Appetizers, Hors D’oeuvre, and Snacks

Beef Jerky

Makes about 1/2 lb (about 10 servings) Drying beef was once a necessity for preserving meat. Today, dried beef is enjoyed as a delicious snack food. This smoked version is very simple to make, but it also works well to dehydrate the beef in a low-temperature oven or in a […]

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Chickpeas’ Secret Power: Aquafaba

A crowd favorite and hero of the plant-forward kitchen, chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are a versatile ingredient in sweet or savory recipes. Widely known for its high protein and fiber content, this pulse is found in many Middle Eastern and Indian recipes, including hummus, falafel, salads, pastas, and […]

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Identifying Cuts of Meat

Knowing how to cook is more than knowing techniques, it’s also important to know all about the best ingredients for the dish you hope to prepare. Different cooking methods call for different cuts of meat, and the first step to making the right choice is simply understanding the physiology of […]

Allergen Friendly, Pantry


Makes about 1 lb/454 g seitan Try adding other seasonings to the liquid you use to cook the seitan. Herbs, spices, or garlic will all help to make your seitan more flavorful. Ingredients 3/4 cup vital wheat gluten 2/3 cup water 4 1/2 cups Vegetable Stock 1/4 cup soy sauce […]

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Surprising plant-based protein sources

In the food world, when we say “protein,” we’re often referring to the meat or fish component of a dish. Historically, the protein is the main focus of a recipe, and it is accompanied by side dishes, like vegetables, grains, or starches. But as we (foodies both at home and […]

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Tips for Enjoying Beans

You may, for any number of reasons, be thinking that it’s time to introduce more beans into your routine. And we get it! They are vegetarian and vegan sources of protein, they are gluten-free, they are heart-healthy, and inexpensive. What’s not to love? But unless you grew up eating lots […]