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My grandson, James, an innovative epicure, often cooks our breakfast. This morning he made us a spicy spinach and cheese omelet that fueled us well and quite deliciously with plenty of protein.

You can still be a frugal cook, even when you splurge on something as expensive as scallops. Frugality is not the same as miserliness. It means not wasting a thing, and making the most of what you have.

Don’t let the dairy promoters fool you: Calcium does not make strong bones. It provides mass, but magnesium is what you want for bones that don’t break easily. But, experts say, our diets are notoriously short on magnesium.

My rice cooker works best when I cook at least a cupful of raw rice at a time. It produces more than can be consumed at one meal. It’s good, though, to have some cooked rice on hand. Some ways to use it:

As the weather cools, we seem to get energized. We involve ourselves in new activities. One way we save our personal time for these is to cook once to eat twice.

You could make a package of ground lean beef or bison into meat loaf, but then you’d have to heat up the oven. and the weather is seldom cool enough for that yet.

Why am I avoiding genetically modified foods, foods created by Monsanto to be able to tolerate huge amounts of insecticides, like Round-Up which Monsanto also sells? Read that sentence again and think about it .

Any trip to the grocery store causes sticker-shock. Prices go up, but my income doesn’t. Frugality is the only way to survive. I means not wasting anything. Here’s where we can profit from my childhood during the Great Depression years.  Our motto was, “Use it up or wear it out; make it do or do without.”

In hot countries, hot dishes and spicy foods help people sweat, and thus cool off. Here, we rather like cold soups. Today, I give you a Chinese soup that’s served hot or tepid. My daughter Suzanna Leigh, whose inspirational motif is the dragon, gave me the name for it.

Come Friday, Independence Day, grills will be fired up all over the Island, and beyond. Before you even put the charcoal and/or mesquite wood into the grill, make sure the cooking surface of yours is totally clean.

Diabetes and pre-diabetes seem to have become epidemic. Some estimates of their prevalence in the population run as high as 30%. This is not okay, and not necessary.

Homegrown vegetables and fruits yield more nutrients than even the organic vegetables from the grocery store. Each year I promise myself I’ll expand my patio potted vegetable garden, but so far all I’ve been able to grow are the herbs marjoram, oregano, rosemary, peppermint and spearmint, and a lone potato.

There’s apparently a plague of diabetes and pre-diabetes in this country.
One of the doctors I most listen to says the only way to defeat it is to absolutely avoid all the sugar possible.

Researchers investigating nutritional values foods came up with a list of the 100 best. Walnuts were nearly at the top of the list, beaten out by only flax seeds as a source of omega-3 fats.
 

Do you always buy organic produce to avoid toxic pesticides? Or has the always-rising price of food driven you to ignore those more expensive fruits and vegetables?

Antioxidants stop free radicals from trashing your immune system. They help you stay younger longer, and free of inflammation, infection, heart disease, and cancer.

Vegetables from the sea bring you 97 different vitamins, minerals, enzymes and probably nutritional elements our food scientists haven’t discovered yet.
 

If Voltaire’s characters Candide and Professor Pangloss had been a dinner guests at my house this week, the professor would have recommended the recipe I give you in today’s column

The  convictions that all fats are bad and that we should throw out egg yolks seems to have run their course. Now we’re learning that some saturated fats are actually necessary.

Nothing says, “I love you,” like something chocolate. It tastes good. Eating it makes you feel good. Chocolate may even lengthen your lifespan to its full allotment. For sure, it will enhance your and your true love’s joy in the living of it.

The temptation on chilly days is to cook everything and serve it piping hot. There’s satisfaction, though, in contrasts in a meal.

Even in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, latitude  1 degree 30 minutes north of the equator, there are days when the sun is at it’s farthest sout

Some of us were still holding packets of diced or shredded Thanksgiving turkey meat when the remains of a Christmas bird demanded attention. If that’s what’s taking up a lot of space in your freezer

Do you have a hard time turning off your mind and getting to sleep during this busy, exciting pre-Christmas season? Or fall asleep okay, but wake up around after four or five hours and find promptly going back to sleep impossible?