I’m always looking for non-animal protein for my budding vegetarian. Luckily, I discovered Beyond Meat, a plant-based non-GMO high-protein meat alternative with a high quality meat-like texture and taste.
Climate change is the new black. My peppers and tomatoes are happy; the dog is miserable; the boy has the swimming unit in P.E. this month so he is just fine. Hot days deserve cool meals, you know, so here’s a recipe for a celery and jicama salad that promises to take the edge off the heat.
That idea of garlic soup, a strong, aromatic, rejuvenating broth, really appeals to me. Here’s a recipe from my garden and homemade stock made from leftover roasted chicken, but it’s just as good with dried herbs and a nice quality supermarket stock. The garlic flavor mellows out with cooking, and it’s an easy recipe. You don’t have to worry about peeling and mincing the garlic very much. I cut and smashed a whole head of garlic, then strained it after simmering. Try it.
I found the graphic online and can’t figure out who created it. Google “8 foods you didn’t know contained meat” and you’ll find 4,290 websites with this image, or a variation thereof. Ick, right? I think that title is deliberately provocative and more than a bit misleading. Supposedly all these products contain meat? How accurate is this, really? Yes, I’ve been nosing around. Here’s what I found out:
Savory, slightly sweet, and uber-seasonal carrot, fennel, and apple soup does triple duty as an appetizer, entree soup, or as a lovely sauce for ravioli.
By now you may have heard, thanks to Jamie Oliver and Dr. Oz, that castoreum is a natural flavor behind some of the products we consume. I use the word “behind” literally, since castoreum is the product of a beaver’s anal glands. Castoreum is totally unique, chemically speaking, to the beaver – not to be confused with that stinky defensive spray that comes from a skunk’s anal glands, or reason dogs walk in circles sniffing each other’s rear ends. Same place, different thing. Urban myth or no?
Luscious, rustic steamed tacos with a potato filling from the kitchen of Señora Elvira and the pen of the renowned Diana Kennedy. Quick, easy, and delicious. Here you go: