Author Archives | Gina M

{Cold Brewed Iced Coffee} Easy and Delicious

I first learned about cold brewed coffee a while back when I read Cory Doctorow’s young adult novel, Homeland, where the main character brings a stash of cold brew coffee to Burning Man, to use as barter currency on the playa. It’s popping up everywhere now, for sale in plastic jugs by the quart, or […]

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{Recipe} Creamy Roast Turnip and Potato Soup

Tis the season for root vegetables here in my neck of Upstate New York! Roasting the turnips converts what can be a bitter or smelly cabbage-like veggie into a rich sweet addition to a creamy soup. Potatoes give this recipe a nice base, the two together complement and balance each other. Since we’re currently in-between […]

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{recipe} Pumpkin Seed Cherry Date Treats – Allergy Friendly, Raw, No Refined Sugar

This is a super easy and quick recipe for a delicious, and very nutritious, snack treat. It’s raw, vegan, and unsweetened by refined sugar – all the sweetness is down to the dates. Be sure to use coconut flour, not shredded coconut, to get the right texture and flavor. Because these Pumpkin Seed Cherry Date […]

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{diy project} Fermented Hot Sauce – Airlock Method

Last year I experimented with various veggie lacto-fermentation projects, like kimchi and pickles. I also ran a test to see if I could come up with a decent sriracha, and found the results exceeded my expectations. This year, I decided to try out using an air lock, instead of worrying about ziploc baggies filled with […]

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{recipe} Versatile Green Herb Sauce

This month’s recipe from my kitchen takes its inspiration from both Asian Indian and Argentine cuisine. My CSA share from Soul Fire Farm has been wonderful, and full of greens. In the past week, I got a nice bunch of curly parsley and lemon basil. Curly parsley gets a lot of flack for being nothing […]

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{recipe} Customizable Cold Sesame Noodles

I like recipes that can be adapted for different situations, dietary conditions and to seasonal availability of produce. I also like to have some that are really easy and quick to make, because let’s face it, sometimes you just want to eat without a lot of fuss, but still make something healthy. This recipe lends […]

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{recipe} Artless Joes

In preparation for the summer hamburger grilling season, we stocked up on ground beef from West Wind Acres. Unfortunately, the weather hasn’t cooperated with the concept of cooking with fire outside. On to the stovetop! I decided to try making a healthier and less slippery version of Sloppy Joes, more of an Artless Joe approach. […]

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{recipe} Mujaddara, Megadarra, Imjadara, GO!

I love the food of the Levant and the Middle East. I’m an unrepentant omnivore, but the vegetarian dishes from this region are so hearty and delicious on their own, meatless eating doesn’t seem like a punishment. One of my favorites dishes is a rice and lentil one called mujaddara. Or megadarra. Or imjadara. The […]

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{diy recipe} Roasted Chickpea Flour (and Brownies!)

For my contribution this month, I figured I’d share one of my favorite go-to brownie recipes, and introduce its secret ingredient – roasted chickpea flour. Roasted chickpea flour is orders of magnitude different than plain chickpea flour as it comes from the bag. Roasting the garbanzo flour gives it a nice deep rich nutty flavor, […]

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{kitchen basics 101} Homemade Beef Stock

Homemade beef stock is something that I’ve found much more difficult to make well than chicken stock. The common bias is that beef is strongly flavored, being all red meaty and macho. But honestly, I think a decent chicken has more intrinsic flavor just boiled by itself than beef ever would. Good stock flavor also […]

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{winter vegetable bounty} Kohlrabi Fritters

Kohlrabi is one of those unusual vegetables that you don’t often see in your local supermarket. It grows well here in the Northeast, and is often found far into winter at farmer’s markets or in veggie shares. Kohlrabi is another member of the brassica family, along with cabbage, and kale, and has a sweetness along […]

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{edible gift} Crunchy Pumpkin Seed Brittle

Before our family was whacked with a bunch of food allergies to corn, peanuts and some tree nuts (among other things), I used to make a terrific almond brittle every holiday season for Christmas and Chanukah gifts to friends and family. It was an easy recipe for brittle, as it only required a microwave and […]

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{from scratch holidays} Cranberry Squares

Thanksgiving and its attendant leftovers are my favorite things about that holiday. I’m sure my family isn’t alone in that planning the Thanksgiving meal also means planning for maximum leftover efficiency. We all have our favorites – my son is the stuffing king, my daughter hoards the mashed potatoes and gravy, and my husband loves […]

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{diy project} On Community & Kimchi

Editor’s Note: Gina of Modschooler & Albany Kid is back with yet another informative post, this time she discusses her love for the FSC Book Club, The Homemade Pantry & Kimchi. Gina’s other pieces include: Slow Cooker Dulce de Leche, Vegetable Bouillon, Slow Cooker Beans, Empire Boardwalk & Downton Abbey- Inspired Drinks, Homemade Grenadine, and Serious […]

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{food swap recipe} Slow Cooker Dulce de Leche

Editor’s Note: Gina Martin of Modschooler & Albany Kid Family Travel is back with an easy way to create Dulce de Leche in your crockpot. She brought it to yesterday’s Troy Food Swap and boy, was it a hit. If you want to read more by Gina, she has already written about DIY Veggie Bouillion, […]

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