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Three Ways to Boost Your Confidence in the Kitchen

I’ve been cooking pretty seriously for 25 years now, and in the process I’ve had the opportunity to watch lots of other people in the kitchen. I’ve learned something from everyone I’ve ever cooked with, and also noticed certain patterns. The folks that are confident enough to relax and have fun in the kitchen have …

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MaSeCa Calendar Photo Shoot (Just For Fun)

A few weeks ago, out of the blue, Cristina from MaSeCa emailed me to see if I wanted to be in their 2011 calendar. I use MaSeCa’s masa harina a lot, for everything from tamales to pupusas, so I said yes figuring it would be good fun. So some day next year you might walk …

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I’m Writing a Cookbook

I’ve been writing Herbivoracious for just over three years now. What started as a whim (and with the bravado of the utterly naive) has become a labor of love and a way to share my passion for great vegetarian food. It has allowed me to learn more about writing and photography, improve my cooking, and …

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Everyday Chef Contest – We Won Round 2! – Final Round Starting Now

Hey everybody! I just wanted to say thank you a million times over for all of your support in the Pacific Natural Foods Everyday Chef Contest. With your votes, my Enfrijoladas de Espinaca won round 2. It was really cool to see the recipes my fellow bloggers made, as well as all of the non-blogger …

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Interview with Mark Bitterman, Leading Expert on Culinary Salts

 

I've been fascinated with the wide variety of salts available for cooking and especially finishing your dishes for years. After I wrote about the importance of salt, I learned of The Meadow, a shop in Portland, Oregon that carries a large and beautifully curated selection. I visited their brick & mortar store …

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How to Plan a Vegetarian Meal by Answering Three Easy Questions

As a vegetarian, one of the things I hear all the time is “I’d like to eat less meat, but I just don’t know how to plan a vegetarian meal.” Without the familiar routine of building a plate with meat at the center, many perfectly competent cooks find themselves at a loss for how to make …

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Warm Fennel Salad with Pears and Candied Pumpkin Seeds – Recipe

Warm salads are a nice change of pace from the regular run of cool green salads, especially on a chilly evening. In this one, cooking the fennel makes the taste milder and sweeter, so even those folks who don't enjoy the anise flavor may like it.

I'm forever making variations of this candied pumpkin seed garnish. …

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