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Ingredient Spotlight: Plantains

Plantains are a versatile and nutritious fruit that is a staple in many tropical regions around the world. Belonging to the banana family, plantains are often mistaken for their cousin but have distinct characteristics that set them apart. These starchy fruits are typically larger and firmer than regular bananas, with […]

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Beer 101: A Glossary of Beer Terms

Whether you already love beer or are beginning the journey to learning (and tasting!) more, having a grasp on beer lingo is the surest way to find the brew for you. Reference our handy beer lovers’ glossary so you’re never unprepared! Adjunct – A loose definition refers to un-malted grains […]

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Tips for Creamy, Cozy Plant-Forward Soups

Chicken noodle soup and minestrone are great, but there are few things more crave-worthy than a creamy, rich, and hearty soup. Of course, the ingredients that make those soups so tasty—cream, butter, cheese, beef—are not always high on our list of healthy ingredients, or you might follow a vegan diet. […]

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6 Recipes Ideas for Back-to-School Meal Prep

If you’re looking for lunch idea that are kid-friendly, nutrient dense, and easy to pack, we’ve got you covered. These ten recipe ideas may not all be kid-food at first-glance, but we’ve got some suggestions for easy tweaks to perfect these make-ahead lunches to streamline your mornings. Each recipe can […]

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5 Recipes for Late-Summer Dinners

In August, we start to see the end of summer produce. But those last fruits and veggies to ripen in the summer sun just happen to be some of our favorites to cook! Whether you’re swimming in tomatoes, eggplant, or peaches, let these recipes inspire you for the last of […]

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Nikkei: Japanese + Peruvian Cuisine

“Nikkei” refers to a culinary style that combines elements of Japanese and Peruvian cooking traditions. Borrowing from the term used to describe people of the Japanese diaspora and their descendants who settled in other countries, Nikkei cuisine celebrates the new dishes and traditions formed when Japanese immigrants to Peru adapted […]

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Beyond Chèvre: All About Goat Cheese

Cheese is a huge topic, and a deep dive into the subject can yield overwhelming results. It is probably for this reason that despite eating and cooking with cheese nearly every day, many people know very little about where their cheese comes from, how it is made, and the incredible […]

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Salt—An Essential Element

If you’re ever in Italy driving towards Rome from the north, you might well be traveling on the Via Salaria, or salt highway. Scholars theorize that the location of this ancient city was governed by its proximity to the salt marshes of Ostia, a town at the mouth of the […]

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4 Recipes to Showcase Sweet Summer Peaches

There are few things more delicious than a juicy peach, and since their season is short, we like to squeeze them in to as many meals as we can. Besides the perfect breakfast treat of peaches + yogurt with something crunchy, or its cocktail hour cousin, goat cheese + peaches […]

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Blanching Greens

You can use this basic blanching technique to prepare spinach, kale, chard, escarole, arugula, and other greens. Once the greens are blanched and squeezed dry, you can simply sauté them with olive oil and garlic for a delicious side dish. Trim the stems, and remove any split or bruised portions. […]