Cooking Essentials

Bring good health and the pleasure of great food back to the kitchen. Click on the tabs below and the links within to learn how.

March 20, 2010
One by one, FD &C food dyes—those that had been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)—have been taken off the market in the U.S., and there are now only...
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December 17, 2009
The pig is not the most glamorous animal. But the exotically named Austrian Mangalitsas of Woodinville, Washington's Herbfarm have become an irreplaceable addition behind the...
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October 6, 2009
Any halfway busy home chef requires a good array of saucepans, soup kettles and other cookware of all sizes. Even if you’re only cooking eggs and beans, you want to be sure they...
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October 4, 2009
Want to know which bottles contain bisphenol A or whether you can reuse your PET water bottle? Read on to find the answers to our readers' most commonly asked questions.
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July 1, 2009
About 76 to 80 million cases of foodborne illness occur in the United States annually, most as a result of eating contaminated meat. But there’s no need to char your burgers into...
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March 26, 2008
Microwaves don't blast you with dangerous radiation when in use, but that doesn't mean they pose no problems in cooking or heating food.
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January 18, 2011
Credit:Mike Dynalab Okonomiyaki is commonly described as a “Japanese pizza”, but in fact its consistency and taste is more like a savory pancake (perhaps most comparable...
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November 3, 2010
Credit: Amanda SimonI love the bite of peppery arugula paired with a bright and smooth goat cheese. Add the crisp sweetness of a Honeycrisp apple and this dish shames any...
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October 15, 2010
Credit: Mandy SimonNot many people are lucky enough to work so close to a farmers market so when one popped up a block from my office, I had to take full advantage (to...
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October 4, 2010
Credit: Mr Jaded/FlickrFor those who say that pollock can only be pan-fried to taste good, here is a way to make even frozen pollock turn into a colorful, flavorful dish...
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September 28, 2010
Credit: All images courtesy of Gregory Luke Smith It’s late September and, like almost every Seattle gardener, we haven’t had a single ripe heirloom tomato. Instead we...
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September 27, 2010
Credit: Maria/FlickrA quick and easy recipe from Duane Chapman, Research Fisheries Biologist at U.S. Geological Survey. 
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September 27, 2010
Credit: jpellgen/FlickrThis delicious recipe was provided by Executive Chef of the Lockwood Restaurant and Bar, Phillip Foss, who constantly strives for "perpetual...
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August 13, 2010
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July 20, 2010
Thanks to notakeout.com for sharing this delicious, meatless recipe as adapted from Fresh Food Fast by Peter Berley. Get inspired by the meat-trimming step of our CO2 Smackdown...
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June 28, 2010
Special thanks to notakeout.com for sharing this delicious, meatless recipe as adapted from Fresh Food Fast by Peter Berley!
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June 15, 2010
This is a simple dish for a hot summer night when you don't want to turn on the oven or stove to cook the beets!
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June 14, 2010
This sweet filling hash will make the perfect accompaniment for your next dinner!
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June 14, 2010
Ditch the cakemix and make your own delicious cake from scratch with fresh, local ingredients!
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June 14, 2010
Try out this easy homemade alternative to store-bought tomato sauce for your next pasta dish!
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June 14, 2010
Nothing says summer like a fresh-baked pie! Make sure to enjoy it hot out of the oven for the best taste!
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June 14, 2010
This flavorful dish is sure to impress at your next dinner party!
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June 14, 2010
You can use a ton of fresh, local ingredients for this sweet and savory corn-based salad!
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June 14, 2010
Instead of the sugary apple sauce you find in stores, feed your kids this fresh, simple recipe as an afternoon snack!
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June 14, 2010
Credit: su-lin/FlickrToss the canned corn and try out this fresh, homemade alternative!
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June 14, 2010
Credit: Zlato Unger/FlickrThis classic French recipe is unbeatably healthy and incredibly simple to make!
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June 14, 2010
This eggplant recipe is stuffed with flavor and nutrition!
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May 26, 2010
Credit: iirraa/Flickr Try this rich, flavorful stew for your next dinner entrée!
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May 26, 2010
Beat the heat with these imaginative salads using local, seasonal ingredients!
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May 26, 2010
Credit: fritish/Flickr This recipe reinvents pizza as a healthy, wholesome meal and it's not as hard to make as you may think!
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May 26, 2010
A meat-free diet doesn't mean your salads can't pack some protein! This tasty twist on the Caesar salad is both healthy and filling!
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May 26, 2010
This flavorful, soy-based meat alternative is the perfect consistency for classic sloppy joes! The sandwich packs in protein without all the saturated fat of beef.
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May 26, 2010
This hearty salad can be enjoyed as an appetizer or an entrée!
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May 26, 2010
Credit: shiny red type/Flickr This summer, bake a fresh, homemade pie for your friends and family!  
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May 25, 2010
Credit: Special*Dark/FlickrThis Asian-inspired side dish is easy to make and sure to please!
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May 25, 2010
Credit: pcarpen/FlickrCool down this summer with these three delicious cold soups!
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May 25, 2010
This light salad makes the perfect vegetarian summer dish.
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May 25, 2010
Toss these fresh, local ingredients on the grill, and it's sure to be a hit at your next summer barbeque! This recipe was provided by Dennis McBride, who recommends trying it over...
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May 25, 2010
Credit: Anne with an "E"/FlickrThis recipe comes from Amazing Soy by Dana Jacobi (William Morrow Publishers, 2001) Of this recipe, Dana writes “This version of the...
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May 25, 2010
Credit: Dan4th/Flickr Bake this tangy fruit pie with ripe summer fruit!
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May 5, 2010
The pairing of these classic Italian ingredients, arugula, fava beans, and Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese makes this delicious bruschetta recipe a springtime treat!
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April 26, 2010
Our friends at Three Dollar Dinner sent over this recipe for a classic baked ziti, done organically and with all homemade ingredients (no chemicals, preservatives). In their words...
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April 12, 2010
Photo credit: bunchofpants/FlickrA crusty yeast-raised bread requires time and planning, but not necessarily more work, as Jim Lahey's recipe proves. Long, slow rising (...
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April 12, 2010
This feast from The Art of Simple Food (Clarkson Potter, 2007) celebrates the return of spring and the returning flavors of the season.
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March 12, 2010
Don't expect sweet and cinnamon-y from this savory, winter soup.
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December 21, 2009
146 Highland Terrace Punch was created by John Hogan, cocktail consultant, Las Vegas and the recipe has been adapted from Organic Shaken and Stirred, by Paul Abercrombie
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December 11, 2009
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November 20, 2009
Don't think leftovers when you look at your Thanksgiving turkey—it's the raw material for all new recipes. Kurt Holm, co-founder of Notakeout.com, shows how to make a hearty...
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November 11, 2009
Steve Brill kindly shared this recipe with SImple Steps. For more recipes and information about foraging, see his Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants (...
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November 6, 2009
Peter Hoffman—chef, local food expert and owner of New York's Savoy and Back Forty restaurants—has graciously provided this recipe as a side for a Thanksgiving feast.
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November 6, 2009
Peter Hoffman—chef, local food expert and owner of New York's Savoy and Back Forty restaurants—has graciously provided this recipe for a Thanksgiving feast.
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November 6, 2009
Peter Hoffman—chef, local food expert and owner of New York's Savoy and Back Forty restaurants—has graciously provided this recipe as a side for a Thanksgiving feast.
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September 30, 2009
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September 23, 2009
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September 19, 2009
These burritos are a delicious, satisfying meal on their own, whether made with high-quality beef or refried beans. Serve with a simple salad of peppery arugula dressed with some...
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May 21, 2009
The following recipe was graciously provided by Alexandra Jamieson. A graduate of New York's Natural Gourmet Cookery School, Jamieson has worked in Italy, creating seasonal and...
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May 21, 2009
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May 18, 2009
In 1995, Michael Rozyne, a 2009 Growing Green Award nominee, founded the nonprofit Red Tomato to distribute fruits and vegetables from Northeastern family farms and small farm co-...
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May 14, 2009
This recipe was provided by Will Allen, founder and CEO of the Growing Power National Training and Community Food Center in Milwaukee. Feeding an estimated 10,000 people from...
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May 14, 2009
A delicious (and nutrient-rich) accompaniment to Fried Tilapia. The recipe was provided by Will Allen, founder and CEO of the Growing Power National Training and Community Food...
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