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GRATITUDE GIVEAWAY YEAR FOUR!!

Where were you four years ago? How old were your kids back then? What were you up to in the kitchen? I was here, at my desk, writing my first post, which was all about applesauce. My tech skills were minimal, my photos uninspired, and my audience included, in no specific order: My parents My […]

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MY WEEK IN FOOD

The theme for me in the kitchen of late seems to be schizophrenic. Either I’m deep into cooking projects or it’s seat-of-your-pants affair. The latter was the case with this speedy Vietnamese chicken salad involving a rotisserie chicken, a tub of shredded cabbage, and bunch of cilantro. I tossed the cabbage with the cilantro, dressed it with lime juice, […]

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SALTED BUTTERSCOTCH MOUSSE CUPS

A handful of blocks from my house sits Blue Plate, a long-standing neighborhood eatery that has become a favorite local haunt. It’s cramped and cozy, with a kitchen so tiny, I wonder how on Earth they manage to produce such terrific food. There is a back patio that beckons on any of the rare warm San Francisco […]

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EIGHT IDEAS FOR THANKSGIVING LEFTOVERS

Thanksgiving hasn’t even arrived yet, and already I’m talking leftovers. That’s because leftovers are the best part of the holiday, even better, in my opinion, than the meal itself. Pumpkin pie never tasted so good as when spooned straight out of the pie plate the morning after. Turkey, cold from the fridge, is at its finest layered […]

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FLU FIGHTERS! 5 IDEAS FOR HEALING FOODS

Along with holiday celebrations and chilly weather, the close of the year also brings flu season, which according to the Centers for Disease Control, usually peaks in February.  Now is the time to think about shoring up our immune systems. One of the best ways to do that is to consider what you put on your […]

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FOOD FINDS AT FNCE YEAR THREE

Wondering what’s new (or at least new to me) on the health and nutrition scene? Each year I attend the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics conference and report back on my discoveries. Thousands of  registered dietitians gather to network, attend  lectures on the latest research, learn about new tools in the field, and spend time in […]

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CAJUN-SPICED FISH WITH CREAMY CAPER SAUCE

Does your spice drawer look anything like mine? It’s not pretty. Sure, plenty of good stuff makes its home there — coriander and cumin, black peppercorns, cinnamon and ginger. These are the staples of my cooking. I use them weekly, if not daily, and replace them often, relying mostly on the bulk spice section of […]

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MY WEEK IN FOOD

  What we cooked this week was dictated largely by the fact that we harvested the remains of the garden for the season, starting with these French red pumpkins, which I believe are bound for a soup pot. I have a few sugar pie pumkins too, which I’ll roast for pie like this. or this    There […]

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LIGHTER LEMON SQUARES

As I hurried across the street, I saw her approaching from half of a block away. Reflexively, I looked down, doing what I sometimes do when things get uncomfortable. Face the ground. Ignore what is so clearly right in front of me. Homelessness, poverty. hunger. As she got closer, moving in my direction, I forced […]

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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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