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Bowls of Yum: Soup Recipes for Everyone

By Megan Myers, February 27, 2015  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Megan Myers

Soup is inherently communal, the perfect recipe for sharing with friends and family. Who among us doesn’t love gathering around a pot of soup, ladling up our bowls, and slurping away? Dipping some fresh bread (gluten-free or regular) into the broth puts the meal over the top, letting you savor every last bit.

Soup is also a dish that is so easy to make for diets of all kinds and please even the pickiest eaters. Check out these savory soups for supper sipping.


Haitian Pumpkin Soup Winter Vegetable Soup...

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Recipes for a Fragrant Kitchen

By Megan Myers, February 26, 2015  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Megan Myers

Mandarin Cake

I don’t know about you, but when I am grocery shopping I tend to stick my nose in things. I love to smell mangoes, oranges, even fresh broccoli!

The smell of these fresh foods inspires me for creating in the kitchen, and it paves the way for creating wonderful aromas to tempt everyone’s tastebuds. After all, who doesn’t love coming home to the bouquet of bubbling stew or fresh-baked bread?

Maybe it’s because spring is just around the corner, but I feel particularly inclined to fill my house with good scents this time of year. Here’s a few recipes to inspire aromatic cooking in your home.


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Essential Oils: Big Benefits in Small Bottles

By Malia Curran, February 25, 2015  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Malia Curran

It’s no secret that plants are powerful. Research continues to reveal how plant essences bring physical and mental benefits.

We’ve simplified the world of essential oils to help you get started with this natural approach to self-care.

What are essential oils?

Essential oils are very concentrated aromatic plant essences derived from the leaves, flowers, stems, roots or other parts of plants. 

Why do they exist?

The plant essences from which essential oils are derived are indeed “essential” for a plant’s survival. They attract pollinators, influence nearby plant growth, and protect the plant from insects and animals.

What can they do for us?


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The Secrets to Succulent, Slow-Cooked Meals

By Alice K. Thompson, February 24, 2015  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Alice K. Thompson

Slow Cooker Asian Short Ribs

You’ve got to love an appliance that makes luscious, aromatic, Sunday-style dinners a reality any night of the week: Ingredients go in, the cooker goes on, and dinner comes out pretty much whenever you’re ready. Plus there’s usually only one pot to wash — how easy is that...

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Get Cooking with Cashew Nuts

By Alana Sugar, February 23, 2015  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Alana Sugar

My love for cashew nuts began many years ago in a small, local Chinese hangout in downtown Honolulu where I enjoyed an amazing beef and tofu dish with fresh Asian vegetables and roasted cashew nuts. Not long after, while in Bombay, India, I was served steamed basmati rice flavored with ghee, caraway seeds and roasted cashews. I had discovered a little bit of heaven — cashews!

I still enjoy cashews today but in ways I never could have imagined. You see, it used to be that cashews were eaten like any ordinary nut. They were roasted and salted and eaten out of hand or perhaps chopped and added to cookies or granola. Most of us could never have dreamed cashews would become the star of so many innovative dairy-free recipes like Lemony Cashew Dressing for salads and slaw and Creamed Kale made creamy with cashews, miso and spices.

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