In The Kitchen

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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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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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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