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Yes, Soup for You! January is Soup Month

by Deana Gunn January 10, 2014

It’s been chilly (even here in San Diego) and the darker nights and cooler temps are making me think about cozier dinners.  Cold winter months are the perfect time to warm up with comforting homemade soups. Homemade doesn’t have to mean time-consuming, though. In fact, most soups are easy and a great way to use […]...

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Healthy Huevos and other Fiesta Favorites

by SusanGreeley May 4, 2012

I confess I did not know the reason for celebrating “Cinco de Mayo” until I googled it. It’s the day the Mexicans kicked some French butt and prevented us from eating Napoleons on this day. Growing up in the Midwest, I don’t remember ever celebrating “Cinco de Mayo” or even knowing what it was.  Does […]...

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Cooking in dorms and small spaces (a.k.a. Make friends, eat well, and avoid the Freshman 15!)

by Deana Gunn January 24, 2012

I always tell people that if there was a Trader Joe’s near me when I was in college, life would have been different back then! I recently had a chance to interview Zach Stafford, college cook extraordinaire, about cooking in small spaces.  Whether a dorm room, a studio, or even temporary digs in a hotel […]...

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After Thanksgiving Turkey Soup

by Wona Miniati November 25, 2011

My in-laws have a tradition of making a huge pot of turkey soup the day after Thanksgiving.  It’s a great way to use every last bit of the bird, and you’ll have enough to freeze several batches to enjoy throughout the winter months.  Our kids love Nonno’s turkey soup!...

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Chill-Out Chili (and Gluten-Free Tips) from Blogger Denise Mack

by Deana Gunn June 29, 2011

It seems that more and more people are going gluten-free these days – either discovering a gluten allergy or intolerance, or just finding that being gluten-free simply suits them better.  Meet Denise Mack, wedding photojournalist, mommy blogger, and avid gluten-free cook.  Denise went gluten-free after years of struggling with digestive issues and extreme fatigue. After […]...

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10 Sources of Calcium That Will Surprise You

by Deana Gunn January 14, 2011

Does the food in this photo look like a good source of calcium?  Well, there’s no milk, no cheese, no dollop of yogurt… but, as many are becoming more aware,  dairy is not the beginning and end of the world of calcium.  The California Caviar pictured here contains a few good non-dairy sources of calcium […]...

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Quinoa Mulligatawny: Vegetarian Curried Soup

by Deana Gunn July 23, 2010

Do you remember Seinfeld’s Soup Nazi?  “No soup for you!”  The first time I heard of mulligatawny was on the “Soup Nazi” episode, as Kramer’s favorite soup. No wonder people were willing to wait in line for this fantastic soup of vegetables, sweet apples, mild curry, and creamy yogurt.  I make a lightning-fast version using […]...

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White Lightning Chili

by Deana Gunn April 28, 2010

White chili is a delicious alternative to traditional tomato-based versions.  This sweet and spicy white chili gets its flavor and kick from Trader Joe’s well-known and loved Corn and Chile Tomato-less Salsa.  To thicken this chili, I added quinoa, which is a great way to add body to any soup, chili, or stew.  The quinoa […]...

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