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Healthy Breakfast: Black Rice Porridge

I always feel like eating a nutritious breakfast sets me down the right road for making smart food choices throughout the day. We have a few staples …

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Grilled Avocado with Cherry Tomatoes and Herbs

• 4 avocados, halved, cut sides brushed with oil<br>• 4 small lemons, halved horizontally, cut sides lightly oiled<br>• 2 handfuls chopped fresh herbs, like parsley, thyme, chives, basil...whatever you like, and the more the merrier<br>• good-quality olive oil<br>• coarse salt<br>• 2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted<br>• 1 pint cherry …

Recipes

This Sweet Potato Salad = The Perfect Weight-Loss Lunch

Ingredients<p>4 large sweet potatoes<br>• 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided<br>• Salt and freshly ground black pepper<br>• 1/4 cup red-wine vinegar<br>• 1 medium red bell …

Roast potatoes, onions, fennel and bay leaves

So many things in recipes are optional. But if you live in Southern California, and you lack that bay leaf for a soup, stew or roast, it's almost criminal to cook without it.<p>This is the one place in North America with a Mediterranean climate. As such, we have fresh bay leaves attached to actual bay …

Kale and wild rice salad with raisins and walnuts

I knew dried fruit had an image problem, but I had no idea how bad it had gotten.<p>Sure, I can kind of understand how prunes, er, "dried plums," might have an issue — let's face it, any time your marketing solution involves changing your product's name entirely, well, things are tough.<p>But the other …

Napa Valley

Lentils with kale and butternut squash

As culinary fashion continues to wind inexorably lower on the luxury scale -- from tournedos to beef cheeks, from foie gras to pork belly -- it was probably inevitable that we would eventually come to lentils.<p>Representing the lowest and plainest possible food denominator since biblical times, when …

Food

Black-eyed pea salad

0 (0)<p>"Yolele! Recipes From the Heart of Senegal," the recently published debut cookbook from Brooklyn chef and restaurateur Pierre Thiam, is a vibrant and compelling collection, and a terrific introduction to a less familiar cuisine. Beautifully shot by Adam Bartos, Thiam's ... Read more<p>Total time: …

13 Tips For A Tempting Cake Table

Serving multiple cakes at your reception is a surefire way to satisfy the sweet tooth of each and every guest (plus the spreads are just so pretty!). …