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Category Archive for 'Kitchen Setup and Basic Req's'

Have you ever tried to de-clutter your kitchen, and had problems deciding what to throw away? Or have you moved to a new place, only to wonder where you should start in rebuilding your cooking haven? Here is my own personal list of my top 5 “things I must have.” I have cultivated this list […]

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We’ve all had a fancy schmancy meal that would have been impossible without a food processor. Or even just a milkshake or fruit shake from a blender. So many of our foods are processed by machines; in fact, most TV shows that promote “fast and easy cooking” tout machines as the best way to save […]

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Produce: As Sweets

Produce as dessert can be as tricky as it is temporal. There are plenty of vegetables we consider fruits, fruits we consider vegetables, “accessory fruits” that don’t really fit into either category, and, of course, other parts of the plant that we may or may not desire as dessert. Presenting produce as dessert can be […]

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Produce, generally

Whether you buy local and organic or conventional produce, the fact remains that some fruits just don’t last quite as long as others. After all, they are plants that have been recently cut and transported for consumption. A general rule of thumb is 5-7 days, refrigerated. Obviously, some can last a bit longer, and some […]

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Potatoes and other root vegetables or tubers, such as sweet potato, yam, yuca, taro, ginger, onions, carrots, radishes, beetroots, shallots, tigernuts, and turnips.  Celeriac is a less starchy alternative. This group of foods often serves the same purpose as grains and grain products.  Almost everyone has heard of the role of the potato in saving […]

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For thousands of years, humans have created different kinds of diets, many of them largely based on grains and cereals.  Wild grains, and later cultivated grains, supplied necessary carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, and even some proteins.  Grains have been ground crudely to eat as gruel, blended directly with meat, put in salads, and ground as […]

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A large part of how we view food supply  is based on where we live.  For instance, when I lived in Costa Rica, it was easy enough to get fresh roasted coffee beans from an organic farm that grows its coffee in the shade.  When I went to the beach for a weekend, it was […]

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A lot of people tell me that they’d love to start cooking more, but they just don’t have the space in their kitchen.  They live in tiny studio apartments and it just doesn’t make sense to buy a bunch of raw ingredients when there is a pizzeria downstairs. Well, join the club.  I live in […]

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