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Greens by the book — and by the video

(article, Kim Carlson)

Ever feel frustrated with the oh-so-perfect set-ups in most cooking shows? The studio kitchens, the perfect clothes, the prepped ingredients in their glistening bowls?

Here's a cooking show that tells it like it is:

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Cookus Interruptus is half Food Network, half "The Carol Burnett Show." Like a good mom, cooking instructor and author Cynthia Lair wants you to eat your leafy greens. In the third edition of her book, Feeding the Whole Family, Lair advocates for quick boiled greens:

bq.Assertive hearty greens can be bitter and tough. They need heat and water to become tame and sweet. Vitamin A, vitamin C, folic acid, calcium, iron, and even protein are a part of most dark, leafy greens. These powerful vegetables should be a daily part of the diet, especially for nursing mothers.

Which makes perfect sense; let's all cook greens. But wait . . . what happens when, in the middle of boiling your greens, you hear your car has rolled down the hill? What if the police are at the door? Tune in to see how Cynthia handles such pesky problems. (And also how neatly she slices her perfectly boiled greens.)