Kitchen Tips

Oops – Eggs left at room temp?

Posted by on Feb 6, 2011 in Kitchen Tips | 5 comments

Oops – Eggs left at room temp?

The other night, I was trying to make room for something in the fridge, and in the process, accidentally left a carton of eggs out on the counter overnight. I assumed 8 hours at room temp was ok, but wasn’t quite sure, so turned to our awesome CSA farmer, Nancy Grove, who responded with a very thorough answer that started off with “We never refrigerate our eggs.” She went on…. Eggs only go “bad” when they dehydrate. At room temperature, they dehydrate more quickly than they do in the fridge. So, refrigeration of eggs only came into play with large-scale...

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Too many bananas sitting around?

Posted by on Feb 6, 2011 in Kitchen Tips | Comments Off on Too many bananas sitting around?

Too many bananas sitting around?

If you find yourself with an excess of bananas, [if you have a food processor or vitamix) cut them into small chunks and freeze for later use in this recipe: ~  1-minute-ice-cream Or…. Use them up with one or more of these yummy food combinations: ~  Slice them over your favorite-pancakes instead of using syrup ~  yogurt-banana-cinnamon ~  grown-up-pbj ~  chocolate-covered-bananas ~  apple-(or banana)-cinnamon-walnut-pancakes ~  chocolate-y-oatmeal ~  buckwheat-porridge ~  banana-cinnamon-ice-pops ~  banana-almond-milk-smoothie ~  coffee-smoothie ~  hemp-milk-smoothie ~...

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Raw Cheese (specific brands)

Posted by on Feb 6, 2011 in Kitchen Tips | 3 comments

Raw Cheese (specific brands)

  Raw cheese is much more available than raw milk.  If you don’t have access to a local farm for fresh, raw cheese, many imported cheeses are raw and of very high quality.  Look for the words “milk,” “fresh milk” or “raw milk” on the label rather than “pasteurized milk.” The lo-down on specific (non-imported) brands: NO – ORGANIC VALLEY sells what they call a “raw milk” cheese but it’s not truly raw.  They heat-treat (or “sub-pasteurize”) the milk to 159 degrees (as opposed to 161 degrees). Raw turns into dead somewhere between 105 & 118 degrees, so there must be some sort of...

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Thanksgiving menu suggestions…

Posted by on Nov 21, 2010 in Kitchen Tips | 2 comments

Thanksgiving menu suggestions…

In addition to (or instead of) the bird, listed below are several recipes that work well for Thanksgiving. As for us… We’re looking forward to my sister and her family coming up this year. Here’s what I’ll be preparing.  And in case it’s helpful for those with food sensitivities – Everything on my menu happens to be dairy and gluten free except for the sherry in the soup which mostly evaporates during cooking or can be omitted – just use extra veggie broth or another substitution – and the feta cheese in the salad (substitute sliced avocado or...

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Our favorite (must try) recipes

Posted by on Nov 21, 2010 in Kitchen Tips | Comments Off on Our favorite (must try) recipes

Our favorite (must try) recipes

JANUARY 2012 We’ve added an updated list of our (current) favorite recipes, considering all the new ones that were added in 2011. The recipes in bold are the ones that still remain top picks from the previous year (2010). Pictured above: (easy) banana ice cream with caramel sauce & short bread crust sprinkled over the top. I just realized I missed one of my personal favorite recipes, and the family agrees – it’s a favorite of theirs too:  TANGY-SWEET-COLESLAW. (CLICK CHARTS TO ENLARGE) _____________________________________________________________________ NOVEMBER 2010...

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Favorite Cookbooks

Posted by on Jun 19, 2010 in Kitchen Tips | Comments Off on Favorite Cookbooks

Favorite Cookbooks

I own countless cookbooks, and almost all of them have something worthwhile, but these are the ones I’ve found most useful over the years…… FRESH FOOD FAST 1000 VEGETARIAN RECIPES THE COMPLETE ITALIAN VEGETARIAN THE BEST RECIPE COOKING THE WHOLE FOODS WAY COOKING WITH COCONUT FLOUR THE SPUNKY COCONUT COOKBOOK RAW FOOD MADE EASY   VIVE LA VEGAN If anyone would like to share the titles of the cookbooks they couldn’t live w/o, feel free to comment!...

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How to Eat Locally

Posted by on Jun 19, 2010 in Food Related, Health Topics, Kitchen Tips | Comments Off on How to Eat Locally

How to Eat Locally

EATING LOCALLY – SOME OF THE BENEFITS: At some point, while biting into a New Zealand Braeburn, it occurred to me just how ridiculous it was that the apple in my hand was grown on a different continent, having traveled perhaps 8,000 miles to reach me, even though we produce thousands of juicy apples here in Upstate, NY. It made me wonder if there was a New Zealander in the same predicament – holding a NY McIntosh in one hand, and scratching his head w/ the other. What a waste! But not only that….who knows how long it took that New Zealand apple to get to my local grocery...

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Organic Foods Prioritized

Posted by on Jun 15, 2010 in Food Related, Health Topics, Kitchen Tips | Comments Off on Organic Foods Prioritized

Organic Foods Prioritized

WHY ORGANIC? FACT – Pesticides are designed to kill living organisms. I suppose one could take that & go wherever they want with it, but common sense tells me I should keep these chemicals as far away from my body as possible. Beyond common sense, there’s a growing body of scientific evidence linking these chemicals to human diseases, such as brain/nervous system toxicity, cancer, hormone dysfunction, and skin/eye/lung irritation. www.cdc.gov/pesticides ______________________________________________________________________ Number 1 most important product to buy organic...

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32 Favorite Tools/Gadgets

Posted by on Apr 20, 2010 in Kitchen Tips, Most Popular Posts | 4 comments

32 Favorite Tools/Gadgets

_______________________________________________________________________________________ WATER CARAFES I use these containers to store [back up] water from our reverse osmosis filter. For those of you who already have an RO filter in your home, you know that the tank holds 2 gallons of water at a time. That means, if you decided to fill up a giant 2 gallon pot with water, for the following several hours, water would just dribble out of the spout until the water reserve was built back up (It takes time for the unit to do this). Sometimes, we do go through water faster than other times, like if...

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