Kitchen Shrink

  • 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,...

  • 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...

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