• Indian and Italian Cuisines: 6 Things you Already Know about Italian Food Can Help you Understand Indian Cuisine

    “Nobody Can Be an Expert on Indian Food” — Madhur Jaffrey When it comes to Indian cuisine, it can be quite confusing.  Many of us simply aren’t used to 5 different types of Masala, and a typical Indian menu can be quite overwhelming.  However, many of us can understand the basics of Italian cuisine.  We’ve

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  • How to Make the Ultimate Vegan Salad: 4 Chef’s Tips for Delicious, Healthy Oil-Free Flavor

    Crunchy….Creamy….Refreshing….Satisfying The perfect salad hits all of these notes. The ideal blend of colorful vegetables, hearty protein, and a flavorful dressing delights your taste buds without weighing you down. How can YOU master the salad?  I’ve got 4 simple Chef’s Tips to help.  Follow these 4 easy steps and you’ll have delicious, interesting salads every

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  • Is 90% Good Enough? What we can learn from the Reducetarian Approach and Blue Zones about Vegan Diets

    Is 90% Good Enough? Sometimes the idea of a 100% vegan diet can seem so overwhelming that it detracts us from the big picture.  The all-or-nothing approach might appeal to some, especially those of us who thrive off of extremes and set boundaries.  However, the totally plant-based lifestyle is foreign to our traditional Standard American

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  • 4 Easy Healthy Vegan Snacks in Less Than 5 Minutes: Round Two

    Are you short on time but need something healthy to eat?  Are you looking for an easy snack that you can grab on the way to work or before heading to the gym? It’s Round Two of my easy snack.  Here are 4 healthy snacks that are ready in less than 5 minutes. In Round

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  • 4 Easy Healthy Vegan Snacks in Less Than 5 Minutes

    Are you short on time but need something healthy to eat?  Are you looking for an easy snack that you can grab on the way to work or before heading to the gym?  I’ve got 4 healthy snacks that are ready in less than 5 minutes. Don’t be fooled, though, this more than just hummus

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  • Letting Go of Perfection: Why Yoga is “Practice”… not “Perfect”

    As the seasons change from summer to fall, the trees shed their leaves.  They let go of bright, colorful life, in the hopes of rejuvenation.  It is a reminder to me to let go of some of the pressure I place on myself: Let go of the things that no longer serve me so that

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  • My Responsibilities as a Chef Part Three: Pushing the Limits

    As a student in culinary school, I first learned how to develop delicious flavor.  I learned to let nothing go to waste, to honor history and location. I then learned about the environmental impact of our food choices and how to balance nutrition and budget. Now it’s time to take what I’ve learned as a

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  • My Responsibilities as a Chef Part Two: Respecting Nutrition, Environment, Budget

    In my first post about My Responsibilities as a Chef Part One, I talked about the history of the culinary arts.  My training in culinary school gave me the foundation to respect the history of this art.  I learned to make everything delicious.  I learned to waste nothing and to respect season and location.  This

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  • My Responsibilities as a Chef Part One: Honoring Culinary Tradition

    The Chef’s Code “Chef” literally means “Chief”.  The title carries a weight with it much more than a humble cook.  With chefs, there is a lineage of respect.  Generation after generation, technique and tradition have been passed along.  Whether the lessons came from a four-star Michelin chef or a self-taught Indian Daadee, along with those

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