Taking Back an American Classic

DIY-ranch

It’s hard to say whether the current status quo is due to an onslaught of commercials featuring kids eating carrots while playing in valleys or whether Americans have a group-mind when it comes to dressings, but one thing is clear: Ranch is just about everybody’s favorite dressing. I love the concept, too — you can’t […]

Create The Perfect Holiday Dinner with The Cultured Cook!

cheesy-penne-with-kale

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. […]

Making Fresh Beets User-Friendly

boiled-beets-with-broccoli-and-beans

Although I’ve always loved beets, the thought of preparing fresh ones terrified me – I thought my kitchen would wind up splattered with very-staining, purple-red beet juice. Then I watched my house mother boil fresh beets when I lived in Costa Rica. Guess what? No splattering, no staining, no purple-red explosions. Quite anti-climactic, actually. But […]

Start the New Year Off Right with This Healthy Fat!

coconut-oil

For years people have avoided coconut oil thinking it to be a “harmful” saturated fat. Moreover, many people avoid fats all together thinking they are going to make them fat. In fact, our bodies need fats to properly function, especially good fats such as coconut oil. The culprits that are making us fat are processed […]

Sprouted Seeds & Sweet Tomatoes

corn-with-curried-sunflower

You know what’s great about all the specialty cuisines nowadays? By “specialty,” I mean those that cater to niche – but growing! – interests like vegan, raw, gluten-free, etc. Everyone can sample these cuisines and ideas and benefit from them no matter what our personal food philosophies are. Take raw food, for example. Raw food […]

Warming Up Your Fall with Roasted Greens

roasted-green-beans-and-onions

For sheer ease of elegance, you can’t beat roasted veggies. Grilling is another great way to concentrate their flavor, but now that we’re moving into a less-sun-and-more-chill time of year, roasting veggies in the oven (or anything else, for that matter) is more appealing than standing outside in the rain tending to a grill. Unless […]

Giving a Favorite Dressing a New Wardrobe

yogurt-dressing

Remember the Ranch days? The days when everything was dipped in and topped with Ranch dressing? Ranch fries, Ranch burgers, veggies swathed in a sea of slightly speckled white. There’s no denying Ranch’s creamy, herby appeal…but you can create a much tastier, much nutritious version of it using plain Greek yogurt and fresh or dried […]

Spring Green = Delicious Soup

wild-rice-soup

It’s almost summer, things are finally green, and I’m actually excited about mowing the lawn again.  It’s a lot better than shoveling snow! Or mopping the basement floor with an old towel when the heavy early-spring rains hit and you get water in places you don’t want to get water.  Hot summer days sound pretty […]