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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Sneaking in Vegetables and Fruits

For as long as I’ve known her, my mom has had a great instinct about nutrition. Remember the Five-a-Day campaign to get people to eat at least five daily servings of vegetables and fruits? That was no problem in my house. My mom always served fruit at breakfast and fruit and carrots

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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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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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