Save the Rainforest Blueberry Crisp

by Toni Fiore Rainforests are the earth’s largest sinks of carbon, safely storing the greenhouse gases that cause climate change. In Indonesia, rainforests are razed to create industrial palm oil plantations, releasing massive quantities of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, making the tropical nation the world’s third largest emitter of greenhouse gases. Rainforests also provide …

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Fabulous Fourth of July Grilling ideas from Toni Fiore

I love when people ask, “Hey what do vegetarians cook on the grill anyway? Veggie burgers, corn, fake hot dogs??” Well, since all we hear about for the entire week leading up the Fourth of July are the recipes, stories and suggestions for grilling hundreds of pounds of burgers, steaks, chicken and ribs (did I …

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Better Than Feta

I never really ate a lot of cheese, but I did use bits of it in and on a great many of my traditional Italian or Greek recipes. Personally I found working around not adding cheese to my food to be really easy. However, that said, there are some recipes that really depended on either …

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Summertime and the grillin’ is easy

For us, summer means less time in the kitchen and more time outside in “the big room” – so of course, the less fuss involved in the preparation of meals, the better we like it.  And what could be less fussy (and more delicious) than a stir fry prepared al fresco on the grill?  Utilizing …

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Little arms of love

Broccoli’s name comes from the Italian piccoli bracci meaning “little arms” and just a single serving of this amazing vegetable provides 30 mg of vitamin C, plentiful fiber, and a slew of other anti-oxidant, cancer-fighting nutrients. And it’s not just good for you, it’s good! Soup, salad, side, or main dish, broccoli is a cool …

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Meatless Beef and Hot Dog Substitutes

I get lots of letters from viewers asking great questions about how to best transition away from meat and into vegetarian meat replacers. This is such a common question that I’ve decided to post viewer queries from time to time, followed by my suggestions. Please feel free to write in and share your ideas and …

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How To Re-Hydrate Dry TVP

I just received a question about rehydrating dry TVP (textured vegetable protein). Many stores carry ready to cook TVP in the form of faux “meats” (whether frozen, refrigerated, or canned), but in some areas, these types of products can be difficult to find. In that case, dry TVP may be your only alternative. For people …

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Cool Summer Food

Yesterday I met some friends in Portland for breakfast. While we were waiting we started reading the lunch and dinner menu for the day. This particular place is very vegetarian friendly, and there are lots of choices to look over, a nice change from most places where we go. One of the specials for the …

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What is Elephant Garlic?

A viewer wrote to ask me why I use small garlic cloves when I prepare food rather than the larger, easier to peel, elephant garlic. The reason is that elephant garlic really isn’t garlic at all, but are a bulb that is related to leeks. You know how leeks are milder than onions? Well, that’s …

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What is Macerating?

Macerating vs. Marinating I just received an email asking what the difference is between marinating and macerating. Macerating is a procedure used in food preparation where raw, dried, or preserved fruits or vegetables are soaked in a seasoned, usually acidic, liquid before cooking. Macerating is often confused with “marination,” and some use the terms interchangeably. …

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