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Weekly Budget Savin': Back to Basics
All summer long we’ve been hearing how skyrocketing gas prices have put a crimp in America's style. While a good thing for the environment, it’s not such a good thing for weekly food budgets. As...


Eat Your Stars and Get Your Greens
Ah, the things we tell kids to get them to eat their vegetables. Suddenly broccoli becomes “Trees” and raisins and peanut butter on celery sticks become “Ants on a Log.” When an unappetizing...


Go All Teriyaki On Your Chicken
I vaguely remember visiting Hibachi grills when I was a child. The memories are mostly just images of flaming onion towers, eggs spinning on the hot grill, and the heat of the flame leaping up. I sometimes...


Simplify Your Life In Time For Labor Day
Labor Day is coming up and the slow paced days of summer are drawing to an end. With the onset of early autumn comes a much faster paced life of back-to-school, the end of summer vacations (and possibly...


Farm to Table, By Way of Thailand
There comes a time to be tired of the usual summer fare. For me that time is now. I am somewhat surprised with myself that, after so many months of waiting for sweet corn, ripe heirloom tomatoes, and...


Tomatoes, Tomatoes . . . Everywhere
Whether or not you have a garden, I bet you’re seeing a lot of red around now. It’s that time of the year that finds gardens and farms bursting with the last of the juiciest, ripest tomatoes. Yes,...


Low Expectations: What Does the Bachelor Bring to a Potluck?
It's that time of year when poor students--undergraduate and graduate alike--are clamoring to get together to reacquaint themselves with each other. It's also that time of year when married couples invite...


Homemade Ice Cream Truck Treats
As summer comes to an unofficial close this Labor Day, you may hear the familiar jingle of the neighborhood ice cream truck one last time. That tune inspires a sense of nostalgia, and sends many grown...


Hot and Cold Front
September is the time of year when two worlds collide; we say goodbye to the waning days of summer and welcome the brisk months of autumn. This transition is not always smooth, but it never ceases to excite....


Dippity Do: Easy After-School Snacks
When your kids get home hungry and tired after a busy day of school, what do they need most? Well, besides a welcome smile and hug and a listening ear, they probably need a healthy protein boost to pick...


A Meal Worth Coming Home To
Ah, September. Vacations are over, summer homes are locked up, children are back in school. For me, September means the end of wild summer travels, a new home in New York City, and a return to a semblance...


Labor of Love
Cooking should be a labor of love. For many years it has been just that for me. Any of you reading this article or browsing this website probably feel the same way. Most likely, cooking feeds your soul,...


Lavender at Your Table
It is a Saturday morning in late June. The weather is perfect. I am standing, eyes closed, inhaling the sweet scent of lavender. I open my eyes to see row after row of tall, majestic purple flowers...


Go Slow With Whole Grains
For a long time dieticians and healthy cookbooks have espoused whole grains as an excellent addition to a nutritious eating plan. And recently, the media have started to pay attention and have caught...


No Taste Like Home
Often it is through travel that we come to realize those things close to home that we hold most dear. Food is one of the most immediate sources of nostalgia when on the road. For example, after two weeks...


Rainy Days With the Crockpot
With the impending change in weather to chilly and rainy days, one can almost feel autumn just around the corner. Although I am never happy to see the summer go, I do welcome the time when I can once...


 

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