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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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Time to Plant Mint

By Linda Hoffman | April 4, 2013

Mint is one of the herbs I just don’t live without.  It’s an herb that can take over the garden, however, so it’s wise to plant it in a pot, then sink the pot into the garden to keep the underground stems from spreading.  Both spearmint and peppermint are valuable herbs, attracting beneficial insects to…

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Whole Foods Help Us to Regain our Good Health

By Linda Hoffman | April 2, 2013

  There isn’t any one book that has all the answers.  But a book worth reading if you are dealing with gluten issues, allergies, diabetes or candida overgrowth is Reclaim Your Health Through Healing Cuisine by Mary Fran Petaja.  I don’t agree with everything this book recommends.  I never heat flax, either seed or oil,…

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Easy Chocolate Mousse

By Linda Hoffman | March 22, 2013

This recipe is easy to make with just a few ordinary ingredients, nothing exotic, and the result is rich chocolate flavor that satisfies.  Not too sweet, but oh-so-chocolatey, and it makes 8 servings.  I’m a believer in using what I have on hand rather than making a special trip to the store.  I had Ghirardelli’s…

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