Category Archives: Cooking

Cranberry Sweet Potato Bread – The Perfect Holiday Gift

No gift can be more heartfelt than homemade baked goods. But while a box of traditional Christmas cookies or a holiday fruitcake may be the norm, offering friends and family a delicious confection that is actually good for them is perhaps the most thoughtful gift of all. This week’s recipe for sweet potato bread does...
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Cooking with the Mung Bean the Ayurvedic Way

If your concept of including mung in your diet means topping off a salad with a few bean sprouts, think again. Mung beans, and their split, hulled version, mung dhal, can be used to create main dishes, salads, soups, spreads, savories, beverages and desserts. Read more

Speedy Semi-Homemade Baked Beans

Today, we appreciate classic regional American dishes as much as fancy European creations or exotic Asian cuisine. Thanks to television chefs, cookbooks and the Internet, we have learned to make many of them, so we can enjoy authentic Cajun gumbo and North Carolina barbeque, for example, without having to go on the road. Read more

Aromatic Rice: A Delicious Story

For years, when I wanted to emulate the fragrant, fluffy rice that I loved eating in Southeast Asian and Indian restaurants, I had to make a special trip to the ethnic food store. When I did make the effort, white varieties were the only options available. Today, however, most supermarkets offer an almost confusing array...
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A Fish Dish Priced Right

The first time food sticker-shock hit me was in fall 2007 at a butcher where I saw Japanese Kobe beef that cost $150.00 a pound. How outrageous, I thought, never expecting ordinary eggs to soon cost up to $4.00 a dozen and milk to climb to almost $5.00 a gallon. Read more

A Hearty Winter Dinner: Lentils and Turkey

On a cold winter night, when you crave something rich and hearty, lentil stew hits the spot. With the pungent scents of clove, garlic and roast turkey filling the air, you can almost feel the warmth before your first bite. Better still, this dish freezes well. It’s particularly nice to return from work to a...
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Updating a Favorite Recipe

Retro food is a favorite topic of mine. I love showing others how to enjoy the nostalgia of foods past, while helping to reshape the recipes for today – particularly with a focus on making them healthier. (more…)...
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Green Beans with Tomatoes

It’s the end of the summer and you have more tomatoes and green beans than you know what to do with. One solution is to put them together in a colorful, nutritious vegetable dish. (more…)...
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