Food and Health

My Perfect Winter Comfort Food

by Elizabeth January 22, 2014
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Cook’s Illustrated makes me giddy. It combines two of the things I love: food and science. I haven’t talked a lot about my geeked-out science passion because, as odd as it sounds, I’m just putting it together myself. This isn’t the first time I’ve sung the praises of Cook’s Illustrated (CI). As I see it, […]

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3 Things to Try Before Writing Off Brussel Sprouts

by Elizabeth December 17, 2013
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I know a lot of people have bad associations with brussel sprouts, often drawing upon memories of being forced to eat them as kids – I remember my first experience was with brussel sprouts that had been boiled, the result of which was watery brownish-green lumps that tasted like something that might live in a […]

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Holiday Ready Pear Thyme Martini

by Elizabeth November 26, 2013
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I’ve been spending a lot of time at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture recently; I started volunteering for their school farm to table program and we’ve also really been enjoying their public classes. A couple of weekends ago we attended their Thanksgiving Cocktails demo/tasting and it gave us all sorts of mixology inspiration […]

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Halloween Inspiration

by Elizabeth October 23, 2013
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While working on my next recipe post I compiled some of the things that are inspiring me and making me laugh this Halloween season. HALLOWEENIES! DIY CLEMENTINE CANDLE Click image above to see video PUMPKIN PUNCH BOWL VAMPIRE KISS MARTINI  HALLOWEEN STUFFED PEPPERS Five Uses for Pumpkin Seeds Halloween Party Playlist 18 DIY Ideas for […]

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Everything Bagel Vinaigrette

by Elizabeth October 11, 2013
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“If you were to identify one taste that best represents New York, you could do worse than the everything bagel, with its frenetic coating of poppy, caraway, and sesame seeds, plus salt, garlic, and onion. An everything bagel, like the city itself, is not shy. It’s brash, aggressive, over-the-top, and utterly polyglot, both an emblem […]

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Almost as Good as Bacon (but Healthier)

by Elizabeth October 2, 2013

I’ve wanted to post this one for awhile – it’s one of the coolest and easiest recipes I learned at Natural Gourmet: Shiitake Bacon. I’m not going to lie and say it’s 100% the same because (at least in my opinion) does anything beat the taste of real bacon? But it’s a very good alternative. […]

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Gluten-free Sweet Potato Pancakes

by Elizabeth August 4, 2013
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Serves 2 (with leftovers!) I gluten-freed this version of sweet potato cakes from one of my favorite vegetarian cookbooks, Plenty, by Yotam Ottolenghi – but of course you can sub regular flour (for gf flour) and soy sauce (for tamari) if you aren’t avoiding gluten. INGREDIENTS Pancakes: 1 lb sweet potatoes, peeled and diced into […]

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Chilled Avocado Cucumber Soup

by Elizabeth July 10, 2013
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Here’s a simple and refreshing summer soup that takes no time at all. It doesn’t require any cooking so not only are you getting in a good portion of easy-on-the-stomach raw produce but you also won’t have to worry about roasting up the kitchen. Love the color too <3 CHILLED AVOCADO CUCUMBER SOUP serves 2 […]

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One of my All Time Favorite Salads

by Elizabeth March 18, 2013
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This roast carrot and avocado salad is the second of my two favorite recipes from ABC Kitchen. I wrote about the first last summer and this is a nice alternative for cold weather.  I adapted this from the NYTimes and Food52 recipes and made some changes to simplify and use what I had in stock. Note […]

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Vegan Umami

by Elizabeth February 21, 2013
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Asian Summer Rolls I made with my class at Natural Gourmet last spring Between meatless Mondays becoming part of the vernacular and national meat consumption down 12% there is a growing interest in finding vegan and vegetarian substitutes.  Besides learning new recipes, a common goal is satisfying a certain flavor profile, often described as “meatyness,” […]

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