How to Eat More Vegetables

Five servings of fruits and vegetables a day is kind of a lot, once you factor in all the servings of whole grain bread and oatmeal and pasta and eggs and cheese and meat (and donuts?) that we are also supposed to eat every day. The pressure is immense!! And unfortunately, a serving of vegetables…

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Fermented Pickles

An easy way to make fermented pickles using salt and a little apple cider vinegar

I’ve been sitting on this recipe since last fall when I finally figured out fermented pickles. It’s been VERY HARD keeping it to myself all this time so when I saw pickling cucumbers at the farmers market again this past weekend, I got VERY EXCITED. This easy fermented pickle method uses salt water but also…

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Whole Wheat English Muffin Bread

Whole Wheat English muffin bread - all the crispy crust of English muffin bread, made with 100% whole wheat flour. Make a great slicing and sandwich bread

I remember when my mom started making English muffin bread — I was definitely under age 10, probably around eight. It wasn’t memorable because my mom didn’t bake much. She did, I think. She’d bake banana bread or cookies or brownies with my brother and me every other weekend or so. Though, it was mostly…

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No-Recipe One Pot Pasta (with whatever you have on hand!)

By now everyone has seen and probably tried one of the thousand one-pot pasta recipes which are floating around in the ethernet. I’ve heard from a handful of you about it and it seems that many of those existing recipes are … terrible pieces of shit. Encouraged by a friend online, I set out to figure…

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Classic Mashed Potatoes

fluffy mashed potatoes recipe

Classic mashed potatoes — smooth, buttery, rich and savory — are one of my favorite foods. When fresh and hot and fluffy, there’s not much better to eat. These are the kind of mashed potatoes you want on your plate with your chicken fried steak and cream gravy. These are the ones to serve with…

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Sweet Potatoes vs Yams vs Taro vs Yuca

Mostly, I’m writing this post about the differences between sweet potatoes and yams and taro and yuca because I need to get it straight myself! You can watch the video on YouTube! Sweet Potatoes True (botanical) Sweet Potatoes are pictured below. Alternate names are kumara (New Zealand) camote (Mexico) and yam (USA). There are several…

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Chile de Arbol Salsa Recipe

chile de arbol salsa

I’ve been working on this chile de arbol salsa (what we call “hot sauce” in the US) for at least five years. My first serious notes about it are dated summer of 2012, but I’d been trying out variations before then. Watch the salsa video on YouTube! (scroll down for recipe) You may not know, when…

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Pimento Cheese

Pimento Cheese Recipe Video – scroll down for recipe card Pimento cheese is a thing that is truly best when homemade. The stuff in the little plastic tubs just doesn’t do it for me: it’s sweet, it’s pasty, it lacks pizzazz! Homemade pimento cheese — especially mine — is rich and tangy and perfect for…

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How to Make Pumpkin Puree

Homemade Pumpkin Puree How-to Video The first thing you gotta to do is getcha the right kinda pumpkin. You want what’s called a “pie pumpkin” or a “sugar pumpkin”, not the giant jack-o’lantern pumpkins that are floating around the stores this time of year. Pie pumpkins are smallish, less than 10″ across, dark orange, and…

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