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MY WEEK IN FOOD (plus a giveaway)

Started the week off with “Ceviche Saturday”…a simple meal paired with tortilla chips and guac. If you’ve never made ceviche, DO. No recipe required. Cut raw white fish, shrimp,  scallops, calamari, etc.  into bite-size pieces, stir in finely chopped cilantro and jalapeno, then add enough fresh lime juice to completely submerge the seafood. Four or more hours […]

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AFTER SCHOOL COMFORT:
LEMON MAPLE RICE PUDDING

For me, rice pudding is love in a bowl. Comfort writ large. Perhaps because it was one among a small rotation of puddings that my mom made for dessert when we were kids. Warm bowls of tapioca, bread pudding, and vanilla custard were regulars at our table. Rice was always my favorite. Strangely, it’s never been part of […]

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MY WEEK IN FOOD

After a few weeks of stumbling around for equilibrium, we’re starting to get into the school lunch groove. I find dips help when it comes to making veggies more enticing. Pulled together a homemade ranch number, which you’ll find both here and in my cookbook. Making produce pretty also helps. Here I went a little Orange is the New Black […]

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BAKED PARMESAN POLENTA FRIES
AND ONE VERY YUMMY SUPPER

Spend five minutes in the “Diet and Nutrition” section of any bookstore and you may start to wonder what is actually acceptable to eat anymore. The focus is so routinely and squarely on what you can’t have rather than what you can. NO FAT warns one book. NO MEAT says another. NOTHING A CAVEMAN WOULDN’T EAT. NO FRUIT IN THE MORNING NO […]

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MY SUMMER IN FOOD

The passing of Labor Day marks, for me, the official close of summer. As of today, all three of my kids are back in school and I’m back at work. Having skipped over more than a month of “My Week in Food” I thought I’d catch you up on what the latter part of the season looked like in […]

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WEEKNIGHT FRIED RICE
AND A YEAR OF WHOLE GRAINS

Rice was one of very few grains to grace our dinner table when I was a kid. We didn’t eat wheat berries or bulgur, farro or freekah. When it came to starch at supper, it was bread, potatoes, or rice (with an occasional barley soup in the mix). Rice and rice alone was what my mother ritually fed […]

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12 BACK-TO-SCHOOL BREAKFASTS

I’m trying to be brave today. I’m not very good at brave when it comes to my children and growing up. ER visits?  Gnarly splinters?  Friendship woes? Anything involving blood? I’m your gal. Outgrowing a newborn onesie? First day of kindergarten? Graduation? You’ll find me I’m in a puddle of tears, handing the parenting reins to Mr. Mom’s […]

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SUMMER SMOOTHIE SERIES: PEACH-MANGO SMOOTHIE

I’m finishing up my Summer Smoothie Series with one that might qualify as dessert. Another recipe I developed for Cooking Light Magazine, this peach-mango number delivers a generous dose of fruit while tasting like a real treat. Using frozen fruit instead of fresh doesn’t skimp on nutrients and makes for an especially cold and frothy blend. […]

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SUMMER SMOOTHIE SERIES: CARROT APPLE GINGER REFRESHER

It’s Week Three in my Summer Smoothie Series. This time, I’m bringing some vegetables into the mix with this recipe I developed for Cooking Light Magazine. Carrot juice plays a starring role with a handful of other ingredients that may strike you as odd bedfellows — carrot, applesauce (what?!), yogurt, and frozen banana. But the […]

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PAPRIKA-SPICED SHRIMP & CORN SALAD
AND TIPS FOR BUYING SHRIMP

Some of the best dishes around here come not from the dozens of cookbooks that line my kitchen shelves, the glossy food magazines that arrive in my post box each month, or the thousands of recipe ideas on Pinterest. Instead, my best meals often spring from cooking on the fly, when time and ingredients are in short supply. Such […]

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