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TECHmunch Austin

Techcrunch…Tech”munch”….heehee…get it? I love Babette. She’s insanely smart and rocks the safety vest look pretty damn hard* (photo at end of post) Babette is also the one-woman show behind BakeSpace – one of the best food communties online (go check it out!) While we were at Rancho La Puerta together earlier this month, she convinced me to sign up for …

BLT Salad!

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BLT Salad

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Baked Fish in Parchment (video)

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This is a dish for my bachelor brother, Jay, who lives alone and has those awful working hours only doctors on-call could endure. Sure, it looks glam on Grey’s Anatomy, but I honestly don’t think he’s romping in the supply closet. Or at least I don’t want to think that. Simple, flexible recipes with little clean-up are the type of …

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Sundried Tomato Omelet with Creamy Basil Tomato Sauce

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This vegetarian omelet (or omelette to be fancy) is savory, rich with a creamy tomato basil sauce. And there’s not one ounce of cream. In fact, this breakfast is certified healthy, i.e. it’s a recipe directly from the chefs at the famous Rancho La Puerta, where they know how to make healthy taste goooooood. recipe for Rancho La Puerta’s vegetarian …

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Cilantro

Cilantro is used in a lot of Asian and Mexican cooking.When purchasing cilantro make sure the leaves and steams are not bruised or soft . The fresh herb has thin, delicate leaves and flavorful steams. It is used in soup, stir-fries and noodle dishes. Cilantro should be stored standing in a container of water with leaves covered with a plastic …

Thai Basil

Thai basil has a stronger flavor than sweet basil that is found in most supermarkets. You should avoid chopping the leaves, it is better to tear the leaves from the steam and/or tear them into pieces when cooking. The basil should be loosely wrapped in a paper towel and stored in the crisper of the refrigerator.

Star Anise

Star Anise is a very strong spice which taste and smell like licorice. Star Anise is used very often with pork and duck. It is one of the main ingredients in five spice powder and is used in both savory and sweet dishes. Whole Star Anise has a very long shelf life, purchase the ground variety and store in a …

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is used in both sweet and savory dishes. Cinnamon can be used whole, broken or ground. It also has medicinal uses. The sticks are very hard, making them difficult to grind, so you should purchase ground if you plan on using a lot of ground cinnamon. Cinnamon has a long shelf life, it should be kept in an air …

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Coriander seed

Coriander is used widely in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, thus having many uses for this wonderful spice. Buy Coriander in seed form. When a recipes call for ground coriander, the seed should be dry pan roasted and freshly ground to release its warm lightly spicy aroma. Ground coriander will keep for a few days in a air …

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Tomato Braised Cauliflower

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Believe it or not, I’ve been in a cauliflower rut. And you can bet that my kids have let me know, “awww…Mom…cauliflower AGAIN?” I think I’ve hit the household roasted cauliflower limit as that’s the only recipe that I’ve been cooking. My family is protesting. Ouch. So, it’s time for a change and this was a big one…but it certainly …

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Cloves

Cloves have a very strong distinct flavor. This spice is traditionally used in savory dishes. When purchasing clove you should look for a large whole clove with plump buds. Whole cloves can be stored in a cool dry place, ground clove should be stored in small amount is an air tight container away from light.