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“Every Meal is a Choice”

By Linda Hoffman | June 30, 2016

Our love affair with convenience and speed led us to processed foods, which many of us rely on to the point that we no longer cook at home.  Or if we do cook, we no longer cook from scratch, depending on boxed and canned and frozen foods for our meals.  The problem is that most…

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Keep These Things Out of the Dishwasher

By Linda Hoffman | September 21, 2015

Wash these things by hand: Cast iron, even enameled cast iron I let these pans cool, then add water if there is residue from grilling or pan-frying. Let stand until the residue is softened, then use a stiff brush to brush the softened remains right down the drain. Use a little soap as needed, but…

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Zucchini Roll-Ups with Homemade Ricotta

By Linda Hoffman | August 6, 2015

Zucchini Roll-Ups are easy to make and a delicious way to use a bumper crop of the vegetable. Zucchini Roll-Ups 2-3 zucchini Salt and pepper to taste Olive oil 2 garlic cloves, minced Pinch red pepper flakes Homemade ricotta cheese, or store bought 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 bunch of basil optional: sliced mushrooms–a…

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Crockpot Breakfast

By Linda Hoffman | May 5, 2015

This post is from last week’s Coloradoan column.  They didn’t print the whole article I wrote, so am adding it here. Lots of us use a crockpot for slow-cooked dinners, but how many of us use this versatile appliance for low effort breakfasts? Cooking overnight, breakfast greets us with savory aromas, ready to go on…

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Skillet Breakfasts

By Linda Hoffman | February 1, 2015

You know those great skillet breakfasts you love when you eat out on the weekends?  They are so easy to do at home, and you can tailor them to your exact preferences.  Scramble the eggs or baste them with hot melted butter.  Use bacon or sausage.  Add cheese or skip it.  Add your favorite veggies.…

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Pork Loin in the Crockpot

By Linda Hoffman | January 24, 2015

  This crockpot roast is easy to put together before you leave for work in the morning, and will greet you with wonderful aromas when you walk in the door at night. Ingredients: 3-4 lb pork loin 1 tbsp almond oil 1 tsp sea salt freshly ground black pepper 1 1/2 cups chicken stock 1…

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Weight Loss Myths

By Linda Hoffman | January 16, 2015

According to Dr. Sue Decotiis, a diet doctor in New York, there are a number of myths surrounding dieting and weight loss that interfere with our weight loss goals.  Her thinking matches that of local nutritionists Kathy Westover and Esther Hanson. Dr. Decotiis finds that:, Slow and steady doesn’t work.  She tells us that we only…

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Bone Broth/Soups Class

By Linda Hoffman | September 17, 2014

Bone broth is not only nutritious, it’s medicinal.  I’ve heard it said that 80% of our immune system is in our gut, so it stands to reason that keeping our digestive system healthy and functioning at optimal levels is of primary importance.  Not just for protecting us against flu and colds, bone broth provides all-important…

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Recent Photos

By Linda Hoffman | January 29, 2014
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Why I Cook…

By Linda Hoffman | September 22, 2013

  Why I Cook…I just saw this in an ad for Swanson Cooking Stock in the October, 2013 issue of Sunset magazine.  They gave 8 reasons why we might cook, and several of them resonate with me.  And they gave rise to my most important reason, being that it keeps me healthy. The healthiest food…

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The Spiral Slicer

By Linda Hoffman | August 18, 2013

A new “toy” in the kitchen.  For those of us who avoid wheat for a variety of reasons, the Paderno Spiral Slicer makes pasta shapes out of vegetables, nothing added.  I use beets, zucchini, yellow summer squash, onions, carrots, any solid vegetable.  The toothed rotating piece holds the vegetable, and pushes it through whichever blade…

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Photos from Summer Classes

By Linda Hoffman | August 4, 2013
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