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  • Kitchen Shrink: What's Your Culinary I.Q.? — The Answers

    Kitchen Shrink: What's Your Culinary I.Q.? — The Answers

    KITCHEN SHRINK: I will now hand feed you the answers to last week's Culinary I.Q. Quiz. Take your time to digest them well. ••• True/False 1. Baking soda and baking powder can be used interchangeably. False. Not all leavening agents are created equal. Baking soda is pure sodium bicarbonate, a base...

  • Kitchen Shrink: What's Your Culinary I.Q.?

    Kitchen Shrink: What's Your Culinary I.Q.?

    KITCHEN SHRINK: In keeping with the spirit of the end-of-school season, I thought it apropos to give a food-related final exam for your amusement and amazement. Check out next week's column for the answers — and please, no cheating! • True or False 1. Since baking soda and baking powder are both...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Spring's best stalk options

    Kitchen Shrink: Spring's best stalk options

    KITCHEN SHRINK "Europeans of the Renaissance swore by it as an aphrodisiac, and the church banned it from nunneries." — Barbara Kingslover   Ahh, the seductive asparagus spear, considered the caviar of the vegetable world, heralds the arrival of spring as bright green bunches line produce aisles...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Celebrate Mother's Day with a liquid brunch

    Kitchen Shrink: Celebrate Mother's Day with a liquid brunch

    KITCHEN SHRINK: To honor moms at all stages of mothering, here are some calming cocktails with a twist, along with some soothing smoothies, for fun brunch food pairings that the kids can help prepare for their special big girl on Sunday, May 14. ••• Bloody Mary, Quite Contrary For moms who enjoy...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Culinary facts I learned on spring break

    Kitchen Shrink: Culinary facts I learned on spring break

    KITCHEN SHRINK: While home on the range during spring break, I attended to matters I had long put off, and along the way, I learned some handy tips I'd like to share. A dental procrastinator, I finally went to get my teeth cleaned, at which point the hygienist gently reminded me that certain foods...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Tips for cooking with kids

    Kitchen Shrink: Tips for cooking with kids

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Thanks to the popularity of such shows as The Food Network's "Chopped Junior," the kitchen has become the new cool playground. In response, readers have requested kid-friendly advice for having a fun and safe culinary play date with their young children and grandchildren. So, roll...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Matzo's gone mainstream!

    Kitchen Shrink: Matzo's gone mainstream!

    KITCHEN SHRINK: On the evening of April 10, millions of Jewish families around the world will be sitting at the Seder table celebrating Passover or Pesach, an eight-day holiday that centers around the retelling — and through symbolic foods and imagination — reliving the historic Exodus of the Hebrew...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Springtime sips to wet your whistle

    Kitchen Shrink: Springtime sips to wet your whistle

    KITCHEN SHRINK: As spring breezes in, swap out the steamy winter drinks that warmed the cockles of your heart, for icy spring thirst-quenchers that cool your heels and invigorate your soul. Infuse these sips with the season's bounty of organic and local strawberries, cherries, zesty limes, sassy...

  • Kitchen Shrink: The Therapeutic Kitchen

    Kitchen Shrink: The Therapeutic Kitchen

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Ahh, the heady aromas of fruit pies, cinnamon buns and chocolate chip cookies perfuming the house are both nostalgic and intoxicating. But the whole baking process to me, including measuring, blending, kneading, rolling, pouring, and decorating is a calming cakewalk (pardon the...

  • Kitchen Shrink: For cold season et al, zinc's a real zinger

    Kitchen Shrink: For cold season et al, zinc's a real zinger

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Like Hippocrates, I'm going to "make food my medicine," by amping up a store of zinc-rich treasures in my diet to kick any blossoming cold viruses under the bus. Keep in mind, zinc levels have to be kept in a delicate balance like Baby Bear's porridge — too little will cause deficiency...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Lemon Law; Let's put the squeeze on sourpusses

    Kitchen Shrink: Lemon Law; Let's put the squeeze on sourpusses

    KITCHEN SHRINK: After I recently treated myself to an anti-aging birthday facial, I was reminiscing of an incident years ago when my girlfriend and I indulged in a spa day of pampering, including a stress-relieving massage, invigorating facial and light, healthy lunch. Sipping on a cool glass of...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Plant-based pastrami, anyone?

    Kitchen Shrink: Plant-based pastrami, anyone?

    KITCHEN SHRINK: When my Ottawan cousin recently visited San Diego for a few days of paradise and an escape from her Arctic winter peeked into my refrigerator, her jaw hung open. What happened to her carnivorous cuz, the charcuterie queen? Growing up on the East Coast, we practically sucked in cured,...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Smart tips for the inquiring foodie

    Kitchen Shrink: Smart tips for the inquiring foodie

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Readers are constantly e-mailing this Kitchen Shrink for advice on assorted culinary crises. I recently received one from a panicked cook who was hosting a holiday gathering. When she inserted a first generation-style meat thermometer into a crown roast of lamb — and it snapped...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Gustatory Gift of the Magi for St. Valentine's Day

    Kitchen Shrink: Gustatory Gift of the Magi for St. Valentine's Day

    KITCHEN SHRINK: A year ago, I caught up with an old friend whose daughter was just married. She told me that the newlyweds were recent graduates with modest internship incomes and tons of student debt. But they were madly in love, and would go to the moon for each other. Last Valentine's Day, each...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Name that Food — An Interactive Quiz

    Kitchen Shrink: Name that Food — An Interactive Quiz

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Before going on vacation, my neighbor recently brought a bag of mysterious fruits and vegetables to my home so they wouldn't go to waste. There were some vibrant pink pitaya or dragon fruits, ruby-fleshed Cara cara oranges, prehistoric-looking Romanesco broccoli, and a pear-shaped...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Cock-a-Doodle-Doo! It's the Year of the Rooster

    Kitchen Shrink: Cock-a-Doodle-Doo! It's the Year of the Rooster

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Mr. Zodiac Rooster swoops down on Monkey's head and crows a cock-a-doodle-doo to herald the Chinese New Year — the new moon of the first day of the first lunar month that bears his name. The rooster, a polygamous male chicken, roosts over his many hens and their nests to guard against...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Going Nuts Over Seeds — Part 2

    Kitchen Shrink: Going Nuts Over Seeds — Part 2

    KITCHEN SHRINK: When I was growing up, chia pets were all the rage. As a gag for my Sweet 16 birthday, one of my friends gave me a kitschy chia dog that magically grew a luxurious "fur" coat after I placed hundreds of tiny chia seeds on the canine's bare body, and watered them religiously for several...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Going Nuts over Seeds — Part 1

    Kitchen Shrink: Going Nuts over Seeds — Part 1

    KITCHEN SHRINK: It's funny how we find some seeds annoying and unappealing like the bitter ones we accidently bite into from oranges and lemons, the black ones we embarrassingly spit out from watermelons, and the tiny ones that get stuck between our teeth from blackberries, while other seeds are...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Have a Bubbly New Year!

    Kitchen Shrink: Have a Bubbly New Year!

    KITCHEN SHRINK: "I only drink Champagne on two occasions: When I am in love, and when I am not." — Coco Chanel When the second hand on the clock sweeps toward midnight for the Dec. 31 countdown, millions of celebrants around the globe will be hoisting a glass of bubbly to toast in the New Year....

  • Kitchen Shrink: Season's Eatings — When Christmas and Chanukah Converge

    Kitchen Shrink: Season's Eatings — When Christmas and Chanukah Converge

    KITCHEN SHRINK: This year, Chanukah (or Hanukkah) coincidentally lands on the heels of Christmas. So when hungry Saint Nicholas arrives at the North Pole, he can munch on a variety of tasty latkes with assorted toppings, along with traditional Christmas fare, before he makes his chimney rounds....

  • Kitchen Shrink: These are a few of my favorite (holiday) things

    Kitchen Shrink: These are a few of my favorite (holiday) things

    KITCHEN SHRINK: It's the season when supermarkets transform into giant candy stores for adult foodies. Aisles overflow with sugar and spice and edible vice, including uncured bacon jam, chocolate chip panettones, gingerbread houses, and tubs of duck fat. Here's my A-list of seasonal gems that come...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Naughty and Nice Culinary Questions

    Kitchen Shrink: Naughty and Nice Culinary Questions

    KITCHEN SHRINK: You better watch out! This holiday season, foodies are more discriminating than ever, reading labels judiciously, making healthier choices, buying sustainable and organic ingredients, and painstakingly preparing treasured recipes from scratch (and with love). That also means more...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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