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culturedcook

Berkley, Michigan
A big hello from the kitchen!  I'm a recipe developer and food coach who loves to find new-to-me ingredients and new ways to use "old" ones.  (Some people are obsessed with shoe shopping, I'm obsessed with culinary shopping--Zingerman's is a dangerous place for my bank... Full Bio
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The New Southwest: Classic Flavors with a Modern Twist by culturedcook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Despite coming from such different cultural and culinary backgrounds, I think of Southwest cuisine as America’s version of Northern African cuisine. In both traditions, th ... Read on »
Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats: Allergy-Free & Vegan Recipes by culturedcook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Baking can be tricky — there’s a lot of science involved. Flour density, amount of leavening, even the strength of your egg whites can all shape the final outcome. So give ... Read on »
Savory, Creamy Mascarpone Meets Whole-Grain Pasta by culturedcook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Instant Mascarpone Alfredo There’s a lot to be said for a meal you can make in 10 minutes, not to mention a meal you can make in one pot. Should that meal happen t ... Read on »
The (Gluten-Free) World Beyond Wheat by culturedcook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Wednesday, January 29th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Chesterfield Township Public Library Need to pursue a gluten-free lifestyle? Curious about exploring new grains? ... Read on »
Homemade for the Holidays: Tasty Gifts for Family & Friends by culturedcook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Thursday, December 19th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Warren Public Library This season, deck the (holiday) halls with plates of good food! Find out how to upgrade you ... Read on »
‘Tis the Season for No-Cook Pumpkin Pudding by culturedcook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Pumpkin Yogurt Pudding Now that Halloween has passed, it’s time to eat those pumpkins! (Or it’s time to buy canned pumpkin, which is nearly tumbling off pumpkin-po ... Read on »
Warming Up Fall Dinner with Moroccan Flavors by culturedcook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Moroccan Chickpea Stew When a chill is in the air, I say stew should be on the stove. Preferably a satisfying and spicy stew like this Moroccan-inspired recipe I c ... Read on »
Crisp & Quick Kohlrabi by culturedcook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Kohlrabi Salad with Pine Nuts & Olives When it’s good, go with it! In this case, I’m talking about kohlrabi. The first time I tried it, I roasted it  and for a rif ... Read on »
Twisting Chia into Pretzels by culturedcook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Chia Seed Pretzels Chia seeds are endlessly versatile: you can do everything from sprouting them in clay-head pots to making them into pretzels. The latter is part ... Read on »
It’s Time to Pay Attention to Kohlrabi! by culturedcook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Roasted Kohlrabi Matchsticks As much as I enjoy trying new ingredients, occasionally I veer away from one for no good reason. Such was the case with kohlrabi. I di ... Read on »
The Endlessly Optional Omelette by culturedcook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Beet, Potato & Ham Omelette When you think of omelettes, you probably don’t think of roasted beets or cherry tomatoes. But why not? An omelette is the perfect excu ... Read on »
From Sweet to Savory: The Transformation of a Cookie by culturedcook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Savory Rosemary & Thyme “Cookies” Remember those big puffy cookies from childhood? The ones that were bigger than a saucer? Chain stores were built on selling just ... Read on »
Passionfruit: Tropical Treasures by culturedcook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Passionfruit Its juice is in everything from smoothies to ice cream, but have you ever tried fresh passionfruit? It’s a tart/sweet blast of citrus crossed with an ... Read on »
Five Ingredients Make an Easy Breakfast by culturedcook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Apple Sausage Breakfast Quiche ‘Tis the season to glean apples! Last year was not a good one for Michigan’s apple crop — we fell far short of our usual billion-pou ... Read on »
Simple DIY Roasted Nuts by culturedcook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Oven-Roasted Cashews Like many folks, I’m a fan of raw nuts … but then again, roasted nuts have a deeper, more pronounced flavor. After all, the only thing that ta ... Read on »
Broccoli: More Than a Pretty Flower by culturedcook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Broccoli Leaves with Sausage & Tomatoes Fall is firmly in the air; gardens are winding down. Time to make the most out of every plant! In my case, I have a lot mor ... Read on »
It’s Not a Cracker, It’s Not a Chip — It’s a Papadum! by culturedcook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Papadum with Cilantro Pesto & Grilled Onions Last year, I had the pleasure of browsing through a Dean & DeLuca store in NYC. It was a multi-hour wander through a c ... Read on »
Vegetarian Nights: March of the Mushrooms by culturedcook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Wednesday, March 19th from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Birmingham Community House Mushrooms are always in season! During this class, we’ll enjoy mushrooms in many ways, from ma ... Read on »
New Year, New Treats: Healthy DIY Chocolates & Confections by culturedcook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Wednesday, January 22nd from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Birmingham Community House Yes, you can enjoy dessert without feeling guilty! Just make it yourself with high-quality, ... Read on »
Let’s Celebrate Mardi Gras & Creole Cooking! by culturedcook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Wednesday, February 9th from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Birmingham Community House Carnival, Mardi Gras, Fasching … no matter what you call it, it’s time for a culinary celebr ... Read on »