Kitchen Shrink

  • Kitchen Shrink: Be well-rounded and think big: It's pumpkin season!

    Kitchen Shrink: Be well-rounded and think big: It's pumpkin season!

    KITCHEN SHRINK: The pumpkin invasion is complete. The glorious orange gourds are taking over farmers markets, football fields, supermarket aisles and parking lots. On Halloween night, the pedestrian pumpkin transforms into a magical glowing jack-o'-lantern as the welcoming symbol of the Pagan tradition....

  • Kitchen Shrink: ‘Sips of Baja’ feast at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa in Rancho Santa Fe

    Kitchen Shrink: ‘Sips of Baja’ feast at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa in Rancho Santa Fe

    KITCHEN SHRINK: The friendship between SoCal and neighboring Mexico took a luxurious turn late September under the lantern-lit skies of Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa's Sunrise Patio in Rancho Santa Fe for its "Valle de Guadalupe" wine dinner. The treasure trove of perky-yet-sophisticated wines from...

  • Kitchen Shrink: A Tale of Two Berries - Fall's glorious persimmons

    Kitchen Shrink: A Tale of Two Berries - Fall's glorious persimmons

    KITCHEN SHRINK: I could never understand why the pumpkin has been lauded year after year as the rock star of the autumn harvest. This bulky behemoth is kind of awkward-looking, frequently lopsided, miserable to cut and carve, and messy to handle with its mass of stringy wet seeds. There are other...

  • Kitchen Shrink: The herb garden of my dreams

    Kitchen Shrink: The herb garden of my dreams

    KITCHEN SHRINK: While recently chatting with a family friend, she exuberantly mentioned that she was whipping up a mixed-green salad with the herbs, lettuces and cucumbers that she freshly picked from her garden, as well as a marinara sauce with the Technicolor heirloom tomatoes overflowing in...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Saving summer's glorious bounty

    Kitchen Shrink: Saving summer's glorious bounty

    KITCHEN SHRINK: The other day the produce guy and I were sadly staring (and unhappily murmuring under our breaths) at the fresh mounds of apples and pears lining the produce aisles. The invasion of these fall crops means the dwindling of stone fruits — including sweet and succulent peaches, plums,...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Lesson on breadless sandwiches for lunch

    Kitchen Shrink: Lesson on breadless sandwiches for lunch

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Today, the greatest thing since sliced bread is a sublime sandwich minus the bread, especially for healthful and fun school-lunch options. While some kids have Celiac disease (where the small intestine is under attack from eating gluten, the "glue-like" protein found in certain...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Make a pit stop with mighty avocados

    Kitchen Shrink: Make a pit stop with mighty avocados

    KITCHEN SHRINK: I was chatting with a natural food guru about what he eats to stay so fit and youthful looking. Turns out he tends to overdose on avocados. This fruit, that's botanically a berry, has become so popular it's given quinoa the shaft and thrown peanut butter under the school bus. The...

  • Kitchen Shrink: French Fries sizzle across the globe

    Kitchen Shrink: French Fries sizzle across the globe

    KITCHEN SHRINK: On my recent trip to Canada, I indulged in a platter of fish and chips, nostalgically wrapped in newsprint, and sprinkled liberally with sea salt and malt vinegar. This brought back great childhood memories — before I had to train my brain to translate "chips" into "French fries,"...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Tacos gone wild!

    Kitchen Shrink: Tacos gone wild!

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Ahh, the scrumptious taco — a popular, portable Mexican street fare that can be crunched on the fly for a spicy, protein-packed nibble — has trickled north of the border and transformed into a mainstream, gourmet meal. So when did the taco come out of its shell? Food folklorist...

  • Kitchen Shrink: It's a wrap! Food storage tips

    Kitchen Shrink: It's a wrap! Food storage tips

    KITCHEN SHRINK: I've always been super judicious about storage of assorted foods, whether raw, live or cooked, following optimum temperature recommendations, and environmental conditions. But as summer blisters in full force, when ingredients and prepared dishes can spoil as fast as you can say...

  • Kitchen Shrink: The Joyful Side of Cooking

    Kitchen Shrink: The Joyful Side of Cooking

    KITCHEN SHRINK: The other day I overheard on a public radio program the surprising results of a recent study — alas, that only 10 percent of the American public enjoy cooking, while the remaining 90 percent are either ho-hum about it, or would just like to run the other way. Hard to believe with...

  • Kitchen Shrink: The homegrown tomato invasion

    Kitchen Shrink: The homegrown tomato invasion

    KITCHEN SHRINK: "Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad." — Miles Kington An old friend with an enviable green thumb called me the other day complaining that her homegrown garden was producing too many tomatoes. Even after gifting most of...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Summer's hot popsicle craze

    Kitchen Shrink: Summer's hot popsicle craze

    KITCHEN SHRINK: The other day I heard a nostalgic melody streaming through my window as an ice cream truck tooled along the streets of my neighborhood. My mouth suddenly watered for an old-fashioned malty, a 50/50 bar, or a rainbow Popsicle. Nothing beats the heat like a fruity, refreshing ice...

  • Kitchen Shrink: It's a Dilly! All-Purpose Pickle Primer

    Kitchen Shrink: It's a Dilly! All-Purpose Pickle Primer

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Pickles of all manners are so beloved throughout the lands, they've been celebrated every May since 1948 during International Pickle Week, as diverse cultures pay tribute to their own version of the probiotic powerhouse. As summer swells into full bloom, it's time to pick a peck...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Ideas for a no-grilling, Fourth of July feast to celebrate Independence Day

    Kitchen Shrink: Ideas for a no-grilling, Fourth of July feast to celebrate Independence Day

    KITCHEN SHRINK: A few years ago we were invited to a friend's home for a July 4th shindig and when they ushered us to their lavish backyard, we were surprised to see that the barbecue was completely enveloped in a grill cover with pizza boxes piled high on top. The pies were appropriately decorated...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Best Buns for Summer

    Kitchen Shrink: Best Buns for Summer

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Even if you're not gluten sensitive or plagued with Celiac disease, you can still give wheat the shaft this summer, and pick healthier and more exciting bun substitutes. So amp up your burger or dog with an interesting element of crunch, texture, taste, color and dose of vitamins...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Hearty, healthy ideas for Father's Day meals

    Kitchen Shrink: Hearty, healthy ideas for Father's Day meals

    KITCHEN SHRINK: A stressed-out reader, who's hosting a Father's Day barbecue for her extended family with dads from their 20s to their twilight years, was wondering if she should mix up the menu considering the age range of her guests. While most guys would be thrilled to scarf down a heap of salty...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Say Cheese! The Season's Best Picks

    Kitchen Shrink: Say Cheese! The Season's Best Picks

    KITCHEN SHRINK: "How can anyone govern a nation that has 246 different kinds of cheese?" — Charles de Gaulle Strolling through the produce aisle the other day, as I was oohing and ahhing over the bounty of summer's freshly arrived beauties from luscious peaches and glistening cherries to plump...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Hit the roof with shingles? Foods to fend off the virus

    Kitchen Shrink: Hit the roof with shingles? Foods to fend off the virus

    KITCHEN SHRINK: I was recently stricken with shingles , the debilitating and excruciatingly painful virus that appears as a blistering rash on one side of the body (or even the face) that sometimes transforms into a maddening itch when it heals. The sneaky disease is actually caused by the reactivation...

  • Kitchen Shrink: The Saucy Side of Barbecue

    Kitchen Shrink: The Saucy Side of Barbecue

    KITCHEN SHRINK: In Japan it's ponzu, in France it's beurre blanc, in Argentina it's chimichurri, in Spain it's aioli, while in the United States barbecue sauce is boss. Ketchup's smoky, tangy, complex cousin is king of condiments for dipping, spreading, pouring and slathering on everything from...

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