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I liked this article very much. I agree that things like tomatoes, strawberries and apples are at their best when they are in season and local, but sometimes its not always possible. Lord knows apples around this time of year are terrible for out of hand eating but they are ok for some pie or apple sauce. I try to go towards the frozen stuff when the season of my favorites end. That or just wait for the good stuff. There is so much variety for each season that I can have plenty of options without having to buy a cantaloupe for $4.99 in January. I don't think that anyone should feel bad for buying out of season. Got to get them nutrients in some how but I think the fact that it gives people pause and feeling about where are food comes from is great progress. A few decades ago no one gave it a second thought to buy out of season.

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4/18/14 02:50 PM

Soul food tops my list. Maybe I'm bias cause it's what I grew up eating but most of the time restaurant soul food is missing something. I also would skip pancakes, potato salad/coleslaw, chili for sure, and bean soup( too easy to out source).

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4/11/14 02:44 PM

I've tried but its not enjoyable for me as it is too much work for essentially the same result.As long as I am taking my time to chew and enjoy my meal I see no need to adapt to eating in courses. I think its too formal for dinner at home on a week night.

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3/17/14 04:56 PM

The room temperature should be listed among these tips as well. A too hot room is absolutely miserable to sleep in as is a room that is freezing cold. Getting the temps right can make a big difference.

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3/12/14 05:16 PM

Yes I also like the idea of borrowing from the library and browse/ cook through a few recipes to see if they are doable for you. Ones I like are:

Martha Stewart Cooking school- great refernce for techniques and ingredients

William Sonoma Cook at Home- Nice mixture of recipes with lots of hints and tips

Food Bible by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg- I think this book is good for cooks at all levels. Allows you to see what flavorings go with what. Really good if you don't have an herb or spice that a recipe calls for and you want a really good substitution. Their other book What to drink with what you eat is also a good one if your into wine/ alcohol food pairings

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3/10/14 06:36 PM

I try to make one of my side dishes for dinner something that I can also have for breakfast. For instance I had mashed sweet potatoes to go with some turkey meat loaf the other night. I ate the mashed sweet potatoes for breakfast just like I would some oatmeal. Bit of maple syrup and butter and maybe a tad more cinnamon. Was great! Pair it with something like bacon or other proteins and its a nice little breakfast. I do this with grains too like quiona and millet. If you keep them plain flavored it can carry over into breakfast. Just season as you see fit. Homemade chunky apple sauce from last night's dinner is also a good breakfast paired with some yogurt. This is a good way not too have tons of left overs go to waste. As far as shopping I'm not of the mind to buy small amounts of produce as having a ton of it around means I'll eat better. The salad bar for small amounts is a fabulous idea if you have trouble eating a ton of produce. Also don't forget sometimes a lot of grocery stores will cut things like a head of cabbage or watermelon in half if you ask.

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3/7/14 04:26 PM

I would suggest writing down a list of foods that you can eat so you have things in mind when you are looking for recipes. Also write a list of swaps that you can do like say maybe hemp milk instead of cow or almond milk when a recipe calls for it. I'd keep this list handy on the fridge so that you can have it a moments notice.

The biggest help for you would be to head over to Pinterest and type in Allergy free foods. There are quite a few people there who share your particular food needs and have so many great looking recipes to chose from. The pictures are really helpful too since you probably know what type of meals your love ones enjoy. Check it out.

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3/6/14 11:39 AM

I like your list but to add for myself personally

1. Add at least one vegetable along with that piece of fruit.
So far I have tried adding piles of lettuce and tomato to wake up a dull egg sandwich, green smoothies and sometimes a nice simple green salad to go with my scrambled eggs. Even sauteed greens over quinoa with a fried egg works!

2. Eat leftovers for dinner if I'm short on time and didn't plan.
This has worked for me in the past. Something is better than nothing and often I just go ahead and eat a small bit of last night's dinner.

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3/4/14 04:06 PM

I'm a little worried that you are describing a kitchen "work horse" type appliance as ugly and noisy. ALL appliances make noise and few are actually good looking.But with that aside I like the kitchen aid because it has a reputation for lasting a really long time plus it comes in a wide range of colors if that is a major concern. The best thing about kitchen aid mixers are the fact that they tend to be user friendly. Plus with all the attachments that can be ordered its quite easy to customize a machine to your liking.

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3/4/14 03:57 PM

This sounds lovely to sip on. Will have to try to get into sipping tea after dinner.

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2/13/14 01:03 PM

I don't think its that serious. The term foodie sounds just as silly yet the author of this rant has no issue in using it. Also so many people mispronounce and misspell the word vegetable. I can see why veggies is more popular now days.

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1/14/14 07:30 PM

This is a good method but make sure your eggs are cold when you do this. A room temp egg doesn't seperate easy. Actually the cold egg tip is best no matter which method you choose. I like to pass the egg back and forth to catch the yolk.

The Best Way to Separate an Egg is With Your Hands Tips from The Kitchn
11/21/13 10:34 AM

I think the apple variety you are using maybe the issue. Some apples such as red delicious and macintosh cook down to almost liquid form when baked or cooked. Both make terrific applesauce but that's not what you want in a pie. Try to find varieties that are better suited for baking. Think honey crisp, granny Smith, northern spy, or cortland. I also second the notion that too little thickner may be used. Also be careful with adding other liquid ingredients like lemon juice,liquors and maple syrups.

Why Is My Apple Pie So Juicy? And How Can I Make The Filling Thicker? Good Questions
11/5/13 05:29 PM

A few ideas:

If your a good artist create a strawberry "stencil " out of parchment paper and hold it over the frosting and sprinkle red or pink sanding sugar over it to leave a nice bright strawberry print.
Another idea would be to use a good plain small pastry bag with a tip and create little strawberry cartoonish characters on them. You could get supercreative with a pastry bag n some food coloring, chocolate chips etc.

Or if your dead set on the fresh berries. I would slice them somewhat thin, sprinkle them with a bit of sugar and place them between thin layers of paper towels to get rid of excess moisture. The sugar will help the tasteless berries a bit. You only need a tablespoon or less for a package of berries.

How Can I Make a Fantastic Strawberry Cake in Mid-November? Good Questions
10/31/13 04:31 PM

Extra virgin olive oil, rice bran oil for its high smoke point and coconut oil to use occassionally. Out of all of these olive oil is the one I can't do without. Oh and the coconut oil does make for a fabulous hair conditioned.

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10/25/13 01:04 PM

I'd add spices to this list. Fresh spices like cumin, cinnamon, and fresh nutmeg really bring a dish to life especially if the dish is simple and not complex. I agree with rest of the list.

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10/8/13 06:40 PM

This is a smart tip. I just buy less groceries and skip a lot of convience food for the simple fact that I have no room. Generally if I'm buying a frozen piazza or something it gets consumed that day or the next. I'm not stocking up on process goodies so its all good. The one thing that I fear the most about living in an apartment is having a stocked freezers/trudge and have a looong power outage. That happened last year during that bad storm here in Midwest. I had no place to take my food. So now I simply buy less food and cook more. Going to the grocery store more often is a small sacrifice. Better than pantry bugs, rotted food and multiple items to use up before sell by dates. This works for me but I can see why people with families would prefer to stock up. Do what works best for your particular situation.

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10/7/13 11:06 PM

Mmmm this cake looks so good. I'd have no issue with the whiskey in it and giving it to kids but it is a personal thing and can always be swapped with something else.

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10/7/13 10:46 PM

Great tutorial. Ive made these before and they are pretty easy to do. It seems complicated. But these are super easy to make.

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6/4/13 10:40 AM

Good list. Thank you for this. Was in need of some good creamy dressingbrecipes.

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5/29/13 12:36 PM