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Masa, A Heavenly Gift to Cooks and Eaters

by Kelley Lavin. While on a recent trip to my home state of Arizona, I began to ponder the nature of heavenly gifts. Unlike so many travelers before me, I didn’t contemplate the famous red rocks of Sedona or the ethereal fragrance of the desert after a short winter rain. What moved me and brought …

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Blueberries to Bok Choy: An Organic Farmer Reveals His Food Passions

by Herb Gardener. Research has demonstrated that blueberries boost the immune system and fight free radicals. It took Southwest Florida farmer and organic produce entrepreneur Mitch Blumenthal to discover the fruit also has a salutary effect on dreams. “My passion for organic farming developed first as a landowner who didn’t want to use caustic chemicals …

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Kitchen Resolutions for a Fresh Start

By Marsha Fottler. Making New Year’s resolutions that pertain to your everyday working life in the kitchen is rewarding because practical and aesthetic changes in that space are easy to master and will leave you feeling empowered and happily in control of your attractive surroundings. Start today. • If you haven’t used a particular cookbook …

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Holiday Hostess Gifts

By Marsha Fottler. It’s official, we’re now entering high season for holiday home entertaining. That means you need to stock up on reliable hostess gifts – those small but welcome treasures that you hand over to your hostess upon arriving for a dinner party. Three rules for selecting and giving a hostess gift: It should …

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Eat in Unexpected Places

By Marsha Fottler. A local gourmet club recently invited me to be among 40 guests who shared a six-course dinner in a fully-furnished, 6,000-square-foot model home in a luxury gated community. During the evening we wandered through the elaborately styled rooms, walked the private grounds, lingered by the moonlit pool and generally felt like we …

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Simple Syrup, Simply Essential

By Herb Gardener. I squandered my mid-twenties in Bishop, California’s high desert splendor. Located on the jagged eastern escarpment of the Sierras, Bishop was then home to a modest population of indigenous Paiute Indians, rock climbers, mountain bikers, and other radical recreators. To support a trout fishing habit I tended bar. As I memorized and …

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Making A List

By Chef Judi Gallagher – I’m a television cook, food writer, teacher and culinary traveler, But, I’m also a deft and enthusiastic shopper. At holiday time, I’m more than ready with a list of what to give to friends and family. When possible, I shop locally to support area merchants and growers and to celebrate …

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Dutch Oven, an Investment in Your Cooking Skills

By Chef Judi Gallagher – I think of Le Creuset cookware as the Mercedes of the kitchen. Some people invest in expensive cars and stereo systems, I invest in my kitchen and in great tools for cooking. One of the best recipes my mother taught me was her braised brisket. It involved a Dutch oven. …

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