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  • Kitchen Shrink: When solemn Easter Sunday meets April Fools' pranks ...

    Kitchen Shrink: When solemn Easter Sunday meets April Fools' pranks ...

    KITCHEN SHRINK: As coincidence may have it, Easter Sunday (emblematic of fertility, along with spring's reawakening and rebirth of nature through the miraculous story of Christ's resurrection) collides with April Fools Day, a prankster's field day, in 2018. Paying homage to these two mismatched...

  • Kitchen Shrink: 17 food/drink ideas to celebrate St. Patrick's Day

    Kitchen Shrink: 17 food/drink ideas to celebrate St. Patrick's Day

    KITCHEN SHRINK: On the heels of St. Patrick's Day, an old Jewish girlfriend from Canada called me excitedly, and hinted at her news with a melodic greeting: "The top of the morning to you!" After receiving the results from one of those DNA ancestry tests she just discovered that she was part Irish....

  • Kitchen Shrink: Orange you glad? Winter's sassy citruses

    Kitchen Shrink: Orange you glad? Winter's sassy citruses

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Mounds of golden spheres perfume the supermarket aisles this season with a dizzying array of juicy varieties. But not all oranges are created equal, each one having a distinct shape, size, color (both rind and flesh), flavor and ease of peeling. All varieties — whether sweet, tart...

  • Kitchen Shrink: The bell pepper of the ball

    Kitchen Shrink: The bell pepper of the ball

    KITCHEN SHRINK: As I strolled past the vibrant display of peppers in the produce aisle, my eyes locked on the jade-green, sweet bells. Botanically speaking, all nightshades, including eggplants, tomatoes, potatoes and peppers have "perfect" flowers with a complement of reproductive parts, both...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Celebrate your many loves with different delights

    Kitchen Shrink: Celebrate your many loves with different delights

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Throughout history, philosophers have pontificated on the various forms of "love," compiling several categories with Latin labels and distinct attributes. I've paired these many types with special foods to help celebrate Valentine's Day. Eros, or romantic love, is the one we instantly...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Kicking off the big game this Super Bowl Sunday with some winning eats

    Kitchen Shrink: Kicking off the big game this Super Bowl Sunday with some winning eats

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Counting down the days for the Super Bowl LII extravaganza, there's still a little time left to strategize for a creative shindig, whether you're hosting the event or organizing a potluck. You can whip up some fun new nibbles along with good ol' standbys with healthy tweaks to avoid...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Turn over a new leaf in aftermath of lettuce scare

    Kitchen Shrink: Turn over a new leaf in aftermath of lettuce scare

    KITCHEN SHRINK: As I'm prepping an authentic Caesar salad for a special dinner, gingerly removing the root core from the romaine lettuce head, then soaking the firm, crisp, freshly trimmed leaves in a sudsy tub of Castile soap and warm water to remove any traces of soil or bugs, I hear in the background...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Answers to 'What's your baking I.Q.?'

    Kitchen Shrink: Answers to 'What's your baking I.Q.?'

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Let's continue the dialogue from last week's column with the answers to the baking quiz. (You can find Part 1 at lajollalight.com/our-columns/kitchen-shrink/cm-ljl-kitchen-shrink-jan-4-20171228-story.html Multiple Choice 1. a) Baking soda, which is an alkaline needs an acid like...

  • Kitchen Shrink: What's your baking I.Q.?

    Kitchen Shrink: What's your baking I.Q.?

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Baking, unlike cooking, is a sublime culinary therapy for the mind, body and soul with a magical chemistry lesson thrown in for amazement. Readers are constantly asking me for baking tips and tricks to concoct foolproof creations. Here's a quiz to help you safely navigate through...

  • Kitchen Shrink: A treasure trove of soups from the sea

    Kitchen Shrink: A treasure trove of soups from the sea

    KITCHEN SHRINK: As I stroll through the market, I'm instinctively drawn to the fishmonger, pulled in by the salty, rich, musky aromas from the bounty of oceanic treasures displayed on crystal prisms of ice beneath shimmering beveled glass. The precious jewels twinkle in their own impish ways, and...

  • Kitchen Shrink: New Year for new culinary mindfulness

    Kitchen Shrink: New Year for new culinary mindfulness

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Alas, the five-week span from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day lulls even the most health-conscious eater into an indulgent spirit, unable to discriminate between naughty and nice foods. While the New England Journal of Medicine reports the average American gains one to two pounds...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Crown jewel of the Christmas table - Italy's Panettone

    Kitchen Shrink: Crown jewel of the Christmas table - Italy's Panettone

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Even the most experienced and extravagant bakers across the lands with a keen knowledge of the behavior of yeast and its leavening properties, a background in culinary chemistry especially fermentation and PH levels, an instinct for perfect timing and precision equal to the Greenwich...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Embarking on a culinary journey of seafood sustainability

    Kitchen Shrink: Embarking on a culinary journey of seafood sustainability

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Discerning foodies and iconic chefs recently rubbed elbows during a lively, packed-as-sardines reception at La Jolla's welcoming The Marine Room to celebrate the bounty of our oceans. Executive Chef Bernard Guillas, captain of the culinary voyage, along with chief mate Chef Ron...

  • Kitchen Shrink: 8 frightful food tips for keeping you safe

    Kitchen Shrink: 8 frightful food tips for keeping you safe

    KITCHEN SHRINK: All Hallows' Eve heralds the culinary witches hauling out their rusty cauldrons to start brewing magical elixirs of spider heads, bloody bat wings and other gross things. But in the real gustatory world, we must beware of dangers lurking both as foragers in fields and shoppers in...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Don't be a sap this fall, let maple syrup pour!

    Kitchen Shrink: Don't be a sap this fall, let maple syrup pour!

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Growing up in northeastern Canada, maple syrup — the authentic, really good stuff — practically coursed through my veins. We would not only drench pancakes, waffles and French toast in the liquid gold, but drizzle it on savory dishes as well. But even more fun than eating the blissful...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Defend Your Bosom Buddies; Waging culinary war against breast cancer

    Kitchen Shrink: Defend Your Bosom Buddies; Waging culinary war against breast cancer

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Alas, a brave, beloved soldier — my mom — who fought gallantly against the relentless and merciless enemy, lost her long battle with breast cancer last week. Keep your forks and knives shiny and sharp, along with amping up an A-(nti-cancer) List of foods impersonating as Herculean...

  • Kitchen Shrink: How to pick a winner in the produce aisle, Part 1

    Kitchen Shrink: How to pick a winner in the produce aisle, Part 1

    KITCHEN SHRINK: It's always humorous watching fellow supermarket shoppers perform a series of ritualistic gestures as they grope, squeeze, sniff, knock, cradle, shake and rattle a piece of produce to hedge their bets for selecting a perfectly ripe one. Of course, to get the best out of fruits and...

  • Kitchen Shrink: A Yogurt Primer - Become a Culture-Vulture

    Kitchen Shrink: A Yogurt Primer - Become a Culture-Vulture

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Flipping through an old cookbook my mom used religiously during our childhood, I landed on a dog-eared, batter-stained page that revealed our family's favorite recipe for carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. One of the cake ingredients was a half-cup of yogurt. In those days,...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Summer school for foodies

    Kitchen Shrink: Summer school for foodies

    KITCHEN SHRINK: To keep you on your toes this laid-back summer, and help you get the best out of the season's culinary and solar bounty, here's a quiz on everything from barbecues and bugs to sunburns and stone fruits. Check out next week's column for the answers. • Multiple choice: 1. Watermelons,...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Summer desserts easy on your scale

    Kitchen Shrink: Summer desserts easy on your scale

    KITCHEN SHRINK: We can have our cake and eat it, too, if we choose lighter desserts (less sugar and fat), and forego the traditional summer lollapaloozas — ice cream sundae extravaganzas, salted caramel brownies, and triple-decker cakes and trifles. While the concept of healthy desserts sounds...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Kicking off summer with the Holy Grill

    Kitchen Shrink: Kicking off summer with the Holy Grill

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Intoxicating aromas of smoky mesquite and bold hickory filling the warm air herald the arrival of summer, and tweak nostalgic memories of childhood. Those were the wild-and-crazy barbecuing days when the Weber grill was king, meat was burned beyond recognition over reckless flames...

  • Kitchen Shrink: The great burger flip flop

    Kitchen Shrink: The great burger flip flop

    KITCHEN SHRINK: The beloved burger is America's sweetheart of foods affirmed by the 14 billion consumed yearly, and a nationally designated month (May) honoring the grilled sandwich. In my globetrotting days, I met many strange burgerfellows — some caught me off guard, taking my stomach by surprise,...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Dad's Day menus for your special guy

    Kitchen Shrink: Dad's Day menus for your special guy

    KITCHEN SHRINK: While some guys experience culinary nirvana scarfing down a heap of guacamole and pile of corn chips washed down with a can of fizzy fluid welded to their palm, others first inquire about food's provenance, and choose judiciously from both the sea (sustainable, wild caught, omega-3...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Bone Broth — Best stock option for allergies and colds

    Kitchen Shrink: Bone Broth — Best stock option for allergies and colds

    KITCHEN SHRINK: 'Tis the season for allergies and colds as pollen, ragweed and other airborne hazards bloom, along with assorted viruses that all reek havoc on our systems. Whatever the season, bone broths with a rich store of vitamins and minerals are embraced by top chefs and Dr. Moms alike....

  • Kitchen Shrink: Cauliflower is the New Kale

    Kitchen Shrink: Cauliflower is the New Kale

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Low temps and other quirky weather patterns in California's central valley — the agricultural nucleus of the West Coast — has caused cauliflower to become caviar costly. But this highbrow crucifer with an antioxidant oomph and starchy, potato-like texture is well worth the sticker...

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