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I love peanuts

I love peanuts

Some people love ice cream. Some people love chocolate. Some people can’t stop eating chips. My secret food addiction: homemade bread + a touch of unsalted butter + a generous dollop of natural creamy peanut butter. I love peanuts, but natural peanut butter rules. So 

Is sucralose sabotaging your diet?

Is sucralose sabotaging your diet?

I’m not a fan of artificial sweeteners, even the so-called “natural” ones. They’ve been hyped as the solution to weight loss. Substituting artificial sweeteners for real sugar was supposed to reduce obesity by cutting calorie intake. If only. Instead, the obesity epidemic exploded. So, not 

Scary Dairy?

Scary Dairy?

One of my health newsletters included this recent headline: “Dairy Fat’s Heart Benefit.” Benefit? But, but but…. ever since the mid-20th Century, we’ve been bombarded with scary warnings about dairy fats. Butter, cheese, cream and whole milk are loaded with saturated fat which causes heart 

5 reasons to include soy foods in your diet

5 reasons to include soy foods in your diet

Last year I did a webinar on vegetarian diets. I talked a bit about the convenience and nutritional benefits of soy foods like tofu and tempeh. Some attendees expressed fears about soy safety, because soy contains isoflavones that are chemically related to estrogenic hormones. There 

What do I do with all these tomatillos?

What do I do with all these tomatillos?

Last November, after our two-person pandemic-constricted Thanksgiving dinner, I ended up with a whole lot of leftover turkey. What to do? One solution was turkey molé, a rich and complex sauce that blends spicy chiles with nuts, chocolate and dried fruit. The recipe I found 

Red lentil chickpea zucchini soup

Red lentil chickpea zucchini soup

At some point every summer, there’s just too much zucchini.  Gardeners can’t give it away.  Another problem: zucchinis quickly balloon in size and become inedible.  I pick zucchini small, assuming I can find them in time.  The small ones are slightly sweet, with a distinctive 

Foods vs Sleep. The good and the bad.

Foods vs Sleep. The good and the bad.

Over the past year I’ve been experimenting with chocolate cake recipes. Not any chocolate cake. It’s always “The Best Chocolate Cake EVER!!” How can there be more than one Best Chocolate Cake recipe? In fact, I think you could publish an entire book of Best 

Serve up easy garden grain salads

Serve up easy garden grain salads

Grain-based salads are my favorite go-to solution for summer meals. Why? Easy Healthy Delicious Take advantage of fresh vegetables (from your garden or not) Take advantage of fresh herbs (from your garden or not) Great leftovers The first step is to choose a grain. Here