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Short cuts in the kitchen

Catharine L. Kaufman

Here are tips for transitioning into the spring season with energy-boosting foods and ways to shorten time spent in the kitchen.

Supermarket Tiny Terrors

Look for La Jolla resident Inga’s lighthearted looks at life in La Jolla Light. Reach her at inga47@san.rr.com

The day before Easter, I was at the supermarket, which was crowded with ham and chocolate bunny shoppers. Among the other customers was a mom who had a 3-year-old girl in the cart’s seat and a 5-year-old boy riding in the basket. Every 10 seconds or so, the boy reached up and poked his sister in the back causing her to emit a soul-piercing shriek at the top of her considerable lungs. Mom, who was presumably suffering from adaptive catatonia, or alternatively had just undergone an elective lobotomy, never said a single word. Dead-faced, she plodded on.

Mirrorgate: The crime of the century

Look for La Jolla resident Inga’s lighthearted looks at life in La Jolla Light. Reach her at inga47@san.rr.com

The man who knocked on my front door pointed to the curb. “Is that your car? Instantly you know there’s no good news to be had. Which doesn’t, of course, keep you from fantasizing he’ll say, “I just wanted to say that I totally love those older model Toyota Corollas. Such classic lines. And SO affordable.”

Go gaga over spring foods

Catharine L. Kaufman

Spring is when Mother Nature throws a coming out party for her animals, minerals and vegetables. The supermarket produce aisles are brimming with a bounty of delicate shoots, beans, peas and fresh herbs, while the meat department is filled with young, tender cuts of carnivorous offerings. Inquisitive column folk want to know spring’s best contributions. Here are your answers.

Thanks for the non-memories

Look for La Jolla resident Inga’s lighthearted looks at life in La Jolla Light. Reach her at inga47@san.rr.com

When I considered whether to go to my 40th high school reunion — my first reunion ever — the first thing I thought about was whether I’d have to confront my high school nemesis, Medusa (not her real name).

Let Inga Tell You: The son also rises

Look for La Jolla resident Inga’s lighthearted looks at life in La Jolla Light. Reach her at inga47@san.rr.com

I get that sons need to separate from their mothers. But do they have to be so mean about it? I’m a nice person. So I wasn’t prepared for the fact that as my sons approached their senior years of high school they would suddenly turn on me.

Let Inga Tell You: The llama that went a-wool

Inga

Every year on my sister’s birthday, I make a donation to Bat World Sanctuary in her name, and on mine, she contributes to Heifer International. While our choices of beneficence may suggest not-too-subtle metaphorical underpinnings, these are actually two of our favorite charities.

Eat healthy and prosper: National Nutrition Month, Part II

Catharine L. Kaufman

While 50 million people a day in this country scarf down on fast food, a swelling industry with yearly revenues ka-chinging to the tune of $110 billion a year, it’s time to clean up our acts in honor of March’s National Nutrition Month. Here are a few more snippets of gustatory advice to ease into a lifestyle of healthy habits.

While 50 million people a day in this country scarf down on fast food, a swelling industry with yearly revenues ka-chinging to the tune of $110 billion a year, it’s time to clean up our acts in honor of March’s National Nutrition Month. Here are a few more snippets of gustatory advice to ease into a lifestyle of healthy habits.

Pining for my glory days

Inga

Single mothers working at clerical jobs don’t have a lot of status in a place like La Jolla (OK, anywhere) but for a few years, there were two weeks a year where I owned this place. I had the official scale for the annual Cub Scout Pinewood Derby, the only scale that counted.

Eat healthy and prosper: National Nutrition Month, Part 1

Catharine L. Kaufman

According to the World Factbook, as of 2008, 33 percent of the adult American population is considered to be obese (calculated by Body Mass Index of 30 or greater). A poor diet leads to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, assorted cancers, diabetes, infertility, and alas, snoring. As March brings in a mentality of rejuvenation across the land it is fittingly time to pay homage to National Nutrition Month.

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