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Sweet potatoes: not just for dessert anymore

Sweet potatoes: not just for dessert anymore

Sweet potatoes for dessert? As I remember it, my mom’s traditional Thanksgiving sweet potato casserole might as well have been dessert. She sliced the potatoes in half, coated them generously in a mixture of brown sugar, orange juice concentrate and butter. Of course, they were 

Miso: traditional Asian seasoning for modern times

Miso: traditional Asian seasoning for modern times

What better antidote to the end-of-year holiday food excess than a simple cup of broth on a cold afternoon.  There are plenty of options: bouillon cubes, powders, pastes, canned, shelf-stable boxes.  If you’d rather treat yourself to something more natural, give miso a try.  It 

Coffee: healthy, unhealthy, both, neither?

Coffee: healthy, unhealthy, both, neither?

Dark winter months and coffee go hand in hand. No surprise, countries with the longest, darkest winter days drink the most coffee: Finland, Norway, Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland top the list. You’d think that, if coffee were unhealthy, people in these countries would 

Pumpkin: put it on your plate not in your coffee

Pumpkin: put it on your plate not in your coffee

Pumpkin used to be about Halloween Jack o’ lanterns and pie at Thanksgiving. Then no more pumpkin until next autumn. Now it’s everywhere all the time. As a coffee lover, I’m alternately amused and horrified by the pumpkin spice latté craze. Why ruin coffee with 

6 Foods to Say Yes To After 60

6 Foods to Say Yes To After 60

Food and diet advice is drenched in negativity. Don’t Eat That! Don’t eat this! That food is toxic! That food makes you gain weight! The Main Stream Media knows that fear is great click bait, so this isn’t surprising. But click bait headlines don’t necessarily 

Put lentils on your recipe radar screen

Put lentils on your recipe radar screen

Lots of home cooks find dry beans (legumes) intimidating. Black beans, kidney beans, pinto beans — they take a really long time to cook. Soaking them overnight before cooking helps, but the beans still need to simmer for hours. That means planning your meal one