In The Kitchen

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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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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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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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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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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Mandoline

By Linda Hoffman | March 22, 2013

A tool that I love to use, that makes super thin slices quick and easy to create, is the mandoline.   Granted, good knife skills facilitate slicing, but to make consistent, equally thin slices and do it quickly, nothing beats the mandoline.   They used to be very expensive, and some models still are, but I purchased…

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