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MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB CHOP
WITH MINT GREMOLATA

Meat and two sides. That was standard operating procedure for most dinners in my house growing up, along with many of my generation. If there wasn’t animal protein on the center of the plate, my dad would go sniffing around the kitchen looking for his steak. We’ve all evolved since then, for many good reasons. Most […]

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HOW TO BOOST VEGETABLES AT BREAKFAST

Vegetables. That’s probably not the first thought that popped into your head when looking at a steaming tower of pancakes waiting to be drizzled with maple syrup. But that’s exactly what you see. Pumpkin, to be exact, stirred into pancake batter along with cinnamon, ginger, and other warming spices. As a country, we are failing (quite miserably) […]

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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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MY WEEK IN FOOD

Favorite meal of the week was this shoot-from-the-hip noodley (is that a word?) Asian salad built on leftovers. The fixings? Udon tossed with shredded cabbage, pickled vegetables, roasted peanuts, and a splash of rice vinegar, fish sauce, and cilantro. This was where it all started the evening before when friends gathered around a  Saturday night Banh Mi Bar (I […]

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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 TAKE ON FIVE TRENDY FOODS (part two)

A few weeks ago I promised a “part two” for my Five Trendy Foods series. Here you have it, my two cents on some of what’s hot in the marketplace. You can find part one by going here.  TURMERIC Talk about trendy, this spice, long prized in Central Asia for its culinary and medicinal properties, appears to be […]

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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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