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Umami Chicken

Who gets to decide that there’s suddenly a “fifth taste”? Weren’t we all  perfectly satisfied with sweet, sour, bitter, and salty?  (Though I have wondered if somebody hadn’t left spicy). Umami, the fifth taste, was discovered by a Japanese chemist about 100 years ago. He identified a single molecule, glutamate, as being the source of a […]

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My Week in Food

It was a rolling couple of weeks of spring break over here, since the kids were all on different holiday schedules. We managed to keep busy, though, including this day when my oldest and her friends took the helm in the kitchen, making fresh pasta from scratch. Even better? They invited their moms to dine on […]

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10 Simple Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Let’s be honest, most Americans probably don’t have a clue what the sentiment behind Cinco de Mayo really is. It’s much like St. Patrick’s Day: a fun excuse to drink green beer (or green margaritas) and kick up your heels. But, since it’s wise to be well informed, I reached out to my resident expert on Mexican history, otherwise […]

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A Cool New Idea To Take the Sting out of Supper

I commend every parent who manages to get dinner on the table and gathers their people around it. Homemade food eaten in community is a good thing for health, wellness, and for family connection. We know this intuitively, and we also have piles of research to back it up. Here’s the rub, though. Churning out dinner […]

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Best Dinner Party Dessert: Easy Affogato

Much as I like to cook, when it comes to entertaining, I want to be with my company more than my kitchen. I lean on make-ahead dishes, simple starters, and sweets than can be pulled together with ease. Affogato, a classic Italian dessert, meets all of my criteria for effortless entertaining and has become one of […]

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LEMON TAHINI DRESSING WITH VEGETABLES

Even if you’ve never purchased a jar of tahini, I imagine you’ve probably eaten it, although you may not have known it. Tahini is a core ingredient in that most popular of Middle Eastern dips: hummus. The taste, when spooned straight up, hints mildly of peanut butter, though it’s thinner in texture and is notably high in calcium (which is […]

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10 COOKING SKILLS EVERY KID SHOULD KNOW BEFORE THEY LEAVE THE NEST

It was in the throws of dealing with a plumbing problem in the the downstairs bathroom of our house that it hit me. I was mid-punge, trying to avoid the splash, when out of nowhere a wave of mild anxiety settled across my consciousness that had nothing at all to do with plumbing and everything to do with my […]

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ICED MATCHA MINT TEA LATTE

Waiting in line at a coffee shop these days can be its own form of entertainment as folks eager for their caffeine fix fling orders at baristas that sounds like a foreign language: I’ll have a venti skinny coconut mocha, 2 pumps, hold the whip. I’ll take it to go, 2 straws. or I’d like […]

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SKILLET EGG AND VEGGIE BREAKFAST BOWL

Spending half of a year writing a breakfast cookbook involved, among many things, eating a lot of breakfast. Just ask my kids, who sometimes ate granola in the morning only to discover waffles in their lunch boxes, and poached eggs on the dinner table. Sounds fun, until it’s not anymore. The upside to all of this […]

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MY WEEK IN FOOD

If you’re wondering how I learned my way around the kitchen, look no further than my mom. This was a crazy good lunch she prepped when I popped over for lunch one day: composed salads of mixed lettuces, hard cooked egg, crab, shrimp, tomatoes and a creamy avocado dressing. Not quite so pretty, but pretty […]

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