SO GOOD SLOW COOKER MAPLE FRENCH TOAST

This beauty is currently at the tippy tip of my list of slow cooker favorites. The first time I made it, I dug in for lunch with piles of berries.  I was at it again the next morning for breakfast with a mound of ...

SUMMER SMOOTHIE SERIES: CUCUMBER APPLE MINT COOLER

Smoothies are standard fare around here all year round, but they never taste so good as in summer. So I thought I’d do a series of posts featuring four favorites. They’re recipes I developed for Cooking Light Magazine that run the gamut from ...

HONEY BALSAMIC TOMATO CROSTINI

I was thinking of calling this Tomato Candy, but then I worried that visions of chocolate-dipped cherry tomatoes might trip across your imagination and you’d wonder if I’d lost my marbles. More apt would be to call it Candied Tomatoes because that’s what happens when you lap ...

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FARRO CAKES WITH LEMON DILL YOGURT SAUCE

Meet Miss February: Farro. The second contender in my Year of Whole Grains series. While seemingly trendy for its relatively recent appearance ...

PERFECT SOFT-COOKED EGGS
WITH BUTTERED TOAST “SOLDIERS”

Who doesn’t love a soft boiled egg? Around here, they’re such a hit that we’ve built up a mini collection of egg ...

MAKING ROOM FOR “FUN” FOODS

I‘ll apologize up front that the gorgeousness in the photo above isn’t coming to you in a recipe today. My sister-in-law Alison ...

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MY WEEK IN FOOD

Having kids home for the summer is seriously cutting into my writing time, which is why several weeks rolled right on by without My Week in Food.  In the event of another dry spell, you can always catch what I’m up to on Instagram. For now, let’s talk about 4th of July, which suddenly seems forever-ago. […]

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SOURED ON SUMMER CAMP SNACKS…
AND WHAT I DID ABOUT IT

Picking up my youngest daughter after her first day at soccer camp last week, I was filled with delight. Dozens of  girls of all ages were running around on the expansive green of a university field as energetic young coaches encouraged them along. The blue skies overhead and majestic backdrop of St. Ignatius church on the hill just […]

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BURRITO BOWLS!
AND A YEAR OF WHOLE GRAINS CONTINUES

Dipping into the obscure this month in my Year of Whole Grains series, meet “Miss July”: Sorghum. This one’s a complete (and welcome) newcomer for me. Its sole downside, as far as I can tell, is its homely moniker. Sorghum. It sounds more like cough syrup or an ingredient in shelf-stable pudding than a mega-wholesome, toothsome, appealing whole […]

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UPSIDE DOWN BUTTERMILK PLUM CAKE

I’m plum crazy about this cake. It’s plum delicious. Plum pretty, too. The recipe is a riff on one that my sister-in-law, pastry chef, Alison Sullivan, developed for a story I wrote for the San Jose Mercury News. I’ve made it half a dozen times since. The original is nothing short of plum perfect. I pulled […]

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MY WEEK IN FOOD

The Week in Food got off to an auspicious start when dozens and dozens of perfectly ripe Blenheim apricots landed on my doorstep from an apricot farmer in thanks for a favor. Realizing how such favors can pay off, I’m officially pimping myself out to support/aid/help any and all summer fruit farmers. Pass it on. […]

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BEST OF TRADER JOE’S: ROUND TWO

A few years ago I posted my Trader Joe’s Fab 15, a list of top picks for shopping at this popular food market with a cult-like following. I figured it was time for an update since the store has brought in new goodies and I’ve made new discoveries. As I said then, “In a perfect world, I’d do all […]

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MY WEEK IN FOOD

Started the week off with a toast party in honor of the dad in the house. Mr. Mom’s Kitchen was gifted a shiny new toaster for Father’s Day, so we felt obliged to break it in. Not exactly a new surfboard, but it does make some killer toast. Breakfast for a crowd the following morning involved […]

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CREAMY MANGO SORBET POPS

I hope you have dreamy plans in store this summer. Like cycling across Tuscany. Or across town to your neighborhood pool. Hiking the Himalayas. Or your favorite regional park. Exploring the wild waters of the Adriatic. Or the sleepy creek that runs alongside your house. Wherever you go, or don’t go this summer, you’ll need […]

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HOW TO CHOOSE A BETTER BREAD

This is my new favorite sandwich bread. The fact that my children like it too is a big plus, since it’s a significant upgrade, nutrition-wise, from the squishy white flour loaves that are often kids’ bread of choice. Dave’s Killer Bread is organic, whole grain, chock full of seeds and other goodies, and doesn’t taste like you’re eating […]

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MY WEEK IN FOOD

Had our first taste of summer eggplant in Sarah Copeland’s Eggplant Parmesan Supper from her book, Feast. I was short on time so used prepared tomato sauce, which didn’t seem to make a dent in how totally excellent the dish is. Did up a few food gifts this week, starting with a batch of these Sweet, Salt & Spice […]

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