The Power of Pulses

A Master Recipe for Marinated Beans There’s no shortage of inspiration for cooking pulses (beans and lentils) – people have been eating and growing them for some 11,000 years (1). Foundational to cuisines around the world, today they’re as popular as ever as folks focus on plant-powered eating and ways to support sustainable agriculture. Pulses, […]

Going Bananas?

Going Bananas? Hazelnut Chocolate Banana Loaf Stay-at-home orders have spawned a resurgence of baking (3). Banana, bread has been called the “unofficial baked good” of the Covid-19 pandemic. In April, banana bread topped the charts as the most googled recipe in the U.S. and worldwide (1,2,3). Who knew I was on-trend when I started tinkering […]

Boost Your Immune System

HIBISCUS CITRUS MARGARITA As the novel coronavirus was lighting up Washington State, one of my besties told me, with great relief, that she’d just ordered $1,600 in wine.  Another California-based friend called to let me know that Sonoma wineries were waiving shipping fees – and said she was annoyed that Trader Joe’s limits purchases of […]

Eat Well to Boost Your Immune System

With the Covid-19 virus in our midst, everyone wants a robust immune system. March is National Nutrition Month, an opportune time to promote the huge role a balanced, nutrient-packed diet plays in supporting a healthy immune system. Here’s a simple explanation from Harvard Health Publishing, How to boost your immune system (1): “Like any fighting […]

Trending Now – Less Sugar and More Plant Protein

Honeynut Squash with Black Lentils, Black Rice, Hazelnuts and Pomegranate Food and diet resolutions reign in January. Slashing added sugars and boosting plant protein are trending now. I address both in this recipe. If you like winter squash you’ll love honeynut squash. They look like baby butternut squash but are sweeter and roasting concentrates that […]

Vietnamese-Style Turmeric Tofu

Soy Food Myths One of the hottest food trends is “plant-based” eating (1).  A whopping 70% of Americans view plant proteins as more healthful than animal proteins (2).  To be clear, plant-based does not necessarily mean eating strictly plants, being vegan or vegetarian. Some plant-based eaters include seafood, meat and/or dairy in their diets.     […]

How Many Plants Do You Eat in a Week?

Broccoli Ceviche with Avocado & Sweet Onion “I’m sick of kale!” Those were my daughter Allegra’s words. I wondered when she’d need a break from the kale she was eating – sometimes twice daily.    It’s easy to fall into routines of eating the same foods – because we like them, it’s easy, or we’ve […]

Booze or No Booze?

Mojito I put a bottle of champagne on ice to toast the engagement of young friends joining us for dinner a few weeks ago. When I learned that they don’t drink alcohol, I quickly switched gears to this virgin version of my favorite summer refresher, the Mojito. These two aren’t the only ones not drinking. […]

Dessert First on the Fourth – Why Not?

Chocolate Shortcakes Except for apple pie, no dessert is more American and more appropriate for the Fourth of July than shortcake, dressed up with red and blue berries and a billow of cream. No matter that (according to Wikipedia) an early recipe strawberry shortcake was found in an English cookbook dating back to 1588.  Shortcake […]

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month Meets Grilling Season

June is Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month, the perfect time to lock in habits that include a rainbow of produce. How much is enough?  You’ve heard “5 servings a day,” but recent evidence shows that doubling it to 10 servings has even greater benefits, well summarized on fruitandveggiesmorematters.org (2). In a nutshell, the largest study […]