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Food and eating solutions without: food rules, eating restrictions, eat-like-me-look-like-me diets nor “eat this, not that” food fears.

Instead I share the best information on balanced, practical ways to eat well and maximize your health through food enjoyment, mindful tasting and cooking food you love. There’s also recipes, culinary nutrition tips and posts on how food culture impacts how and what we eat.

Quick Pickled Leeks with Lime

Quick Pickled Leeks with Lime

Leeks are versatile, but most often, are cooked until soft or used as an aromatic veggie in stocks. This recipe for pickled leeks lets them maintain a fresh texture and flavor. In less than 10 minutes, hands-on, you have a versatile, delicious garnish and ingredient...

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Chickpea Corn Cakes: Crave-worthy Carbs

Chickpea Corn Cakes: Crave-worthy Carbs

If you enjoy crunchy, sweet summer corn and savory, nutty chickpea flavors and a fast, easy recipe, continue. However, I feel compelled to defend corn just in case with this comment: Carby chickpea corn cakes cause carb-avoiders cringe-worthy concerns, or conversely,...

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Quinoa Boulettes vs Ikea Swedish Meatballs

Quinoa Boulettes vs Ikea Swedish Meatballs

Mom would make Swedish meatballs for parties yet we weren't Swedish, didn't know anyone who was and Ikea was a two-day plane trip. Several decades later, braving my first trip to the hip-mega-everything store in search of kitchen doodads, I got overwhelmed and lost,...

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From Bubbly, Burpy Beast to Sourdough Bread

From Bubbly, Burpy Beast to Sourdough Bread

In our household, National Sourdough Bread Day is a reminder to be generous.   My mom’s habit of giving a loaf of sourdough bread to new neighbors or someone needing comfort became our family tradition. Bread makes a practical edible gift, but offering someone a...

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Pizza as a Path to Veggie-Eating Kids

Pizza as a Path to Veggie-Eating Kids

Pizza Veggie Opportunities   Ask a group of American kids to all agree on meal they like. Pizza, a unifying force in the kid kingdom, wins. However, ask kids to agree on specific vegetables toppings and you’ll hear some “yuck” comments. Unfortunately, most pizzas...

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Fast Flatbread 3 Ways–Watch out Pizza

Fast Flatbread 3 Ways–Watch out Pizza

Fast Flatbread 3 Ways (makes 6 one-person servings) Flatbread, is quicker to make than its cousin--pizza. It doesn't require careful measuring, sifted flour or yeast and doesn't make you wait. It’s five minutes from your pantry to a lump of dough ready to be pressed...

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Golden Horseradish Hummus

Golden Horseradish Hummus

Golden Horseradish Hummus Hummus hinges on chickpeas and tahini, at least traditionally. I've met modern interpretations at restaurants and felt a little disappointed when I could find no trace or taste of either key ingredient. Chickpeas have a distinct flavor and,...

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Easy French Brown-Butter Tart

Easy French Brown-Butter Tart

For bakers and home cooks who bake often, making tarts is easy enough. However, not everyone, including me, appreciates the specific measuring and techniques required for good tart dough. Now, after discovering this easy brown-butter tart, I’m dreaming of future tarts.

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Pizza as a Path to Veggie-Eating Kids

Pizza as a Path to Veggie-Eating Kids

Pizza Veggie Opportunities   Ask a group of American kids to all agree on meal they like. Pizza, a unifying force in the kid kingdom, wins. However, ask kids to agree on specific vegetables toppings and you’ll hear some “yuck” comments. Unfortunately, most pizzas...

read more
Fast Flatbread 3 Ways–Watch out Pizza

Fast Flatbread 3 Ways–Watch out Pizza

Fast Flatbread 3 Ways (makes 6 one-person servings) Flatbread, is quicker to make than its cousin--pizza. It doesn't require careful measuring, sifted flour or yeast and doesn't make you wait. It’s five minutes from your pantry to a lump of dough ready to be pressed...

read more
Golden Horseradish Hummus

Golden Horseradish Hummus

Golden Horseradish Hummus Hummus hinges on chickpeas and tahini, at least traditionally. I've met modern interpretations at restaurants and felt a little disappointed when I could find no trace or taste of either key ingredient. Chickpeas have a distinct flavor and,...

read more
Easy French Brown-Butter Tart

Easy French Brown-Butter Tart

For bakers and home cooks who bake often, making tarts is easy enough. However, not everyone, including me, appreciates the specific measuring and techniques required for good tart dough. Now, after discovering this easy brown-butter tart, I’m dreaming of future tarts.

read more
Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Sumac

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Sumac

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Sumac Pan-seared cauliflower steaks work great, yet often require finishing in the oven. This cauliflower steak with sumac option shortcuts the pan-searing for a longer, but less fussy, roast in the oven. While these “C-steaks” may not...

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Boursin and Yogurt Artichoke Gratin

Boursin and Yogurt Artichoke Gratin

Boursin and Yogurt Artichoke Gratin French and American gratins, pronounced “Grawh-tAHn”, range from dense, cheesy and cream-laden to light dishes made simply with a béchamel sauce.This artichoke gratin, satisfyingly filling yet not overly cheesy works well as a dip...

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Parsnip Puree Soup and Crisps

Parsnip Puree Soup and Crisps

Parsnip Puree Soup with Crisps You’re so sweet, you’re so fine, but a sugar bomb in wintertime. Okay, the song doesn’t go this way but, in winter, cold converts parsnip starches to sugar at high levels and if the parsnips freeze before harvest, they become even...

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Almond and Hazelnut Dukkah

Almond and Hazelnut Dukkah

Almond and Hazelnut Dukkah Dukkah, a savory spice and nut mix, has Arabic roots and worldly applications. Traditional key ingredients are nuts, coriander, cumin seed, salt and sesame seeds, but it can also include other seeds such as fennel and peppercorns. The word...

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Turkey Picadillo Lettuce Wraps

Turkey Picadillo Lettuce Wraps

Picadillo is fun to say but better to eat. You can do both in Mexico, Cuba, the Philippines and other countries who’ve adopted this Spanish dish. It’s a wild mix of sweet, savory and pungent flavors influenced by its Moorish spice heritage. Picadillo varies by...

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Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Sumac

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Sumac

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Sumac Pan-seared cauliflower steaks work great, yet often require finishing in the oven. This cauliflower steak with sumac option shortcuts the pan-searing for a longer, but less fussy, roast in the oven. While these “C-steaks” may not...

read more
Boursin and Yogurt Artichoke Gratin

Boursin and Yogurt Artichoke Gratin

Boursin and Yogurt Artichoke Gratin French and American gratins, pronounced “Grawh-tAHn”, range from dense, cheesy and cream-laden to light dishes made simply with a béchamel sauce.This artichoke gratin, satisfyingly filling yet not overly cheesy works well as a dip...

read more
Parsnip Puree Soup and Crisps

Parsnip Puree Soup and Crisps

Parsnip Puree Soup with Crisps You’re so sweet, you’re so fine, but a sugar bomb in wintertime. Okay, the song doesn’t go this way but, in winter, cold converts parsnip starches to sugar at high levels and if the parsnips freeze before harvest, they become even...

read more
Almond and Hazelnut Dukkah

Almond and Hazelnut Dukkah

Almond and Hazelnut Dukkah Dukkah, a savory spice and nut mix, has Arabic roots and worldly applications. Traditional key ingredients are nuts, coriander, cumin seed, salt and sesame seeds, but it can also include other seeds such as fennel and peppercorns. The word...

read more
Turkey Picadillo Lettuce Wraps

Turkey Picadillo Lettuce Wraps

Picadillo is fun to say but better to eat. You can do both in Mexico, Cuba, the Philippines and other countries who’ve adopted this Spanish dish. It’s a wild mix of sweet, savory and pungent flavors influenced by its Moorish spice heritage. Picadillo varies by...

read more
Spicy Crunchy Chickpeas

Spicy Crunchy Chickpeas

This chickpea appetizer or snack will create more bean eaters. The balanced spicy, citrusy and salty sensations plus a crunchy exterior are irresistible. Quick and easy to make, these can be made ahead of time or served hot and crunchy from the pan.

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Black-eyed pea and Hominy Texas Caviar

Black-eyed pea and Hominy Texas Caviar

Black-eyed Pea and Hominy Texas Caviar This recipe highlights how canned beans can make you popular and happier. For happy, you can quickly toss together this dish as an appetizer, side dish or picnic nibble. It's a popular party pleaser that also offers flavorful...

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Catsup Chutney

Catsup Chutney

Because this chutney has the texture of traditional catsup, it’s an homage to the old word for ketchup. This chutney can serve many purposes and so it’s a make once, use several times item for your week!

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