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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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Sometimes It’s Good to Stew by culturedcook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Sausage, Red Bean & Spinach Stew We may be getting a reprieve from the snow — no flakes on the horizon! — but it’s still cold outside, and when it’s cold outside, ... Read on »
Upping the Umami by culturedcook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Marinara with Mushrooms, Carrots & Anchovies Fortunately, the list of “umami” ingredients is long: aged cheeses, fermented soy products like miso, dry red wine, mu ... Read on »
Turning Dried Fruit into DIY Frosting by culturedcook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Chocolate Yogurt Cake with Raspberry Frosting Yes, you can have your cake and make it healthy, too! Ditto for frosting. For the cake, I used whole-grain flours and ... Read on »
New Frontiers for Poached Eggs by culturedcook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Poached Egg on Avocado Hummus Most people put poached eggs on toast, but why not experiment with various platforms? In this case, I had leftover hummus from the da ... Read on »
Got Salami? Make Salad! by culturedcook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Roasted Beet Salad with Salami & Chickpeas When I was a kid, I always liked the antipasti salad served at the local Italian restaurant. Now I realize it was akin t ... Read on »
Adventures in Plants by culturedcook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Wednesday, May 14th from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Auburn Hills Community Center Would you like to incorporate more fresh produce in your cooking?  Come join us!  You’ll ... Read on »
Going Gluten-Free and Loving It by culturedcook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Wednesday, April 30th from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Auburn Hills Community Center No gluten? No problem! During this class, we’ll learn how to recreate our favorite dishe ... Read on »
Whole-Graining Your Life by culturedcook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Wednesday, April 9th from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Auburn Hills Community Center Whole grains are tastier, healthier, and offer a bigger nutritional bang for your buck…an ... Read on »
Make Your Own American Culinary Icon by culturedcook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Hand-Toasted Peanuts Peanuts seem like an unexamined universal constant, at least if you grew up in the U.S. eating peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches. (Much to my ... Read on »
Easy Granola, Made Tropical-Style by culturedcook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Coffee, Coconut & Cocoa Granola Want to save money and get healthier? (Talk about a great two-for-one deal!) Make your own cereal and granola. Nearly all commercia ... Read on »
Simple & Hearty Winter Fare by culturedcook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Yellow Pea & Red Rice Soup If you’re looking for belly-warming and wallet-saving winter ingredients, head for the dried beans and peas section. A $2 bag of split p ... Read on »
Lamb: It’s What’s For Dinner by culturedcook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Lamb, Pea & Olive Sauté One of my fondest food dreams is for lamb to take over as the favorite meat of the land. Lamburgers instead of hamburgers; lamb sausage in ... Read on »
Picnic Time! Outdoor-Friendly Meals & Snacks by culturedcook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Wednesday, June 25th from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Birmingham Community House The sun is shining and the picnic basket is packed and ready to go! Come join us as we prepare ... Read on »
Nuts and Berries: A Wealth of Health & Flavor by culturedcook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Wednesday, May 21st from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Birmingham Community House Antioxidant-rich berries are at their ripest in May, so let’s explore more ways to enjoy them fo ... Read on »
Spring Fling: Get Your Greens & Herbs On! by culturedcook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Wednesday, April 23rd from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Birmingham Community House Spring is here, and so are fresh herbs and greens! (Which are great-tasting AND health-boosti ... Read on »
Crepe-ed Eggs & Ham by culturedcook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Ham & Poached Egg on a Crepe Despite being in the “fancy food” category, crepes are astonishingly simple to make. They are, in a word, a pancake. Nothing intimidat ... Read on »
Going Nuts for Breakfast by culturedcook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Hazelnut Carrot Muffins Seeing as metro Detroit has become the ice planet Hoth (I can’t remember the last time it snowed this much!), it’s a great time to bake. An ... Read on »
Colorful (and Tasty!) Ways to Welcome the New Year by culturedcook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Herbed Brussels Sprouts Sauté with Hazelnuts & Pomegranate Seeds How about ringing in the new year with some of winter’s tastiest produce? Pomegranate seeds, Bruss ... Read on »
Morning Meringue with Apples & Spice by culturedcook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Apple Meringue Cake Looking for a new breakfast for the new year? This apple-sweetened, mascarpone-rich cake might just be the thing. Yes, mascarpone is for more t ... Read on »
Wintertime Love: the Muggable Meal by culturedcook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Chorizo Chili Mugs, not bowls! Okay, no, you can opt for a bowl if you’d like. But somehow chili seems even more warming when you can cup it between your hands in ... Read on »