around the world with chicken soup.

Chicken soup has long been touted as a magical cure for the common cold, with at least one study suggesting that the ingredients help fight upper respiratory ailments. Old wives tale or not, there’s no doubt that a big steaming bowl of chicken soup is comforting when you’re not feeling well.  I’ve rounded up recipes […]

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warming carrot soup.

As the nation’s biggest food holiday of the year approached (that’s Thanksgiving for all you non-US readers), I needed to make some room in the crisper. Making soup is one way to clean out the fridge, fulfilling my deep love for using up the last bits of things – this month alone, I’ve made vichysoisse, […]

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the safest catch tuna.

I consider myself a “conscious omnivore” – we try to eat organic and local whenever possible, and the meat that we consume is of the highest quality we can afford, from small farms in the area.  Truth be told, my husband and I have considered cutting meat out of our diets on various occasions, but […]

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you say tomato, i say yum! {france}

One of my fondest childhood memories of my sister, Veronica, involves her gleefully eating tomatoes straight off of the vine.  Our grandfather was quite the gardener, and kept strawberries, pomegranates, apples, mandarins, plums, and tomatoes growing around our house in San Diego.  Veronica was our grandfather’s shadow – wherever he was, she was – so […]

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salmon banh mi wrap

Last weekend, I attended my first Natural Products Expo in Anaheim, also known as Expo West on the West Coast.  I only did three days of it, but it was so amazing and full of fantastic new items – as well as a handful of familiar favorites!  I left the show with three packed shopping […]

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mamie’s simple green soup

Instead of apple picking last weekend, we ended up at the San Rafael Civic Center Farmers Market – my favorite market in the Bay Area, even more than the SF Ferry Building’s market. One of the market’s most popular vendors – Tomatero Farms – carries some of the most spectacular greens at great prices: several […]

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a summer orzo salad

School’s out for summer – and though technically we are still in spring, the warm days we’ve been having in Petaluma seem to indicate otherwise. I’ve spent four out of the last five days by the pool, and completely unwilling to cook anything that requires a lengthy amount of standing over a hot stove. In […]

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more spring/summer things: soupe à l’oseille

When I opened one of the first issues of Saveurs magazine (the French magazine, not SAVEUR), one of the features was about Classics from your Grand-Mère.  It included a litany of recipes that someone growing up in France might recognize from their childhood.  When I asked Jules what oseille was, he didn’t know the English translation and […]

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