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SOURED ON SUMMER CAMP SNACKS…
AND WHAT I DID ABOUT IT

Picking up my youngest daughter after her first day at soccer camp last week, I was filled with delight. Dozens of  girls of all ages were running around on the expansive green of a university field as energetic young coaches encouraged them along. The blue skies overhead and majestic backdrop of St. Ignatius church on the hill just […]

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BURRITO BOWLS!
AND A YEAR OF WHOLE GRAINS CONTINUES

Dipping into the obscure this month in my Year of Whole Grains series, meet “Miss July”: Sorghum. This one’s a complete (and welcome) newcomer for me. Its sole downside, as far as I can tell, is its homely moniker. Sorghum. It sounds more like cough syrup or an ingredient in shelf-stable pudding than a mega-wholesome, toothsome, appealing whole […]

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BEST OF TRADER JOE’S: ROUND TWO

A few years ago I posted my Trader Joe’s Fab 15, a list of top picks for shopping at this popular food market with a cult-like following. I figured it was time for an update since the store has brought in new goodies and I’ve made new discoveries. As I said then, “In a perfect world, I’d do all […]

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HOW TO CHOOSE A BETTER BREAD

This is my new favorite sandwich bread. The fact that my children like it too is a big plus, since it’s a significant upgrade, nutrition-wise, from the squishy white flour loaves that are often kids’ bread of choice. Dave’s Killer Bread is organic, whole grain, chock full of seeds and other goodies, and doesn’t taste like you’re eating […]

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WARM BLT POTATO SALAD

Do you recognize these babies? They’re potatoes. They haven’t been on the scene much lately, having taken a multi–decades beating from low-carb advocates, some of whom put potatoes on the same level as sugar. Indeed, they’ve gotten themselves an unfortunate reputation. All this is probably not helped, mind you, by the fact that the lionshare of potatoes […]

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BEST HOMEMADE GRANOLA BARS
AND A YEAR OF WHOLE GRAINS

It didn’t seem right. To do an entire Year of Whole Grains and leave out the humble oat just because it’s not as fancy as farro or as trendy as teff. Cooked into steamy bowls of hot cereal, oats have sustained us through too many tough mornings to count. They’ve been there for scraped knees and broken hearts […]

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MY WEEK IN FOOD

The highlight of My Week in Food was harvesting this pretty mosaic of way too many lettuces from the garden. We are swimming in salads over here. Piles of greens went into a double batch of Dash and Bella’s Arugula Spinach Pesto, with walnuts subbed in for pinenuts. Tip tops melted onto steaming pasta. Even better for brunch the […]

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SLOW COOKER CHICKEN MARBELLA

When you take the time to cook a meal, you want to know that you’re in good hands. You go to the market, buy the ingredients, chop, prep, cook, and clean up. Recipes need to work. To wow. To do the job of feeding your family. You put a lot of love into that meal, you […]

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GIVEAWAY! FROM PLUM ORGANICS

I’m occasionally asked if my kids are picky eaters. When I say “not really”, the next question, inevitably, is “why do you think that is?” I imagine there’s a dose of dumb luck involved, but I also think exposing them to a variety of foods from the time they were tiny hasn’t hurt. One of their earliest finger foods was the rice, beans, […]

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WILL THE REAL “BEST DIET” PLEASE STAND UP

Last fall I sat with my middle daughter Rosie as she hosted a bake sale at our neighborhood farmers’ market. At one point, a darling girl of about three toddled up to eye the cookies, quick breads, and granola that Rosie and I had baked for the occasion. Hovering over her was the girl’s mother who […]

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