Appetizers

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Increased Prices = Universal Veganism?: Vegetarian California Rolls

| August 20, 2012 | 3 Comments
Increased Prices = Universal Veganism?:  Vegetarian California Rolls

Recently, CNN reported on the highly unusual weather patterns that the United States has endured during the past year.  For instance, they noted that the U.S. has experienced its warmest 12 month period since 1895 and that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is calling 2011 a year of ‘extreme weather’. Whether or not […]

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Low-Salt Diet = Hypertension?: Olive and Thyme Farinata

| June 11, 2012 | 8 Comments
Low-Salt Diet = Hypertension?:  Olive and Thyme Farinata

Recently, the Nytimes published an article about the ongoing debate surrounding the health benefits of a low-salt diet, particularly as it relates to reducing the risk of hypertension and cardiovascular disease.   Contrary to popular belief, this op-ed piece argues that there is little strong evidence to support the long (and steadfast) belief that a that […]

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Earth Day: Speak for the Trees, Go Play, & Baked Brie with Candied Pecans and Cranberries

| April 19, 2012 | 9 Comments
Earth Day: Speak for the Trees, Go Play, & Baked Brie with Candied Pecans and Cranberries

Dr. Seuss cuts to the chase of what’s at stake, as he does in the Lorax, which has become even more popular with the movie. I have a soft spot for Dr. Seuss (go Big Green!). Like his gabillion and one fans, I never cease to be amazed by his ability to strike at the […]

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Winter Stars: Melissa@Market

| December 13, 2011 | 4 Comments
Winter Stars: Melissa@Market

Melissa @ Market is feeling a little blue. It happens every year around this time when the farmer’s market starts to wind down for the season, the sun begins to set before I even feel I’ve finished lunch, and you can’t step outside without a scarf and mittens anywhere north of the Mason-Dixon line. When […]

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The Thanksgiving Blues: Melissa@Market

| November 15, 2011 | 6 Comments
The Thanksgiving Blues: Melissa@Market

The secrets I harbor aren’t typically of the “you’ll never run for office” variety. They wouldn’t lead to jail time (well, at least not longer than a temporary holding cell). They probably wouldn’t cost me too many friends. You might be shocked by one of my first employers or surprised by some work place practices […]

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Jicama

| September 22, 2011 | 10 Comments
Jicama

In Mexico, I grew up with a lot of ingredients that I missed when I moved out of the country. Gladly, some of those ingredients started to be available where I lived. For example I was easily able to find tomatillos, Poblano peppers, nopales and jicama. What is Jicama (hee-kah-mah)? The name jicama comes from […]

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Peanut-Free Zones: Mini Country House Omelets

| September 15, 2011 | 11 Comments
Peanut-Free Zones:  Mini Country House Omelets

Growing up, I hated eating peanut butter. The flavorless, yet excessively oily paste was served to my sister and me practically every day for lunch.  Normally, the PB was smothered in between two flimsy white pieces of bread and stuffed into a crinkly (previously used) brown paper bag sack alongside an over ripe banana, a […]

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Finger Foods

| September 8, 2011 | 5 Comments
Finger Foods

Recently, Applebees (or some such place) had a commercial that answered the question “can appetizers count as dinner?” I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love appetizers… finger foods… anything that I can eat standing up and walking around. There’s something so great about grazing while you cook and chat with friends. Who needs […]

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For the Overzealous Market Goer: Melissa@Market

| September 6, 2011 | 2 Comments
For the Overzealous Market Goer: Melissa@Market

Plums, peaches, corn, tomatoes, bok choi, arugula, apples, pears, sweet potatoes, onions, peppers, eggplant, radishes, beets, shallots.  Oh my! It’s the most wonderful time of the year at the Farmer’s Market. If you’re like me, you may go to the market with a list in mind, but then get a wee bit overcome by the […]

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Babies on the Brain (Sort of): Melissa@Market

| August 23, 2011 | 8 Comments
Babies on the Brain (Sort of): Melissa@Market

I’ve been thinking about babies this week.  No, no, I don’t have any news for you. I haven’t been thinking about babies in the personal sense but more the universal one.  And I’ve specifically been thinking of my own infancy since this NPR article came out.  In it, the researcher speculates on how baby’s food […]

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