A Parenting Recipe for Raising Healthy Eaters – Guest Post From Sarina Behar Natkin of Grow Parenting

Girl Eating

Today’s guest post is something very special to me. It is by my amazing wife, Sarina Behar Natkin. Sarina is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and for the past few years has been devoting her professional energies to helping parents find more joy in the process of raising healthy, confident children. She’s written a wonderful, …

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Vietnamese Caramel Cooked Tofu – Video Recipe

Caramel-Cooked Tofu

Caramel-cooking is a classic Vietnamese method that produces a rich, lacquered sauce. When I sent this recipe out for field testing with blog readers, it got so much great feedback that I knew I wanted to share it with you as a video.

The key to having it taste complex, not just sweet, is to …

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Kouftikes de Prasa Sandwiches – Recipe

Kouftikes De Prasa Sandwich

All over the Middle East and even in India, a kofta is a little meatball or patty. There are a few vegetarian versions too. These kouftikes de prasa as they are affectionately known on the Sephardic side of my family, are made of leeks, bound together with breadcrumbs and eggs.

I like to up the ante …

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Blueberry Buckle – Video Recipe

Raspberry Blueberry Buckle

I‘ve written about buckles a couple of times in this space: the original raspberry-blueberry buckle that got me started making them, and a peach and sour cream variation that I made on vacation in hot, hot eastern Washington last summer when I was apparently feeling poetic.

The beauty of buckles and all of the other rustic …

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Kinoko Gohan (Japanese Mushroom Rice) – Recipe

Kinoko Gohan (Japanese Mushroom Rice)

Kinoko Gohan is classic, soothing Japanese comfort food. It has strong associations as a fall dish, but the typical mushrooms used in it are mostly cultivated and therefore available year round. Of course if you have access to seasonal, wild harvested maitake or matsutake, for example, then you’ll be making something truly special.

One way to …

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Maple Pudding with Spiced Pecans – Video Recipe

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I‘m a big fan of making pudding at home. It really is only slightly more work than using the stuff from a box, and you are rewarded with a wider choice in flavors and the ability to use higher quality ingredients. This maple-flavored version is a nice change of pace, and you can make the …

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Things That Go Crunch In The Night – Making Your Food Pop, Part 4

– Chef Michel Richard, Happy in the Kitchen

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Salt
Acid
Fat
Crunch
A Telling Failure

I couldn’t agree more with Chef Richard. Properly crispy latkes, the well-browned cheese atop lasagna, a simple but crispy corn quesadilla, or good homemade breadcrumbs on a rich gratin are great favorites of mine.

And in contrast to those dry, shattering crunchy bits, there …

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