Unless we live in a small town, we are unlikely to know everyone that we come in contact with. We are often forced to make decisions on how to interact with a stranger without knowing anything about them, and the consequences can be devastating. Malcolm Gladwell struggles to understand the recent police shootings of African Americans,…

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MAIN DISH GRILLED TUNA WITH PINEAPPLE-ORANGE SALSA (serves 4)  Ingredients:  1 cup pineapple chunks, drained ¼ cup orange juice 1 tbsp. chopped sweet onion (e.g. Vidalia, Walla Walla) ½ cup chopped red bell pepper 24 oz. tuna steaks 2 tsp. garlic powder 2 tbsp. low-sodium teriyaki sauce  COOKING INSTRUCTIONS: Combine pineapple, orange juice, onion, and red pepper…

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Basic Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing – in general, mix 1 part vinegar with 2 or 3 parts olive oil; if it’s a strong-tasting vinegar, go more toward 1 part vinegar to 3 parts oil. Lately, I’ve been experimenting with fruit-flavored vinegars, such as apricot and lime and using them with minimal oil; but plain balsamic does…

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MAIN DISH From Washington Post – Women’s League Cyber Kitchen Ingredients: 2 Tbsp hoisin sauce2 Tbsp dark soy sauce, lo sodium1 tsp sesame oil1/4 tsp five-spice powder2 tsp honey1 clove garlic, crushed1 tsp fresh ginger, grated4 5-6 oz salmon steaks or salmon fillets, washed and dried; Directions: Preheat broiler.Place all ingredients except salmon in a…

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MAIN DISH From epicurious.comThese are DELICIOUS – especially the shallots – which are stronger anti-oxidants than other onions!Serves 12 Ingredients: 2 lbs shallots, halved or quartered4 Tbsp olive oil4 lbs butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into ¾ inch cubes4 large red bell peppers, cut into ½- thick strips2 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled and cut…

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MAIN DISH This is a delicious light barbecue option. It was my first venture into grilling fruit, and I will definitely be experimenting more with this during the summer. It’s early in the season for peaches, but even totally unripe peaches worked well and developed flavor as they cooked. The ripe mango was even better when…

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MAIN DISH TERIYAKI FLANK STEAK – adapted from The Washington PostThe key to this is the sake which makes the meat incredibly tender! Ingredients: 1/4 cup lite soy sauce1/4 cup sake or dry sherry (I prefer Haiku brand Sake)2 Tbsp brown sugar3 cloves garlic, minced2 Tbsp grated ginger root2 Tbsp peanut oil1 1/4 pounds flank steak…

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SIDE DISH From Bon Appetit; November 1994 If you’re watching calories, use decreased amounts of butter, nectar and sugar. Also, you can use this as a healthy version of dessert. Ingredients: 5 lbs red-skinned sweet potatoes (yams)4-6 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature4 large firm but ripe Bartlett pears, peeled, cored, cut into 1/3 inch-thick slices1/2…

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MAIN DISH This is a great quick marinade that is good served warm when first prepared, but even better served cold the next day. Ingredients: 1 tsp Asian sesame oil1 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce2 Tbsp maple syrup1 1/2 tsp finely grated fresh ginger1 clove garlic minced1 1/3 pounds salmon Directions: Combine the marinade ingredients.…

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KALE CHIPS: A popular and healthy party snack that goes very fast! I can eat these chips from a whole head of kale in one sitting! It is very addictive, the healthy kind of addition. Some of you might wonder what they taste like? Some of us, including me, think they taste similar to the…

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