Radish Leaf Pesto

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  Radishes are moving beyond the relish tray.    More and more home cooks and chefs use them as a vegetable – steamed, sautéed, stir-fried and more. Last night I dined at Artusi in Seattle and this extraordinary fresh sturgeon with a garlic confit sauce was served with lightly cooked French breakfast radishes.   In […]

Fuel for Peak Performance

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Test Your Knowledge   Every spring I get questions about what to eat and drink when preparing for marathons, “fun runs” and endurance events.  Here’s a quiz to get you thinking about optimizing fuel and hydration choices to help you feel and perform your best.            QUIZ YOURSELF ON “FUEL FOR […]

Get Spicy! Seasoning with Health Benefits

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Indian Spice-Crusted Fish with Mint, Cilantro and Ginger Sauce     It’s spring and that means a wider availability of fresh fish.  Looking for a little culinary excitement I created this crust of Indian seasonings.  The crust brings a little spicy personality to mild-mannered white fish filets. Toast and grind your own spices for a […]

Nutty for Nuts

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    Almond Orange-Ginger Dressing   How often do you crave a food that is is good for you?  Lucky  me – I love nuts. I inherited this passion from my father.  A little bowl of Spanish red-skinned peanuts appeared every evening at cocktail hour along with a martini, Manhattan or summertime gin and tonic.  […]

A Valentine’s Day Treat

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Chocolate Baby Cakes with Red Wine Chocolate Glaze What tops your list for Valentine’s Day treats?  Here I’ve combined two of my favorites, red wine and chocolate. Wine experts say, contrary to popular belief, it difficult to find a red wine that drinks well with chocolate. I agree.  To make the two more companionable, I […]

Must-Have Dip for Super Bowl

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     Smoky Sun-Dried Tomato & Bean Dip This is an especially super super bowl because my local team the Seahawks is playing.  For once I’ll be watching the game instead of listening from the kitchen where I’m most likely to be on a Sunday afternoon.  I want foods I can make ahead and that […]

Start the Year with Healthy and Light

Northwest Bouillabaisse     Light, healthy eating comes naturally in January.  We’ve had our fill of finger foods, crown roasts, chocolate-, caramel- cranberry-everything and all the edibles that holiday traditions bring to the table.   The perfect antidote to high-falutin holiday feasting is seafood.  I crave it every January.    This year I took inspiration […]

Healthy Holiday Tip

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KEEP MOVING! Who has time to exercise during the holidays? Most of us don’t have time but some will make time knowing that exercise can relieve holiday stress and burn off some excess holiday calories. There is evidence of more reasons to maintain daily exercise during this time of festive gorging, according to research reported […]

Healthy Holiday Tip: Have a Pre-Party!

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Roasted Butternut Squash Hummus Your calendar is filling with events where there will be lots of food and drink, including holiday treats we see once a year, making them all the more irresistible.  The typical adult gains between 5 and 8 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s according to Susan B Roberts, PhD, director of […]

Bank Healthy Meals for the Holidays

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    Simple Split Pea Soup Ready or not, holidays are on the horizon.  Decorations are on sale and lights are illuminating houses and businesses. I even saw a Christmas tree in the window of a home.  The first step to eating healthfully over the holidays is to bank a few meals in your freezer […]