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How We Learned To Cook

start with what you know Do you know how to make a sandwich? Pasta? Pizza? Salad? When I started, I knew a few of these, including pouring a bowl of cereal and baking from a box mix. I had to call my parents and ask them how to cook corn on the cob and how to long to cook pasta for. (To be fair, this was before the internet was on phones.) In college one of the first "meals" I made for myself was mashed potatoes with taco shells. It was, let’s say, pretty sad. But if you start where you are, you can only improve from there. When I started to go vegan (and learn to cook), I started...

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Chickpea Salad Sandwiches

This is a vegan classic, and if you've never tried it, you're really missing out. Even if you're not vegan, you can totally appreciate how easy and tasty chickpea salad sandwiches can be. They're quicker to bring together than an egg or chicken salad and hold up for a while, so they're good for making in big batches. I'm making these two ways, for a little variety in our sandwiches. One is more like a "chicken" salad and one is more like a "tuna" salad - both of which I used to love before going vegan. While not an exact replacement, these both are delicious and add another great lunch idea to my weekly meal plan. (And it's one of...

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All About Tofu

We get a lot of questions about tofu. What is it? How do you cook it? How do you store it? Most importantly - how do you make it not taste like a big block of bland? Read below to learn a lot more about tofu, one of our favorite foods.  WHAT IS IT? Tofu is basically soybean bean curd, and is made through a process not too unlike making cheese. It’s not some weird healthy food - it’s good food with a lot of history  that’s gotten a bad rap over the years here in the US. I know I’ve had my share of terrible tofu dishes out in the wild, but that doesn’t mean it’s inherently tasteless or bland....

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Book Review: The Help Yourself Cookbook For Kids

From the author of three other children’s books on compassion and animals, The Help Yourself Cookbook For Kids is the first cookbook by Ruby Roth, an illustrator & activist. It includes sections on lesser-known ingredients, kitchen safety, drinks, condiments, small meals, big meals, salads, desserts, and more. The book goes from very simple (recipes), to deeper discussion topics (like health, the environment, and protecting animals) that are framed in a kid-friendly way. The design is stellar. Its mix of playful illustration, lettering, and photography is kind of unforgettable, and if I were a kid this would be my go-to cookbook purely from a design stance. (I grew up obsessed with Lisa Frank - truly my one childhood obsession - and my...

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The Process of Owning

There’s a certain life cycle of owning items - from the thought of buying something, to picking out the exact item, to owning and caring for it, and getting rid of it once you’re done with it. There are ways to be thoughtful about each step, that way you can try to live a more mindful, sustainable life through the purchases you make. Obviously not many of us can have the “perfect” buying habits - these are just markers to think about and potentially some things you might not have thought of before. If you find yourself buying a lot of items, or if you’re looking to be more thoughtful about how you’re buying, definitely keep these in mind. only buy...

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