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Hunger Games in the Real World

Catharine L. Kaufman

At age 6, Nya, a girl living in San Diego, was suffering from malnourishment because her father, a single parent was struggling to raise (and feed) his children on an $11-an-hour job. For long periods of time their cupboards were bare, and Nya, who is now 18, subsisted on a diet of ramen noodles and free lunches provided by her charter school. She was in crisis, severely starving and depressed, with failing grades one of the many forms of collateral damage.

Membership soars in Picky Eaters’ Club

Catharine L. Kaufman

As back-to-school time approaches, parents need some gustatory coaching so children will be fueled, focused and nourished for the long school day.

Culinary tricks for beating the summer heat

Catharine L. Kaufman

When it’s sauna hot and sticky outside, it seems the only thing you’re inclined to make for dinner is reservations. Here are some savvy seasonal tips for keeping cool, refreshed and energized — at least until the mercury aligns with normal.

Butter Me Up! Spread the word, our ol’ pal is back!

Catharine L. Kaufman

Nothing melts in your mouth like creamy, dreamy butter. Think: a crusty piece of garlic toast slathered in salty butter or a light and airy croissant; shrimp scampi swimming in a sea of white wine and butter; a tender lobster tail dunked in a ramekin of clarified liquid gold. After being maligned for more than a decade and given a lengthy “time out,” the golden boy is back. Here’s why:

Stone fruits are in now season!

Catharine L. Kaufman

Sadly, summer’s stone fruit growing season is way too short, but oh so sweet! Did you know:
• Plum trees are grown in every continent except Antarctica.
• The peach has a poisonous pit containing hydrocyanic acid.
• On average, there are 44 cherries to the pound.

Take your licks! It’s National Ice Cream Month

Catharine L. Kaufman

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan, who had a real soft spot for ice cream, designated July as the month to pay tribute to one of his favorite indulgences. Since the Reagan-era, ice cream has evolved into a creamy, dreamy industry that practically suits every cultural, dietary and gustatory preference.

Perfect timing is key in the kitchen

Catharine L. Kaufman

Like most things in life, timing must be perfect — and cooking, baking and food preparation is no exception. Slice an avocado prematurely and it’s hard and bitter, past its prime and it’s mushy and brown. A door slamming at the very scintilla of time when a soufflé is critically rising can convert the airy delicacy into a pancake, while a salad dressed too long before serving will limp into a soggy mound.

Outdoor chefs need ideas for cool summer sizzlers

Catharine L. Kaufman

Listen up, all manly outdoor chefs! It’s time to earn your grilling stripes by donning a kitschy machismo apron slugged with such slogans as, “WEINIES RULE,” along with transferring the heat, smoke, mess and heavy-duty implements to the backyard. Here are some cookout trends for your gustatory amazement on July 4th and throughout the summer.

What your tastebuds tell about you

Catharine L. Kaufman

While savoring a fine meal, all five senses play a key role in the dining experience: Presentation gives us eye candy, aromas draw us in, textures and temperatures seduce the palate, and sounds like sizzling and chewing enhance the gustatory pleasures. But ultimately, flavor trumps all. Everyone has their favorite flavors and those they shun. Here’s a primer to help you appreciate your sense of taste, and understand what your preferences say about your personality.

June serves up National Ice Tea Month

Catharine L. Kaufman

A British exhibitor from the India Tea Commission laid a solid claim to the creation of iced tea. In 1904 at the St. Louis World’s Fair, he wasn’t getting too many takers for hot brew on a sweltering summer day, so he poured it over ice and offered refreshing samples to attendees.

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  • Author, illustrator to launch new children’s book at Solana Beach Library August 30, 2014
    Meet author Tonton Jim and illustrator E. Felix Lyon as they launch “Harold and the Hot Rod” (Hound’s Glenn Series Book Two) at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Solana Beach Library. There will be readings from the book, illustration demonstrations, Q & A with the author, illustrator and publisher, and refreshments and door prizes. […]
  • San Dieguito Union High School District Superintendent Rick Schmitt’s Monthly Update August 30, 2014
    On behalf of our Board of Trustees, I want to welcome you and our 12,400-plus students to the 2014-15 academic year. The start of a new school year is always exciting. We have spent the summer eagerly preparing for your student’s return on Aug. 26 and look forward to sharing new learning experiences with each of you. For parents/guardians whose students are […]
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    At some point, nearly everyone will need to choose a new physician, perhaps because of a change in insurance, a move to a new city, or simply a feeling that it is time to make a switch. Your relationship with your physician is perhaps one of the most important in your life, and you want a provider who is not only highly knowledgeable and experienced, but als […]