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Growing Air Plants

March 3, 2015 | By | Reply More
Growing Air Plants

Show of hands: who thinks they always kill houseplants and therefore, have none? If you raised your hand, I’ve got something for you. Plants add life and color to your home, but some can be a challenge to care for. Not so with air plants, or Tillandsia. There are more than 500 species of Tillandsia […]

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One-Pan Pasta with Chickpeas

February 27, 2015 | By | Reply More
One-Pan Pasta with Chickpeas

You know how when you really like to do something, maybe it’s even something you love, you can’t imagine that other people don’t enjoy that thing at all? That’s how I feel about cooking. For me, at least when I’m not in a huge hurry, slowing down to methodically chop vegetables, focus on a recipe, […]

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7 Reasons to Take the Meatless Monday Pledge

February 24, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
7 Reasons to Take the Meatless Monday Pledge

What if I told you that you could help save more than 1 billion animals from a tortured factory farm existence each year, reduce climate change, save money, and improve your heath all with just a tiny little lifestyle change? Would you be interested? Well, all it takes is for you to eliminate meat from […]

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Honey Rosemary Shortbread Cookies

February 20, 2015 | By | Reply More
Honey Rosemary Shortbread Cookies

“If these cookies end up tasting half as good after they’re baked as this cookie dough does right now, we’ll be in great shape!” That’s what I told Mr. President the first time I made a batch of these delicate rosemary shortbread cookies. Of course, he was thoroughly grossed out knowing that I was eating […]

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5 Reasons to Buy Bulk Foods

February 17, 2015 | By | Reply More
5 Reasons to Buy Bulk Foods

Recently, to save my marriage, I purged, cleaned and organized our kitchen pantry. Mr. President was getting so stinkin’ mad at me for letting our pantry get so out of control. He couldn’t find anything in there unless I was around to point him in the right direction. He was annoyed that there were three […]

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Winter Cabbage Salad with Kale and Apples

February 13, 2015 | By | Reply More
Winter Cabbage Salad with Kale and Apples

As winter drags on and you unearth yet another hunk of frozen meat from your freezer to braise “low and slow” and serve with mashed potatoes or roasted root vegetables, consider this: maybe you need something light and refreshing too. Sure you can make just another salad, but I like to experiment using foods that […]

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What is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)?

February 10, 2015 | By | Reply More
What is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)?

Do you ever think about the future of food – your food? I talk a lot about eating home-cooked foods made with locally-grown ingredients. Some of the food we eat at our house is as local as you can get because it comes straight from our backyard. But, if you don’t have the space, time […]

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Enviable Homemade Hot Chocolate

February 6, 2015 | By | Reply More
Enviable Homemade Hot Chocolate

While all of you are grumbling about the cold weather, growing piles of snow in parking lots, and short days, I’ll be sitting right over here wearing my sweatpants and a contented smile. I cherish every single moment of winter, and would certainly not want to live somewhere that doesn’t get one. All too soon, […]

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Forcing Paperwhites: A Spring Preview

February 3, 2015 | By | Reply More
Forcing Paperwhites: A Spring Preview

Besides comfort food, snow days, and rest from heavy garden work, winter brings the opportunity to enjoy a little “preview” of spring daffodils indoors. I’m talking about Narcissus papyraceus or paperwhites. Once the holiday decorations are stowed, your Christmas tree has been put out to the curb for recycling and winter looms, delicate clusters of […]

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Wild Mushroom Tart

January 30, 2015 | By | Reply More
Wild Mushroom Tart

A few weeks ago, I took an epic vacation with my mother to the majestic central California coast in part to attend the Big Sur Forager’s Festival. Even in the days leading up to the Festival, the restaurant menus we encountered from San Francisco to Santa Cruz to Carmel-by-the-Sea and finally to Big Sur said, […]

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