Basics banter: How to roast vegetables


Fact: roasting vegetables is the best way to eat vegetables. Fact: as humans, we need to eat mountains of vegetables daily. Conclusion: we need to learn to roast vegetables and we need to get good at it now.

It’s easy. Sort of.

Simply put, you can cut up any vegetable into bite sized pieces, toss them in fat, and roast them in the oven until they’re done. But it’s a little more involved than that. There are different vegetable families, different cooking times, and (some) different temperatures for optimal vegetable roasting. Nuances exist within this large realm, and since I do this daily, I’ve learned all of the ways to roast all of the vegetables.

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Real talking sugar


Some people can take a bite of refined sugar, forget about it, and move on with their life.

I am not one of these people.

This past weekend, I went shopping with my mom at Target and she bought a bag of Lindt truffles (little spheres of smooth non-gluten-free bliss) on the fly. As we were loading stuff in the car, she nonchalantly took a truffle out, ate it, savored it, commented about how delicious they are, ate another one, put them away, forgot about them, and got on with her life. She helped me do stuff around my home for hours with lots of energy. She looks amazing and I have never seen her overeat in my life.

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The best ceviche ever


Leave it to Nobu Matsuhisa to come up with a close to perfect template for Peruvian ceviche. The man is a raw and cooked fish genius; there’s a reason that a meal at one of his restaurants will leave you a few hundred dollars in the hole (and probably still hungry). I understand going out for sushi. Most of the population doesn’t feel like skillyfully stuffing rolling and cutting foods to get a stupid JB roll. In fact, it’s a beautiful art that should be celebrated and revered. This simple way of eating raw fish is way more involved than most of us think.

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Cherry tomato salad with oregano

photo (22)There are lots of people that resist eating healthy. The idea of it is shunned in the brain. If you’re not accustomed to it, I get how a plate of fries or cupcakes or breaded fried stuff would make someone want to throw a piece of fish steamed with lemon in the trash can. It’s simply not enticing when you’re used to eating those addictive, highly palatable foods. Some people don’t think eating healthy food is amazingly fresh and delicious ALL THE TIME. Well, it can be and it is.

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Cauliflower steaks with cauliflower puree

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Maya Angelou died last week. I’m sure you know.

She was a writer, poet, and straight up inspiration. You know that, too. You might not know she was also a great cook. She was. She knew what was up. Last week, social media was flooded with her quotes, each instantly life-altering at some point in my life. But something she said posthumously hit me the hardest.

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Brown butter & rosemary seabass with proscuitto


Our growth as human beings is completely reliant on how we deal with and respond to pain.

This sucks. In fact, it’s ironically painful in and of itself.

You hear it all the time and see it on annoying mugs, magnets, and greeting cards: Life begins out of your comfort zone! You’re not living unless you’re living on the edge! Be gritty! All of these things are true. We say and spew these truths to others and they churn around in our own heads, but few of us actually put the pedal to the metal.

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Bacon & balsamic roasted brussels sprouts {why I eat paleo intro}


For the past 15 months, I’ve taken charge of my health through lifestyle choices. 80ofoods I used to rely on and love are gone, and it’s been way harder than I pictured. It’s the reason I no longer maniacally post my recipes and thoughts on here; I’ve sadly neglected my beloved and much-asked-about little corner of the internet, partly because I feel that my identity as a food-lover and chef has been slashed to pieces by a gluten-laden machete. No longer can I just go out to dinner anywhere without subjecting a waiter/cook/chef to an inquisition worse than the Spanish experienced back in the sixteenth century, consume the majority of delicious homemade things at gatherings while everyone else gets to oooh and ahhh over it in front of my face, enjoy a night of MSG-laden sushi with my best friend without waking up looking like the blueberry lady from Willy Wonka and then suffering a breakdown the next morning, or eat the best things on this planet: pizza, bread, cookies, and cake.

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Zucchini with almond pesto


A zucchini shift has happened in my life: it’s one of my favorite vegetables. I didn’t used to be a fan. I thought it was a weird, spotted cucumber with a little nub on its end. Freaky. But it’s so versatile! It can be sauteed, roasted, broiled, stewed, AND dun dun dun, be eaten completely raw.

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Super spicy carrot & chickpea tagine


From time to time, I do detrimental things completely aware of their unfavorable end result. In the moment right before the action is committed, there’s a shiny glimmer of hope that maybe, this ONE time out of a million, things will not end up the way I think they will. Even though they always do. What the hell, brain? Why am I always surprised at the unhappy ending? And why do I continue to do these things?

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Flourless chocolate hazelnut cake


2013 ate me alive. This should have come as no surprise, as 13 carries major bad vibesfor me. It began with yay! my dreams continue to come into fruition! my life is sooooooo glamourous! Apparently, I didn’t get the memo that working for yourself is excruciating. Things were MUCH easier when someone was always telling me what to do. In my past life, my 8 hour days consisted of scratching my pen against paper with a check-mark motion weaved in with avalanches of wasted time. Repeat. Forever. On the flip side, it’s not even just a bit dusty, it’s kind of muddy. Why did no one tell me this? I thought the yellow brick road awaited me, with each golden brick seamlessly in place because well, duh, I work for myself.

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