Catharine Kaufman

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  • 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...

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