A Good Start

A Good Start

Healthy breakfasts without sacrifice

(January 22, 2015) If we think of January as the morning of the year, then breakfast is a perfect topic to consider now. I can see the words "New Year's resolutions" blinking bright...

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Hot Wheels

There's a new tea cart in town

(January 15, 2015) After her camping gear was stolen at the World of Music, Arts and Dance Festival in England, Jennifer Thompson found herself regrouping with friends in the medical tent. As Brits...

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Matsutake Madness

(January 8, 2015) Matsutake mushrooms are the truffles of Japan. The fall arrival of the dusky fungi, artfully displayed in wooden boxes on sprigs of pine, like high-end shadow boxes, is marked by a...

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Hum Plate Roundup

Cures for what ails you

(January 1, 2015) How was your New Year's Eve? Good? Too good? Here, this will make you feel better. Behind the Eight-Ball So this is not actually "the hair of the dog that...

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Secrets of Holiday Bartending

Drop the shaker and enjoy your own party

(December 25, 2014) All this week, somebody, somewhere, is throwing a party. They will plan the menu and music to the letter, but when it comes to the bar ... things fall apart....

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Orange Salad

An Italian Christmas tradition

(December 18, 2014) The holidays remind me that I grew up elsewhere. I enjoy watching children working at their gingerbread creations, but I don't have my own personal experience. While I have no...

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Adobo for the Soul

A family recipe for Filipino stew

(December 11, 2014) My Filipino grandfather immigrated to the United States and started a family in 1927. He died in 1933 — essentially of poverty — in a Filipino section of a Chicago...

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Hum Plate Roundup

Pies, poppers and piles of rings

(December 4, 2014) Pining for Pie How did your Thanksgiving go? Maybe a wedge of Costco's satellite-dish sized pumpkin pie satisfied your cravings, maybe it didn't. Even if all your favorites showed up...

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All Hail the Queen of Kale

Meagan Baldy's kitchen revolution

(November 27, 2014) Watch a few of Meagen Baldy's cooking videos and you might just think you've found a new best friend. Approachable, spunky and down to earth, she films Cooking Healthy in...

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Winter Glow

Let persimmons kindle your salad

(November 20, 2014) Asian persimmons are festive: in shades from yellow to red-orange, depending on the variety, they glow in the crystalline light of the final months of the year. In neat rows...

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Flaming Octopi

These babies are on fire

(November 13, 2014) When I was a kid, my grandmother called me, my brother and his friends into the kitchen to peer into a boiling pot. In it was an octopus, turning purple...

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Playing Chicken

(January 18, 2015) It's always a gamble, an act of guts. You look at the words "fried chicken" on the menu and you just don't know. Because what you want is so...

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