[1] Different colors of beets and carrots (photo © The Chef’s Garden). [2] Purple brussels sprouts (photo © Frieda’s Specialty Produce). [3] Cauliflower in the conventional white, plus orange and purple. In the front is romanesco, a variation of cauliflower that has spikes (photo © Nourish The Roots). [4] Green beans don’t have to be […]

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A couple of years ago, we began to notice smoking cocktails on the menus of some fine restaurants we patronize. These are not the dry-ice-generated smoke of Halloween, but flavored smoke made with wood chips or other agent that provide heavenly aroma. You don’t want the bouquet to dissipate. It’s like the alluring scent of […]

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[1] Nature’s original energy food, honey, is sandwiched between thin, crisp waffle cookies (photos #1 and #2 © Honey Stinger). [2] You can purchase individual waffles or 12-packs. [3] If you’re looking for a better Fig Newton-type bar, look here (photos #3 and #4 © Nature’s Bakery). [4] These fig bars have less added sugar […]

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If you’re a member of the kale cult, here’s a recipe for your repertoire: popcorn with kale (photo #1). It’s easy to make, with purchased popcorn and kale chips. Or, pop your own and microwave kale into chips (photo #5). Popcorn is already a better-for-you, whole grain snack. Now, you can add this recipe from […]

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September is National Potato Month, and our contribution to the festivities is Mashed Potato Pizza. Our favorite baker, The Baker Chick, made it with leftover mashed potatoes. She used slow cooker mashed potatoes, but you can make the mash however you like. For a Thanksgiving Leftovers pizza, you can substitute mashed sweet potatoes and top […]

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Deep frying occurs when the fat in a pot or pan completely envelops the food. You may have read tips on deep frying that advise against cooking with extra virgin olive oil. The advice is that the smoke point is too low. But that’s not so, says California Olive Ranch, producers of fine EVOO in […]

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[1] Nepalese potato salad uses a yogurt binder and a number of South Asian spices (photo © Idaho Potato Commission). [2] Fingerling potatoes (photo © The Roasted Root, which used them to make these delicious Rosemary Roasted Fingerlings).   Nepalese potato salad? What’s that? Potatoes, like chicken, provide a neutral canvas that can showcase the […]

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Mary’s Gone Crackers is a brilliantly-crafted line. Wheat-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, non-GMO, with no hydrogenated oils or trans-fats: These delicious crackers are the poster food for everything that is trending in specialty food today. Yet, the brand dates to 1994, when Mary Waldner discovered that she and her son were allergic to gluten, a protein […]

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