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  • 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: 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...

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