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Laurie Featured in Fairweather Magazine


Laurie is featured in the Summer 2014 edition of Fairweather magazine.

Check out the digital edition of the magazine here, and look for Laurie starting on page 38.

“Cooke or Be Cooked” at Fairweather Magazine.

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Fish Choices for Kids


A lot of kids (and parents too) don’t like to eat fish that tastes too “fishy.” First of all, the fresher the fish the less fishy it will taste, so that means that sometimes you are better off buying fish that was flash frozen on the ship and defrosting it yourself (not the kind your supermarket defrosted for you, you never know how long ago that was, so request it still frozen.)

The rule of thumb is white fish = mild taste. Black cod, mahi mahi, white fish, tilapia, flounder (Pacific sole, California halibut), sand dabs, snapper. Unfortunately everyone likes these fish, sometimes to the detriment of the fish population, so check in with the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program (click here for their recommendations) to make sure your choices are good ones.

Once your children are ready to try salmon, do try our “Soy Good Salmon”. It is sweet and savory, easy and so good. My favorite way to turn non fish eaters into happy fish eaters.

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Chickpea Cakes


Chickpea cakes are a great Meatless Monday or any old day dinner. Follow the recipe once so you get the gist of it, then make them yours by adding your favorite spices, leftover chopped vegetables or even another kind of bean. It’s kinda exciting all the possibilities that are out there!…

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Pantry Suggestions


Here are a few suggestions for items to keep on hand in your pantry:

* With eggs, butter, a good Parmesan cheese and a bunch of lettuce you are never more than 15 minutes away from an omelet dinner… so French!

* With boxes of pasta, broccoli, garlic and lemons, you can whip up a pasta dish in a flash.

* Tomato sauce, and a few jars of whole tomatoes are always good to have on hand, as are a few cans of beans in any color with which you can make a quick bean soup or stew in no time.

*Onions and potatoes last so long in the fridge, as does a bunch of kale.

* A good extra virgin olive oil for drizzling on salads, and a simple olive oil for cooking with.

* A nice vinegar for vinaigrettes.

* Peanut butter for a quick snack with apples.

* Honey to sweeten your life everyday, and perhaps a small bar of good chocolate.

*Quinoa and brown rice, couscous, grits or polenta.

* A few cans of tuna; a frozen turkey sausage.

* Salt and pepper belong together, cumin and vanilla, cayenne and cinnamon too.

These are just a few suggestions. The sugar you borrow from the neighbors.

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