How Did You Make This Dish? - Cooking Secrets

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My mother was a terrific housewife. But in the early sixties, when she wanted to go to work “outside the home” as we now say, she asked my father’s permission.” She assured him that nothing would change: His shirts would still be crisply ironed, the house would remain immaculate and dinner would still be on the table promptly at six.

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Watermelon is Not the Pits – Health Benefits and Serving Options

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Summer at my daughter’s house can be counted in watermelons. On any hot day, she can be counted on to bring out a giant bowl of cut-up watermelon chunks or slices (which, by the way, when put on top of a vegetable steamer placed in the bottom of the bowl, will not turn mushy).

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Chill Out with Calming Foods

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Email is down. Deadlines are passing. Errands piling up. Book group coming. I am s-t-r-e-s-s-e-d! The go-to solution? Haagen Dazs dulce de leche or maybe a bag of Twizzlers or a handful my daughter’s cookies pulled out of the freezer and shoved into the microwave for a quickie defrost. Bad choices all. I would never pledge to purge them from my diet, but they really are really not a great prescription for stress busting. The sugar rush is great, but when your blood sugar rate drops, stress hormones are released.

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Berry Interesting - Fruit and Vegetable Wash

Woman Washing Strawberries

Someone recently sent me a video about why it is very important to make sure you wash strawberries well. First thought, on seeing the creepy crawlers who spend their lives snuggled into the bumpy terrain of the fruit, particularly at the top and the bottom: Not another strawberry will ever touch my lips.

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