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Friday
Dec192014

Use your microwave as a warm and humid bread-rising box

Yeast bread, cinnamon rolls, and other baked goods rise best in a warm, humid, and still place. Yet I do most of my baking in the winter, when it's dry and cool sometimes, with scattered cold gusts when the front door opens.

Using a microwave to rise two pans of cinnamon rolls. Tip from Cook for Good.

That's why I use my microwave as a rising box. . . .

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Friday
Dec052014

Putting bulk goods away with no fuss or spills

My books and recipes use many ingredients found in the bulk section of the grocery store or co-op. That's where bargains abound on dried beans, whole grains, spices, and more. On my more clumsy or distracted days, though, some of the value would roll across the counter and onto the floor. Quinoa loves to cling to the plastic bag it comes in. Sometimes I'd misjudge the size of my flaxseed jar and wind up with tiny seeds rolling everywhere.

decanting bulk items into a wide soup bowl

Now I put the storage jar ...

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Friday
Nov212014

Cost and flavor for cranberries: fresh, frozen, and pre-made sauce

My beloved mother-in-law first introduced me to fresh cranberries with her amazing cranberry pie. I'm chagrinned to admit that I made cranberry sauce myself for the first time this year. It's so easy! Why haven't I been doing this all along?!?

make cranberry sauce from organic cranberries and organic sugar or buy it in a box

Homemade organic cranberry sauce is cheaper and has less sugar than store-bought sauces, as you can see from the chart below the picture. The first three sauces ...

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Friday
Nov142014

5 key items for a welcoming holiday pantry

Welcome nearly everyone to your holiday table, even those who let you know about food preferences at the last minute. They also make a great, healthy, and quick meal to celebrate for singles or couples. Use these pantry items to make a quick Thanksgiving dinner that eats vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, fat-free, or with no added fats. Of course, it's delicious too!

For your holiday pantry: canned black beans, salsa, acorn squash, quinoa, and sparkling cider.

  1. Canned black beans. Gluten free, fat free, high in protein and complex carbs. Black beans seem more elegant and make a great visual contrast with ...

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Monday
Oct272014

Delicious Halloween Candy: organic, vegan, and gluten free!

Best. Halloween. Candy. Ever. I usually make all our desserts, but modern parents demand sealed treats. Kids don't seem to be interested in my candied kale krispies. So I'm delighted to find four kid-friendly options that are organic, vegan, and gluten-free. 

Read on for my Halloween candy review, including pictures with the wrappers off, price per piece, and the Scrimp and Splurge Winners. 

organic vegan and gluten free halloween candy

This year, my Taster said he simply didn't care which Halloween candy I bought because he wasn't going to eat any of it. Not a single piece. But we spotted a display with lots of choices at the Whole Foods. We bought four types and were happily surprised ...

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