The Rice Cooker: SooFoo® Whole Grain Mix

Some times during editing a book, our favorite recipes get cut by the ol’ editor. We live with the decision for the betterment of the book, but often not happily. One such cut was the grain mixture SooFoo®, a grain mixture we adore.

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New Years Black-Eyed Peas

While most New Years pot of black eyed peas bean stew contain pork, the vegetarians cannot be left out.

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Holiday Baking: Butter Cookies with A Filling

What is Christmas without Christmas cookies? I have friends who start at Thanksgiving with their baking and bake right on through the month of December, ending up with a cache of beautiful cookies in different shapes, styles, colors, and flavors. For my holiday catering, I used to always offer the cookie tray, which was wildly popular and worth all the hours of baking that went into creating it.

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Farmhouse Butter Churned the Food Processor

Any type of milk produces enough cream to be churned into a full fat butter. Homemade butter is easily made with a food processor in a fast, clean, and very efficient manner. Because making butter is so simple, it makes a great project for kids as well as adults. It’s a remarkably fast and easy process that lets you see for yourself where this ever-so-basic and familiar food comes from.

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Chez Dining Room: Mount Athos Monastery and Spanakopita

The food of Greece is wholesome regional and seasonal peasant food. One of the main foods is the pitta, or savory pie. Vegetables of all types, olive oil, herbs, grains, the famous thick yogurt, feta cheese are wrapped in phyllo, Greek for leaf. Greek cuisine, influenced by both Eastern and Western cuisines is considered one of the healthiest on the planet.

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Slow Cooker Vegetarian Black Bean Chili

There is chili and there is chili. Chili used to mean Texas style with meat and beans. Enter the vegetarians and the use of dried black beans, as called turtle beans, an integral part of Central American and Cuban cookery. They are easily found in the dried bean and rice section of the supermarket. Black bean chili was born and it has become probably the most beloved of all vegetarian dishes.

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The Basics: Who is Pepper

Pepper is one of the other most important spice seasonings in the kitchen because of its enormous popularity in Western cooking. I love pepper and just about every recipe in my recipe collections has some pepper in it. If you’ve never tried a high quality black peppercorn, you’re in for a treat.

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The Basics: Who is Salt

Salt has become one of my most interesting posts. It is an important addition to food, accenting and balancing the natural flavors in food. While there is a lot of bad press nutritionally about salt, it is vital to good health and fundamental to the proper functioning of the entire body since it is the element that moves oxygen through our bloodstream and muscles.

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Slow Cooker: Spinach Pesto Deep Dish Pie with Homemade Ricotta-A Summer Family Treat

Italian pasta casseroles are probably some of the most popular family cooking in all cuisines. The king of these is lasagna. Turns out the slow cooker pasta casserole that translates perfectly from the standard oven method is lasagna. A whole book could be written just on slow cooker lasagnas.

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The Culinary Traveler: The Slow Cooker Tagine

A Tagine, also known as a Tajine, is a traditional cooking vessel as well as the name of the dish cooked in them and method of cooking found in the North African cuisines of Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia. Usually the traditional Tagine pot is formed entirely of a heavy clay which is sometimes painted or glazed.

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