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On Our Shelves: SaltFatAcidHeat by Samin Nosrat

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Samin Nosrat’s SaltFatAcidHeat is an engaging mix of memoir, culinary science textbook, and cookbook. A true two-for-one, it could be two entirely separate books. The first section comprises four chapters: one each on salt, fat, acid, and heat. Each chapter begins with a personal story, follows with a scientific explanation of how that element works in cooking, and ends with an application of the element to specific recipes. The second section delves into great detail on scores of individual recipes...


International Cuisine: Morocco

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Curious about the authentic day-to-day culinary traditions of the countries you’d like to visit? Us, too! Especially as we build menus that include authentic meals from around the world! We hope you enjoy this series on international cuisines as much as we did creating them! We explore the traditional diet and popular dishes, kitchen equipment, eating traditions, and more! We start in Morocco. Morocco The Diet and Popular Dishes: The Moroccan diet is heavily grain-based, focusing on the wheat found...


Veg-Centric: Plant-Based Eating

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Q: Dear SAGE, Yesterday, my twelve-year-old came home and said she was interested in eating more plant-based dishes after learning about agricultural deforestation. I’m proud of her environmental convictions, but I’m not sure what that means for her health and our already chaotic dinner routine. Where do I begin? Sincerely, An Overwhelmed Momnivore A: Global eating habits are becoming increasingly plant-based, especially in the traditionally meat-loving West. The motivations that push individuals towards a more plant-based diet, and the items...


Creating an Easy Herb Garden

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Want the benefits of flavorful, garden-fresh herbs, but don’t have a green thumb and tired of shelling out for pricier options at the store? Here are some tips to get you started. Easy Herbs to Try Basil is universally recommended as the starter herb. It not only has a fantastic scent and flavor, but also wilts visibly if under-watered—and, most importantly, bounces back quickly once you do water it. Ten other starter herbs to try are chives, cilantro, dill, mint...


Summer Reading Recommendation: In Defense of Ruth Reichl’s Delicious!

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Food-writer-turned-foodie-author Ruth Reichl has whipped up a stellar beach read in her first novel, Delicious! (Random House 2014, 374 pp.). Abounding with self-discovery, new beginnings, and characters who begin to feel like friends after only a few pages, it’s a book best read in a single sitting on a long, sunny midsummer afternoon. A driven college dropout gifted with a supernatural palate but paralyzed by a lack of self-confidence, Billie Breslin is an understated superhero—complete with an elusive alter...


Herbs & Spices 101

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Spices and herbs are seasonings used to flavor foods. Specifically, spices are derived from the bark, roots, leaves, stems, buds, and seeds of certain plants, and generally dried. “Herbs,” on the other hand, are small, tender plants that are fragrant and flavorful, and can be used fresh or dried. Both are a great way to add flavor without adding salt, sugar, or saturated fat. History: Seasonings of all sorts were valued greatly in ancient times because they were so...


From Our Kitchen: Asparagus and Fontina Quiche

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We've whipped up something special for spring—a light, flavorful vegetarian quiche accented by nutty fontina cheese, savory asparagus, and a melt-in-your-mouth pie crust. Currently, seven of our schools feature it on their menus. Enjoy! Asparagus and Fontina Quiche Yield: Serves 6-8 Ingredients For Crust 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup unsalted butter, chilled and diced 1/4 cup ice water Preparation Step 1 In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in...


Rethinking Resolutions

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As the holiday season winds down and New Year's approaches, many of us are contemplating our resolutions for 2016. According to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, while close to half of Americans usually make a resolution, only 8% are successful in achieving them. What's the deal? If we make our own goals, shouldn't we be able to meet them? We've all heard the saying “my eyes are bigger than my stomach.” The same sentiment also applies to resolutions: we...


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