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PESTICIDES IN PRODUCE
AN UPDATE ON THE DIRTY DOZEN AND CLEAN 15

If you’ve ever taken a gander at my home page, you’ll notice that I’ve featured the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 since the very beginning. It’s a list of fruits and vegetables with the most and least amount of pesticide residues for produce sold in the U.S. It’s compiled each year by the Environmental Working Group and is […]

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CHICKEN, ORANGE, AND AVOCADO SALAD WITH TOASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS

“If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” I was thinking of that famous philosophical quote yesterday while making this salad for family dinner. It’s a household favorite that I published here a few years ago. Yet it seems to have gone under […]

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MY WEEK IN FOOD

Since it was all about Valentine’s Day this week, I was thinking pink, as in Strawberry Milk. Not the Nesquik version, mind you, but a homespun recipe made by mixing 1 cup milk, 1 handful frozen strawberries, and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract in a blender until smooth and frothy. Add honey to taste, a teaspoon at a […]

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HOT TIP: HOW TO PREP THOSE LEAFY GREENS

I was out the other night with two friends who bonded over the fact that neither of them is particularly confident in the kitchen. They talked about how overwhelming it is to find a suitable recipe, figure out where to buy ingredients, and know what to do with them. As someone who’s profession involves hours in […]

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CHOCOLATE SYRUP FOR HOT COCOA OR COLD MILK

Bittersweet, that’s what it was, sitting with Mr Mom’s Kitchen and my oldest daughter across a desk from the counselor at school. Not the school psychologist, mind you. Or the academic counselor. The college counselor, for my daughter, who is closing in on her junior year of high school. Yes college: a place that seemed […]

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MY WEEK IN FOOD

With Valentine’s Day approaching, I guess I have chocolate on the brain. While strawberries and chocolate may be the perfect marriage, with so much gorgeous citrus in season, I figured a sectioned tangerine would make a fine substitute. And it was. Try! I worked on my egg poaching technique for my new cookbook this week. I […]

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MY TAKE ON FIVE TRENDY FOODS
PART ONE

When it comes to food trends, it’s sometimes hard to distinguish the health from the hype. Certain ingredients catch hold, often with very vocal proponents telling us it’s the dietary game changer we’ve  all been looking for. But is it really too good to be true? Here I share my thoughts on five of the […]

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HEALTHY SLOW COOKER CHILI

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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