Editorial Columnists

  • KITCHEN SHRINK: Themed Thanksgiving Shindigs

    Tired of preparing the same old Thanksgiving meal year after year? Become an intrepid culinary trailblazer and borrow global recipes to celebrate family, friends and football.   Southern Comfort Faves: Southern cuisine is a blend of gustatory influences from the Emerald Isle, Scotland, Africa,...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Culinary voyage exploring seafood sustainability

    Kitchen Shrink: Culinary voyage exploring seafood sustainability

    KITCHEN SHRINK: The jaw dropping Marine Room of La Jolla recently hosted its second annual Ocean-to-Table luncheon, a pescavore's paradise as part of the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival. The Captain of the gustatory expedition, Chef Bernard Guillas with first mate Chef Ron Oliver conceived the...

  • Let Inga Tell You: The year of living deafeningly

    Let Inga Tell You: The year of living deafeningly

    LET INGA TELL YOU: The day after my next door neighbor's seeming-endless remodel was finally finished recently, I took my newspaper out to the patio on a beautiful Saturday morning to celebrate, only to be greeted by chainsaws. The neighbor on the other side of him was doing an all-day tree job....

  • Frontline Cancer: Thankful for enlightened scientists

    FRONTLINE CANCER: "Behind every beautiful thing there's been some kind of pain." —Bob Dylan,"Not Dark Yet" Here's a doctor's confidentiality: I'm a huge Dylan fan. My admiration for the singer and songwriter is deep and abiding, no matter how much the times they are a-changin.' I've read possibly...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Crash course in Thanksgiving leftovers

    Kitchen Shrink: Crash course in Thanksgiving leftovers

    KITCHEN SHRINK: A friend recently confided in me that she purposely buys a skimpy turkey, usually under 10 pounds even if she's hosting a crowd so that she doesn't have to deal with leftovers, especially day-old breast meat that could double for Styrofoam, and a bulky carcass that takes over the...

  • Let Inga Tell You: How to be a professional listiclist

    Let Inga Tell You: How to be a professional listiclist

    LET INGA TELL YOU: This is going to sound like sour grapes, but it seems more and more that online media has jettisoned articles requiring actual writing skills in favor of "listicles" or articles that begin with a number: 7 steps to better cardiac health. 5 reasons your daughter-in-law hates you....

  • Natural La Jolla: Acrobatic Pacific White-sided Dolphins move into our area

    Natural La Jolla: Acrobatic Pacific White-sided Dolphins move into our area

    NATURAL LA JOLLA: They had long been on my list of marine mammals to see. A few weeks ago, I was able to check Pacific White-sided Dolphins (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens) off that list. Sometimes referred to as Lags because their scientific name is a mouthful and their common name is long, these...

  • Let Inga Tell You: It Takes a Village — Saving Moo

    Let Inga Tell You: It Takes a Village — Saving Moo

    LET INGA TELL YOU: On Aug. 15, as I was picking up allergy medication for our foster dog at La Jolla Veterinary Hospital on Fay, I couldn't help but notice the flier for a found Shih Tzu on their bulletin board. He looked like the identical twin of our previous foster dog, Percy, who, freshly rehabbed,...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Flour Power; Fall Baking Primer (Part 2)

    Kitchen Shrink: Flour Power; Fall Baking Primer (Part 2)

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Prior to the Neolithic period, humans had a steady diet of meat, wild game, seeds, nuts, berries and vegetables, while wheat and other grains containing gluten weren't cultivated until 9500 B.C. Relative newbies on the evolutionary food block grains were foreign to the cave dweller...

  • Frontline Cancer: Exercise can lower your cancer risk

    FRONTLINE CANCER: We all know physical activity is important to health. For decades, it has been strongly linked to lowered risk of heart disease (the nation's leading cause of death at 614,000 deaths annually), but the full benefits of sufficient exercise are much broader and more profound. Nowhere...

  • Let Inga Tell You: The best news I've ever heard

    Let Inga Tell You: The best news I've ever heard

    LET INGA TELL YOU: The news only gets better and better. In addition to chocolate's many positive health benefits — foremost among them making life worth living — it has now been proven that it dramatically improves brain function. I should mention that I have been collecting articles on the benefits...

  • Kitchen Shrink: 31 ways to use pumpkin

    Kitchen Shrink: 31 ways to use pumpkin

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Whether it feels like autumn or not, the calendar gremlins herald the season with the invasion of pumpkins. The mighty squash, which is 90 percent water and zero cholesterol, has a load of potassium to maintain fluid and electrolyte balance, Vitamin C to boost the immune system,...

  • Natural La Jolla: A delicious fruit that can be found growing wild

    Natural La Jolla: A delicious fruit that can be found growing wild

    NATURAL LA JOLLA: The prickly pear, in the Opuntia genus, is a group of cactus with many uses. It is native to this area, and throughout the Americas, where it grows wild along roadsides and on hillsides. It's a great forage fruit for many animals and for us, too. Indian fig (Opuntia ficus-indica)...

  • Let Inga Tell You: Eat your heart out, NSA

    Let Inga Tell You: Eat your heart out, NSA

    LET INGA TELL YOU: People think telephone surveillance is a new thing but then, they're not old enough to have grown up with a party line. Eat your heart out, NSA. Sixty years ago, the entire country was listening in on each other's phone conversations. Back in the Pleistocene Era of telephonics,...

  • Frontline Cancer: National Cancer Institute Cancer Centers Council (C3) combine efforts in San Diego

    Frontline Cancer: National Cancer Institute Cancer Centers Council (C3) combine efforts in San Diego

    FRONTLINE CANCER: When it was first announced three years ago, the San Diego National Cancer Institute Cancer Centers Council (C3) was described as a new way to leverage the combined powers in local cancer research. San Diego is among just a few places in the country home to multiple National Cancer...

  • KITCHEN SHRINK: The crowning glory of broccoli

    Broccoli is finally making a culinary comeback after it got a bad rap from Papa Bush, who repeatedly announced his aversion to the crucifer, along with childhood memories of scarfing down mushy camouflage-green stalks that our mom’s overcooked as if they were trying to destroy trichinosis in pork....

  • Frontline Cancer: Inflammation and the development of cancer

    Frontline Cancer: Inflammation and the development of cancer

    FRONTLINE CANCER: When you have diabetes, your body cannot produce enough or effectively use the hormone insulin to regulate blood sugar (glucose) levels. The resulting complications are widespread and notorious, from stroke, blindness and kidney failure to nerve damage, skin problems, dental issues...

  • Let Inga Tell You: Dating among the elderly

    Let Inga Tell You: Dating among the elderly

    LET INGA TELL YOU: When you see a newspaper photo of happy nonagenarians at their wedding, the first reaction (aside from being happy for them, and wondering what their scheming children think) is "Are they really going to 'do it'?" Society in general has a true aversion to the concept of old-people...

  • Let Inga Tell You: The year of the dog

    Let Inga Tell You: The year of the dog

    LET INGA TELL YOU: When we'll look back on 2016, I'm pretty sure we'll refer to it as The Year of the Dog. The first two months of the year were spent in a constant battle to solve the ever-more-severe allergy issues of our beloved English bulldog, Winston. Just when it looked like we were making...

  • Natural La Jolla: The Cove is home to thousands of cormorants

    Natural La Jolla: The Cove is home to thousands of cormorants

    NATURAL LA JOLLA: In the early morning and early evening at the beach you can often see a line of hundreds of black birds (that look a bit like ducks) flying parallel to the coast, sometimes heading south in the morning and back north in the evening. These are cormorants that make La Jolla Cove...

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