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Raw Vegan Pesto

Cherie Soria, owner and director of the Living Light Culinary Institute in Fort Bragg, California, shows how to make delicious, raw, vegan pesto.  She uses nutritional yeast, garlic, miso, oil, nuts, salt, and of course, basil.  The best part about this recipe is that it can be frozen and pulled out later. Cherie suggests freezing them in […]

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Mandolin

Me and My Mandolin

I just bought this mandolin and I am thrilled with it.  It has three separate grates – small squares, big squares, and long rectangles (for cutting French Fries, it looks like). I got it at a kitchen outlet store  It is made by Sharper Image. So far I have used this for cutting veggies up […]

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How to Freeze Bananas

I was freezing bananas in their skin and then pulling them out and microwaving them before putting them in smoothies.  With this method, the frozen chunks are ready to throw into the smoothie “as is” which saves a lot of time and mess in the morning.  Don’t forget you can also save bananas for baking […]

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Roasted potatoes

Roasted Potatoes

  My favorite go-to vegan dish for eating at home or bringing to a potluck are roasted potatoes.  In this particular picture, I had a small bag of tri-colored potatoes (white, yellow, and purple) and one sweet potato.  I cut them up into bite size pieces and tossed with some olive oil, salt, and rosemary. Oven […]

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How to Peel an Orange: 3 Different Strategies

Citrus fruits are fabulous – love love love oranges. I put them in my salads in the winter. My favorite orange? the Cara Cara. It has a short winter season, coral colored, and incredibly sweet. I’ve always taken a cut at the top of an orange and then spiraled the cut down with a knife […]

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Fuyu Persimmon

All About Persimmons

Persimmons are n season. There is a lot of confusion between the two main types of persimmons, the Fuyu and the Hachiya. Often people will plant persimmon trees or move into a home with a persimmon tree and not know how to use their persimmons – or end up with a different variety of persimmon than what […]

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Vegan One Pot Dish for the Rice Cooker

I like appliances  – but only if they have multiple uses.  Adore my rice cooker and this recipe just gives me one more reason to like it.  Everything in one pot and you don’t have to worry about it boiling over or getting burnt.  The rice cooker does all the work. This would be a […]

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mango

How To Cut A Mango

This video explains how to cut a mango into slices or into squares.  No more struggling with messy chunks of slippery mango! Mangos are great in a winter green salad or in a fruit salad.  You can throw them in a smoothie, too, and I’ve had mango salsa which is just delicious. On the Mango […]

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pomegranate

How to Open a Pomegranate

One of the biggest mysteries of winter produce is how to open a pomegranate. This beautiful and exotic fruit has a season that runs from September to February, which means we are right in the middle of the season, with big, round pomegranates readily available in grocery stores.  In ancient middle eastern cultures, the pomegranate was considered […]

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