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Nuts for the holidays

Nuts for the holidays

When you think of holiday foods, what comes to mind? And… nuts? Nuts for baking, for snacking, for gifts. With the glut of sweets this time of year (see list), nuts can be a welcome relief. Nuts are the seed of various trees and bushes, 

What to do with all the basil? Make pesto.

What to do with all the basil? Make pesto.

Why does basil always seem to grow best at the end of summer, just when it’s threatened by frost? Basil plants are very sensitive to cold, even if there isn’t an official frost. Once picked, fresh basil doesn’t keep all that well. After you cut 

Fat phobia is so 20th Century

Fat phobia is so 20th Century

Fat is my friend. Food fat that is. Fat adds flavor and texture and satisfaction to your food. Fat in your meals can increase satiety and moderate appetite. Despite these positive attributes, public health “experts” spent the past few decades spreading fat phobia, because certain 

Sesame seed: more than a decorative garnish

Sesame seed: more than a decorative garnish

This has probably never happened: you wake up in the morning and think “I need to eat more sesame seeds.” In Westernized countries, sesame seeds aren’t on the food radar screen other than as a decorative garnish. You find them on burger buns or crackers 

Hummus Salad

Hummus Salad

Protein intake might be the first thing on a person’s mind when switching to a mostly meatless diet. It’s a valid concern, particularly for older people. I’m a big advocate of real food, so I love to talk about plant foods that boost protein intake. 

7 Almonds a Day

7 Almonds a Day

True story: a friend told me that her doctor advised her to eat “seven almonds a day”. Why? No explanation given. I’m not sure what the specific benefit would be, but nothing wrong with eating seven almonds, which is about 1/3 ounce. Seven almonds provides: