Breakfast/Brunch

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Breaking the Granola Bar Habit

| March 11, 2013 | 9 Comments
Breaking the Granola Bar Habit

Many years ago, I dated a chef. During his stint in culinary school, he would come home from nutrition class every day and ask me what I had eaten. I was always proud to tell him of the nutritious meals I had packed for work. That was when I was single and childless, and I […]

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Bengali Omelette Curry

| July 23, 2012 | 12 Comments
Bengali Omelette Curry

There are a number of Indian recipes which never find their way to the restaurant menu. Omelette curry is one of them. This is a very easy dish and it can be cooked in a jiffy. When the omelette boils in the gravy, it swells up a little, absorbs the flavors of the gravy and […]

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Bittman & Blueberry Dutch Pancakes Sans Milk

| July 16, 2012 | 6 Comments
Bittman & Blueberry Dutch Pancakes Sans Milk

On July 7th, Mark Bittman wrote an op-ed piece that divulged the source of his (note, the word, ‘his’) chronic heartburn and stomach pain – dairy. He goes on to discuss dairy’s (almost) institutionalized presence in the western diet and how, maybe (just maybe), we really don’t need dairy products (or as much as the […]

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The Meaning of Rugelach

| April 18, 2012 | 4 Comments
The Meaning of Rugelach

I first learned about Abe when I was staying at a friend’s farm for New Year’s. We woke up on New Year’s Day to the smell of freshly baked rugelach in all sorts of jam and chocolate varieties. Over the BEST breakfast of hot coffee and rugelach, my friend enthused about his grandfather Abe, and […]

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Oatmeal: Scratch vs. Shortcut:

| March 13, 2012 | 10 Comments
Oatmeal: Scratch vs. Shortcut:

Oh, oatmeal. There you sit on the shelf in your wholesome brown packaging, looking all grainy and natural. You wear the “healthy” badge like a prize and make even the most time-pressed citizens feel virtuous when they rip open your packaging and pour steaming water over you. Who can resist the siren call of your […]

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Snack Bars without the Arsenic: A Recipe

| February 27, 2012 | 7 Comments
Snack Bars without the Arsenic:  A Recipe

On February 12, 2012, Environmental Health Perspectives published results of a study that found arsenic – a toxin that can increase the risk of cancer –  in organic cereal bars and baby formula.  Of the 17 baby formulas tested, 2 were found to have arsenic levels between 20 and 30 times that of other baby […]

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Wake up with Zat

| January 19, 2012 | 6 Comments
Wake up with Zat

Harken the words once spoken by Julia Child, “how can a nation be great if its bread tastes like Kleenex?” She was likely comparing French bakeries to Wonder Bread, an unfair comparison. But tongue and cheek aside, bread is the brick of life and bakeries are integral to the well-being and culinary culture of a […]

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Wake Up, People: Mushroom Egg Bake

| November 14, 2011 | 11 Comments
Wake Up, People: Mushroom Egg Bake

  On Friday, I attended the dinner of the 26th Annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference held by the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association. During a time when all I seem to see on TV are celebrities getting married or divorced – all on heavily-sponsored reality shows, of course – I was amazed at the  1,200 people there […]

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Turned Topsy-Turvy: Melissa@Market

| October 11, 2011 | 4 Comments
Turned Topsy-Turvy: Melissa@Market

About a month ago, the Huffington Post published an article that claimed 28% of Americans “can’t cook”. The article (based on a online survey of 1,087 individuals of mixed demographics done by a kitchen appliance manufacturer in April 2011) went on to detail other reasons Americans are hesitant to tie on apron and head to […]

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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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