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Last week, I wrote about my inability to feel the love for kale. I have the opposite relationship with avocados. It was love at first bite. When are avocados in season? While California’s peak season for avocados is February – September, we get a year-round supply of this fruit, thanks to our friends in Mexico....
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Growing up in the South, soup to me was a concoction made cream or cheese or both – broccoli & cheese soup, shrimp bisque, corn chowder. While a gumbo may have been less rich, it would take days to make (or so it seemed). That’s why I avoided making them when I got older – either...
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In Jamie Oliver’s Cook with Jamie, there are four roasted chicken recipes ideal for time-strapped individuals: with cherry tomatoes and asparagus, wrapped in pancetta with leeks and thyme, with creamy butternut squash and chili, and with lemony Bombay potatoes.  Each is designed to feed one person, so you can expand to fit your family’s appetite...
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By this time, you have probably surmised that I am a big Jamie Oliver fan. And you would be correct. Today’s entree originated from a recipe out of Jamie’s Food Revolution, Sizzling Beef with Scallions and Black Bean Sauce. Though the original recipe isn’t bad for you, I’ve spiced it up a bit, added some veggies...
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I have gotten to enjoy my fair share of heat in the last week – first while running the Boston Marathon and later when I returned home to record temperatures in Boise. This is when a nice dinner salad hits the spot, along with a cold beer, of course. This dish is inspired by Jamie...
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Just the other night, I was reminded of how cooking a dish from scratch really boosts its flavor. Rather than using a store-bought curry paste, I made a curry sauce from scratch. An incredible bouillabaisse of flavors was the result! And though the dish took a tad longer to prepare than throwing in a dollop...
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My little 8-year-old is an adventurous eater. Though I am very proud of his diverse palate, I also credit myself a bit for his adventuresome appetite. I experiment with an array of flavors and tastes when I cook, and I give him few options but to eat what I prepare. (The only real adjustment I...
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This year I am boycotting turkey on Thanksgiving day, for a number of reasons. Do any of these apply to you? √ I’m tired of turkey, even if it has been a year. √ I don’t eat meat. √ Turkey is not a sustainable choice. √ Turkey and its many accompaniments are too expensive. √...
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I hope you enjoy Starting from Scratch, my second book, published each week online, one chapter at a time. Before the book’s final publication, I hope to sprinkle readers’ thoughts, opinions and advice throughout. After all, you each have helpful systems and solutions in the kitchen worth sharing. In addition, for each section, I’m food...
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The increasing rates of obesity have gotten the attention of First Lady Michele Obama, as well as celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. Last year, a record 63.1% of adults in the U.S. were either overweight or obese. According to KidsHealth.org, the percentage of overweight children in the United States is growing at an alarming rate, with 1...
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