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Chile Peppers Explained

By Linda Hoffman | May 25, 2017

There is a bewildering array of chile peppers available to us at the supermarkets (and farmers’ markets later in the summer) varying from mild to hot to extremely hot.  Not knowing the difference can result in a surprisingly spicy dish when we just want a little “kick.” Chile refers to an individual species of pepper,…

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Captivating Reads for Cold Snowy Days

By Linda Hoffman | January 8, 2017

Curling up on the couch in front of the fireplace on a winter’s day is one of the most delicious of pastimes.  Here are some suggestions for books to find at your library or favorite bookstore that will engage all your senses: Mistress of Spices by Chitra Divakaruni.  A literary look at the spices that…

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What is the Anti-Inflammatory Diet?

By Linda Hoffman | January 1, 2017

All of us benefit from an anti-inflammatory diet, but those with chronic inflammation caused by certain foods and ongoing stress benefit immediately and dramatically.  Here is a place to start: Eat lots of vegetables and fruits.  Focus on adding vibrant color to meals and snacks.  Bright orange carrots and sweet potatoes; green leafy vegetables like…

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Warming Ginger-Turmeric Hot Vanilla

By Linda Hoffman | October 26, 2016

I first saw this recipe on Dr. Mark Hyman’s website, www.drhyman.com.  But I revised it to make it simpler.  It called for grated ginger and turmeric, which I think is unnecessary, and ground cinnamon and pepper, which can be a bit gritty.  His recipe calls for almond milk, which is fine, but coconut milk is…

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Portable Lunches

By Linda Hoffman | August 30, 2016

For kids who are back in school or parents who want a healthier and less expensive lunch, try some of the following suggestions.  First, while there is nothing wrong with the good old brown bag, it doesn’t keep things from getting smashed, doesn’t keep hot things hot or cold things cold, and doesn’t have compartments that force…

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Random Thoughts…

By Linda Hoffman | August 22, 2016

Artificial flavor in lemonade, real lemon in furniture polish.  Alfred Newman Junk Food.  It can either be junk or it can be food.  It can’t be both.  Dan Kittredge Consumption of soft drinks increased from 23.3 gallons to 54 gallons per person per year. In 2009, 25% of all vegetables eaten by kids were…ta da! …

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E-Z Peel Hard-Boiled Eggs

By Linda Hoffman | August 3, 2016

Ever try to peel farm-fresh eggs that you’ve hard boiled?  The hard cooked white pulls away with the peel, leaving an egg with chunks missing.  What a waste!  I saw this technique on the internet, and it works like a charm. Use a steamer, or make one with a wire strainer and a saucepan with…

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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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