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HOW TO BOOST VEGETABLES AT BREAKFAST

Vegetables. That’s probably not the first thought that popped into your head when looking at a steaming tower of pancakes waiting to be drizzled with maple syrup. But that’s exactly what you see. Pumpkin, to be exact, stirred into pancake batter along with cinnamon, ginger, and other warming spices. As a country, we are failing (quite miserably) […]

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MY WEEK IN FOOD

Favorite meal of the week was this shoot-from-the-hip noodley (is that a word?) Asian salad built on leftovers. The fixings? Udon tossed with shredded cabbage, pickled vegetables, roasted peanuts, and a splash of rice vinegar, fish sauce, and cilantro. This was where it all started the evening before when friends gathered around a  Saturday night Banh Mi Bar (I […]

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CHOCOLATE SYRUP FOR HOT COCOA OR COLD MILK

Bittersweet, that’s what it was, sitting with Mr Mom’s Kitchen and my oldest daughter across a desk from the counselor at school. Not the school psychologist, mind you. Or the academic counselor. The college counselor, for my daughter, who is closing in on her junior year of high school. Yes college: a place that seemed […]

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MY TAKE ON FIVE TRENDY FOODS (part two)

A few weeks ago I promised a “part two” for my Five Trendy Foods series. Here you have it, my two cents on some of what’s hot in the marketplace. You can find part one by going here.  TURMERIC Talk about trendy, this spice, long prized in Central Asia for its culinary and medicinal properties, appears to be […]

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HOT TIP: HOW TO PREP THOSE LEAFY GREENS

I was out the other night with two friends who bonded over the fact that neither of them is particularly confident in the kitchen. They talked about how overwhelming it is to find a suitable recipe, figure out where to buy ingredients, and know what to do with them. As someone who’s profession involves hours in […]

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MY WEEK IN FOOD

With Valentine’s Day approaching, I guess I have chocolate on the brain. While strawberries and chocolate may be the perfect marriage, with so much gorgeous citrus in season, I figured a sectioned tangerine would make a fine substitute. And it was. Try! I worked on my egg poaching technique for my new cookbook this week. I […]

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HEALTHY SLOW COOKER CHILI

Why is it that the food we associate with watching sporting events inevitably falls into the not-so-good for you category? It’s a question I pondered on New Year’s Day while watching football along with a small crowd at my dad’s house. While the antics on the field  held little interest for me, I was quite enchanted by the big […]

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DOUBLE GINGER MOLASSES COOKIES
WITH RYE AND WHOLE WHEAT

The smell of butter and sugar and spices called them, one by one, into the kitchen. Molasses cookies were in the oven, beckoning with their aroma.  As I pulled out the first batch, the reponse from the kids was immediate and inevitable. The question I get every time I bake: “Is it healthy? they ask, with an […]

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A NOT-SO-DIRTY LITTLE SECRET

I’ve been keeping a secret. I’ve never been very good at secrets, at least not the happy kind. Take, for instance, how I handled the first three months of my pregnancies, a time when common sense dictates that you keep this news between you and your beloved. But each night, I’d have to confess to Mr. […]

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AND THE WINNER IS….
BEST OF THE BLOG 2014

I don’t know about your 7th grade, but in mine one of the highlights was an end-of-year ritual known as Superlatives. Members of the student body voted for fellow classmates in a variety of categories, the most coveted being “Most Popular”, “Best Looking”, and naturally, “Cutest Couple”. I still remember a twinge of envy when my friend […]

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