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Are You Throwing Away the Most Tender Part of Broccoli?

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Ahhh….the sad and lonely stump that gets thrown away after the prized crown is chopped off. BUT IT’S THE BEST PART OF THE BROCCOLI! Underneath that tough, fibrous outer layer of the stalk is the most TENDER part of the broccoli. It’s so tender, delicate and sweet that most of the time, I just eat it raw. Right there at …

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Paleo Cauliflower Bacon Fried Rice

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Fried rice without rice?! WHAT?! That was exactly my reaction when I first saw this recipe in Nom Nom Paleo Food for Humans by my friends Michelle Tam and Henry Fong. Being the super rice geek that I am: How to cook white rice in microwave How to cook brown rice in microwave Trader Joe’s Quick Cooking Brown rice review …

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Roasted Tofu and Vegetables

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I had serious doubts the first time I heard of a recipe for Roasted Tofu. Tofu is made mostly from dried soybeans and water (plus a coagulant like seaweed salt). It’s a pretty serious wiggly jiggly thing with such high water content. Roasting tofu would just dehydrate the water and shrivel up the soy, or so I thought. Several years …

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Cauliflower Mashed “Potatoes”

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We recently went to Ruby Tuesdays for dinner and guess what? They have Cauliflower Mashed “Potatoes”!! It looks like mashed potatoes, its texture is similar to mashed potatoes and the taste is mashed potato-y enough to make those who are on the Paleo diet or low carb diet happy. When I made it for the family, they loved it but …

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Spinach, Mushroom and Bacon Fondue (video)

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While most of the country is already turned on their heaters and brought out their winter jackets, we’ve been suffering from the unbearable heat with 10,254% humidity until just a few days ago. I envy those of you in cooler states, you get to snuggle under a fuzzy blanket and drink hot chocolate with the mug cradled in your palms …

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Roasted Cauliflower with Bacon and Garlic

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When a recipe calls for bacon, I instinctively double the amount to cook, because in our household, just-cooked bacon sitting on the counter (even those waiting to be incorporated into a yet unfinished dish) is fair game to steal. Even I can’t resist the urge to take a little nibble here and there, and pretty soon there’s no more bacon …

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Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Bacon and Gorgonzola

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Garnish is generally the afterthought for the home cook, a sprinkle of herbs to add a splash of color to the dish, a swirl of sauce for a dramatic, decorative flair or a dribble of brandy in French Onion Soup just before serving. Oh well, I take that last one back — in that particular case, the brandy was the …

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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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100 Flower Blossoms- a beautiful beginning for Chinese New Year

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I asked my Mom for a couple of Chinese New Year recipes to give to you, and here is one she came up with, called 100 Flower Blossoms. This dish is meant to wish you a blossoming and beautiful beginning in the new year. Mom chose broccoli and cauliflower for their plentiful florets, and the carrot slices to add an …

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Aged Cheddar & Guinness Fondue

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husband making fondue, andrew swiping bread The conversation starts so innocently with, “what are your plans this week?” Before sensibility, 3 loads of laundry and my mile long to-do list can catch up to my big mouth, I’ve already invited half the neighborhood over for supper. As the “gourmet chef” amongst my friends, it’s been a natural progression over the …

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Roasted Cauliflower with Dukkah

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I’m addicted to Dukkah. It’s a funny name, no? Dukkah is an Egyptian spice mixture made of roasted, coarsely ground nuts (hazelnuts, almonds or pistachios) and fragrant spices (coriander, sesame seeds, cumin, chili pepper, etc.)

Different variations of this mixture is found all over the Middle East and North Africa. While I’m not an expert in their foods, I have a feeling that each family …

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Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan Recipe

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Cauliflower is one of the most versatile vegetables – you can eat it raw, steam, boil, mash, fry or roast. Roasting the cauliflower is easy, cut the florets into bite-sized pieces (the smaller you cut them, the faster they cook), toss with olive oil. Roast the cauliflower for 20 minutes. They’ll get slightly browned at the bits, and transform into …