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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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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DON’T LOOK DOWN
(PLUS, 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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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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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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UPDATE ON MY SUMMER CAMP SNACK CAMPAIGN

Recently I wrote a post about the sorry line up of junk food snacks at my daughter’s soccer camp. Not a single healthy option was included in the mix of Oreos, Doritos, candy, and sugary sports drinks. You can find that original post, Soured on Summer Camp Snacks, by going here. Many of you asked me […]

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SO GOOD SLOW COOKER MAPLE FRENCH TOAST

This beauty is currently at the tippy tip of my list of slow cooker favorites. The first time I made it, I dug in for lunch with piles of berries.  I was at it again the next morning for breakfast with a mound of Greek yogurt. Three times was a charm for snack the following day with […]

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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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