Archive | June, 2011

SPICY ADVICE: SEASON YOUR FAMILY’S FOOD

When my daughter Isabelle was a baby, I was enjoying a meal of Mexican food with relatives who were visiting from out of town. Watching me spoon salsa generously on my enchiladas, my aunt practically slapped the utensil out of my hand. “You can’t eat that, you’re breastfeeding.” She exclaimed. “You’ll make the baby sick.” […]

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NEW NUTRITION GUIDE WORTH A PEEK

Here you see the USDA’s new “My Plate” guide for healthy eating. They’ve been niggling around with various models over the years, some have been more user friendly than others. This time, I think they’ve done a pretty good job of illustrating what a healthy diet looks. I take issue with the use of the […]

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STRAWBERRY, ARUGULA AND FETA SALAD

A wander through one of my favorite markets last week inspired this salad. The peppery arugula offset by fragrant strawberries with the crunch from toasted hazelnuts was such a winning combination, I just had to share. Plus, it’s uncommonly pretty. I made it again the next day, and then a few days after that. This […]

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NOURISHMENT FOR MOMS: FOOD, WINE AND HEALTH

The amount of organizing involved whenever I leave my kids for a few days borders on the absurd. The getaway has to be pretty good to make all that engineering worth my while. I caught wind of a food and wine course this week that would be well worth the trade off. A chef, a […]

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HOMEMADE GNOCCI WITH SIMPLE TOMATO SAUCE

My tomato plants are finally producing. I have an overabundance of red, ripe beauties and can’t think of a better way to put them to use than a kids cooking project. We embarked on this one because my daughter Virginia is crazy for gnocchi. And no wonder: little pillows of tender, handmade potato dumplings napped […]

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HEALTHY LUNCHBOX DUMPLINGS

My kids have forever been pestering me to buy potstickers for their school lunches. I’ve resisted because so many of the products available are just greasy balls of dough with little to offer nutritionally. But the other day I stumbled upon Tang’s Natural Vegetable Whole Wheat Dumplings in the freezer section of my market. A […]

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