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Display Name: Chelsea Ann
Member Since: 5/17/13

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Like others have mentioned, load up your pastas and soups with veggies! Tonight I roasted up a ton of vegetables (zucchini, summer squash, bell peppers, onions, carrots, broccoli, eggplant and mushrooms) then mixed them 1:1 with cooked pasta, tossed it all in tomato sauce then baked it with some shredded mozzarella on top. All the warm, creamy, carb-y satisfaction of normal pasta, but you get a hefty dose of vegetables.


What Are Some Ways to Eat More Fruits & Vegetables Every Day? Good Questions
4/21/14 08:22 PM

My chef at work teaches knife skills classes, and he has a cute little story about Buckwheat and Alfalfa (the "root" and "stem" ends) that he tells the students. We teach this same methodology, only we do the horizontal slices first to avoid chopping our fingers off.


Video: How To Dice an Onion Video Tips from The Kitchn
4/9/14 09:56 PM

My favorite combo in the WORLD is a dry Washington Riesling paired with 4 star Thai food.


5 Wines to Drink With Spicy Asian Food
2/12/14 10:29 PM

I don't necessarily cook "local cuisine" for guests (living in the PNW, that would be salmon, mushrooms, and berries to most people). I'm a good Scots-Irish girl, so I like to cook warm, hearty food for guests. I get paid to make people fancy plated dinners. When you're eating what I'm eating, it's going to be comfort food.


What Do You Serve When You Want People to Know Where You're From?
11/20/13 09:34 PM

I always check the dollar store and thrift stores first, then head for World Market or IKEA. I found a set of 4 matching, vintage champagne coupes for 95 cents each at my local Goodwill. You better believe those are going on every holiday table for the rest of my life.


Where to Buy Extra Plates and Glasses Without Spending a Lot of Money Product Roundup
11/17/13 02:29 AM

The most common dessert at our house is a bowl of mixed berries topped with a dollop of mascarpone cheese (usually flavored with vanilla/almond extract, rarely sweetened). Depending on the meal, we may also add a sprinkling of chia seeds, chopped nuts, etc.


Is This a Dessert or Side Dish? And Will It Fool the Kids?
11/6/13 11:09 PM

I'm a person that finds just as much joy in the process of cooking than in eating the food. I love meticulous knife cuts (with a very sharp knife), the way you can tell a piece of meat is ready to be flipped by the sounds of the pan, even peeling potatoes. My mother in law, though, thinks that having to cook dinner is a fate worse than death. She takes no joy in the smell of food, eating food, cooking food... nothing. And she puts ketchup and/or Thousand Island dressing on everything she eats. From mashed potatoes to poached eggs to soup. Not kidding.


Edward Behr's 5 Essentials for Delicious, Sensual Home Cooking Expert Essentials
10/30/13 07:44 PM

I'm celebrating Samhain, so it's mulled cider, Colcannon, roast squash, and a pork roast.


What's On Your Halloween Menu?
10/29/13 04:18 PM

@neetsie71 You're oversimplifying our gun rights a tad, which is understandable since you live in a place where self-defense isn't considering a "genuine reason" to acquire a gun.
And someone mentioned this might make sense if the owner was a gun cabinet-maker, but they didn't think those existed... Well, yes, they exist. And they can be quite beautiful. Many of them are collector's pieces now.
And since I'm handing in my 2 cents, HOA's are the devil. They made my parents take down my swingset when I was little because the slide was an ugly color. Hmpf.


Giant Gun Mailbox: What Would You Do? Gothamist
9/13/13 02:18 AM

I love love LOVE that you're already planning to freeze/preserve some of your produce! Nothing drives me crazy like people letting CSA veggies waste in their crisper because "it would be a shame to freeze/can/etc them".


Boil Them Cabbage Down. (Or Not.) Cambria's CSA Box, Week Twelve
9/13/13 02:01 AM

The few "pumpkin spice" products I'll buy are PSL's and Trader Joe's pumpkin greek yogurt. That stuff is like liquid pie, it's delicious. As for baked goods and the like, I make my own (mostly because I'm celiac and I have to.) I do love to make pumpkin spice cream cheese for my bagels, though!


The Pumpkin Spice Empire Takes Over M&M's, Shows No Sign of Stopping
9/13/13 01:59 AM

I'm straining a batch right now! I made peach/basil, Bloody Mary Mix (celery, dill, jalapeno), and Earl Grey.


How To Make Fruit-Flavored Vodkas Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
8/29/13 03:19 PM

I'll second (or actually, fourth?) that paper towels are not for a pinch-- they're the industry standard. You learn to do that on the first day of culinary school.


Five Ways to Keep Your Cutting Board from Slipping Tips from The Kitchn
8/15/13 04:31 PM

I'm immediately turned off when I see the word "superfood", mostly because of the way people use it. I'm more concerned about getting high quality, whole foods into my diet than jumping on a new bandwagon. While maca root has been helpful for my adrenal problems, and kale has helped with my anemia, I would hate to call them "superfoods".


Is There Actually Such a Thing as a Superfood? Food News
8/14/13 05:34 PM

My favorite sundae creation is: vanilla coconut milk ice cream with hot fudge, crumbled plantain chips, cacao nibs and some Qi'a cereal (which has chia seeds, buckwheat and hemp seeds). It's creamy and crunchy, warm and cold, sweet and salty. And, as far as sundaes go, pretty healthy!


Ice Cream Sundaes: What's Your Approach?
8/10/13 02:27 AM

I get it...but no. This is just someone trying to make money off of a diet trend. (A diet trend that I'm hoping goes away very, very soon. It's making my life as a Celiac very difficult.)


Single and Gluten-Free?
There's a Dating Site For That

8/9/13 12:23 AM

This is why I love to eat home-cooked oatmeal (with fruit as my sweeteners) or Qi'a cereal (made with buckwheat, hemp and chia-- no sugar). I save my sugar allowance for yummy toppings like fruit or an indulgent flavored yogurt.


How Sweet Is Your Morning Cereal?
8/6/13 06:04 PM

I like using "health tonics" like kombucha or fresh ginger beer as mixers-- not necessarily as a way to make my alcohol "healthy", but because it tastes good! My recent discovery was sage/grapefruit kombucha with whiskey-- delicious.


Medicinal Cocktails: Can a Cocktail Actually Make You Feel Healthy?
8/6/13 05:51 PM

The beans got me-- 9/10. It would have been 8/10, but I took a wine class my last quarter of school haha


10 Questions to Test Your Food IQ
8/1/13 07:26 PM

Isn't calling people "tacky" a little... tacky?


Can I Freeze Potato Salad? Good Questions
7/29/13 10:58 PM