Cookbook Review: The Kitchen Ecosystem

The Kitchen Ecosystem By Eugenia Bone Clarkson Potter/Publishers A trip to the grocery store can by a budget-busting experience now. When you pay hard earned money for food, why not use it as fully as possible? That’s the principal behind this book. Turn chicken bones into broth, beet greens into side dishes and apple peels […]

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Cookbook Review: The New Indian Slow Cooker

The New Indian Slow Cooker: Recipes for Curries, Dals, Chutneys, Masalas, Biryani and More By Neela Paniz Published by Ten Speed Press I love eating Indian food, but have always been reluctant to try cooking it myself. I head to a restaurant for my biryani and keema fix. On the other hand, the slow cooker […]

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Kimchi Craving

On Tuesday I turned Chicken Soup & Homicide in to my publisher. All summer there was a lot going on with life in general, beyond my writing life, so getting the book whipped into shape over the last month and a half was intense. I’ve written before about how I end up with food obsessions […]

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Cops & Doughnuts For The Win!

I live in a state that you have to want to come to. Michigan is surrounded by the Great Lakes on three sides, which are basically inland seas that can produce ocean-like conditions and have the shipwrecks to prove it. So unless you want to go from Canada to Wisconsin, across the Upper Peninsula, you […]

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Writer’s Lunch: Free For All Frittata

I have been doing daily, hand to hand combat with leftovers this summer. It seems that I have been routinely cooking too much food, either by miscalculating how much my family would enjoy a meal or by how many people would be eating the meal. My refrigerator shelves are a maze of containers full of […]

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Chocolate Coconut “Egg” Cream

Fizzy drinks and summer just go together, in my opinion. I love making different kinds of citrus syrups to add to seltzer water. Or adding some sort of carbonated water to wine or sangria, just to add a bit of sparkle. One of my favorite beverage discoveries recently was La Croix Sparkling Water. It comes […]

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Cookbook Review: Cooking With Fire

Cooking With Fire: Rediscovering the Tastes of Traditional Wood-fired Cooking By Paula Marcoux Storey Publishing, May 2014 I have wanted to make a mud oven in my backyard for years. While I haven’t gotten around to that, yet, I knew I had to get this book as soon as I read the description. Not only […]

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Strawberry Essence Water

As I was cruising the internet a few days ago I came across a post on Food 52 that piqued my interest. The author of the post used strawberry trimmings (tops, leaves, stems) to make a subtle, strawberry infused water. Intriguing. I’ve always liked to drink infused waters, but using the leaves in the water? […]

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Cookbook Review: Delicious Probiotic Drinks

I have been following Julia Mueller’s blog, The Roasted Root, for awhile. Over the winter I was excited to see her publish a new book about probiotic drinks. I was even more excited when I won a copy in a giveaway! You see, I love to sip on various beverages when I am working at […]

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I’m An Aldi Convert

When the first Aldi grocery store opened in my area, quite a few years ago, I gave the store a try. Once. I had small kids. There were very few brands that I recognized on the shelves. The quarter for a cart thing and the bag your own groceries with your own bags thing, just […]

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