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Sweet, cool summer soup beats the heat

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On some of summer's hottest days, dessert can run the risk of turning what should be a meal's crowning glory into the last straw. When the weather feels oppressive, who needs something overly filling as the final course?

Most of the time, we turn to the freezer for warm-weather desserts. Ice creams, sorbets and other frozen treats are proven ...Read more

Lighten up grilled meats for summer

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Meat eaters face a special dilemma in summer. It's prime time for grilling, and for them the epitome of food cooked quickly over an open fire usually means a great steak, beautifully patterned and flavored with char marks and dripping with delicious juices.

But more and more, we're all being told to moderate our consumption of red meat for the ...Read more

Thai flavors infuse steamed fish fillets

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We're closing in on the so-called dog days of summer: the hottest, most humid time of the year. (The term comes from the prominence in the sky of Sirius, the "Dog Star." But I think it's just as apt to think it describes days so hot even the most active dogs lie panting in the shade.)

One thing is for certain during the dog days: Many people ...Read more

An easy, elegant summertime dessert

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Mention summertime desserts, and the first thing people usually think of is ice cream. You'd have to travel far and wide to find anyone who doesn't love a scoop or two of their favorite vanilla, chocolate, mint chip or cookies-and-cream, sitting on top of a cone or maybe in a dish topped with hot fudge and whipped cream.

Good ice cream is more ...Read more

Make steaks memorable this Fourth of July

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The Fourth of July is, to me, the biggest grilling day of the year. At no other time, I imagine, do more people gather around the barbecue to enjoy their favorite open-air foods, whether burgers or hot dogs, chicken or steaks, slow-smoked ribs or other barbecued meats, lean seafood, or beautifully charred vegetables.

And with the...Read more

Enjoy your independence from high-fat ice creams

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When it comes to Fourth of July cookouts, I've always found that dessert is the course offering the best opportunity to prepare something patriotic.

Yes, hot dogs and hamburgers are as all-American as you can get when it comes to main dishes. So are ribs, pulled pork and chicken slathered in barbecue sauce. Of course, so many ...Read more

Help Dad eat his (grilled) vegetables on Father's Day

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Few things in this world today are predictable. It's still likely, though, that this coming Sunday, being Father's Day as well as the first day of summer, will find many dads manning (that's an appropriate choice of words!) the backyard grill, or being hosted at the homes of grown children who have fired up the barbecue. And ...Read more

You can enjoy your cherry cobbler and diet, too!

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I cannot tell a lie: I love cherry season! And even though the old story about young George Washington chopping down a tree may be more myth than fact, there is no way I personally could deny that - if a ladder weren't available - I might be tempted to use a hatchet to get to the sweetest, sun-ripened fruit.

Cherries are among of my favorite ...Read more

Easy fried rice for a quick summer supper

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It seems to me like we've all been programmed to believe that, at this time of year, "the livin' is easy," in the words of the great Gershwin song "Summertime." Unfortunately, for busy families that can prove far from true.

Sure, two-career couples may take some time for summer vacation; but that doesn't make the pace of work any more leisurely...Read more

Turn your hinged grill into a panini press

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One of the most popular kitchen countertop appliances in recent years has been the electric hinged grill, also known as a contact grill. (Many people still fondly refer to it using the name of a widely known boxing champion who helped make these devices famous.) I have my own special version of the appliance, which always excites viewers ...Read more

Visit the Mediterranean without leaving your backyard

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The long, cold winter so many people experienced is beginning to recede into memory. And it's likely to be almost forgotten when the Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial beginning of grilling season and the start of summer vacation -- even though actual summer is still almost a month away.

One of the things many enthusiastic...Read more

A taste of summer: old-fashioned chocolate pudding

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In many parts of the country, we're just a few weeks away from school letting out for summer. The season itself less than six weeks away, and we're only a week and a half from Memorial Day weekend, which many people consider the unofficial start of summer. So it's not surprising that many parents (as well as people who may have no...Read more

Celebrate Mom with a healthy brunch

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My mother and grandmother were two of the most important influences in my life. Both of these strong, loving women always believed in me, and they were the first people who taught me how to cook.

Although they are gone now, I still think of them every day. Each Mother's Day, I make sure to pause and remember them. Of course, I ...Read more

Enjoy lighter fare for Cinco de Mayo

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I've always enjoyed how people in the United States have informally adopted Cinco de Mayo, a holiday marking an important battle during Mexico's quest for independence from France on May 5, 1862. In fact, since the very next year after that momentous victory, Californians -- who themselves were under Spanish and then Mexican rule ...Read more

Opt for sustainable, healthy beans in honor of Earth Day

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So much of my cooking revolves around the seasons and the fresh vegetables and fruits my team and I find at farmers' markets. We frequent so many of them, from those practically in my backyard, like the renowned Santa Monica Farmers' Market, to the stand on the northern San Diego County family farm run by three generations of the Chinos, who ...Read more

Eggplant is an ideal vegetable to bridge the seasons

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You hear a lot of talk from chefs, restaurant chains, food writers and food stores these days about the importance of cooking and serving fresh, seasonal ingredients. But walk through most supermarkets and you might think that there's only one perpetual season. Thanks to modern shipping and advanced agricultural techniques, you can find almost ...Read more

Freshen up lunch with a lively salad

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I'm interested to see how the number of lunchtime salads that guests in my restaurants order always increases as the weather warms up in spring. The reason partly comes from the fact that fresh salad leaves and other vegetables increase in abundance at farmers' markets. Also, our appetites start to lean toward lighter, fresher-tasting dishes ...Read more

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