The best way to learn about a new place is tasting its food: through the flavors we can know more about the traditions and history of the people who live in these places.
Experimenting with new ingredients makes life interesting and if the foods are especially nutrient-dense — even better. They are so high in vitamins, minerals, and other healing compounds that health experts call them superfoods. In their countries of origin, these berries, nuts, plants, and seeds have been used for thousands of years to holistically medicate the body or just add yumminess to everyday, wholesome meals.

Easy Mexican Chicken and Rice Soup

This is my mother-in-law’s chicken soup. She is of Mexican descent and her soup is held in high esteem in our household.

As soon as the cold weather arrives, this soup goes into the weekly rotation. We never get tired of having it on the menu!

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Sheet Pan Pizza with Roasted Cauliflower and Greens

Sheet Pan Pizza with Roasted Cauliflower and Greens

I’ve played around a lot with homemade pizza over the years — making this dough and that dough, trying thin crust pizzas on a baking stones and the backs of baking sheets, baking pizzas for one and pizzas for four.

But sheet pan pizza is my new best friend! And it can be yours, too.

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No-Knead Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

No-Knead Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

This no-knead pizza dough is laughably easy. Just whisk flour, yeast and salt in a bowl, add water and stir. Let rise, covered, overnight, and make your pizza. That’s it.

My recipe is based on the no-knead bread recipe originally developed by Jim Lahey at the Sullivan Street Bakery in New York City. Here, I’ve added whole wheat flour to up the nutritional value and modified the amounts to make a dough that’s perfectly proportioned for making sheet pan pizza.

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Meal Plan for January Week 2

It’s about this time of year where the impact of daylight savings time and early evening darkness gets the better of me. I try to combat the lack of light with outdoor daytime activities and then lots of warm cozy soups, bright fresh salads, and vegetable dishes for dinner.

These remind me winter won’t last forever and the freezing wind won’t always settle in my bones.

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8 Cozy Winter Soups That Feel Like a Great Big Hug

Slow Cooker Taco Soup

By Carrie Havranek

Soup is a regular occurrence in my house throughout the winter. A few years ago, I felt into the habit of making soup and a loaf of bread every Monday. My family learned to anticipate it, and we ended up bringing several new soups into the rotation to stand alongside our old standbys.

We can always use new soup recipes in my family!

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Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Best Chicken Noodle Soup from Scratch

Is there anything more comforting than homemade chicken noodle soup? Perfect for cold weather, and especially good if you are fighting off a cold or flu. There are probably as many ways of making chicken noodle soup as there are moms who make it.

The key is homemade stock made from chicken parts or a whole chicken. The iron rich gelatin from the chicken cartilage and bones is good for you, and one of the reasons why homemade chicken stock is so beneficial.

If you don’t already have a cache of homemade chicken stock, the following is a recipe for making the entire soup from scratch, starting with a whole chicken, parted out. Already have chicken stock? This recipe includes instructions for a 30 minute shortcut version as well.

This recipe makes an especially clean tasting soup with a rich, clear broth, and plenty of noodles.

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Cambodian Coconut Shrimp Soup

Coconut Shrimp Soup from Cambodia

Earlier last year, I had the good fortune to travel to Cambodia to visit a friend who lives there. I had a long stay, so had plenty of time to explore Phnom Penh and the surrounding areas – and eat lots of food!

Most people in Phnom Penh buy their food from the markets. I saw both live and freshly killed chickens, fish that were still wriggling, a very pungent fermented fish called prahok, and baskets piled high with all kinds of fresh produce like lemongrass, makrut (kaffir) lime leaves, baby (pea) eggplant, banana flowers, morning glory, and water spinach.

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Bloody Mary

How to make the best bloody mary

Welcome to the world’s most amped up tomato juice cocktail–the Bloody Mary.

It’s the ultimate weekend brunch drink. It’s also a famous hangover cure, though the benefits are due mostly to electrolyte replenishment coming from the liquid, salt, and natural sugar in the main ingredients—tomato juice, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce. The vodka? My guess is drinking more vodka isn’t going to help anyone’s hangover much. Though who knows?

The Bloody Mary is one of my favorite drinks of all time, though usually I limit the vodka to one ounce (I’m a lightweight, don’t judge!), or leave it out all together for a Virgin Mary.

My version of this drink includes the basics that you would expect—tomato juice, lemon juice, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, and pepper—and a few subtle twists.

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Moroccan Pot Roast

Pot Roast with Moroccan Spices

Pot roast is such a comforting, all-American dish; you almost don’t want to mess with it.

Almost.

When you add North African ingredients such as turmeric, ginger, cumin and coriander, along with pomegranate juice (for a little sweetness), you end up with something new, a bit exotic, and altogether fantastic!

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Meal Plan for January Week 1

January Meal Plan Week 1

Welcome to 2018! Our contributor Summer Miller is back to share her meal plans for the month of January. To start us off on the right foot, she has a few thoughts to share on New Year’s resolutions, healthy eating, and what this all means to her.

A few years ago, I found the remnants of a New Year’s Resolution list tucked into the folds of an old notebook stashed in the bottom drawer of an even older desk. The list was written nearly a decade prior, and I realized I’d been trying to lose the same 10 pounds for years.

From that moment on, I changed the way I looked at resolutions. Rather than jotting down a list of goals I’d hope to accomplish, lose 10 lbs., be on Oprah etc., I wrote down a list of words or phrases that represent who I wanted to become.

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Meal Plan for December Week 4

December Meal Plan Wk 4

This month, Summer Miller is back and excited to share her family’s meal plans for December. Happy holidays, everyone!

My general philosophy is to eat as healthy as I can, most of the time. For me, this means that not much is actually off limits, but I focus more on eating in moderation.

When planning our meals for the week, I also try to look at the week as whole and then gauge when we can indulge and when it’s better to plan something lighter.

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8 Holiday Desserts for When Your Sweet Tooth Needs a Break

Paleo and Gluten-Free Apple Tart

Christmas cookies have an enduring appeal. And then there are all the showstopper cakes, pies, and other sweets that make everyone at your holiday party ooh and ahh.

But what about when your sweet tooth needs a break? What if you love the holidays, but you prefer your sweets just a little less, well, sweet?

Here are a few desserts for when you realize that the holidays are a marathon not a sprint, culinarily speaking. They make a lovely end to a festive holiday meal, but they won’t leave you feeling too full to get up from the table.

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Pomegranate Paloma

Pomegranate Tequila Cocktail

Deck the halls, it’s time to get Merry Merry with a Pomegranate Paloma cocktail!

A “paloma” if you are unfamiliar with it, is a grapefruit version of a margarita, with lime juice, tequila, and a salt-rimmed glass. (It’s also Spanish for “dove”, which is neither here nor there when it comes to the drink.)

And while I’m partial to everything grapefruit, a tequila/lime/salt combination rocks with pomegranate juice. Stir it up with a rosemary swizzle and now you have a drink that is fully decked out for the holidays in a ruby red coat with a salty white rim.

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8 Holiday Appetizers That Think Outside the Box

Edamame Avocado Dip

Have you been tasked with bringing the appetizer to a holiday party? Or maybe you’re the host and desperately need some inspiration beyond the go-to recipes in your repertoire?

Enter these eight out-of-the-box holiday appetizers!

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6 Recipes for a Super Bowl Fiesta

Chicken Fajitas

This post is brought to you in partnership with Mission Foods.

Show of hands — who is here to watch the game…. ok, now, who is here for the food?! Yup, that’s about what we figured.

Not to say you can’t enjoy all the touch downs, field goals, and extra points happening on the screen, but what’s the point of getting together to watch the game if there’s not a huge buffet of food involved?

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Cranberry Apple Stuffed Pork Loin

Cranberry Apple Stuffed Pork Loin

Looking for a festive roast for a special dinner or a holiday celebration? This cranberry apple stuffed pork loin presents beautifully, and is easier to pull off than it looks. Really!

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Almond Flour Waffles

Crispy Gluten-Free Almond Flour Waffles

I love cooking for people. It’s my primary means of showing affection.

And while I’m always happy to work around dietary needs, cooking for my younger brother takes a bit more consideration. Not only is he lactose intolerant, he is also allergic to gluten. (Sadly, this means every single recipe from my mac and cheese cookbook is off the table!)

Rather than see these dietary restrictions as inconveniences, I prefer to see them as challenges. Or, at the least, an excuse to buy and explore alternatives such as buckwheat and amaranth flours.

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Cocoa Coconut Macaroons

Cocoa Coconut Macaroons

I am so excited to share the recipe for these Cocoa Coconut Macaroons because they are seriously one of my favorite things to come out of my kitchen, ever.

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Prime Rib

Prime Rib

Prime rib claims center stage during holiday season for a very good reason. It is the king of beef cuts.

It’s called a standing rib roast because to cook it, you position the roast majestically on its rib bones in the roasting pan.

Beautifully marbled with fat, this roast is rich, juicy, and tender—a feast for the eyes and the belly.

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Slow Cooker Chickpea Curry with Sweet Potatoes and Red Peppers

Slow Cooker Chickpea Curry

This chickpea curry is so flavorful, yet so simple to prepare. Just a few minutes of prep and a press of a button on the slow cooker, and the next thing you know, the smell of curry is wafting through the kitchen.

This dish is vegan, gluten-free, and immensely delicious. To build flavor without piling up dishes, everything is cooked right in the slow cooker – no stove-top browning or pre-cooking required!

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2017 Holiday Gift Guide

2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Hello everyone!

We hope you are staying safe and warm and enjoying the holiday spirit wherever you are.

As we gear up for the festive season, we thought we might share with you a few of our favorite ideas for holiday gifts this year.

Happy Holidays!

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10 Best Desserts to Take to a Holiday Party

‘Tis the season for holiday parties and all the sweet indulgences that come along with them. Have you volunteered to bring dessert to your next gathering?

Here are ten of our favorites that travel well and are sure to please everyone at the party.

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Coquito (Puerto Rican Coconut Eggnog)

Coquito

Every December my husband and I throw our annual Christmas cookie swap. It’s a simple event that we’ve honed to turnkey tradition over the years. I throw on some hipster Christmas music, set out plenty of holiday-appropriate nibbles like a cheese plate or crab dip, and put a little Santa cap on our corgi because ohmygod it’s adorable.

Drink-wise I keep it simple: mulled wine and coquito.

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Persimmon Cookies

Persimmon Cookies

Fall is the season for persimmons, and with persimmons you can make the most wonderful cookies!

These persimmon cookies are cake-y and filled with walnuts and dried sweetened cranberries. I’ve topped them with a sugar glaze that includes persimmon purée and tangy orange zest.

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Sous Vide Beef Tenderloin with Port Wine and Garlic

Sous Vide Beef Tenderloin with Port, Garlic, and Thyme

This post is brought to you in partnership with Joule: Sous Vide by ChefSteps

I have always considered beef tenderloin a “high stress” meal and given it a wide berth. This is an expensive cut of meat—it’s not one that you want to mess up by trusting an untrustworthy recipe or forgetting to set a timer.

Add to this, roast beef tenderloin most often appears on menus around the holidays. I’ve never quite been able to overcome the terrifying possibility of ruining both a wage-devouring cut of meat and Christmas dinner.

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Cranberry Pistachio Chocolate Biscotti

Cranberry Pistachio Chocolate Biscotti

If you have never made biscotti but often order them at coffee shops, you will be pleasantly surprised how easy they are to make at home.

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14 Recipes to Make with AlmondMilk

What can you make with almondmilk? What CAN’T you make?!

Check out this round-up of recipes from Almond Breeze: Lemon Almond Bread, Creamy Garlic Pasta, Scalloped Potatoes, and more.

P.S. Try the Almond Cashew Blend from Almond Breeze to add extra creaminess to these recipes!

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Potato Herb Tart

Potato Herb Tart

During the holiday season, you need a few recipes that you can pull out of your proverbial back pocket – recipes that are both easy and dazzling. This potato tart fits both requirements.

There are just four main ingredients: frozen puff pastry, potatoes, olive oil, and herbs. Can’t beat that.

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Slow-Roasted Salmon with Sweet Chili Glaze and Scallions

Slow-Roasted Salmon with Sweet Chili Glaze

Slow-roasting is a technique that can be applied to almost any fish, but it’s especially good with salmon. Just turn down the oven heat and cook for slightly longer than usual.

The total time is still minimal, but the result is a true revelation: tender, silky wedges of salmon, easily cut with a spoon. Serve the salmon on top of lightly seasoned greens, and you have a meal that appeals to the eyes and to the palate.

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3 Ways to Make a Great Cheesecake

3 Ways to Make Cheesecake

There are lots of ways to make a great cheesecake — not all recipes require the dreaded water bath or other fussy steps!

We’ve rounded up three of our favorite ways to make cheesecake: classic (with a water bath!), no-bake, and a pressure cooker version. They’re all accessible, they all work, and none of them will make you cry.

No need for fearful tears here. Cheesecake should make you smile.

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