February 2011

Tuscan mountain beans with lemon broccoli and polenta

February 28, 2011
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A yearning to taste the real flavors of Italy, a recommendation by America’s Test Kitchen’s Christopher Kimball, and a deep admiration for Lynne Rosetto Kasper of The Spendid Table radio program drew me to her cookbook The Italian Country Table: Home Cooking from Italy’s Farmhouse Kitchens. Published in 1999, this is Kasper’s second book, and [...]

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Everything in its place

February 24, 2011

Today I’d like to tell you about a concept that has made a world of difference for me in the kitchen. It’ll help you enjoy the process of cooking, to stay relaxed and to focus on what you’re doing. It’s a French term called mise en place, and it will change your life. Have you [...]

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Mujadara and mustard greens

February 21, 2011
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I want to let you in on a secret. OK, well, it’s not really a secret, but it’s not too commonly known in this country. It’s that you can make a delicious dish with just five – count ‘em, five – of the most basic ingredients that you are likely to have in your pantry [...]

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Don’t waste that paste

February 17, 2011
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Today I’m going to tell you what to do with that extra tomato paste that remains in the can after you’ve used what you need for your recipe. In addition to helping you prevent waste, it’ll make your life so much easier the next time you need tomato paste. I’m also going to share with [...]

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Hearty white bean and kale casserole

February 14, 2011
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I’m here to tell you about a casserole. But before I do, let me just say that there are a bunch of recipes out there for white bean and kale soup. Just do an internet search and you’ll come up with a ton of ‘em. I’ve cooked at least two such soups in the past [...]

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My shopping list

February 10, 2011

I don’t know if you heard, but Oprah did a show last week about how she and her staff went vegan for a week. What a neat opportunity to bring attention to plant-based diets. I wasn’t able to watch the show, but I did look at some of the resources on her website. One of [...]

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Nutty stir-fry recipe with collards and tofu

February 7, 2011
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As my post last Thursday hinted, I’ve been on an Asian kick lately. Over the past week, I’ve cooked up plant-based takes on traditional Asian foods such as Mu Shu Veggies, Kung Pao Tempeh, and Teriyaki Tofu, courtesy of the 30-Minute Vegan’s Taste of the East.┬áNeedless to say, I’ve been burning through ingredients such as [...]

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