Recipes of the Week: Summertime Snacks!

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Summertime Shrimp Summertime just calls out for shrimp. And corn. And you can cook them both in the same pot! Fresh ears of corn only need three minutes of cooking time — any more than that, and they’ll be mushy instead of appealingly crisp. That three-minute window is perfect for shrimp, too, although you may […]

Recipes of the Week: Lemon Squares, Cheesecake and other Yummy Treats!

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DIY Cream Cheese Makes the Freshest Cheesecakes! If you’ve ever been to one of my culinary/health talks or have spent much time hanging out in my online kitchen, you know I’m forever singing the praises of plain whole-milk Greek yogurt. Why? For many reasons. It has one-quarter the sugar of low-fat flavored yogurt, for one […]

Recipes of the Week: Warm Winter Favorites

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Upgrading the Classic Tuna Salad Want a tastier, healthier substitute for commercial mayo? Try using plain whole-milk Greek yogurt whenever you’d normally reach for the mayo. If you want to give it even more of that mayo-like tang, just stir a squirt of fresh lemon juice and a small spoonful of mustard into the yogurt. […]

Recipes of the Week: Breakfast Brownies, Healthy Dressing & More!

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An Omelet for Any Meal Our favorite foods are all about contrasts: sweet flavors make savory flavors more savory, soft textures emphasize crunchiness, and the visual appeal of different shapes adds to the “yum!” factor. In this omelet, the umami-rich, savory bacon is the perfect foil for the slightly sweet peas, just as the creamy […]

Create The Perfect Holiday Dinner with The Cultured Cook!

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One-Pot Green & Red Pasta Penne Alfredo with Kale & Broccoli What to do with hearty garden greens? Make pasta! Now that the weather is cooler, kale and chard and beet greens and turnip greens are enjoying a growth spurt. Luckily, they’re so versatile that you can use them in everything from soups to stir-frys. […]

Recipes For Your Week: Desserts, Broccoli & Bread Salads

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Gluten Free Amaranth Applesauce Bread Dessert Ingredients 1¼ cups applesauce ½ cup cold pressed oil (canola) 1 cup organic granulated sugar 2 eggs 3 tablespoons milk ¾ cup toasted amaranth bran flour 1½ cups rice flour ½ teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon allspice ¼ teaspoon baking soda ¼ teaspoon cinnamon ¼ teaspoon […]

On-the-Spot Ice Cream

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It’s hotter than heck again today, so I thought I’d whip up a batch of “instant” ice cream to beat the heat. You could think of it as a milkshake latte – adding several ice cubes gives you a frothy drink that you can either swirl smooth with a spoon or let sit for a […]

No-Cook Desserts for Hot Days

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If you’re looking for refreshing, not-too-sweet, and hits-the-spot desserts, the world of raw cuisine has a lot to offer. (It also has a lot to offer when it comes to incredibly fresh salads, spicy/savory nut dishes that’ll make you forget about meat, innovative noodle recipes involving crunchy kelp strands – those would be the aforementioned […]

Brownies for Committed Chocolate Lovers

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Fair warning: when I do brownies, they are seriously dark. Fans of white chocolate (a.k.a. cheap vegetable oil, sugar, and fillers if it’s junky white chocolate or actual cocoa butter and sugar if it’s good-quality chocolate; either way, it’s just too much sugar for me) will not like my brownies. Fans of at least 75% […]

Crepes: So Much Easier Than You Think

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Today’s post is more of an ideas post than an actual recipe, but it’s an idea that you can take in uncountable directions, be that sweet or savory or as a main dish or a dessert. Another neat thing about this culinary concept is that you get to play the part of a pastry chef […]