My Week in Food” I thought I’d catch you ...

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HOW TO SHOP SMART
IN THE SNACK AISLE

One of the most hopeful signs that perhaps change is underway in our snack food nation was the bin of fresh apples, ...

CHOCOLATE COCONUT COPYCAT BARS
(HOMEMADE LARABARS)

Many women of my generation were raised to downplay their achievements. It was considered gauche to toot your own horn. Indeed, quite ...

BLACK BEANS FOR BREAKFAST, LUNCH, AND DINNER

A few summers ago, a friend generously offered me her family’s vacation condo in Mexico for a week after she had to ...

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