Ingredient of the Week

You Put An Apple Where?

Imagine a wall of candy the length of three cars and as tall as the arms can reach, in a sprawling suburban drug-store.  You’re 4 feet tall and 8 years old, and you’re told you can choose any candy you … Continue reading

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Confessions Of An Addict

I have two great fears in life — death and being denied access to a salt shaker. I used to be self-conscious about this, stealthly shaking salt onto my buttered bread, backing down when a smug server would respond to … Continue reading

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How An Onion Saved A Marriage

It was usually my mother who did the cooking.  She had a solid repertoire of recipes that would loop every 10 days or so.  They were tasty and comfortingly predictable. She would take her position steadfastly at the stove night … Continue reading

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Hemp Seeds: Better For You Than Flax Seeds?

Never underestimate the enduring power of a mother’s conviction in her advice or … your susceptibility to taking it. The substance of the advice may change, with new truths crowding out or even contradicting earlier truths (after years of dutifully … Continue reading

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Last Time You Had This Nutrient Was In Breast Milk

The coconut is one of the most nutritious foods around, but it loses its health cred pretty quickly once it’s shredded, sweetened, restrained in plastic and sold in the baking aisle. Which is unfortunate as the water has more potassium … Continue reading

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Ask Not What You Can Do For Your Kale

Kale can be an intimidating vegetable — the black diamond ski run of the produce world.   Its leaves are thick, and on a bad day it can taste like a shrub, but once you know how to navigate its … Continue reading

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Give Peas A Chance

Peas are given greater respect as an icepack than a vegetable.  The frozen ones present less of a thrill, but the fresh ones, the ones still nestled in their green cocoon and sold at farmers’ markets – these ones are … Continue reading

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