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Ending the Imperfect Produce Experiment

It was a good experiment, one that I wrote about here and here. To recap: I figured that if I had a box of mixed produce showing up on my doorstep every week, it would make me cook with more

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Recipe: Coconut Tapioca Pudding (with Ginger)

Anyone who spends any time here knows I love all things custard and pudding. Tapioca is a favorite. Ingredients: 2 (13.5 oz) cans coconut milk* 1/4 cup sugar 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup tapioca granules 1 teaspoon vanilla Optional: 1/4

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Cookbook Review: “Ruffage,” Abra Berens

Pros: Some decent basic instructions Cons: Very uneven and unbalanced recipes Rating: 2 out of 5 I haven’t had much room or energy to cook since moving a couple of years ago, so I haven’t been buying many cookbooks. Part

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Gifts to My Future Self

Most of my gifts to my future self are pre-ordered books. At some point in the future Amazon will alert me that a new ebook has been sent to my kindle, and hey! Something unexpected and fun to read! Lately

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Food: Jazzing up my soup

Last Saturday I went to a mushroom festival in Pennsylvania. It was fantastic! Full of delicious treats and inexpensive and unusual varieties of mushrooms. I brought three pounds of ‘shrooms home and turned 1 lb into bisque, as well as

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Recipe: Orange Creamsicle (Tapioca) Custard Gone Wild

I went to an Asian grocery and, due to my love of all things tapioca, bought large pearl tapioca. Including a batch of mixed colored tapioca bubbles. I tried to use them like their small pearl cousins, and it just

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Review: “The Naked Cookbook,” Tess Ward

Pros: Good food Cons: The attitude and confusion Rating: 2.5 out of 5 There are some wonderful recipes (stuffed avocadoes and avocado soup in particular), but also some problems. The table of contents uses utterly useless labels: pure, raw, stripped,

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Short Take: Premiala’s highly heat-resistant gloves

Pros: Very heat resistant; glove style makes them more versatile Cons: Still need to be careful not to let them get wet Rating: 5 out of 5 BBQ Gloves Heat Resistant 932F – Best for Cooking, Barbecue, Baking, Grilling, Charcoal,

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Review: “Super Foods Every Day,” Sue Quinn

Pros: Tasty! Cons: recipes for one; number of servings; “potential benefits” Rating: 3 out of 5 Sue Quinn’s Super Foods Every Day: Recipes Using Kale, Blueberries, Chia Seeds, Cacao, and Other Ingredients that Promote Whole-Body Health includes some surprisingly good

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Review: “Happy Cooking,” Giada De Laurentiis

Pros: So delicious! Cons: Some recipes could use a little tweaking Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Giada De Laurentiis’s Happy Cooking: Make Every Meal Count … Without Stressing Out attempts to provide us with delicious foods that we don’t have

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