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Pass the peas!

Pass the peas!

Peas don’t have the best reputation. There’s the punitive aspect: “Eat your peas!”. There’s the joke aspect: comedy shows and cartoons depicting people trying to eat peas by lining them up on a knife, or spearing them on a fork, with peas rolling off the 

3 Good Reasons for Brown Rice (and a recipe)

3 Good Reasons for Brown Rice (and a recipe)

Brown rice isn’t always on my radar screen, mainly because I only like short grain brown rice. I know, fussy, fussy. But the run-of-the-mill long grain version, widely available in grocery stores, just isn’t that compelling. Short grain brown rice is harder to find, but 

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 

Too much kale

Too much kale

I wrote about Too Much Cheese a few weeks ago. Now I’ve got too much kale. This time the source is my garden. I planted a lot of kale seeds and they struggled along for months. Something was chewing little holes in the leaves, but 

Street Corn Variation

Street Corn Variation

Bored with fresh corn on the cob? Not me. But variety is the spice of life, and that applies to corn, too. One traditional way to spice up fresh corn is Mexican Street Corn. I like to create vegetarian menus that include different protein sources.