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Roscon de Reyes for Epiphany

It's been called the longest night of the year. Kids are waiting for their gifts with feverish anticipation and parents (shhhh, you didn't hear it from me) are quietly wrapping all the presents making sure nothing on the letter to the Three Kings was forgotten. It is...

Pisto Warms the Soul the Simple Way

I remember watching Ratatouille when my kids were younger. It was a favorite movie at our home because (who am I kidding) it was all about food and cooking. The dish that the little rat (those of you who haven’t seen the movie should not be alarmed) prepares for the...

Splendor in the Grass: A Growing Season in Vermont

I warm up my hands by wrapping them around a steaming cup of hot tea and I watch the rain through my window. It’s tapping on the leaves that still insist on attaching themselves to the branches of my backyard trees. This cold drizzle is a sign that I can now finally...

Oprah Loves Bread…Don’t we all?

It isn't the most shocking revelation to come out of Oprah's mouth but, apparently, the girl loves her bread. No surprise there...and while I do not suggest anyone gets a "bread bed" (particularly made out of refined, white loaves) I don't recommend restricting your...

Black Olive Tapenade

  Tapenade is a clever creation. It is easy to make and even easier to enjoy. I used to eat it when I was younger not really knowing what it was called, but since it had olives it was one of my favorite things. It was salty and oily and such a delight to eat. In...

Don’t be Afraid. It’s Only Rhubarb.

In all honesty, I had never even seen a rhubarb plant before this year. Rhubarb was an abstract concept to me. An ingredient as mysterious as pixie dust that only appeared mentioned in some Beatrix Potter books (or was it The Wind in the Willows?). I did remember...

Walnut & Olive Seed Loaf

Funny how nothing beats food when it comes to rustling up some forgotten memories... It seems like a long, long time ago already, but when my kids were younger, they used to find this loaf quite entertaining to eat. While I used to refer to it as “bread”, they thought...

Cranberry Sauce: A Star Is Born

Everybody has a favorite food during the holidays. Mine is cranberry sauce. I look forward to this treat every year with much anticipation and delight. I can easily overlook the turkey or the mashed potatoes, but I never forget to have a generous amount of cranberry...

Fear & Loathing in the Hipster Kitchen

This video made me a bit angry. I did not know if I wanted to laugh or cry until he said the resulting tortilla was "as good as what you would get in Spain". Then crying was definitely the appropriate response. If we were just deliberating the novelty of the idea,...

Chimichurri: It’s Easy Being Green

Any time of the year that you can get your hands on a gorgeous bunch of green parsley, you can transform it into a deeply satisfying sauce that can be used on pretty much anything. A few cloves of garlic later and a healthy dose of extra virgin olive oil, you have...

Food For Thought…and Health

Nothing withstands the power of marketing...or its lack of principles. A double edge sword, marketing can bring to the forefront the best things that human ingenuity has to offer. It can also, at times, showcase the most hypocritical and condescending attitudes about...

Silky Potato & Leek Soup

We are soup people. Some people go crazy over cheese or bacon, bread or maybe sweets...but we love soup. I learned my love of soup in a home where we would consume the equivalent of our body weight in soup almost daily. It was easy, since there were endless variations...

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Migraineur

Chronic pain is a familiar nemesis to more than 100 million people in this country alone. It often becomes an insidious and silent undercurrent, known only to the patient and those very close to him or her. Someone around you this very minute is, without a doubt, a...

Indian Red Lentil Dahl

I have gladly enjoyed a steaming bowl of dahl in the summertime. I don’t shy away from it. The temperature outdoors soars, and I sit in front of a bowlful of hot lentils happy as can be. It stands to reason, that come the wintertime, red lentil dahl is often on my...

Turmeric: The Power of Orange

In recent years turmeric has stormed into our kitchens touting incredible healing powers. Apparently, it is still having its moment and remains as ubiquitous as ever. Everything appears to be sprinkled with turmeric these days: soups, teas, smoothies, stews...you name...

A Little Antidote Against Murphy’s Law

We've  all had days that make us question our sanity...The fire alarm runs out of batteries in the middle of the night, your car is mysteriously falling apart at the mechanic shop even though you only took it in for an oil change, you have a "to do" list that rivals...

Not Your Grandpa’s Lentils

There is a culinary anecdote in my family that has been passed down for a few generations now. When he was a little boy at the turn of the century, my grandfather (on my mom’s side) thought that lentils were simply revolting. To his dismay, lentils are quite a popular...

The Cookie Always Strikes Back

Poor Ormie! He works so hard to get those cookies...His predicament truly is relatable... What he does not know is that, in the end, he is lucky that the cookies did not cross his lips. Cute little Ormie would have been better off opening that beautiful refrigerator...

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