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SLOW COOKER CHILI
A HEALTHY SUPERBOWL (OR ANYDAY) SUPPER

Why is it that the food we associate with watching sporting events inevitably falls into the not-so-good for you category? It’s a question I pondered on New Year’s Day while watching football along with a small crowd at my dad’s house. While the antics on the field  held little interest for me, I was quite enchanted by the big […]

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MY WEEK IN FOOD

Big emphasis on breakfast this week, starting with these beauties: red and green baked apples. It’s a recipe in the works for my cookbook, but I did something similar a few years ago that you can find here. Started the week off with a big veggie prep  — washing lettuces, chopping vegetables, and making a […]

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UDON NOODLE SOUP WITH COLLARDS AND SOFT EGG

Last week nearly a quarter of the kids in my daughter’s grade were out sick. According to newspaper headlines, 2015 may be the worst cold season in decades. And reports are floating about that the flu vaccine this year may not be as effective as one would hope. So where does that leave us parents with kiddos down for […]

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DOUBLE GINGER MOLASSES COOKIES
WITH RYE AND WHOLE WHEAT

The smell of butter and sugar and spices called them, one by one, into the kitchen. Molasses cookies were in the oven, beckoning with their aroma.  As I pulled out the first batch, the reponse from the kids was immediate and inevitable. The question I get every time I bake: “Is it healthy? they ask, with an […]

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A NOT-SO-DIRTY LITTLE SECRET

I’ve been keeping a secret. I’ve never been very good at secrets, at least not the happy kind. Take, for instance, how I handled the first three months of my pregnancies, a time when common sense dictates that you keep this news between you and your beloved. But each night, I’d have to confess to Mr. […]

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MY WEEK IN FOOD

Like much of the country, my focus in food this week has been lightening things up in the kitchen after more than a few heavy holiday meals. Stocking up on fresh produce and pulling out the juicer seemed like a good start. On the left: beet, carrot, lime. On the right: kale, apple ginger. Used the leftover kale […]

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PUSHING THE RESET BUTTON
ON CALLING KIDS “PICKY”

The start of the New Year is all about pushing the reset button. We recommit to eating better, exercising more, and drinking less alcohol. Indeed research shows diet and health-related changes outpace nearly any other New Year’s resolution by a long shot. But I’d argue that this time of year is also a good one […]

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AND THE WINNER IS….
BEST OF THE BLOG 2014

I don’t know about your 7th grade, but in mine one of the highlights was an end-of-year ritual known as Superlatives. Members of the student body voted for fellow classmates in a variety of categories, the most coveted being “Most Popular”, “Best Looking”, and naturally, “Cutest Couple”. I still remember a twinge of envy when my friend […]

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MY WEEK IN FOOD

Like most of you, these past weeks have been all about the holidays, starting with a big batch of Alice Waters’ Chocolate Crinkle Cookies from The Art of Simple Food. This recipe is just one more reason to love Alice. On the subject of cookies, it’s not Christmas around here without a big batch of gingerbread. […]

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MY WEEK IN FOOD

The theme for me in the kitchen of late seems to be schizophrenic. Either I’m deep into cooking projects or it’s seat-of-your-pants affair. The latter was the case with this speedy Vietnamese chicken salad involving a rotisserie chicken, a tub of shredded cabbage, and bunch of cilantro. I tossed the cabbage with the cilantro, dressed it with lime juice, […]

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