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Infused vinegars are one of the easiest ways to add flavor to salads, grains, root vegetables, dips, vinaigrettes... you name it! Walk into any gourmet food shop and you'll likely have a difficult time choosing just one or two. The choices in size and ingredients seem endless, but they can also be pricey. 

And what if you don't care for a particular combo? or would like to have multiple infusions to choose from but not necessa...

I've been in love with using fresh lemons in my kitchen for a long time. I often use the zest, juice and slices to add freshness, acidity and that distinct perfumed sourness lemons provide.  Meyer lemons took my love affair to a whole new level of pleasure... and the first time I tasted preserved Meyer lemons, I knew I wanted to make my own. Preserved Meyer lemons are soft and salty with a bright lemon flavor and none of the...

January 25, 2019

Hands-down, this brilliant purply-pink sauerkraut is my all-time FAVORITE! Just look at that GORGEOUS color... and yes, after the lacto-fermentation process it really does turn this beautiful shade of magenta. It never would have occurred to me to ferment red cabbage if I had not tasted some at the farmer's market in Kennebunk, ME last fall.

As with grocery stores, one should never go to the farmer's market HUNGRY! I swear, I...

January 11, 2019

Fresh ginger + fresh lime + yellow and white carrot spirals + salt + time = LOVE! If you've been gifted a zoodle maker over the holidays and are curious about makin' your own lacto-fermented vegetables, I'm thrilled you stopped by! I've got the perfect combination to get you started. 

Ginger added to any citrus is spectacular in my book. It seems to lend itself particular well to fermented foods and beverages. After some diggi...

Three things I love about growing food, being a personal plant-based chef, AND a nutrition sleuth:

• determining which plants contain the biggest nutrient bang for your buck

• creating simple ways for YOU to learn how to make these plants tasty too

• growing these varieties so I can perpetuate this cycle

I get a little giddy when one of my all-stars makes the 2019 Superfoods list. I'll admit I usually cringe a bit or at least rol...

June 15, 2018

For those who love to cook, bake, grill, tinker or otherwise experiment in the kitchen, do you recall the dish you prepared that made you feel like a culinary goddess - or at least that you possessed a knack for following a great recipe?

In all the years I've been cooking, I've experienced some spectacular successes as well as epic failures (mashed potato glue, anyone?) It's funny though - when I think about one dish I make th...

April 20, 2018

Recently, someone asked me to describe the difference in flavor between lacto-fermented onions and the quick-pickled onions often used as a condiment. I took a bite of my most recent batch of fermented onions and thought about how to describe the distinction. 

A quick pickle is accomplished by pouring a hot vinegar (often enhanced with spices) over prepared vegetables and letting it hang out for a bit to absorb the flavors. Th...

March 30, 2018

Move over plain carrot sticks. Meet the new kid on the block! Garlicky, a little salty, crisp and just spicy enough, these carrots are the bomb diggity!

Lacto-fermentation has been around for a long time. If you've been curious about making some lacto-fermented foods yourself, but not sure where to start, this is the PERFECT recipe to get you started. It is super EASY and requires no special equipment.

First though, you may be...

January 15, 2018

BA-BAM! These are sure to wake up your palate and make getting your daily dose of probiotics a cinch!

The last time I shopped at a farmer's market, I swooped up several bags of beautiful slender, multi-colored carrots ~ which I still needed to use. We ate a bunch, but I wanted to make the rest into some sort of condiment that would show-case their beautiful colors. I've also been itching to get back to fermenting some vegetabl...

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