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  • Kitchen Shrink: May culinary flowers

    Kitchen Shrink: May culinary flowers

    KITCHEN SHRINK: While master chefs embrace edible flowers, especially as springtime blooms, this botanical trend is anything but trendy. Julius Caesar's Roman banquet tables were not only a feast for the palate, but also for the eyes enhanced with an impressive array of brilliantly-hued culinary...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Let's get cagey; The truth about eggs

    Kitchen Shrink: Let's get cagey; The truth about eggs

    KITCHEN SHRINK: My grandma would often tell me how much she enjoyed farm-fresh eggs delivered weekly to her home by the friendly egg-man, who happened to be completely bald, humorously reflecting his trade. He gingerly handed her a confetti of eggs piled in a wicker basket — some speckled, some...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Kick up your heels with herbs and spices

    Kitchen Shrink: Kick up your heels with herbs and spices

    KITCHEN SHRINK: During spring break I experimented with fun and exciting herbs, spices, and flavorings incorporating these darlings into every drink, dish, snack and baked treat. They lend an antioxidant oomph and pizzazz to everything they season or garnish without packing on fat or calories....

  • Kitchen Shrink: A few of my favorite spring things

    Kitchen Shrink: A few of my favorite spring things

    KITCHEN SHRINK: So, we're having some soggy days and cooler temps, but look what this season is heralding — spring training and March Madness, a stream of festivals, an inspiration for decluttering, planting a garden, taking a leisurely evening walk as daylight lengthens, and shopping for the new...

  • Kitchen Shrink: How to be Irish for a Day

    Kitchen Shrink: How to be Irish for a Day

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Growing up I remember our family would celebrate St. Paddy's Day with a giant shamrock-shaped cake to pay tribute to Ireland's patron saint, as well as my baby brother, a laddie who was born on March 17. Along with our Celtic complexion, hazel eyes, and auburn hair, I always felt...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Perk up without caffeine

    Kitchen Shrink: Perk up without caffeine

    KITCHEN SHRINK: While standing in the mid-afternoon I-need-a-java-jolt-or-I'm-going-to-collapse-from-fatigue line at the local coffeehouse, I started chatting with fellow customers as we waited for the barista to take our orders. Whether high-school students, young moms, middle-aged executives,...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Growing old happily: Part 2

    Kitchen Shrink: Growing old happily: Part 2

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Let's continue last week's dialogue on promoting a long, happy, healthy and active life by maintaining an optimum diet, which includes throwing toxins and other dangers under the bus (hybrid, of course). Our Warriors Fortunately, we have an arsenal of powerful, self-protective culinary...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Growing Old Happily, Part 1

    Kitchen Shrink: Growing Old Happily, Part 1

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Recently, the oldest man in the world passed quietly into the night in northern Japan at the very ripe old age of 113. More super-centenarians (over 110 years) are living healthy, comfortable lives these days than during the last century. The Methuselah-old are achieving longevity...

  • Kitchen Shrink: February feasts and festivals

    Kitchen Shrink: February feasts and festivals

    KITCHEN SHRINK: It's hard to believe such a short month is so log-jammed with commemorations, celebrations, and annual hooplas from Super Bowl and Chinese New Year to Valentine's Day and Black History Month. (Let's not forget Mardis Gras, which usually falls in February, but missed the cut this...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Avoid a St. Valentine's Day massacre in the kitchen

    Kitchen Shrink: Avoid a St. Valentine's Day massacre in the kitchen

    KITCHEN SHRINK: I recently watched with great delight Billy Wilder's classic flick, "Some Like it Hot" starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis , and Jack Lemmon. A pair of struggling musicians during the Prohibition era witnessed the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre perpetrated by Chicago gangsters....

  • Kitchen Shrink: Let's Get Shorty! Tips for February

    Kitchen Shrink: Let's Get Shorty! Tips for February

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Chop, chop, chop. February's here, so let's pay homage to this abbreviated month with a practical primer on time-saving and cost-cutting tips from shopping and prepping to menu planning and cooking. Speedy Shopping: At the market act like a racehorse; stay the course with a fully-loaded...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Have a 'Souper' Bowl for Big Game Sunday

    Kitchen Shrink: Have a 'Souper' Bowl for Big Game Sunday

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Since I don't have a crystal football, I can't predict which two teams will be vying for the Vince Lombardi trophy at Super Bowl LIII. At this time of writing the New England Patriots , New Orleans Saints , Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs are in the running. Each locale...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Best foods for strong bones

    Kitchen Shrink: Best foods for strong bones

    KITCHEN SHRINK: I've recently heard of at least a dozen friends and family members of all ages (including my husband who took a nasty tumble at Torrey Pines Preserve), who have suffered fractures — from femurs, fibulas and fingers to ribs and wrists. Accidents happen, but our skeletons, which are...

  • Kitchen Shrink: A jackfruit of all trades

    Kitchen Shrink: A jackfruit of all trades

    KITCHEN SHRINK: I'm really not much of an intrepid chef, and can even be a little pedestrian in my tastes and stubborn cooking habits. For the New Year, I'm committed to becoming more adventurous in the kitchen, and gradually moving out of my culinary comfort zone. Coincidentally, as I was strolling...

  • Kitchen Shrink: These are a few of my favorite Cs

    Kitchen Shrink: These are a few of my favorite Cs

    KITCHEN SHRINK: During the holiday season, we all tend to indulge more than usual, making us feel like royalty. We especially want to treat ourselves before guilt and gustatory resolutions of the New Year fill our consciences and plates. Here's my A-List of C-things, some a little naughty, but...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Feed your Soul this New Year

    Kitchen Shrink: Feed your Soul this New Year

    KITCHEN SHRINK: While chatting with a chef friend of mine the other day, we both agreed that food trends emerge from our political climate and emotional state. When uncertainty looms, we gravitate to flavor-driven comfort foods for solace, along with simplicity in ingredients, preparation and clean-up...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Reflections and Predictions

    Kitchen Shrink: Reflections and Predictions

    KITCHEN SHRINK: This time of year, I get all nostalgic and weepy-eyed, especially with the heavenly holiday aromas perfuming the air everywhere, transporting me back to my childhood. My grandma always made a feast on Christmas Eve to celebrate her eldest daughter's birthday. I came over early to...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Let's get this party started (Part 2)

    Kitchen Shrink: Let's get this party started (Part 2)

    KITCHEN SHRINK: "At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely." — W. Somerset Maugham Let's continue last week's dialogue with more party themes, along with a treasure trove of food and drink faves to celebrate the holiday season in good style and...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Let's get this party started (Part 1)

    Kitchen Shrink: Let's get this party started (Part 1)

    KITCHEN SHRINK: "At every party there are two kinds of people — those who want to go home and those who don't. The trouble is, they are usually married to each other." — Ann Landers December is the party animal month of the year when the communal melting pot of family and friends, neighbors and...

  • Kitchen Shrink: An ocean-to-table voyage of seafood sustainability

    Kitchen Shrink: An ocean-to-table voyage of seafood sustainability

    KITCHEN SHRINK: "It's like kissing a mermaid," said intrepid Chef Javier Plascencia and restaurateur (Mision 19) as he waxed poetic about his sustainable dish of Mexican wild shrimp and percebes in a shiso agua chile broth with pickled avocado, served at the fourth annual Ocean-to-Table Luncheon,...

  • Kitchen Shrink: The diversity of the Hanukkah latke

    Kitchen Shrink: The diversity of the Hanukkah latke

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Growing up, one of the only things that helped ease Christmas-envy among Jewish kids in the neighborhood was a heaping platter of greasy, hot potato latkes with chunky applesauce for dipping. The traditional latke (potato pancake) symbolically fried in oil is a celebratory Hanukkah...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Side dishes for the Thanksgiving table

    Kitchen Shrink: Side dishes for the Thanksgiving table

    KITCHEN SHRINK: "We're having something different this year for Thanksgiving . Instead of a turkey we're having a swan. You get more stuffing." — George Carlin   While roughly 46 million turkeys will be gobbled up during the Thanksgiving feast — whether a tom or a hen, organic and free-range or...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Global comfort foods with a healthy twist

    Kitchen Shrink: Global comfort foods with a healthy twist

    KITCHEN SHRINK: When autumn breezes in people naturally seem to crave steamy, creamy, fatty, heavy, salty or sugary "comfort foods" of all manners. Although the term was officially coined as recent as 1997 by the Oxford Dictionary definition for "foods that provide solace," when you think about...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Spooky foods beyond Halloween

    Kitchen Shrink: Spooky foods beyond Halloween

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Believe it or not, the real life food frights that lurk in oceans and fields, on farms and supermarket shelves are even more horrifying than the nastiest witch's brew of bat bone marrow, spider eyes, and salamander thighs bubbling in a rusty caldron. Years ago when I was pregnant...

  • Kitchen Shrink: Tips for hosting a bone-chilling Halloween party

    Kitchen Shrink: Tips for hosting a bone-chilling Halloween party

    KITCHEN SHRINK: A few years back, my old friends Eleanor and Harry — impersonating the notorious Bonnie and Clyde — hosted an outrageous Halloween shindig. With sheer criminal intent, the pair pulled off an extraordinary culinary caper as Clyde filled the house with realistic and horrifying props,...

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