Preserving Bananas

Steve told me how to do this years ago. He discovered it by accident, trying to keep bananas from rotting so quickly. It works every time. I don't know the science behind it, but the proof is in the result. This is what you do: When you bring a bunch of bananas home from market, rather... Continue Reading →

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Specialty Salts

Now that I've experienced them I'm always going to have them in my pantry, that is, as long as I can afford these high priced salts. The two I'm talking about here are pink Himalayan salt and Celtic salt. I don't really have a favorite, but I definitely use more of the pink, probably because... Continue Reading →

WHOLE FOODS IN ROCKY RIVER, OHIO

 

SMOKED PAPRIKA

SMOKED PAPRIKA is the key ingredient added to animal-free recipes tasting of blood. Other additives that enhance the smoked paprika thus the blood taste are garlic powder, dry mustard, turmeric and sea salt. ~ Sharon Lee Davies-Tight

FENNEL SEED – the perfect plant meat spice

It's not the same as star anise. It's close, or should I say star anise is close to fennel seed - a cousin, seems like the same DNA, but is it really? I mean, do I really want to be putting licorice into my savory sauces? That's what star anise is, basically, the taste of... Continue Reading →

LIQUID SMOKE

Liquid smoke is one of an animal-free chef’s greatest friends. Use to add a rich smoky dimension to dips, spreads, salad dressings, soups, sauces, main dishes. Always keep on hand. Buy in small bottle in grocery store, or as I do now, a larger bottle from GFS (Gordon’s Food Store).  

GARLIC: POWDER vs GRANULATED

Garlic powder textures like cornstarch. Granulated garlic textures like salt, but doesn’t melt or dissolve. The finer the granulation, the better. Shop around. Most markets now carry only the granulated, yet label it as garlic powder. Ninety-nine percent of the time I use granulated labeled as powder. I know it’s confusing, but that’s what manufacturers... Continue Reading →

MINOR’S MUSHROOM BASE

I buy Minor's Mushroom Base at Gordon's Food Store. It can also be purchased online at amazon.com and elsewhere. It's a great product that enhances the mushroom flavor of whatever dish you use it in. It's salty, because it's highly concentrated, so you don't need much. It's also gluten-free.  

Santiago Dried Vegetarian Refried Beans

Santiago Dried Vegetarian Refried Beans The package recommends 1/2 gallon boiling water per package of beans, to let set covered for 25 minutes. If you want a thinner refried bean, then increase the amount of boiling water. It's a great product. Use wherever you would traditionally use refried beans. Or get creative by adding herbs,... Continue Reading →

MAKING SOY WHIPPED CREAM

SOY WHIPPED CREAM — DELICIOUS! RICH WHIP NON-DAIRY TOPPING is available in the frozen food section of grocery stores. Visit their website for a store locator: www.richwhip.com This miracle soy product comes packaged in 8 ounce cartons and can be found in the frozen food section of the supermarket. I purchase several at once, put them... Continue Reading →

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