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Eating Strawberries for National Diabetes Month

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On Thursday my kids will be dressed up in all of their Halloween finery to go out trick-or-treating in our neighborhood.  I look forward to handing out candy every year, enjoying the variety of costumes that grace our doorstop.  Some of those costumes are scary!!  But even scarier than any of the goulish ghosts, goblins, [...]

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Luisa’s German Potato Salad

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I love a good potato salad, but I’m also quite picky about how I like it prepared.  I have three favorites—my mother-in-law’s potato salad, Japanese-style potato salad, and kartoffelsalat (German potato salad).  I love the sharp vinegary marinade of German potato salad, and the creamy tart flavor always reminds me of visits to Siegfried’s deli [...]

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Farina Kingsley’s Stir-Fried Asian Greens + Pantry Kit Giveaway!

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Dark leafy greens stir-fried in a smoky, sweet and spicy sauce make a wonderful addition to a fall or winter meal, and a fun way to explore the flavors of Southeast Asia.  I wrote recently about different ways to add more fruits and vegetables into your diet.  One idea I talked about was trying something [...]

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Giant Double Chocolate-Orange Marshmallows + A Giveaway!

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Giant Double Chocolate-Orange Marshmallows . . . the words alone are enough to make me swoon, but the actual finished marshmallows put me into a happy chocolate trance.  These marshmallows came from the genius baking mind of Abby Dodge, one of my favorite cookbook authors, and one of my favorite people in general.  Abby is [...]

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Potato Harvest Gratitude

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I love learning about where our food comes from and with Thanksgiving coming in a few weeks, I think it’s especially appropriate to learn about the lives that our farmers live and the work that goes into growing our food so that when we sit down with our families to give thanks later this month, [...]

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6 Spooky Food Ideas for Halloween Food Fun

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I am always looking for ways to play with my food.  What can I say?  I refuse to grow up!  With Halloween right around the corner, there are so many fun things that can be done with food.  When my friends at Frieda’s Specialty Produce Company told me they were launching a Spooky Foods Campaign, I couldn’t [...]

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Green Mutsu Heirloom Apple Smoothie

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Green Apple Smoothie Makes about 3 1/4 cups 1/2 cup water 1/3 cup plain yogurt 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice 1 tablespoon honey 1 large apple 2 handfuls fresh spinach leaves 1 cup ice cubes 1. Place all the ingredients in the blender jar and puree until smooth and creamy. Add additional water to [...]

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How to Pick a Bento Box (+ A Giveaway!!)

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So you want to pack a bento, but before you start you need to make sure you have something to pack it in!  There are a lot of choices out there, and knowing what to pick can be a bit confusing if you’ve never packed a bento before.  But don’t worry, with a few simple [...]

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Sandwich Wrap with Wheat Berry Spread—Whole Grains Get a Makeover

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Today, as the next post in my Food Is Medicine series, I’m tackling the topic of whole grains, with the aid of an amazing recipe for sandwich wraps that features a wheat berry spread that will knock your socks off!

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Vegetarian Taco Rice

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I’ve never met a taco I didn’t like.  So when I discovered takoraisu (i.e., “taco rice”), a Japanese twist on the taco, while living in Japan, you can imagine that I was just a little excited to add another favorite to my taco family.  In taco rice, rice takes the place of the taco shell, and [...]

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