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When you own over 100 cookbooks, it is time to stop buying, and start cooking. This site chronicles a cookbook collection, one recipe at a time.


How you Should be Baking with Figs


Figs are everywhere right now and they're great to bake with. Figs in focaccia, figs in quick breads, and figs in coffee cake - both fresh figs and dried are fair game! These are all the ways you could be baking during peak fig season. 1. Arabian Nights Pavlova - (John Whaite) All the drama on one plate. Get the recipe here. 2. Cornbread Coffee Cake with Fresh Figs and Walnut Streusel - (Food 52) You need this Vivian Howard cornbread masterpiece at yur next brunch. Get the recipe here. 3. Fig & Fennel Biscotti - (Sweet Paul) Fennel seeds, cinnamon, hazelnuts, and dried figs. The perfect autumn biscotti. Get the recipe here. 4. Roasted Goat Cheese Stuffed with Lavender Thyme Honey - (Be Ravenous) A simple, classic preparation with a lavender thyme twist. Can't go wrong with this. Get the recipe here. 5. Baked Rolled Barley with Figs, Berries, and Cardamom - (The Bojon Gourmet) Love Alanna's take on my baked oatmeal. Also love that she bakes it in a cast-iron skillet! Brill. Get the recipe here. 6. Chocolate Banana Fig Bread - (Kitchen Confidante) A banan bread with a chocolate and fig twist. Olive oil is a good alternative to the canola called for. Get the recipe here. 7. Focaccia with Figs - (Italian Food Forever) You just know this is good. Get the recipe here. Continue reading How you Should be Baking with Figs... [...]

Fluffy Vanilla Nougat



To make great nougat, you really need to have a plan. You have to be legit focused. And(!), consider yourself warned, there are going to be a few minutes when you can't answer the front door, or even look at your phone - boiling hot sugar is no joke. I'm going to show you how to make a fluffy, cloud-like, vanilla nougat candy. Because if you're going to eat candy now and then, it might as well be homemade. You need to read through the recipe in its entirety before starting, so you have a sense of where you're headed. You'll also need a candy thermometer.


To the billowy, sweet, nougat base you can add all manner of flavors and spices. Or, stir in as many seeds, nuts, and dried fruit as the nougat will hold. The version you see pictured has vanilla bean, streaks of saffron, and a medley of nuts and seeds. The version in the video is slightly different. Part of the fun is experimenting with all the different ingredients you can add. A memorable favorite - lavender with loads of toasted white and black sesame seeds.



A few notes about this nougat recipe. A lot of nougat recipes use large amounts of corn syrup. The goal here was to get rid of as much corn syrup as possible, and preferably eliminate it altogether (I'm going to give variations with it, and without below). The version with a small splash of corn syrup is, quite honestly, less temperamental. But you can make nougat without it. What you see pictured here is a nougat made from honey, sugar, egg whites, and water as the base. Then there's vanilla bean, and lots of nuts and seeds beyond that.


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Pie Crust Designs, These Pie Crust Masters Show you How it's Done


There's an art to creating a beautiful pie crust, and it doesn't have to be intimidating. If you're looking to move beyond a simple, basic crust this season, there are a host of next-level pie crust design techniques out there to inspire your creations. There's really no reason you can't master the basket weave, the leafy border, or the fluted edge! Have fun with these. 1. Pie Crusts Classics Thomas Joseph shows us a nice range of pie crust design options - a leaf border, a braid border, a honeycomb top (a favorite!), a classic lattice top crust, and he makes it all look easy and doable. Listen up for some of his helpful little tips as well like, how to hide seams. src="" allowfullscreen> 2. Harvest Leaf Pie Crusts A really pretty video demonstrating a range of beautiful harvest leaf pie designs. There's the a mega-leaf pie (cool & unusual!), and a couple of free-style approaches with medium leaves. They all bake up beautifully! src="" allowfullscreen> 3. Twenty Pie Crimping Techniques Watch this one for the corkscrew crust, and Caesar's crown. Measuring spoon is brilliant as well, but I have to admit visibly flinching at the pearl crust ;)... src="" allowfullscreen> 4. Cookie Cutter Crusts There is so much that could be said about this video, so many questions I have! ;) I like the way our Topless Baker friend uses little fondant/cookie cutter flowers to accent his pie, and he really goes for it. Double decker flowers and all! That part kicks in around the 5:15 minute mark - I'll tee it up for you. src="" allowfullscreen> 5. Hearts, Flowers, & Polka-dots There's a nice graphic sensibility to this collection of crusts. And, the lace technique is new to me. I really love how the ribbon-edged crust baked up - super inspiring! Trying to find the original source video for this one and will update the link when I do. src="" allowfullscreen> 6. Nine Minutes of Pie Inspiration There are some very strange pies in this one. But, perhaps there will be something in the mix here that will inspire your own creations in the coming months. src="" allowfullscreen> 7. Savory Square Basketweave I sort of love this square basket weave with the sesame sprinkle. For when your basketweave game is strong. src="" allowfullscreen> Continue reading Pie Crust Designs, These Pie Crust Masters Show you How it's Done... [...]

Vegetable Noodle Soup



This vegetable noodle soup is as simple, direct, and delicious as it gets. Served extra hot and plump with pasta noodles, it's the kind of soup that comforts minds and bolsters spirits. If you're vegetarian or vegan looking for an alternative to chicken noodle soup, this should be in your wheelhouse.




Variations: There are a host of things you can use in place of the pasta noodles here. For example, you can serve the broth over leftover rice, cooked farro, or pearl barley. You can also stir any of the following into individual bowls of soup to take things in slightly different directions - toasted sesame oil, lemon olive oil, sriracha sauce, miso, or curry paste.

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Simple Weeknight Pasta Sauce Recipes


Simple pasta sauce recipes are weeknight lifesavers. They're great not only on pasta, but on all sorts of vegetables and grain bowls as well. Often if you've got a decent condiment selection on hand, or some fresh herbs, or simply some nuts, you're on your way to a great sauce. Also, don't limit yourself to using these as pasta sauces, often they're just as fantastic over simply roasted, steamed, or sautéed vegetables. Or, as spreads on sandwiches and flatbreads! 1. Five Minute Tomato Sauce - (101 Cookbooks) I make this more than just about any other sauce in my repertoire. All you need is a handful of ingredients, and one saucepan. No need to simmer for hours, a kiss of lemon zest keeps this tomato sauce fresh and bright and perfect for all sorts of pastas, pizzas, and casseroles. The perfect weeknight tomato sauce. And, actually(!), here's a post of three ways I work it into lunch as well. Get the recipe here. 2. Brown Butter Balsamic Sauce - (101 Cookbooks) I love this simple balsamic sauce tossed stuffed winter squash stuffed pastas. Or, sweet potato anything. It's a sauce that hits squarely on the decadent side of the spectrum, with a generous amount of browned butter as the base, but it is delicious, and really hits the spot now and then. The balsamic cuts the butter with its acidity, and I like to add plenty of something green and slightly bitter to balance everything out beyond that - in this case, arugula. And a bit of lemon zest, which perfumes everything beautifully. Get the recipe here. 3. Hemp Seed Alfredo - (Blissful Basil) Absolutely love this hemp seed take on alfredo sauce. Pictured here with zucchini noodles. Get the recipe here. 4. Harissa & Olive Oil Sauce - (101 Cookbooks) If you have some harissa on your condiment shelf, you're halfway there. Paired with olive oil, the harissa forms the base of a brick red, garlic-charged sauce. Perfect tossed with your favorite pasta, and veggies. Pictured here with whole wheat spaghettini, kale, black olives, and pine nuts. Legit, fantastic weeknight option. Get the recipe here. 5. Tuscan Pumpkin Pasta Sauce - (Real Food Whole Life) I like the combination of tomato, pumpkin, rosemary, and sage in this creamy sauce. Robyn uses coconut milk here, but you could also use a thick nut milk like cashew or almond. Get the recipe here. 6. Vegan Alfredo Sauce - (The Bojon Gourmet) I love using homemade cashew milk as a substitute for heavy cream or even coconut milk. It is silky smooth, and full of body, and works as a brilliant vegan alfredo sauce base here. Soak the cashews while you're out fo the day, and this sauce comes together in no time. Get the recipe here. 7. Red Pesto Sauce - (101 Cookbooks) Sun-dried tomato fans, this one has your name on it. Pictured here with goat cheese raviolis and served them on a bed of baby spinach. Get the recipe here. 8. Lemon Almond Sauce - (Naturally Ella) Creamy, dairy-free, and spiked with lemon and black pepper. Get the recipe here. 9. Pounded Walnut Sauce - (101 Cookbooks) This Mona Talbott recipe is a hearty, pounded walnut pesto of sorts, with marjoram and parsley. And I love it. Particularly as the weather chills, and you're looking for more substantial fare. It's nice with a short farro pasta, but really, it's incredible on just about everything. You could even skip the pasta and just enjoy it with roasted vegetables. Get the recipe here. 10. Creamy Chipotle Sauce - (Dora's Table) Six ingredients work themselves into chipotle-based magic. This is good on noodles, but also as a finishing touch on tacos, or as a component in salad dressings (great with structured lettuces). Get the recipe here. 11. A Favorite Pesto Sauce - (101 Cookbooks) About ten years ago we had a pesto and gnocchi night with my visiting Italian friend Francesca and her mom. They are from Genoa, and her mom makes a beautiful pesto (and perfectly light, potato gnocchi to go a[...]

Eight Great Homemade Veggie Burgers


Everyone should have a great veggie burger recipe in their repertoire, and the good news is there are infinite ways to go about it. A base of chickpeas, or rice, or tofu, or grains is typically where you start. And you can accent them with chiles, spice blends, or curry pastes. Signs of a good veggie burger beyond flavor? You want them to hold together in the pan (or, even better, the grill). And if you're cooking for a crowd, you want to be able to make and shape the patties ahead of time. It's also nice to have a vegan option on hand. Here are some of the best homemade veggie burgers out there, I'm sure I've missed some, but these are a great place to start. -h 1. Ultimate Veggie Burger - (101 Cookbooks) These have been a real favorite for over a decade. They were the first veggie burger I made (chickpea base) where I used the patty as the bun, stuffing that with all sorts of good stuff. You can also make this with black beans, black lentils, white beans, or mung beans in place of the chickpeas. Get the recipe here. 2. Sweet Potato Burger - (Hello Glow) I love this offbeat sweet potato plus millet combination. Spice boosted and served in a sprouted bun, this is some veg burger aspiration. Get the recipe here. 3. Grillable Veggie Burgers - (Minimalist Baker) Longtime veggie burger makers know the keyword here is GRILLABLE. This is a smart rice-based patty boosted with walnuts, and generously spiced. A great jumping off point for infinite riffs. Get the recipe here. 4. Vegan Wild Rice Burgers With Grilled Avocados and Heirloom Tomato Salsa - (Gratitude and Greens) Every time I encounter wild rice I wonder why I don't cook with it more often. These wild rice burgers are the perfect example. Side note: wild rice freezes quite well, so make extra, and you can pull these together in a weeknight flash. Get the recipe here. 7. Carrot & Halloumi Burgers - (Dagmar's Kitchen) You can also make these with shredded beets, winter squash, or sweet potato in place of the carrots! Get the recipe here. 8. Vegan Sweet Potato Sliders - (Love & Lemons) Sweet little sweet potato sliders. Clever use of tofu and tahini accented with fragrant rosemary and paprika. Get the recipe here. 5. Zucchini Quinoa Burgers - (Food 52) If you have cooked chickpeas and quinoa on hand, you're already halfway there. Love the dilly mustard thing going on here as well :)... Get the recipe here. 6. Vegan Cajun Chickpea Burgers - (The Almond Eater) Another great example of how you can play around with a range of spices and flavors. Cajun spices with onion, and green pepper (I like serrano) come together nicely here. Get the recipe here. Continue reading Eight Great Homemade Veggie Burgers... [...]

Inspiring Hand-painted Watercolor Cookies


Hand-painted cookies are incredibly special, and the care and attention that goes into them, remarkable. I keep a running folder of inspiration for when I have a quiet Sunday for baking. And lately, I tend to love the cookies that have a watercolor vibe. I'm linking to a bunch here. Illustration isn't my strongest suit, so graphic designs and patterns are typically where I land. Hope some of these inspire you as much as they have me! 1. Calendula Shortbread with Saffron Stripes I do variations on these quite a lot. Made with shortbread dough (a nut-free version of this) The icing is made by mixing 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar, 2 egg whites, and enough water to thin to desired translucency. Divide the icing into separate bowls, and add color from there. The yellow was created using by infusing 1 teaspoon of vodka with a pinch of saffron and allowing it to sit for a couple of minutes. Strain the saffron liquid into the icing base a bit at a time, more or less depending on how saturated you'd like it. 2. Ayako Kurokawa - (Burrow) Ayako Kurokawa of Burrow patisserie in Brooklyn is the master. I love her work on so many fronts. Look at the detailed handwriting, the cat whiskers, and stripes. Ayako's work is as personal as a signature, and I love seeing her talent expressed in the most beautiful charming treats. Have you seen her paint Julia? Or, look at these if air-brush is more your thing. Follow Ayako on Instagram. 3. Ultimate Sugar Cookies Dream team at work here - Alison Roman + Nikole Herriott + Michael Graydon. Bold, graphic, fun, & super inspiring. Get the recipe here. 4. Jacquelyn Clark's Water Color Cookies Love the soft colors here, and the mix of florals with abstract. Super pretty. Get the recipe here. 5. Albion x Sweet Marie Watercolor Cookie Tutorial - (Albion) So pretty - I'd use natural coloring from ingredients like beets, dragonfruit, berries, and the like, but the general concept is perfect for a treat plate or dessert spread. See the process shots here. Tools: Some of my cookie tools: A range of brushes, cutters, and ruler. See that little salt cellar on the left? It has a pretty texture on the outside, I sometimes use textures like that as a bit of a template for designs. Simply roll it across the dough, and bake the cookies. It will leave a hint of the design, and you can use that as a guide for your patterns. For example, I rolled some striped pottery across the dough in the lead photo and used that as the template for the irregular stripes! Play around! Resources: - Make your own Natural Food Dyes or, I tend to be a bit lazy * last-minute, so I like to keep a collection of powdered fruit/vegetable powders on hand. For example, I have blueberry, hibiscus, raspberry, saffron, cacao, charcoal (good for pencil effect). Play around! Continue reading Inspiring Hand-painted Watercolor Cookies... [...]

California Tom Yum Soup



This soup is a distant relative of the vibrant, brothy tom yum soup you likely know from many Thai restaurants. Part of its magic is the way (a good version) plays sweet off sour, balancing herbaceousness, feisty heat, and just the right amount of saltiness. There are infinite interpretations of it, but this is how I make it in my (California) kitchen. It has evolved over the years, and this version is vegetarian / vegan, made with a fresh tom yum paste, highlighting whatever seasonal produce is on hand. It evolves with with the seasons, and I like to use any leftover to the next day to add dimension to rice bowls, or as egg poaching liquid, or as the broth in a breakfast congee. Be sure to read the headnotes before you dive into this one. Enjoy! -h




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Homemade Chocolate Bars and All the Things You Want in Them


Homemade chocolate bars are fun, you can make them whatever size you like, and can pack them with whatever chunks, spices, nuts, seeds, and goodies you have. The possibilities are endless. Make a bunch, wrap them in gold foil candy paper, or parchment, and place in a drawer - you're set for the month. Everyone seems to have a slightly different technique, but generally I simply start with the best dark chocolate possible, then add as many extras as the chocolate can hold. To shape your bars You can just slather the mixture across a parchment-lined baking sheet, or allow it to set in a mold (or ice cube tray) of your choice. Have fun experimenting. Some inspiration below! -h 1. Dark Chocolate Energy Bites - (QUITOKEETO) Good-quality dark chocolate crammed with as much good stuff as it can hold. In this case I pack the little bars with lots of chopped nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. Then I sprinkle them with things like bee or fennel pollen, crushed rose petals, sea salt, and more nuts and seeds to give them a little extra nutritional boost, and to bump up the pretty! Get the recipe here. 2. Wonder Berry Chocolate Bars - (Maison Cupcake) Some great ideas here, but the wonder berry bar is the one that caught my attention: goji berries, white mulberries, Incan berries, buckwheat groats, hulled hemp seeds and pumpkin seeds. Get the recipe here. 3. Chocolate Mint Matcha Crunch Bars - (Miss Marzipan) A big yes to this one. Also, bonus points for the cute downloadable wrapper - for when you want to go pro on your bars! Get the recipe here. 4. Color-blocked Chocolate with Edible Flowers - (Paper & Stitch) For the white chocolate fans out there. This is super cute, its just too bad you can't get a similar effect with dark chocolate. ;) Get the recipe here. 5. Superfood Chocolate Quinoa Bark - (Half Baked Harvest) I love the thinness of these, so you get some real snap. Oh, and the espresso boost! Get the recipe here. 6. Detox Superfood Dark Chocolate Bark - (Amy's Healthy Baking) A nice combination of dried mango, dried apricots, chia, and almonds. My advice on this one, use more chia than the recipe calls for. I think the only thing I ever call for 1/4 teaspoon of is salt. ;)...Get the recipe here. 7. Superfood Dark Chocolate Quinoa Bark - (Simply Sisson) More of a bark than a bar, but well worth including. SO many nuts and seeds, accented with dried fruit and coconut flakes. More details here. 8. Rose, Strawberry & Pistachio White Chocolate Bark - (Now, Forager) One last example for the white chocolate camp. Rose petals and freeze-dried strawberries plus pistachio and pink sea salt make this a real beauty. Get the recipe here. Continue reading Homemade Chocolate Bars and All the Things You Want in Them... [...]

Nine Great Muffin Recipes to Bake ASAP


Muffins are one of the great gateways to baking. Even people who don't fancy themselves bakers are inclined to tackle a muffin recipe now and then. These are some long-time favorites. They're worth making, and worth eating. Many of them also freeze reazonably well, although I'm hesitant to type that sentence ;)....A couple tips - don't over mix the batter, or you'll end up with tough muffins. And don't be afraid to experiment with seasonal fruits, and alternative nuts and seeds. 1. Pumpkin Feta Muffins - (101 Cookbooks) Savory muffin fans, these are absolutely for you. Packed with spinach, feta and Parmesan cheese, black pepper, mustard, and sunflower seeds. They don't disappoint! Get the recipe here. 2. Turmeric Breakfast Muffins - (Green Kitchen Stories) These are genius. Muffin meets turmeric lassi with(!) a granola top. I mean, just look at the photo. Get the recipe here. 3. Buttermilk Berry Muffins - (101 Cookbooks) One of my FAVORITE muffins - berry-streaked with sugar-sparkled tops, big flavor, buttermilk tender texture. Get the recipe here. 4. Quinoa Banana Muffins - (Healthy-ish) These muffins combine the perfect trifecta of banana, blueberry, and quinoa. Honey sweetened with a boost of brown sugar, and made with whole wheat flour, they fit squarely in the healthy-ish category. Get the recipe here. 5. Oatmeal Muffins - (101 Cookbooks) Crumble-topped with an oatmeal and yogurt base. And when I say, crumble, I mean the type of crumble you put on top of fruit before baking. These are a bit custard-y when hot, and not-at-all when cooled. Craggy, golden-topped, and delicious! Get the recipe here. 6. Carrot Cake Muffins with Spiced Honey Glaze - (Donna Hay) Dates are the primary sweetener in these decadent in these carrot-packed beauties.You can also swap in whole wheat pastry flour (don't forget to add baking soda and/or powder) for more whole grain goodness. More details here. 7. Banana Bran Muffins - (Cook Republic) Honey-kissed, but with no added sugar beyond that, these whole wheat flour muffins are heary and substantial. You can use whatoever bran you like, wheat bran, oat bran, etc. Get the recipe here. 8. Millet Oatmeal Muffins - (Alexandra Cooks) I love love love a millet muffin. These are extra special because they incorporate a generous amount of oats as well. Get the recipe here. 9. Lucia Muffins - (101 Cookbooks) Saffron-smacked and riddled with golden raisins, buttermilk battered and barely sweet. Said another way, Lucia buns reinterpreted as muffins. If you love saffron give them a try. Get the recipe here. Continue reading Nine Great Muffin Recipes to Bake ASAP... [...]

Five Minute Avocado Dressing with Herbs and Spinach



If you love a good avocado dressing, this is one to try. It's a blender dressing fragrant with fresh herbs, seasoned with miso, and boosted with spinach. It's brimming with good-for-you ingredients, yet tastes exceptionally decadent. It's the sort of dressing that is ideal on a wedge of lettuce (or grilled lettuce!), but I imagine it would be a brilliant compliment to a vegetable crudité platter. I used it for a simple butter lettuce salad with toasted almonds and (more) herbs. Other ways I can imagine putting it to use? As a taco slather, as a generous dollop on a baked potato (or sweet potato), or on any of these lentil soups.



I make this in a blender, but you could also use an immersion blender, or even a food processor. I also note that if you have frozen spinach in your freezer drawer, you can use that in place of fresh.

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Nine Great Lentil Soups to Choose From


I've written so many lentil soup recipes for this site (and for my books), that I remember telling myself to take a break for a while. So, while I haven't published one in a while, I rarely go more than a week without making some sort of lentil soup goodness. Trying other lentil soups I come across is also a great way to expand my line-up, and brothy, creamy, chunky, pureed, spiced, and straight versions are all are fair game as far as I'm concerned. Here's a list of some tried-and-true favorites, and some great takes I've come across from out and about. 1. Coconut Yellow Split Pea Soup - (QUITOKEETO) Not technically lentil soup, but close enough. A ginger and curry-spiked yellow split pea stunner. Leftovers freeze well, and this makes an A+ lunch. Get the recipe here. 2. Coconut Red Lentil Soup - (101 Cookbooks) One of the top ten best soups of my life. Get the recipe here. 3. Crockpot Detox Lentil Soup - (Pinch of Yum) For the crockpot enthusiasts out there. Get the recipe here. 4. Persian New Year Noodle Soup - (101 Cookbooks) This is my favorite soup (yes, ever) and it has lentils in it, so I'm including it here. At its core we're talking about a bean and noodle soup featuring thin egg noodles swimming in a fragrant broth spiced with turmeric, cumin, chiles, and black pepper. You use a medley of lentils, chickpeas, and borlotti beans, making the soup hearty and filling without being heavy. You add spinach, dill, and cilantro. You add lime juice for a bit of sour at the end. And then you've got a number of toppings to add when you serve the soup - chopped walnuts, caramelized onions, and sour cream. From deep in the 101 archives. Get the recipe here. 5. Smoky Sweet Potato Lentil Tortilla Soup - (The Bojon Gourmet) Lentil soup meets tortilla soup in brothy sweet potato-studded bowls of chipotle warmed goodness. More details here. 6. Green Lentil Soup with Curried Brown Butter - (101 Cookbooks) Green lentils (or split peas), topped with a curried brown butter drizzle, and pan-fried paneer cubes. Get the recipe here. 7. Indian Lentil Soup / Dal Shorva - (The Woks of Life) When you're ready to really raid your spice cupboard, this is the recipe. This is a recipe to turn to if you find yourself coming down with a cold anytime soon. Get the full recipe here. 8. Lively Up Yourself Lentil Soup - (101 Cookbooks) This is what I make when I need a bit of a reset. Make a big pot, and then eat throughout the week. Get the recipe here. 9. Yellow Coconut Curry Red Lentil Soup - (Will Frolic for Food) This Chitra Agrawal recipe caught my attention because it cleverly incorporates coconut, but not coconut milk. So, the broth stays hearty but not creamy - hits the spot when you want something filling but not overly decadent. Get the recipe here. Bonus! Slow Cooker Winter Vegetable with Split Red Lentils - (A Beautiful Plate) Adding this at the last minute. Another slow cooker option. This one with a minestrone angle. Get the recipe here. Continue reading Nine Great Lentil Soups to Choose From... [...]

Bake Potatoes Like a Pro plus Ten Surprising Toppings


Whether you're baking potatoes or sweet potatoes, having a technique that results in a crisp, seasoned skin, and fluffy, light flesh is where you want to be. I thought I'd highlight the sea-salt roasted baked potato technique I've been using exclusively for years. It's so simple, and works every time. The general guide-lines - straight on the rack, no foil, don't under-bake - you can see it below for the details. Building on that foundation, I'll share some topping ideas I'm excited about. As far as the ideas go, I'm going to focus on veg-friendly, healthful, and a bit unexpected. Enjoy! -h 1. Sea-Salt Baked Potatoes - (101 Cookbooks) I posted this recipe nearly seven years ago, and have used this technique to bake potatoes, yams, and sweet potatoes. I'm not a fan of the foil method (unless camping?), and this works brilliantly. Get the recipe here. 2. Baked Sweet Potato with Hummus & Kale - (Donna Hay) Donna Hay's signature brilliance in one concise, achievable weeknight recipe. Get the recipe here. 3. Breakfast Baked Sweet Potato with Hibiscus Tea Yogurt and Turmeric Granola - (Vegetarian Heartland) Breakfast aspirations right here. And, even if you skip the potato....turmeric granola! ;) Get the recipe here. 4. Loaded Garlic Kale Baked Potatoes - (The Full Helping) Love this vegan garlic and kale combination. You can also make a version of this recipe trading out the kale for broccoli (quick blanch it first & dry well). Get the recipe here. 5. Stuffed & Sauced Baked Sweet Potatoes - (The First Mess / Minimalist Baker) A beautiful Dana Shultz recipe captured by Laura Wright on The First Mess. Each sweet potato is topped with ginger-coriander chickpeas, a ginger-tahini sauce, and plenty of green onions and cilantro greening things out. Yes, please. Get the recipe here. 6. Dal Stuffed Sweet Potato - (Green Kitchen Stories) I love this recipe - tons of spices, lentils, crunch from some pumpkin seeds, and a jolt of green spinach. Perfect all-in-one meal. More details here. 7. Thai Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Red Curry Peanut Sauce - (80Twenty) Baked purple sweet potatoes with a super simple peanut sauce, scallions, peanuts, and cilantro. Love this idea. Get the recipe here. 8. Chili Baked Potato - (Naturally Ella) A brilliant take on chili slathered baked potatoes. She uses this bulgur chili to top the potatoes. Get the full recipe here. 9. Baked Sweet Potato with Chickpeas and Broccoli Pesto - (Jar of Lemons) Another smart chickpea and sweet potato combination, this time with a quick broccoli pesto. Get the recipe here. 10. Stuffed Sweet Potato with Spinach and Feta - (Purple Avocado) Short ingredient list, big impact. Get the recipe here. Continue reading Bake Potatoes Like a Pro plus Ten Surprising Toppings... [...]

Garlic Lime Lettuce Wraps



Lettuce wraps are a fave around here (and a nice change from taco night). This has become a favorite weeknight meal. Ginger and garlic tempeh rice, folded into lime-spiked lettuce wraps with lots of herbs, cucumber, and carrots. It's a one-pan meal that comes together in no time!


A couple of tips related to this recipe. If you find a tempeh brand you like, buy it in multiples. It freezes really well. And, I like to make this with brown rice that I've blended with other grains - like a little bit of millet, and quinoa. But, brown jasmine rice on it's own is also A+!

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Japanese Noodle Masters share Ramen and Soba Techniques


Whenever I'm in Japan, I like to stop and watch the noodle makers. On occasion, you'll come across someone hand-making soba noodles and the process is spell-binding to observe. The Italian grandmas making pasta got such a positive response, I thought it would be fun to follow that up with a selection of videos highlighting Japanese noodle masters making beautiful soba, ramen, and udon noodles. The photo, above, is from the last time I was in Tokyo, we rode the train from to the coastal town of Kamakura, strolled around a bit, and came across this soba maker. You could observe the soba being made as you wait in line outside the tiny shop. Enjoy the videos! -h 1. Soba start to Finish Not all of the videos on this list show the dough making process, AND the rolling out process, but chef Shuji Ozeki does. And(!) the cooking. Triple threat. src="" allowfullscreen> 2. Soba in Hokkaido The video of soba master Tatsuru Rai from Niseko, Hokkaido. Completely hypnotizing. src="" allowfullscreen> 3. Ramen Ivan Orkin makes (and talks) ramen here. The most interesting part to me is the wonderful blend of flours he uses in his dough, for example, toasted rye. src="" allowfullscreen> 4. Somen Noodle Factory The footage here is incredible. A ten minute look at the two day process the Akagi fmaily takes to make and dry somen noodles. src="" allowfullscreen> 5. Soba in Hokkaido A great video of local chef Syuji Konishi working at his soba restaurant, Soba-no-mi. I never get tired of the moment when they take the special soba knife and cut incredibly precise noodles - seems impossible. src="" allowfullscreen> 6. Peaceful Cuisine Soba I'm a fan of the Peaceful Cuisine channel, and you'll get a sense of why through this video. Soba, beautifully made in a home kitchen. src="" allowfullscreen> 7. Traditional Noodle Making in Japan More noodle factory footage, because I can't stop looking at it. Fascinating. And, the sun-drying! src="" allowfullscreen> Continue reading Japanese Noodle Masters share Ramen and Soba Techniques... [...]