Not Your Grandma’s Thanksgiving Turkey

Born and raised in Europe, I didn’t know about Thanksgiving until I married an American. Since we lived in Europe for much of our 23-year marriage we never celebrated the full-blown turkey-fest. Nonetheless, each year I’d try to mark this day with something at least slightly “Thanksgivey,” like turkey burgers with cranberry-salsa in homemade pumpkin buns, […]

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Election Cookies

On the evening of November 8, 2016 my children and I were watching the U.S. presidential election results roll in. Like the rest of the country, we were expecting Hillary Clinton to win. However, as the night wore on and the growing likelihood of a Trump presidency dawned on us, I started to feel increasingly […]

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Diversity Salad (Asian-ish)

Variety is the spice of life — in cooking as in society. If you’ve ever attended one of my nutrition workshops, you’ll know I’m a tireless advocate of dietary diversity; that’s because research shows that eating a wide variety of different nutritious foods keeps us healthy, strong and resilient. Similarly, I believe that when a […]

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Three Sisters green chili chicken

This is one of my favorite late-summer/early-fall dishes, with corn and hatch chiles evoking memories of warmer days whilst beans and pumpkin get me in the mood for cozy fall and winter stews. “Three Sisters” refers to the three main agricultural crops of various indigenous groups in North America: winter squash, maize (corn) and climbing […]

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Pumpkin squares

Just because I’m a nutritionist doesn’t mean I don’t love me a sweet treat every now and then — especially when the weather cools, the days get shorter and all I want to complete a perfectly cozy fireside dinner is a sweet indulgence just like this one. This deliciously moist and fragrant cake is the […]

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