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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Make Your Own Vanilla Extract


If you can find good vanilla beans, it's easy to make your own vanilla extract. It's usually healthier too, as store-bought vanilla extracts can contain sugar, corn syrup, and caramel coloring.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Vegetables For Breakfast


Vegetables aren't just for dinner; they should be a big part of every meal. A good strategy for incorporating more of them into your diet is to eat some for breakfast.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Braised Lamb Shanks with Curried Vegetable Hash


I love cooking lamb shanks low and slow until they're fall-apart-tender and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. I usually braise them with red wine or Moroccan spices, so I was intrigued by Molly Stevens' recipe for Lamb Shanks Braised with Lentils and Curry in her cookbook, All About Braising. I'm glad I tried it because it made me think of lamb in a whole new way. This is my take on her recipe.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Burma: Rivers of Flavor for inspiration to cook healthy meals in the New Year?

Naomi Duguid's Burma: Rivers of Flavor cookbook introduces readers to simple cuisine with complex flavors from the country now known as Myanmar. I didn't have the opportunity to visit during my recent trip to southeast Asia, but Duguid took me there through her recipes, photographs, and stories gathered from her many visits to this historically secluded country.