Older Not Old -- Advice for Feeding Kids

I got into a declutter mood after carrying and accumulating “stuff” over many years, and decided to digitize the hundreds of articles that I’ve written over the course of my career. We’re having a blizzard and maybe changes in barometric pressure are giving me crazy ideas! Anyway, after being hit with a “who cares”

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

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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Older Not Old - Gardening and Composting

We’ve been in our house for 18+ years and it didn’t take long for us to build a garden. I’ve never had much of a green thumb and I always thought of gardening as an activity for retirees. But there we were, parents in our 40s with two 10-year-old boys, carving a 12×24 foot garden

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Older, Not Old: Flavor Bombs with Umami and EVOO

When I was a kid, and later during my dietetics education at UCLA, I learned about the four basic tastes in foods – sweet, sour, bitter, and salty. Relatively recently a fifth taste, umami, joined the classic four. Umami translates as “savory,” and it’s hard to describe in words. To borrow from United States Supreme

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Older, Not Old: Pumping Up Protein

I just returned from California, where I spent time enjoying meals with my 88-year-old mom. Much of our conversation revolved around protein – Mom, like many older and older-older adults, doesn’t eat enough of it and we were brainstorming ways for her to up the protein. She needs quick and no-fuss, with portions suitable for

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Tale of Two Cities + one, and their farmers markets

Actually a village and two towns, but that’s not how the book title reads. In a true embarrassment of riches, I live within a 10-minute drive of three farmers markets, and each is different.

The upscale Pleasantville Farmers Market is where we go to shmooze first with our friends and buy stuff second. Replete

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Ramp-ing Up the Spring Celebration

This past Wednesday morning was beautiful and clear, too nice to spend our usual hour or so working out in the gym. Eric and I decided instead to walk on our local treasure, the North County Trailway. Formerly train tracks, the Trailway has been paved over for use by walkers, runners, and cyclists. It

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Cooking by Number -- Stuffed Squash

Here on the East Coast, we haven’t had much of a winter. The temps are pretty warm – today’s one of the colder days and we’re in the high 30s – and snow has been in short supply since the freak October 29 snowstorm. Nonetheless, it’s still the perfect season for stuffed winter squash. I

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