In The Kitchen

By Linda Hoffman | July 2, 2017

Larimer County Farmers’ Market, July 1 Always a line at Native Hill Farm’s Booth   I make it a point to arrive early.  The market opens at 8, runs til noon.  When I arrive early, parking is not a problem, and even though there are lines of customers waiting to check out or be helped,…

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Coconut Oil

By Linda Hoffman | June 27, 2017

I’ve been using coconut oil for years now, and love it for medium temperature cooking.  In spite of the bad press it’s received, it’s a healthy fat to use.  Never stored as fat in the body, so not an “artery-clogging fat,” coconut oil is diverted to the liver where it’s converted to immediate energy.  It…

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Meat Broth and Bone Broth Video

By Linda Hoffman | June 22, 2017
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Healthy Mayonnaise?

By Linda Hoffman | June 19, 2017

Check the ingredients label on your Olive Oil Mayonnaise jar.  The front label says “Olive Oil Mayonnaise.”  But on the back, the first ingredient listed is soybean oil.  Why?  Because it’s cheap and olive oil is expensive by comparison, especially good quality olive oil.  They know we shop by comparing prices, so they cut corners…

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Coloradoan column about Salads

By Linda Hoffman | June 13, 2017

The paper didn’t print my whole column, left out the recipe.  Here you go!   Coloradoan Spring Greens It’s salad season!  With the onset of warmer temperatures, why not experiment with some new and different lettuces and greens as the base for your summer salads?  The leafy greens are some of the easiest vegetables to…

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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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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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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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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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