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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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More Mardi Gras Deliciousness by culturedcook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Muffaletta Pasta To continue my mini-series on Mardi Gras cuisine, I thought I’d share my take on one of NOLA’s most famous dishes: the muffaletta. Unlike most of ... Read on »
The Joy of Whole-Grain Pancakes by culturedcook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Quinoa Buttermilk Pancakes You just can’t go wrong with pancakes — they’re ridiculously easy to make, they’re fantastic hot off the stove, and all you have to do t ... Read on »
Making Winter Festive with a Splash of Mardi Gras by culturedcook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Crab & Corn Gumbo We might be stuck in the doldrums of one of the snowiest winters on record (Detroit is stuck in the fifth-snowiest season since 1880, and it ain’ ... Read on »
Naturally Sweet & Oh-So-Easy Breakfasts by culturedcook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Walnut-Fig Breakfast Bar So a fig walks into a bar and says to the walnut, “Hey, do you have any cinnamon?” …No, just kidding — I’m not going to attempt a culinary ... Read on »
Basque-ing in New Dishes by culturedcook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Lettuce Patties Lately, I’ve had Basque cuisine on the brain, probably because I recently rediscovered the joy of unfiltered, unpasteurized, bone-dry, faintly barn ... Read on »
Ever Wanted to Make Your Own Cheese Ball? by culturedcook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Blue Cheese & Cashew Ball Ah, the humble cheese ball. Is any other American staple as festive and …. well … cheesy? And how did the cheese ball come to mean “Welco ... Read on »
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 »