The Scoop

January 30, 2018

Move over ketchup and sriracha and try some harissa!  A spicy North African condiment made of a blend of hot chile peppers (which are often smoked), garlic, olive oil and spices.  It comes in a thick paste in a tube or as it is gaining popularity, many companies are packaging it in gl [...]

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December 14, 2017

I am a lover of the tried & true holiday favorites but I am always looking for something new to add in to the mix. Edamame is often served as a starter in Japanese restaurants but out of the pod they are quite versatile. High in protein and fiber they will fill you up and leave you quite satisfi [...]

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November 30, 2017

I am not a skilled mashed potato maker so when I picked up a ricer before Thanksgiving, I thought this would be my year to shine.  Of course, I didn't realize that the thin skins on the Yukon golds are best peeled first to let the ricer create the fluffiest mash.  Sharing the labor with my [...]

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November 13, 2017

Need a great idea for a yummy meal that you can make ahead and just warm up when you get home? These savory "cakes" or veggie burgers cook up quickly and can easily be frozen and reheated as needed.   My recommendation is that you make small ones as described below so that the outside becomes c [...]

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August 25, 2017

Farmers markets and produce aisles are brimming with zucchini. But what to do with Mother Nature's bounty? This may be the best time of year to skip the pasta and "get spiralized!" You can create ribbons of delicious tendrils of zucchini that are low in calories but packed with nutrition.  The [...]

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July 30, 2017

A Farmers Market Treasure! My Saturday morning escape took me to the local Farmers Market where I picked out my “go to” faves---just picked Tomatoes, my latest obsession- Radishes, and of course a regular staple-Mixed Greens.  Drawn to the heaping table of beets, I knew they were c [...]

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June 28, 2017

You want your summer dessert to not only taste delicious but to be beautiful as well.  This scrumptious tart lets your creative side emerge---and everyone will enjoy adding their unique take on how the fruit should be arranged.  In fact, in my home we often make two at a time and have a de [...]

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May 19, 2017

"What's for dinner?"With the weather brightening, we want to spend more time outdoors. This often means less time devoted to cooking. Fear not, my colleague Rebecca Katz is sharing her tried and true solutions for answering the age old question--"WHAT'S FOR DINNER?" Visit her website for great recip [...]

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March 23, 2017

Dare I say that they are Mother Nature's "gift of candy" especially when roasted gently. In case you need more reasons to eat some today, here are three facts that you may not have known about these gems!  1) They are chock full of the soluble fiber inulin. Inulin helps the good bacteria in yo [...]

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March 20, 2017

A basic mirepoix combined with fresh herbs and a bit of pancetta starts this delicious soup.  Add in tomatoes-canned are fine and some white beans for protein and creaminess.  You can puree the mix using a immersion blender or a standard blender.  Both work equally well.  Adding [...]

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