Food television has always been something of the visual equivalent of comfort food for me. I like getting a peek into other people’s kitchens — whether they are cheerful Food Network sets or real home interiors. I like the variety of programming available, from your standard stand-and-stir to more recent competition television like “Fridge Wars.” I love being introduced to food combinations that never would have occurred to me on my own. 

And, when I’m not feeling particularly excited to spend time in my own kitchen, I have a selection of food TV that helps cut through the dread (and

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Few things bring me more delight than spending a warm Saturday morning lugging around an oversized tote at my local farmers market, scanning the rows of fresh produce, and looking for the ripest, most promising pieces of fruits and vegetables. I haul home the produce with the most potential—for my cooking but also for my skin.

Bright and juicy lemons will be zested into creamy pasta al Limone; but the discarded pulpy rinds will be boiled on the stove, filling my house with a rich citrusy aroma. I’ll add mint to the leftover water to use as a toner

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