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Chile-seasoned Veggie Flax Crackers

This satisfying snack is similar to Dill-seasoned Veggie Flax Crackers, but with a Southwest flavor profile. Ancho and mulato are both sweet-flavored peppers, but there is a hint of heat in the cracker. Lovely! Find …

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Veggie Flax Crackers

Here’s my favorite variation of the flax cracker recipe I originally got from Misty Humphrey of Healthy Transitions. Like my plain Flax Crackers, they’re delicious and crispy, and sturdy enough to spread yummy things on. The carrots …

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Dill-seasoned Veggie Flax Crackers

These crackers are based on a recipe I got in 2009 from Misty Humphrey, who would go on to found the real-foods health site Healthy Transitions. Like my plain Flax Crackers, they’re delicious and crispy, and …

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Flax Crackers

These crackers are delicious and crispy, and sturdy enough to spread yummy things on. I find it’s a nice neutral carrier for cheeses, dips, etc. Golden flax seeds have a smooth, light flavor that’s ideal …

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Ingredients and Nutrition

You can’t make good food out of bad ingredients. Conversely (or is it obversely?), you need good ingredients to make good food. (Perhaps it’s contrapositively? And to think I used to be a logic tutor.) …

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How to Make Soup

How do you make soup? Put things in a pot with enough water that they’re swimming in it, put the heat on medium-low, and wait. Soon you will have soup. And for heaven’s sake, don’t …

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How to Make Things to Drink

Here’s something that often gets left out of discussions of how to cook: how to make things to drink. Here’s why homemade beverages are important. if you think about it, you’ll notice that a huge …

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How to Make Breakfast

How to make breakfast? Over the years, I’ve gone from a high-starch, lowfat breakfast sensiblility to one that basically eliminates carbs from my first meal of the day. I’ll be sharing tips for how to …

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How to Equip Your Kitchen

How do you feel about your kitchenware? Do you like it? Do you hate it? Do you love it? If you’re not in love with your cookware, throw it out! If you hate your cookware, …

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How to Cook Greens

Learn how to cook greens using my quick and tasty methods, and you’ll never be at a loss for a fast vegetable side dish. Forget about fussing with steamer baskets or wating on pots of …

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How to Cook Beans

How to cook beans? It’s easy and not as time-consuming as you might think. And wow, are dry beans ever cheap. We have sacks and sacks of beans piled up in the computer room, heaped …

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How to Bake Bread

Learn how to bake bread the old fashioned way and discover the joy of kneading. Find recipes for all-whole-wheat bread, and heirloom Old World recipes, too. When you learn to bake, you can say goodbye …

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Serbian Recipes

Serbian food is influenced by the unique spot on the globe where Serbian culture developed. It’s a liminal place where East crosses to West, where Northern Europe phases into Southern Europe. The seasonings are simple, …

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Homemade Ghee

The difference between ghee and regular clarified butter is that ghee is heated long enough for the milk solids to toast, so that they leave behind an incomparable rich, nutty flavor after they are strained out.

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Freezing Tomatoes to Put Them Up

Freezing tomatoes is an excellent way to put them up. The method of frozen tomatoes I’ve come up with is ridiculously easy, and space efficient, too. Using the tomatoes is also super-easy, especially if you …

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Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and cheese that you make on the stovetop? It doesn’t have to come out of a box. Natural foods brands of boxed macaroni and cheese exist. Our favorite is Annie’s. It has the most …

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Homemade Corn Dogs

Who knew you could make your own corn dogs? It’s easy, fun and delicious. We’ve been serving these at our son’s birthday parties for years. It’s become a tradition. At his sixth, a guest (a …

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Malay-style Chicken and Eggplant Curry

Curry powder is one ingredient you won’t find in this brightly flavored, deeply satisfying curry. Curry powder is made from a blend of spices, and there can be at least as many variations on it …

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Best cutting boards for home cooking

If you’ve been following my advice about how to learn to cook, by now you’ve bought yourself a few really good knives. Great! Now that you’ve treated yourself to good knives, treat your knives to …

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Best Knives for Home Cooking

If cutting up a chicken is hard, clumsy work, or you find yourself cursing your carrots when you attempt to matchstick them, I have the most likely reason: your knives probably suck. Slicing and dicing …

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How to Equip Your Kitchen

How do you feel about your kitchenware? Do you like it? Do you hate it? Do you love it? If you’re not in love with your cookware, throw it out! If you hate your cookware, …

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Best Pots and Pans for Home Cooking

If your food sticks and burns, then your pots and pans are probably too thin. If your food boils over or spills when you move the pot around, then you probably need some bigger pots …

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Serbian Badnje Veče Christmas Eve Menu

January 6 is celebrated as Christmas Eve in the tradition of most Eastern Orthodox churches, including Serbian, which is my heritage. Technically, in Serbian this day is called Badnji dan during the day, and in …

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Koljivo, or Zito (Zhito)

Koljivo, or Zito (pronounced ZHEE-toe, meaning “wheat”), is one of the most important dishes a Serbian can make. Loaded with the symbolism of life, death, harvest and renewal, it’s presented at only a few special …

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Serbian Christmas Customs

My mother, born in Yugoslavia in 1920, was never a big fan of folk customs, which she saw as more antiquated than quaint. She was a twentieth-century teen who preferred swing music and Sinatra to …

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Ajvar (Serbian eggplant caviar)

Ajvar, pronounced AYE-var, is a savory relish with an indescribably delicate flavor. Ajvar is a wonderful way to use some of the summer bounty from your garden or CSA box. Make lots and preserve for …

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Old-Fashioned Stovetop Coffee

Here’s a rich, mellow brew that uses an old-fashioned stovetop percolator — inner parts removed — to make fresh, hot homemade stovetop coffee. Although you use a percolator (guts removed), this coffee is not perked. …

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Homemade Iced Tea

If you’re used to buying ready-to-drink (RTD) or instant iced tea, you’ll be amazed at the difference in freshness and flavor once you learn how to make iced tea at home. You might call it …

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Low Country Boil

A version of this article featuring a Low Country boil recipe originally appeared in Madison Magazine, June 2001. It was an installment of my monthly column there, “Table Talk.” Occasionally my husband and I would …

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Homemade Lemonade

Homemade lemonade is a wonderful treat. After I sampled this incredibly easy and natural soft drink, I was able to taste just how yucky the commercial stuff is. Lemonade in a can? Tinny. Lemonade from …

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Breakfast on the Grill

Even in the sticky heat of summer, warm weather mornings are generally cool, green and lovely. Why waste a minute of it inside?  Bring breakfast outdoors—cook it on your grill. You’ll get extra time to …

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Homemade Buttermilk

Homemade buttermilk is tasty, easy to make, and sooo good for you. It’s not just a refreshing beverage, but also a healthful cultured milk product with all the essential goodness from lacto-fermentation that we humans …

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Cole Slaw

The first time I ever tried to make my own cole slaw it was crisp, balanced, fresh – and wrong. What was missing? A certain je ne sais quoi: a refreshing, bracing note that was herbal yet …

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Homemade Mayonnaise

Here’s another one of those things that’s ridiculously easy to make at home: Mayonnaise. Maybe homemade mayonnaise is or isn’t cheaper than what you can find at the store. But you control what is in …

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Egg Drop Soup

I want to tell you about the incredible egg drop soup recipe I came up with. Warm, comforting, energizing, just spicy enough. I’ve always loved egg drop soup, or, more accurately, what I always thought …

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Kupus (Serbian cabbage soup)

The most fundamental heirloom recipes are often most at risk for being lost in the sands of times. Why? One reason is that “everyone knows” how to make them, and so nobody writes them down. …

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Homemade Chicken Stock (Bone Broth)

Here is the ultimate recipe for making your own chicken stock (also known as bone broth) from scratch. Unlike most recipes I’ve found, this one does not call for you to buy a chicken, or …

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Homemade Tomato Soup (Corba od Patlidzan)

Here’s how I came to learn how to make tomato soup. I developed this homemade tomato soup recipe for the Badnje Vece meal that is a part of a traditional Serbian Christmas celebration. Badnje Vece …

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Homemade Beef Stock

Homemade beef bone broth. Like my chicken stock recipe, my beef stock recipe is easy, cheap and supremely nourishing — and free of extraneous ingredients and steps. Just like homemade soup stock should be. Since the …

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Hoppin’ John (Black-eyed Peas)

Black-eyed peas with smoked pork and rice is a traditional New Year’s dish in the South, and, as Wikipedia tells me, throughout the Carribbean also. It’s said to bring good luck in the coming year. …

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Basic Cooked Greens

This basic cooked greens recipe can be used for any kind of greens. Collards, chard, turnip greens, beet greens, spinach, kale, mustard greens — you name it. Each of these greens has its own distinctive …

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Vanilice — Serbian Christmas Crescent Cookies

These vanilice are classic Serbian nut crescent cookies, perfect during the Christmas season or any winter holidays. They’re rich with the heavenly fragrance of vanilla. I’ve made them with the traditional walnuts, and more recently …

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