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How to Un-Boring Your Salads

  Even though Chicago has stayed stubbornly chilly over the last few days, the buds on the trees and the sun in the sky are hopeful reminders that someday, summer will be here. With farmers’ market ...

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How to Make and Use Preserved Lemons

  My first exposure to preserved lemons was when I worked at Café du Midi some 25 years ago. Café du Midi was a very special place to work, not just because of its amazing Mediterranean-influenced ...

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Healthy Goodness For Your Gut Vinegars

  I remember as a kid, my grandmother would make us drink sauerkraut juice, or she would use it to flavor a soup, and I absolutely loved it. I always have preferred a sour pickle flavor over ...

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The Art of the Vinaigrette

  I remember the first time a house-made salad dressing rocked my world.  It was the summer of 1988, and I was bussing tables at a swanky new bistro in town. I was 17, and just beginning what would ...

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Salads that Will Make You Smile and Fill You Up

  I love to make healthy salads that leave me full and gratified. Here are some tricks to making delicious salads that won’t leave you rummaging through your kitchen cabinets an hour later looking ...

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Love & Garlic

There was a time in my not so distant past when I hated garlic. The pungent smell and taste made me run for the hills whenever I detected the bulb in a dish – especially if it was in raw form. And ...

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Spreading Thankfulness

While a lot of you are fretting about what to make for Thanksgiving and how many calories you’ll need to work off, I’m thinking of who to be thankful for in my life. I know. I’m an amazing and ...

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12 Nutrition Swaps for 2012

It’s a New Year and plenty of us are resolving to lose weight, exercise more and eat less. I’d like to propose a resolution makeover… don’t just aim to eat less and deprive yourself, instead upgrade ...

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Get Saucy

Oh yes, you can make simple & satisfying sauces that don’t have belly-busting butter, mayo or cream as the base! My class this month explores flavorful sauces made from slimming & nourishing ...

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