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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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Photos from Spring Classes

By Linda Hoffman | May 21, 2013
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2013 Farmers’ Markets Are Here!

By Linda Hoffman | May 6, 2013

The 2013 Farmers’ Markets are up and running, not a moment too soon!  The very freshest produce, usually harvested the day before or day of the market, meaning that nutrient content is highest.  When produce is harvested for distant markets, to be shipped 1000 miles or even more, it is usually harvested before it is…

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Trimming an Artichoke

By Linda Hoffman | April 21, 2013

  The artichoke on the right is fresher than the one on the left.  Notice the bright green color and tight head on the right, very little browning of leaves.  The artichoke on the left has shrunken, collapsed on itself, indicating a loss of moisture and freshness.           The top quarter is…

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April Snow…Not exactly al fresco weather, is it?

By Linda Hoffman | April 17, 2013

       

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Making bone broth

By Linda Hoffman | April 14, 2013

I start with a roasted whole chicken, enjoying it for dinner one night.  After removing any remaining meat from the bones, I use the carcass to make chicken stock, or bone broth.  All the bones plus the gelatin in the roaster pan, 3-4 carrots, 3-4 stalks of celery, an onion, green leek tops all go in…

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