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Dessert,Desserts with Dairy,Fruit,Fruit Dessert 14 Aug 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 11 Aug 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 8 Aug 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 4 Aug 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 2 Aug 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 31 Jul 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 27 Jul 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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Frozen Desserts,Green Living,Health Tips 25 Jul 3 COMMENTS

Safe Storage Containers for Frozen Desserts

Commonly used plastic food and beverage containers can undermine your health by leaching toxic chemicals into the foods and beverages you consume. This can contribute to endocrine disorders, birth defects, and cancer. While we can’t eliminate all risks, we can certainly reduce our exposure to these harmful chemicals by being…

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Books,Health Tips,Herbs & Spices 22 Jul 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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