Older Not Old -- Food Legacies and Traditions

Thanksgiving is just around the corner so my mind is on our dinner menu. The stakes are a bit higher this year, as we are hosting my son’s future in-laws, whom we will be meeting for the first time. They, like many people, eat a fairly traditional meal. And I, making Thanksgiving dinner for only

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Older Not Old - Family Meals with Mom

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I am a first generation American daughter of parents who were born in Germany. They worked hard to assimilate into American culture — Dad ditched his German accent in high school to avoid being teased by his classmates, Mom made time for youth sports by allowing my sibs to skip Hebrew school on occasion, and

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Older Not Old - When Life Gives You Zucchini....

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A lot of the adjustments when the kids move out are pretty easy — less laundry, a lower water bill, not as much “stuff” around the house. But it’s really hard to get a handle on the food situation when you go from four to two. Often I buy more than we can eat before

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Story Behind the Story -- Nick Coleman

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Anyone following nutrition news over the past few years knows that fat no longer is the bad guy that it was in the 80s and 90s. Apart from the fact that eating a low fat diet made Americans fatter, not slimmer, it turns out that various types of fat don’t harm the body the

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Story Behind the Story -- Alfonso Cano

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In the course of my work as a food and nutrition journalist, I interview dozens of interesting people with stories that go far beyond what I can capture in short quote. So I am bringing them to life on my blog, where I give them a chance to talk about themselves, their heritage, and their

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Humming About Hummus

Wow, not that many years ago, most people hadn’t heard of hummus, let alone ever tried it. Thanks to companies like Sabra, Tribe, and Athenos, hummus has become ubiquitous in the supermarket. In fact, an article in the Wall Street Journal on April 29, 2013 says that the growing popularity of hummus is creating a

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts

@nutritionjill @davidgrotto @sarahjaneRD @writerunlive Yum on the roasted Brussels sprouts. Try with a drizzle of walnut or hazelnut oil.

Tonight's Drink - Grapefruit Gingermargarita

This yummy drink was made with an odd combination of ingredients that I happened to have in the kitchen. My friend Jill and I rated these among the best margaritas ever.

3 ounces tequila 1/2 ounce Cointreau (the company my grandfather worked at) 1/2 ounce Morris Kitchen Ginger Syrup 2 or 3 Key limes, cut

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Cooking by Number – Stir-Fry

One of my sons used to groan when homemade stir-fry was on our dinner menu. After all, Asian cooking is not in our culinary genes, except to order in a Chinese restaurant. But two things helped turn him around – his non-Chinese nutrition professor at Cornell, who cooked a stir-fry in the lecture hall that

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Cooking by Number -- Meatloaf

My kids were about 10 years old before I cooked meatloaf for them. I am not sure what took me so long – maybe memories of overcooked school cafeteria fare scared me off. One of my sons loved the meatloaf so much that he wanted to tell his friends about the gourmet dish his mom

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