Category archives for: Kitchen Shrink

There are many edible ‘sunscreens’ to beat the burn


A century ago in America tanned skin was taboo, a gauche mark of an outdoor laborer. Today’s golden glow, now a symbol of prosperity and leisure, is a sure fire cause of premature aging, football-leather complexions and skin cancer.

Sustainable soul mates gather to eat drink and be berry


Last week’s “A Berry Good Night,” the third annual farm-to-table extravaganza in La Jolla, was like Cirque du Soleil meets Top Chef at the organic farmers market along the sweeping Pacific.

Dr. Andrew Weil breaks into San Diego’s restaurant biz


Integrative Medicine Man, bushy-bearded best-selling author and rock star of healthy lifestyles, Dr. Andrew Weil collaborated with innovative eatery empire Fox Restaurant Concepts to create True Food Kitchen in San Diego.

And they’re off! Track-inspired desserts show around town

Nectarine and Raspberry Cobbler

Racing fever is in the air (or mare, pardon my pun) with Opening Day at the Del Mar Racetrack just around the bend. The six-week meet that begins on July 18 brings traditional and inspirational racing fare throughout the town.

It’s time to go wild for National Blueberry Month

Blueberry Meyer Lemon Streusel Muffins

July brings bumper crops of plump, juicy indigo berries to farmers markets and u-pick fields throughout the land. Get the most from these precious purple gems while they are fresh and seasonal in July, aka National Blueberry Month.

What real men should eat — for Dad’s Day and always

Bongo Banana Nut Topping

A typical guy is in culinary bliss with one mitt clutching a Doritos Fritos burrito and the other one holding a bottle or can of something that has the capacity to make him belch. (And if he had a third hand, a remote control would be welded to it).

Kitchen Shrink: Giada’s Crispy Breakfast Pita

Recently, Giada De Laurentiis, while on tour for her sixth cookbook, “Weeknights with Giada: Quick and Simple Recipes to Revamp Dinner,” made several appearances in San Diego. If Julia Child had risen from the dead to sign her culinary Bible, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” the line would not have been as long as it was for this petite Food Network powerhouse.

Kits make it easy to become a self-sustainable foodie

These days, intrepid amateur farmers enjoy everything from freshly laid eggs from their backyard coops and freshly picked herbs, fruits and veggies from their eclectic water-conserving landscapes to homemade dairy products and vino. Now you can become a do-it-yourselfer in the kitchen and garden this spring, too, with these kits.

Please pay attention to these foods that will boost alertness

Sleep deprivation, stress and poor diet are the perfect storm for these mishaps. Eating a magical combination of foods has been linked to better energy, alertness and even focus and concentration — especially for students as final exams hover.

Wild for mushrooms? Learn more about your favorite fungi


Marvelous mushrooms — 40,000 species in all — were once feared by the ancients as a poisonous foe. Many Roman emperors allegedly were victims of death by mushrooms, including Tiberius and Claudius, along with Pope Clement VII, Alexander I of Russia and Abe Lincoln’s mom, Nancy Hanks, who succumbed after drinking tainted milk from the family dairy cow who ruminated toxic mushrooms.



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