Drizzle the First Summer Tomatoes with a Chia Ponzu Dressing

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While most people eat chia seeds for their high nutritional value, I love using them for their culinary benefits. For example, they’re a great way to thicken things like chocolate pudding without cooking it. They’re also a quick way to add texture to foods, like this strawberry parfait.

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Take a Vacation with Greek Pasta Salad

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Are you traveling anywhere cool this summer? I don’t have any summer trip plans coming up but I really have dreams about the Amalfi coast. Oh and Greece. When I take breaks during the day, I’ll often times jump on Instagram and just stare at photos of Santorini. I love the colors: blue and white. I also love the green and blue ocean and steep cliffside views.

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Get Your Vitamin D from Maitake Steak with Yogurt Sauce

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This week’s episode of Food — Delicious Science covers how food literally builds our bodies. It’s a topic that brings new meaning to Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin’s famous quote “Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.”

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Woodsy Mushrooms over Fluffy Whipped Ricotta

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I’m so excited to share this recipe with you because it’s all about my favorite subject: snacking WITH a dose of PBS’s new show, Food – Delicious Science. Have you been tuning in? I’m so into this show because it combines my two favorite things to talk about: nerdy food knowledge and, well, food. The last episode in this season is all about BODY and how certain foods affect are bodies. My favorite bit was about how mushrooms can be a large source of Vitamin D. Two factors play into whether mushrooms are in fact packed with Vitamin D: how they’re prepared and if they were exposed to sunlight. I think that part is particularly fascinating since our own bodies create Vitamin D in the sunlight so the fact that we could simply put mushrooms in the sun and that vitamin can transfer to us during consumption is really REALLY cool.

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A Burst of Flavor, Tomato Avocado Chicken

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This week’s Food Delicious Science is all about taste, so I thought it would be fitting to show you guys a dish that takes full advantage of the 5 types of taste receptors on our tongue: umami, sweet, sour, bitter and salt.

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Healthy, Clean-Eating Asparagus Spinach Salad

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I’m not a huge summer person so the fact that it’s nearly a month away makes me kinda huff and puff. I don’t like sweating and I actually love wearing sweaters and sweatshirts much better than shorts and t-shirts. But I do love salads. And that is really my favorite part of the spring and summer—so many delicious things to make salads with!

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Crave-Worthy Chocolate Rice Pudding

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One of the reasons why I’m so passionate about food is because it’s an amalgamation of art and science. While cooking is traditionally viewed as a creative pursuit, understanding the science behind food and cooking helps unlock new avenues of creativity while being able to effortlessly maintain a nutritionally balanced diet.

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Please Mom on Mother’s Day with this Spring Frittata

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This weekend is Mother’s Day! YAY! I love making big-batch brunch items that are super easy and can easily serve a crowd. We usually make a whole lot of stuff and a frittata is always on the list because it’s a crowd-pleaser and comes together within minutes.

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