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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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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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What’s Really Scary – Apathy: Apple-Pumpkin-Ginger Soup

| October 31, 2011 | 6 Comments
What’s Really Scary – Apathy: Apple-Pumpkin-Ginger Soup

For those of you in the United States, Happy Halloween! What’s in store tonight? Ghoulish gummies? Mummified marshallows? Creepy chocolates? You know what’s scarier than lurching zombies and cackling witches? Apathy. By now, many of you know about the horrific, sad story of two-year old Yueyue, who died after sustaining injuries from a hit-and-run and […]

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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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Eat the Freaking Cake: Melissa@Market

| August 16, 2011 | 10 Comments
Eat the Freaking Cake: Melissa@Market

By now, you are aware I love my fruits and vegetables. (Oh gosh, I love kale and chard more than any vegetables have a right to be loved.)  However, as my fried zucchini, rhubarb muffin and dessert recipes indicate, I’m not sanctimonious about a sugar-free, fat-free, or really *anything*-free eating plan. As long as the […]

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A Rascal Gets Refined: Melissa@Market

| June 28, 2011 | 4 Comments
A Rascal Gets Refined: Melissa@Market

  Let me go ahead and put this out there: today’s recipe looks quite refined.  If you are the type to judge by appearances, it screams “ladies who lunch” or “bridal shower in the Hamptons”.  On second thought, it doesn’t scream at all.  It articulates, possibly in a clipped New England staccato or a honey-laced […]

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Winter Weather Survival Tips and Irish Stew

| December 27, 2010 | 10 Comments
Winter Weather Survival Tips and Irish Stew

As the U.S. North East coast gets its first substantial snow dump this winter, I feel it my duty to share with you the many learnings I have made in the past month or so of surviving rather unbearable weather conditions in Northern Europe. Here in Northern Ireland we experienced a very uncharacteristic two weeks […]

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Hormone Hypocrisy?: Curried Acorn Squash Soup

| December 1, 2010 | 30 Comments
Hormone Hypocrisy?:  Curried Acorn Squash Soup

During a recent OB/GYN visit, I asked my doctor about birth control options – while I am considering a third child, I haven’t fully committed to the idea.  He gladly explained the different alternatives for birth control (IUDs, pills, etc) and their respective pros and cons.  He also gave me a history lesson on the […]

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Pumpkin Soup Joumou

| November 2, 2010 | 9 Comments
Pumpkin Soup Joumou

It’s pumpkin time! It’s that time of the year when I am reminded of why I love New England.  Autumn is my favorite season. Perhaps it is the sound of the recently bare tree branches rustling in the wind or the colorful fallen leaves that crackle under my feet or brisk air that causes my […]

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Summer Sun + Corn Chowder = Scrumptious!

| July 14, 2010 | 22 Comments
Summer Sun + Corn Chowder = Scrumptious!

I love summer, which is a good thing because here in San Diego it’s summer most of the year. But there’s something extra special about “real” summer when fresh fruit and veggies are being harvested and they’re just melt in your mouth delicious. One of my favorite things about summer is the fresh corn – […]

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