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Recipe: No-Bake Lemon Cheesecake

I love lemon no-bake cheesecake. Here’s the one I put together recently. I’d looked at recipes online and found three main methods: mix sweetened condensed milk with the cream cheese and let that set; fold the cream cheese mixture with

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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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Recipe: Lamb Shank and Lentil Stew with Collard Greens

I started subscribing to the Imperfect Produce box (see this post), and this week’s box came with a big ol’ bunch of collard greens. I decided to use them to make a lamb shank and lentil stew with collard greens.

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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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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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Review: “Food52 Vegan,” Gena Hamshaw

Pros: Delicious food; lovely photos Cons: … Rating: 4 out of 5 I’m not vegan, but I believe that good vegan and vegetarian cookbooks can provide wonderful vegetable-based recipes. It’s a great way to find excellent side dishes, or reduce

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Review: “Kitchen Matrix,” Mark Bittman

Pros: Truly a source of great possibilities Cons: One real change needed… Rating: 4 out of 5 I was totally stoked to get a review copy of Mark Bittman’s Kitchen Matrix: More Than 700 Simple Recipes and Techniques to Mix

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