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Planting my 1st vegetable garden, thinking of Dad

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Once upon a time, gorgeous yellow lillies bloomed in my front yard. Then, I ripped them out to grow veggies instead. The urge to try farming in some small way brought a surprising bonus. Of all things, I’m making peace with my control freak dad. More on that in a minute. First there’s the tale of the kale… I kept …

Vegan dessert porn: 7 desserts made with my daughter at ICE

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If you think “vegan” and “food porn” are incompatible concepts, these photos will change your mind. The pictures are from a vegan dessert baking workshop that I took with my daughter Gabi. We enjoyed making these goodies — and then, stuffing ourselves with them afterwards. Let’s start with your first question…What is a vegan? Vegans are animal lovers who do …

Gluten-free pasta-making class — photos & review

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Now that gluten-free goodies are a booming multi-billion dollar industry, it’s no longer hard to find decent, wheat-free boxes of pasta at the supermarket. Even more exciting — it’s also possible to easily buy ingredients to make fresh, gluten-free pasta from scratch. Delizioso! My daughter Gabi and I recently had a great time exploring this tasty world. We took a …

4 reasons to avoid sugar

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If you’re not interested in dealing with the issue of sugar addiction, the new August issue of National Geographic might change your mind. The cover story on the evils of sugar uses gorgeous photos, historical facts and trending data to show why we’re in big trouble. Refined sugar is amazingly delicious but offers absolutely zero health benefits. In fact, it …

My favorite kitchen appliance

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I loved baked goodies but for the longest time was too lazy, busy and cheap to make anything in my own oven. Too much of an effort! But then I found a terrific little countertop solution that changed my life. The Breville Compact Smart Oven is a toaster oven that makes it super-easy to bake casseroles, small sheet cakes or …

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Simple dietary solutions for skin allergies

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For whatever reason, I’ve suddenly been running into people who want to know how both my daughter and I cleared up our skin problems by simply watching what we eat. This is actually a good time to revisit the issue because back-to-school week has many parents worrying about packing healthy kids’ snacks and lunches — especially when allergies are an …