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Jennifer Brown's Blog

December 21, 2009 - 11:09am

On Christmas Eve, one of my 5-year-old daughter Parker’s favorite things to do is put together a beautiful plate of cookies for Santa, complete with carrots for the reindeer and a glass of milk. A few days before Christmas, we spend an afternoon in the kitchen together baking delicious holiday cookies to give to friends, neighbors and the man in red. And even though my toddler son, Orson, is too young to really help out — unless he tastes what we’re making — he loves to be picked up so that he can see what’s cooking.

Here are the holiday cookie recipes we baked for...

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July 17, 2009 - 4:36am

For years I’ve been eating the Mediterranean way, packing my diet with plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits, “good” oils like olive oil, whole grains, nuts and fish. In May I got to eat this way in an actual Mediterranean country—Tunisia!

I enjoyed the delicious local cuisine, which includes couscous, lamb, grilled seafood and lots of fresh veggies. Many of the dishes are prepared with olive oil— a staple in Mediterranean cooking. On my travels I learned about the process of turning olives into olive oil and sampled several different oils. They were light and pungent, and I bought a can of my favorite olive oil to enjoy when I got home. I’ve used it in some of these...

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