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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...

Science’s Latest Triumph

Well, it is official. Sound nutrition advice is a thing of the past... In fact, eating is a thing of the past...Let's all look forward to some soylent green and our very own designer ostomy bag. As Stephen Colbert says "now is when the convenience really...

The Strange Beauty of Mushrooms

I have always been very fond of mushrooms, in fact, I frequently ate them long before I knew how good they were for me. There is a deep rooted tradition of mushroom picking in the forested areas of Spain and so they appear prominently featured in many Spanish dishes....

Allergic Reactions in a Nutshell

If you are alive, you are susceptible to an allergic reaction. These episodic responses can happen at any time to practically anyone, and all age groups can be equally affected. It is a fact of life that we are constantly subject to external input from our...

Magnolia Bistro: The Birth Place of Second Breakfast

Magnolia restaurant, in the heart of Burlington, prides itself for being “committed to the environment”. According to their mission statement, “we are proud to have been the first Green Certified Restaurant in Vermont, and our actions reflect these values on a daily...

The Art & Craft of Fermentation: Sobremesa

"So what can't you ferment?": "Plastic" Nick Balla from Bar Tartine in San Francisco, CA Fermentation is a time tested method of preserving food that has recently experienced resurgence. It is not a faddish notion or a marketing ploy that promises eternal youth and...

The Timmy Brothers Are Among Us

https://vimeo.com/paulriccio/timmybros   I have met these guys. In fact, these days they seem to be everywhere. From beer to butter, fruit juice, cereal and coffee, every morsel of food that hits your plate has undergone a sort of academic authentication that...

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