Box-free macaroni and cheese

19th April, 2011 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

A friend of mine, who should really know better, recently discovered that she doesn’t know how to cook. Turns out, boiling water and opening a box doesn’t really help with, say, baking. It’s also not good when trying to switch to a diet with less processed foods and processed foods are the only kinds you […] Read More

Nuts in a bowl

28th March, 2011 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

For reasons best known only to the same person who decides which skirt lengths are fashionable, spiced nuts have been deemed a “winter holidays only” snack. As someone who loves nuts in pretty much all their forms, this seems very unfair – to both me and the nut industry as a whole. Having a craving […] Read More

Wing it

31st January, 2011 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

Super Bowl Sunday is fast approaching and with it comes the day of Super Bowl food. According the internet, 5% of the year’s consumption of chicken wings occurs on Super Bowl Sunday, for a total of over a billion wings eaten on one day. That’s a lot of wings. And they are generally served up […] Read More

A salad for winter

4th January, 2011 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

Show of hands from everyone who resolved to eat healthier in 2011. Even if you didn’t raise your hand, having another way to get whole grains into your diet is never a bad thing. The latest government food pyramid recommends that we all make “half our grains whole”, which is always good advice no matter […] Read More

Quick lemon-pepper pasta

28th December, 2010 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

Somewhere between the Christmas parties and New Year’s Eve, a person still has to eat one or two regular meals. Since time is of the essence for most of us, a filling, quick side dish is always a good addition to the recipe collection. The lemon orzo pasta below is a great option for a […] Read More

Latkes late in the year

6th December, 2010 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

I’m not Jewish, nor have I lived in areas with large Jewish populations. However, I’m a big fan of Hanukkah. Festival of Lights takes on a new meaning when you are spending your first winter in Alaska. In honor of the last night of Hanukka, here is a recipe for potato latkes – a traditional […] Read More

A sweet side for Thanksgiving

15th November, 2010 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

In just over a week, Thanksgiving dinner will be hitting the table all over the country. The menu has been handed down to us over the generations and there’s generally not a lot of variations on the theme. However, there’s plenty of room to get creative while still keeping the traditionalists at the table happy. […] Read More

Winter squash and creamy risotto

11th October, 2010 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

Butternut squash is one of those vegetables that can be either ruined or sold on first impression. Squash steamed can be bland and a little slimy. Squash roasted in the oven is sweet and tender. Top with brown sugar and cinnamon and you have a vegetable with a candy topping. But not everyone – myself […] Read More

Autumn fruit in a summery way

4th October, 2010 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year, mostly because it’s still a novelty. Where I grew up tends to have two seasons: blazing hot and bitterly cold. If autumn fell on a weekend we would bob for apples. It was not uncommon to go from shorts weather to heavy coat temperatures in […] Read More

Spicy Smoked Eggplant

26th July, 2010 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

Eggplants – or aubergines if you’re bring European – have never really found their place in American cooking. It’s not too surprising: they don’t have an especially strong flavor on their own, can be bitter if prepared badly and turn to mush when cooked. Americans tend to like eggplant when it’s been breaded, fried and […] Read More

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