Archive | March, 2011

DIY TRAIL MIX

One of my favorite snacks back in the day were those raisins coated in yogurt that you scoop out of the communal bins in the supermarket. This was partly because at that time I considered bin food to be, essentially, free, and partly because I thought yogurt covered goodies were healthy. It wasn’t long into […]

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BROWN SUGAR BABY BOK CHOY WITH PORK AND TOFU

My sister-in-law Alison is a gifted pastry chef, who happens to do a bang up job with savory food as well. A couple of years ago she was over one night and whipped up a side dish of baby bok choy that my kids inhaled as if it were one of her delicate layer cakes. […]

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HOW TO CLEAN YOUR SPONGES

Wiping up after a harried breakfast this morning, I noticed my kitchen sponge looked as if it had been ravaged by a wild animal. It smelled a little like a wild animal, too. Not good. Funny how the very thing we use to clean our pots and pans can be a breeding ground for bacteria […]

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FOUR HEALTHY NUT BUTTER NIBBLES

With all three of my children, I was so paranoid about the danger of peanut allergies, I gave each of them their first taste of peanut butter while parked in front of their pediatrician’s office. There they’d be, strapped into their car seat, on the receiving end of a teaspoonful of peanut butter. Then we […]

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RED CABBAGE, APPLES AND SAUSAGE

I spent some time a few weeks ago getting reacquainted with Meggie, an old friend whom I have known since she was a baby. She now has babies of her own, works a “more-than-full-time” job as a lawyer, and struggles to get a decent meal on the table each night. Sound familiar? Like so many […]

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DIY MICROWAVE POPCORN

Popcorn was my dietary staple for much of college. If only I’d known this little trick: Do-it-yourself microwave popcorn. The DIY version has none of the artificial flavors, colors or chemicals present in store-bought varieties. It’s also cheaper and produces less environmental waste. Here’s how it works: Into a standard brown paper lunch bag put […]

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SAVORY SPINACH PIE

It was only recently that I realized my friend Cynthia, a mother of three whom I have known for a good five years now, really doesn’t cook. Like, at all. Having a husband with skills in the kitchen and reliable take-out options on speed dial, she’s got it covered. Clever girl. So when she told […]

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