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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...

The Elegant Bloom & the Humble Bee

Flowers are such a joy. They are the crowning glory of any garden large or small. I expectantly await them every Spring as if it was the first time I ever saw them. Still, you may ask, why write about flowers in a blog dedicated mainly to food? In my opinion, flowers...

Put a Little Sunshine on Your Plate

The magic of tomatoes is not just in their external beauty but in their delightful and hard to define flavor. They can simultaneously be described as sweet, tart, fresh or green tasting. They are succulent and emblematic of the summertime. I think it is fair to say...

Blueberries: A Summer Jewel

These little blue gems are a type of wild berry native to the temperate areas of the Northern hemisphere. Many of us just know them in their frozen form because we are geographically challenged when it comes to blueberries. Though it is still very worthwhile to...

Citizen Cider: How Do You Like Them Apples?

Apples are the state fruit in Vermont. I am not sure how many apples per capita are grown here, but I can attest (as a recent transplant from a far away state) that these are the most delicious apples I have tasted since I left Spain. In Europe, there are regions in...

The Cinderella Organ

It is the forgotten step sister to many other organs in the body. Much like the three times removed cousin unfit to be presented in polite society, this unassuming body part remains largely unknown. It is the small intestine. Although it has started to receive a...

Essential Steps to Support Adrenal Health

Nobody (apparently not even the cutest of pups) escapes the challenges of modern life. However, we all react to its demands in very different ways. If you are thinking that the only solution is to forge ahead (double espresso in hand) because you pride yourself a...

I Never Skip a Beet

My first encounter with beets was decades ago, as a child. As a mainly visual individual, the first thing that attracted me to the jar of pickled beets in the pantry was its deep magenta color. It was a fascinating, assertive shade of pink I had not seen in food…or...

A Place to Linger: August First Cafe & Bakery

While the timid Vermont morning sun was coming through its front windows, we walked into this very inconspicuous cafe right off Main Street. It had been a nice Saturday morning so far. We had a productive visit to the farmers market not more than a block away. Now it...

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