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26 February, 2016

5 more fruity anytime hacks for a cup of plain or flavored Greek yogurt

Posted in : Hack the basics, Lunch on a Plate on by : Lauri
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It’s been an enduring trend:  Greek yogurt is everywhere, and we’ve visited this territory before, ourselves.  But this thicker style of yogurt is so versatile that it merits an additional look.  You’ll certainly see more yogurt-based tips and recipes here in the future. Greek-style yogurt, as you may know, is essentially the same as “regular”
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27 September, 2014

Scoop > cup

Scoop > cup
Posted in : Food Finance, Lunch on a Plate, On the Run on by : Lauri

Athens, your way The nationwide obsession with “Greek” yogurt seems to be continuing, full steam ahead.  Of course, as many critics have pointed out, there’s nothing truly Greek about it:  this thicker style of yogurt has simply been strained to remove some of the extra liquid, making it creamy, denser than what we’ve been used
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23 March, 2013

Comforting spring

Comforting spring
Posted in : Fixins on by : Lauri

We all love comfort food, in one form or another.  As you’ve probably guessed, soup is a big part of that obsession for me, as it’s cheap, I get to choose the ingredients and craft the nutritional content, and the whole process encourages play — it’s different each and every time, even if I’m working
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23 March, 2013

Chowder primavera

Chowder primavera
Posted in : Recipes on by : Lauri

2 T olive oil 1 t mustard seeds 1 t marjoram 4-5 cloves fresh or pickled garlic, finely sliced 1/2 c onion, finely chopped 1/4 c chopped celery (little chunks) 2 T kosher-style (flake) salt 1/4 t ground white pepper 1 leftover chicken carcass, fully cooked 6-9 cups water, divided 3 c diced potato medley
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30 August, 2012

Small plates for an afternoon off

Small plates for an afternoon off
Posted in : Simple Splurges on by : Lauri
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  The Cheesecake Factory has come a long way. No more bound to their terribly burdensome menu of huge food with mountains of calories, they’ve expanded their menu with small plates, a better wine list, and a Skinnylicious Menu with more ideas than you can shake a carrot stick at.  I’ve avoided them for some
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21 June, 2012

With a little help…

With a little help…
Comments : 1 Posted in : Fixins, Staples on by : Lauri
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Great creations rarely happen without a jumpstart of some sort.  When I have ingredients I love, but don’t want to waste, I tend to trawl the web for ideas and recipes, then adapt what I find to whatever’s on hand.  These gorgeous sunset-hued beauties are apricots from a farm stand in Gilroy, CA, where I
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17 June, 2012

Being present

Being present
Posted in : Fixins, Food Finance on by : Lauri

The ongoing obsession with dieting, in the US and beyond, annoys me.  There are various reasons for my annoyance, but let’s focus on just one of them for today:  growing a stronger awareness of how we prepare our food, throughout our lives, makes much more sense.  The key here is that we should be preparing
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3 February, 2012

Think outside the jar

Think outside the jar
Posted in : Food Finance, Staples on by : Lauri

One of the best (and easiest) ways to save money on groceries is by getting out of the habit of stocking your pantry and fridge with dozens of condiments. For some, the Heinz picnic pack at Costco (mustard, ketchup, relish) is enough to get you through most meals.  For others, a customized mix of favorites
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