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Dessert,Desserts with Dairy,Fruit,Fruit Dessert 5 Jul 0 COMMENTS

Gluten-Free Strawberry Cupcakes

Friday I made two more cupcake recipes and one frosting recipe from Elana Amsterdam’s new book, Gluten-Free Cupcakes: 50 Irresistible Recipes Made with Almond and Coconut Flour. I tested Flourless Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes (p. 42), Strawberry Cupcakes (p. 24), and Orange Cream Cheese Frosting (p. 96). The occasion was the…

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Money Saving Tips,Product Review 2 Jul 0 COMMENTS

Cool Kitchen Tool: The Herb Keeper

How many times have you purchased or picked fresh herbs and watched them wilt, dry out, turn soggy, black, or mold before you could consume them? For years I’ve searched for the best way to extend the life of fresh herbs. Been here, done this? I tried standing them in…

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Appetizers & Dips,Breakfast,Cooked Vegetables,Eggs,Healthy Snacks,Herbs & Spices,Poultry,Vegetables 28 Jun 0 COMMENTS

The Burger’s New Friend: Parsnip Fries!

Root vegetables rarely get the attention they deserve and parsnips are no exception. They make a great alternative to French fries, seasoned with herbs or spices and roasted in the oven. I was reminded of this last night when a friend roasted a pan full of parsnip sticks, carrot sticks,…

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Appetizers & Dips,Beverage,Breakfast,New Developments,Restaurant Reviews 25 Jun 0 COMMENTS

Organic Goodness at the Phoenix Food Court

Over the past five years, the food truck trend has taken off in foot-friendly cities from Los Angles to San Francisco and from Portland to New York City. The movement has attracted mainstream and gourmet eaters, chefs, and entrepreneurs alike, including advocates of fresh, locally grown, and organic produce. By…

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Appetizers & Dips,Beverage,Breakfast,Eggs,Green Living,Vegetables 23 Jun 0 COMMENTS

How to Cook an Ostrich Egg

I love eggs, have since I was a child. Scrambled eggs, fried eggs, poached eggs, hard boiled eggs, deviled (I call them Angeled) eggs, omelets. Besides chicken eggs, I’ve tried duck, quail, goose, and emu eggs, even Chinese 1000 year eggs, which incidentally aren’t 1000 years old. What I hadn’t…

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Books,Cooked Vegetables,Vegetables 20 Jun 1 COMMENTS

Roasted Carrot Fries & Mastering Master Recipes

Roasting is one of my favorite ways to prepare vegetables. It brings out the sweetness and provides a rich taste. You’ve probably made oven fried potatoes and sweet potatoes but have you tried carrots cooked this way? Not the fake baby carrots cut by a machine to look uniformly rounded…

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Book Reviews,Books,Dessert,Fruit Dessert,Nuts & Nut Butters,Vegetables 16 Jun 3 COMMENTS

Sweet Potato Power: Smart Carbs Paleo & Personalized

Not all carbs are created equal. There are healthy carbs, unhealthy carbs, and many gradations in between. In Sweet Potato Power: Paleo and Personalized, Design Strategist Ashley Tudor makes a convincing case for consuming sweet potatoes (and what are typically labeled yams in the U.S.) on a frequent, if not…

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Books,Health Tips,Herbs & Spices 12 Jun 0 COMMENTS

Moroccan BBQ Spice Mix & Moroccan Spiced Salmon

Herbs and spices can add pizzazz to so many dishes. They also contain powerful vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that can serve as medicine. Cumin is one of my favorites. In 2015, I researched a lot about it and I wrote an entire article on this spice for Herb Companion. I’ll…

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Dessert,Health Tips,Nuts & Nut Butters 9 Jun 1 COMMENTS

Brownie Redux: Secrets for Cutting the Sugar & Keeping the Flavor

Everyone enjoys treats. Problem is that most desserts contain large amounts of sugar, something we would all do well to minimize. Even if you’re using honey, maple syrup, or coconut palm sugar, you’re still taking in sugar, just a less refined form of it. But what if you could take…

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