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November 18, 2011

Low-Sodium Thanksgiving Turkey

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And turkey day is quickly approaching. But before you grab your bird for next Thursday, give a gander to these low-sodium tips on how to keep your meat light, dark, juicy, and low-sodium. A WORD ON THE BIRD Like chicken, Thanksgiving turkeys tend to come majorly pre-plumped with sodium and many are brined as well. Yikers. If this is new news to you, it probably just took the wind out of your Mayflower sails. But it doesn’t mean you can’t carve up a beautiful bird this Thanksgiving. And there are actually a lot […]

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September 29, 2011

Cookbook Swap – Eat Good Food

Eat good food. Makes sense, right? But what  seems like a simple commandment (much easier than “eat without your hands”), turns out to be advice that, until recently, wasn’t readily followed. Sure, people have always eaten food that tasted good. We’re wired to do that. But that’s something entirely different. Grammatically and in practice. That’s enjoying a box of powdered doughnuts after eating a burger animal style at In N’ Out, which high school me is totally guilty of. That’s guzzling down a slushie on a really hot day. Or going through a bag of buttered popcorn before the movie actually […]

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August 29, 2011

You’ve Been Kohlrabi’d

If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. And if you aren’t talking, you might as well be eating. So here’s some kohlrabi. It’s weird looking. And I mean that in a super complimentary way. Because most of the time, when you encounter a strange looking fruit, vegetable, or person, they tend to really light up your pantry. And life. I’ve seen kohlrabi before, but never really dared try it. And last week, two bulbs ended up in my farmers market basket. Which is why this week, we’re going on a kohlrabi adventure. Buckle up. And as […]

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June 29, 2011

How to Float

It’s finally summer. Really. I swear. The sun has been shining for at least a few days in a row and I even got burned (burned I tell you!) just by sitting outside for more than an hour. And I didn’t mind one bit. Cause summer is finally here. Which brings up thoughts of pools and floaties and root beer floats. Which suddenly reminded me of an old friend: Hanson’s Natural Soda. Now I can’t believe it has taken me this long to write about Hanson’s, which has been making sodium-free pop since long before low-sodium food was hip. I […]

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June 24, 2011

Meet Padrón

Today we are voyaging to Spain. Actually, a small coastal town on the north western tip of the country called Padrón. This town is famous for two things: first, and most obviously, the medieval poet named “Macias the Lover” (which I know was on the tip of your tongue). And secondly, the Padrón pepper (which, if you haven’t had yet, should be on the tip of your tongue). Now this is no ordinary pepper, just like Macias is no ordinary poet. Or lover. This pepper is small, green, and related to all the other capsicum family members (like jalapeno and habanero). […]

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May 23, 2011

Bunny Bars

Hey. Congratulations. We all totally survived that whole “end of days” thing. What a load of hype. There wasn’t a single meteor, no invasion by aliens, and hardly a tremor. I think the rattling I felt was just a combination of the wind and the Muni passing by. Sometimes I do think it’s an earthquake. Don’t judge. The supposed Rapture sure didn’t. So, yeah, that whole apocalypse thing not happening was kind of a relief. Although we took full advantage of the buzz and hosted a party to celebrate. The theme: your last meal on earth. I made low sodium meatball […]

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April 13, 2011

Low Sodium Questions and Answers

Today we are going to take a slight departure from our normal Wednesdays and I’m going to tell you about all the things I love. I love the rain. I like the sound of it. I like the way the air smells after it. I particularly like it when I am not wearing shoes. I don’t necessarily love the rain – achem – when it comes in April. April is supposed to be about flowers, spring cleaning, and candy. Which I love to eat after dinner and for breakfast. But I like the rain – ok, I’ll say I love […]

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April 8, 2011

Sushi Picks

No sodium. Lots of flavor. Thanks to Ginger People, homemade, salt-free sushi just got a whole lot sexier. Chow on.

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April 4, 2011

Short Story on Shrimp

There are a few things we just inherently trust: parents (excluding years 13 to 22) the pythagorean theorem weather predications made by groundhogs and when it comes to low sodium cooking, nutrition labels To live a successful (and almost effortless) low sodium lifestyle, one has to be educated. You’ve got to know your stuff. By reading blogs and books and searching the internet,  you will be able to confidently approximate how much sodium is in that piece of celery, that muffin, or that plate of pasta on the menu. Which will enable you to make smart eating decisions quickly, without […]

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April 1, 2011

Serious Spice

Readers, meet Furikake. Furikake is a magnificent Japanese seasoning made of sesame seeds, bonito flakes (dried fish), nori, and that enigmatic fifth flavor, umami. And guess what? While most Furikake mixes contain MSG, you can find no-salt, no MSG versions at your favorite Asian market. With just a few shakes, you can infuse dishes with exotic Eastern flavors. And your new friend, salt-free Furikake, can be used to spice up pickling blends; home-made sushi; or as a decorative and delicious topping for a simple rice bowl. Furikake can even help you more accurately recreate low sodium versions of traditional Japanese […]

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