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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Store-Cupboard Special: Tuna, Bean & Red Pepper Salad

This delicious Mediterranean salad can be rustled up in less than 20 minutes using mostly canned or jarred pantry ingredients. The most time-consuming part is boiling the eggs, so if you want to speed it up further, buy ready-cooked, peeled eggs. And if you already have a jar of olive oil dressing, just add a […]

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Turbo Thai Chicken Curry

This is the perfect meal for a busy weeknight. All you need are vegetables (use whatever’s in season or in your fridge/freezer; mushrooms, zucchini, carrots, asparagus, broccoli, etc. – they all work great here), a few pantry items like Thai curry paste, coconut milk and frozen chicken (or other protein foods like shrimp, extra-firm tofu, […]

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Emergency Chocolate Cake

Have you ever experienced a chocolate cake emergency? I have, and it’s intense. It usually hits at the end of a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day when your willpower reaches zero and all you want to do is dive head-first into a large dessert. Most recently, I experienced it after a white-knuckle drive […]

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