My Monday Menu Plan: Pumpkin (already!)

Pumpkin

Pumpkin Pumpkins are in season now, guess summer is over. Well, except not here, where we did not really have a summer. Tomatoes are just ripening, chilis are looking good, eggplants are almost ready, and I think I have a cucumber or two on the vine. But a Baby Bear Pumpkin did arrive in our

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Clean Food Diet, Day Seven: Clean around the house

Salad with garden fresh tomatoes

Once I started focusing on eating clean, being clean around the house started to gain importance. No, don’t panic, I didn’t get all Martha Stewart on you and start cleaning every nook and cranny. Although that is a good idea. Especially at my house. No, instead I started incorporating some of the other ideals of

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Clean Food Diet, Day Six: Now, let’s talk about fat

Thai Cooking Class dinner

On Thursday, we talked about sugar. Let’s spend some time talking about fat, the other big gotcha in processed food. Well, that and salt. But talking about salt in canned foods makes my head spin. Have you seen how much sodium is in a can of black beans or tomato paste? Staggering. Back to fat

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Best Ever Chilaquiles (recipe)

Chilaquiles Casserole

Chilaquiles, a traditional Mexican hangover cure, is a truly flexible dish easy to throw together for an impromptu brunch or dinner after a busy day. This recipe originally was clipped out of the San Francisco Chronicle in 2003, and every time I find a fresh bunch of chard in my Two Small Farms vegetable box,

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Clean Food Diet, Day Five: Clean Kitchen Tools

Surprise! It's Yogurt, Fruit and Flax Meal!

Jennifer sent me a question about clean cookware, to replace her non-stick saucepans. Without claiming to be an expert, nor even a super knowledgeable enthusiast, I responded to her question with these suggestions. Anodized aluminum cookware has many of the features of non stick models, with a very nice, scratch resistant surface. We have an

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Clean Food Diet, Day Four: Let’s Talk about Sugar

Clean Breakfast, Day Four

High fructose corn syrup. That is really the sugar I am talking about. Oh sure, there is white sugar, which is refined, and brown sugar, and honey and maple syrup, but the one sweetener getting the most attention these days is High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). The Mayo Clinic has a nice piece on the

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Clean Food Diet, Day Three: Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen

Corn tortillas, taco meat with Morris Grass Fed Beef and taco spice from Penzey's, tomatoes, lettuce, avocados, cheese

In California, eating organic and local is almost a birthright. Especially in the San Francisco Bay Area, which seems to be surrounded on all sides by farmers and ranchers eager to share their organic and locally grown produce and meats with interested consumers. Even though we subscribe to a Community Supported Agriculture for both vegetables

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Clean Food Diet, Day Two: What is processed food?

Potato pancakes, with copious amounts of butter

After posting yesterday’s food diary, I got to thinking about processed foods. Much about clean eating involves avoiding processed foods, but what is processed and what is not, is not very clear. Isn’t the jar of tomatoes I canned last summer just as processed as a can from the grocery store? And what about the

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