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Lentils Made Easy in the Microwave

(7) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 2:18 PM

I grew up in a household where lentils were commonplace. They sat in our cupboard right next to the peanut butter and corn flakes. I learned that they are versatile, high in protein, and very economical. With all they have going for them, I am bewildered that lentils have yet...

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Garbanzo Gets the Gold in the Food Olympics

(11) Comments | Posted July 24, 2012 | 9:28 AM

You wouldn't call me a sports fan by any stretch, but even I get into the Olympics. It isn't just any competition, after all. It is the rare international event where intense patriotism and starched uniforms signal the start of an inspiring spectacle -- not an aspiring hegemony. In the...

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Guilt-Free "Chicken" From an Indian Kitchen

(6) Comments | Posted April 10, 2012 | 1:11 PM

Maybe it's all those images of fluffy baby chicks at Easter, or the renewed concerns about what chemicals might be in our factory-farmed poultry, but lately I've had more friends and family asking for my meatless "chicken" curry recipes. I guess the thought of removing that raw, goosebump-laden...

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Palak Paneer Gets Chopped: An Indian-Infused Salad

(11) Comments | Posted November 19, 2010 | 5:21 PM

Mushy. Unfortunately, that is the word that many people would use to describe the consistency of Indian food. Of course, Indian food could also be described as exotic, spicy, and aromatic. But the soupy texture that is prevalent in many of India's curries, kormas, and lentil dishes can sometimes give...

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Meat Week

(20) Comments | Posted April 1, 2009 | 11:42 AM

I'm not a pushy person. But when I tell you that I've been a vegetarian for fifteen years and that my husband Mike -- a lifelong carnivore before meeting me -- is now a vegetarian who salivates whenever we walk by a Wendy's, might get the wrong idea.

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