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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 

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 

What’s summer without corn on the cob?

What’s summer without corn on the cob?

When it comes to summer produce, tomatoes are at the top of my list.  But fresh sweet corn is a close second.  The window for peak freshness is narrow, roughly late July through August, depending on where you live.  Corn plants don’t keep flowering and producing for 

How to eat ice cream

How to eat ice cream

It has come to my attention that today, July 18th, 2021, is National Ice Cream Day. Apparently President Reagan proclaimed this back in 1984. Who knew? As the linked article notes, Americans are the biggest ice cream consumers in the world. But if you count 

Is olive oil the only healthy oil?

Is olive oil the only healthy oil?

Sometimes I sound like a broken record to myself: Use olive oil Olive oil is the best choice Switch to olive oil Olive oil, olive oil, olive oil!! Can olive oil really be so uniquely important for health? More so that any other oil? Where