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Buy Nothing Project

The Buy Nothing Project. Have you heard of it? It’s only a year old and but has quickly become a social movement, with over 25,000 members in over 150 groups, in 6 different countries. If you live in Washington state, you’re in luck, because that’s where it started and there are many, many neighborhoods that [...]

Slow Cooker Vietnamese soup

I had this before a wedding during their home-made lunch hour, and it was the most amazing soup I’ve ever had. The key for me is the special beef packet, Oriental Beef Spices (gia vị nấu bò kho), which I’ve found at most Asian supermarkets in my area, the daikon, and freshly boiled rice noodles. Daikon [...]

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Nut Butter Granola Bars

I cannot say enough good things about the cookbook The Family Cooks. If there’s one cookbook to own, this is what I recommend, especially if you don’t necessarily consider yourself a whiz in the kitchen. It’s not too basic (I don’t need directions to roast basic vegetables, vegetable by vegetable), it doesn’t expect me to make [...]

Za’atar

They say that breads are high in salt, so I thought I could make a better go of it making things myself. A biscuit recipe I made the other day called for a teaspoon of salt, which I realized was 2,325 mg of sodium in the 15 biscuits it yielded – that’s 155mg of sodium per [...]

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minted zucchini orzo salad

I had the most amazing salad on the cruise we took in May, and I couldn’t wait to get home to try and replicate it. It tastes amazing ice cold, which is something great in this heatwave Seattle is having, and great as a mom in general since my food is always cold by the [...]

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Lactogenic banana bread

I adapted my low fat banana bread recipe to be a little more lactogenic based on what I’ve learned about possible substitutions, and I was really surprised that it was moist, and that it actually baked through (I’ve often made disaster quickbreads where the center never sets and remains gooey, especially when I’ve substituted applesauce [...]

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Harissa

I have found the most amazing spice combination ever – harissa, thanks to my new favorite chef, Heidi Swanson, and her cookbook Supernatural Everyday. Spicy raw garlic, tangy lemon, and spicy-smoky powder – so delicious! Harissa is a Tunisian hot sauce that is often added to couscous, soups, and stews. It can be used as a [...]

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