Eat Your Greens! Swiss Chard

 

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We all know that leafy greens are powerful storehouse of nutrition, packed to the rafters with vitamins and minerals and loaded with antioxidants, all the while managing to be cholesterol and fat free. Spinach and kale are both old and new-school darlings in the leafy green pantheon, and right up there with them is Swiss Chard, one of our favourite and most versatile of all greens.

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Saint Patrick’s Day Stew

 

 

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Okay it’s just Irish stew, but it’s Saint Patrick’s day, so today it’s Saint Patrick’s Day Stew! It’s still chilly out there these days, so what could be more warming or welcoming than a big bowl of that iconic one-pot meal to gird your loins in anticipation of the Irish festivities tonight? Continue »



The Extraordinary Cassava

 

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A new Cuban restaurant opened in my hood last month, and, hankering for a Cuban sandwich the other day I finally checked it out. As it turned out I ended up ordering the chicken, served with a tangy and garlicky bright green mojo sauce, and, bonus, a side of crispy and delicious yuca frita, yuca fries. Yuca fries are more common then French Fries in much of Latin America and Cuba, and not something you see everywhere here, so I am always excited to get them when I can. Continue »



From Icebox to Soup bowl in an Hour

 

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March, with its seasonal identity disorder-am I winter or spring?- is prime time for a cold or flu. You can wake up one morning feeling groovy and by the end of the day you are in the throes of the dreaded common cold, or worse. One’s appetite is often diminished to a large degree, so we intrinsically know that we should eat extra healthy in that small window of opportunity. And for many of us that means good old chicken soup. Continue »



An Evening of Sustainable Dim Sum

 

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I love dim sum. Whenever friends suggest going out for Saturday or Sunday brunch, I nudge the conversation in the direction of the nearest dim sum joint.  The beauty of dim sum is the immediate service; no matter how busy it is, as soon as you sit down you are served tea, and in a matter of moments, polite and cheerful (but no-nonsense) ladies are rolling carts to your table containing all manner of delectable edibles, often preceded by or trailing enticing aromatic wafts of steam. There is no interminable wait for harried servers- murder in their eyes- your order never gets lost or forgotten, no rubbery bacon or burnt toast or cold, runny eggs. What you see is what you get.

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