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A funny aside and totally unrelated to my article, but as I was researching nuts, I found a website called Tom Cruise is Nuts, which made me laugh.
Nuts are seeds that are covered with a hard shell. Most are the seeds of trees, such as almonds, macadamia nuts, brazil nuts, and walnuts. They are […]

Banana-Apple Pudding

I love pudding, but rarely have it now.? When I was younger I enjoyed making it, stirring patiently over a double boiler, waiting for it to thicken and coat the spoon.? And my mother sometimes brought me big parfaits of pudding, layered with whipped cream, when I was sick in bed with a […]

In A Hurry?

How does dinner in 15 minutes sound? I have a nice cache of fallback recipes … the ones that I can get on the table lickety-split after getting home late from work. With a quick trip through Express Lane at the grocery store, I can have a quick and healthy meal done in […]

Frozen meals, reviewed

When I got my first eight-to-five job a few years back, I found myself in a culture where people go out to lunch a lot. This was fun for a while, but soon took its toll both financially and in terms of pants tightness. In an effort to counter that, I drastically reduced […]

To Our Health!

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There’s an interview with Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, at that caught my interest. In July of 2002, The New York Times Magazine published an article which reported that a growing number of respected nutritionists were beginning to conclude that carbohydrates, not fats, were the main cause of […]

Small Packages of Super Nutrition

As a plant produces a seed, it encapsulates within that seed’s coat all of the nutrition that will be essential for the establishment of the emergent sprout. That means that along with the fats, carbohydrates, and proteins necessary for fueling a sprout’s growth, come a bundle of vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals (including trace […]

The Amazing, Life-Saving Oat

As a pre-teen, I was once accused of only eating things that looked like horse treats. My diet has since expanded to include lots of other healthy and delicious things but fortunately I have always been, and will always be, an oat-lover. It’s a good thing too, because oats might just save my life.
You’ve probably […]

Just Beet It

A few years ago while visiting my parents, I was in the garden with my Dad, helping him harvest beets. He grabbed a bunch decisively, pulled a jack-knife out of his pocket and deftly sliced off the greens. And then proceeded, to my shock and horror, to dump the greens in the compost bin! I […]

A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, Kamut

Proceeding quickly through the alternative flour alphabet I arrived this week at the letter “K.” I had been getting a little discouraged because so many of the flour alternatives I’d been reading about weren’t available at my local market (I was so excited to try chickpea flour but couldn’t find it). So I bypassed buckwheat, […]

Red Snapper on the Grill

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I once knew a woman who loved to visit aquariums. It wasn’t out of some interest in oceanography or marine biology; rather, she would stroll through Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium and imagine how the fish on display would taste. I thought that was a little […]