Can You Love a Vegan Sushi Roll?

Sometimes the proof is in the flavor, and it’s almost impossible to convey something through a video. That’s how I felt when I tried a Beyond Sushi roll - because as a huge sushi lover it was hard for me to believe I could also fall in love with a vegan version. But Chef Guy Vaknin came by to share his methods and explain that his plant-based take on the classic Japanese dish could have its own excitement. And while I might never give up the real deal, I am definitely a convert.

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Jamie Oliver Has a Secret For Making Dinner Quick

I spent my college years in the UK so I have always had a soft spot in my heart for Jamie Oliver. I was living there right as he was growing in popularity in the British consciousness (I might date myself here) and he was really my first introduction to British cooking, well before I knew I would have a career in food. And as years went on I loved watching him transform into an advocate healthy school lunches. He has always seemed to hold a sensible middle ground that advocated for healthy options while also not veering into total health fanatic category.

So the chance to sit down with him and chat about his newest book, 5 Ingredients, was a delight. We touched on everything from rock star ingredients that can transform a dish to getting kids cooking. Watch the video below to hear Jamie’s take and perhaps you might have a bit more confidence in your weeknight cooking!

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You Need Carla Hall's Brilliant Shrimp Technique

Any time spent with Carla Hall is just pure delight, due to her being among the most genuine and charming people around. But it is extra fun getting to cook from her newest book - Carla Hall’s Soul Food - because it is such a beautiful personal exploration. The book takes a unique perspective on her own background and includes a lot of vignettes via a road trip.

But of course the recipes are what really draw us all in and I couldn’t wait to get her unique take on shrimp. Her Cracked Shrimp recipe is a twist on the cracked conch she saw when she worked in the Caribbean and it has completely shifted my view on cooking shrimp. Watch the video below to see her technique and get the recipe to try it yourself!

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Checking In On Your Meat Safety

If one good thing came out of the shutdown perhaps it is a growing realization that all of our food is actually inspected. While people seem to know this in the abstract it became much clearer once everyone started to read about how much rigor goes into our food supply. There are a lot of mechanisms in place to try and keep us all safe across an almost unfathomably large food chain.

This website is all about judgement-free cooking so if you don’t have time to get to a local butcher, I completely understand. But if that’s the case then it’s all the more important that you understand the differences in larger-scale food and what is safe versus what is healthy.

When it comes to meat, there is a lot to know when it comes to health that might behoove you to buy higher quality meat. But in terms of safety we are very lucky that the system is in place to keep us as safe as possible (with the understanding that, of course, nothing is infallible) no matter the price point. So I was happy to put on my Dr Oz Food Investigator hat this week to chat with him about meat safety and a viral photo that had a lot of people nervous. Watch the video below to see the whole segment and hopefully feel a little bit better when it comes to buying your meat, no matter what circumstances you are purchasing under!

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Is There a Best Time of Day to Eat?

There are so many diets and opinions on how we all eat that sometimes it can feel dizzying - eat more meat! be a vegan! stay in ketosis! - but typically we assume that the diet is mostly about the actual food.

Now we apparently have to contend with when we eat. But if the thought makes you want to throw out the diet books, you might want to wait until you hear from Dr’s Michael Roizen and Michael Crupain, the authors of What to Eat When..

You can’t help but want to listen when these two docs start talking. Dr Roizen is the Chief Wellness Officer at the Cleveland Clinic and Dr. Crupain is the Medical Director of the Dr. Oz Show - but more importantly once you see them in person you know these are two guys that don’t want to take all of the fun out of your life! On the contrary, they have the science to back them up but also enough joy in their approach to make it all feel like they are on your side. And what they are proposing is staggering: we’ve been eating at all the wrong times.

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The Time Has Come for a New Fashioned

Classic cocktails have stood the test of time for a reason, but even the most perfect cocktails can use a good twist now and then. As long as the twist is from the right person!

Enter award-winning bartender Luis Hernandez of Gibson + Luce in the Life Hotel. He takes the perfect combination and tweaks it to give it little more life and modernity.

So if you’re in need of a good warming cocktail for the weather watch the video below and give it a whirl.

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Dorie Greenspan Has a Salad To Save You

When I met Dorie Greenspan many years ago I was so delighted to learn that the voice I relate to so much on the page of her cookbooks is the exact person you get if you are lucky enough to have her standing in front of you. For so many of us she is our helpful and enthusiastic guide, coaxing us along to make recipes that bring out our best selves without feeling a lot of stress.

For her newest book, Everyday Dorie, she really brings us into her home and I wanted to tackle a recipe from it with her that really spoke to her demeanor. This salad we made together doesn’t have an artfully done photograph in the book nor was it one of the ones she suggested. But I love it because it reminded me of the quintessential way all of Dorie’s books make me feel - like I can do anything with whatever I have on hand and it will still turn out fabulously.

So watch me gush over one of my favorite people (sorry, I just have to every time I see her) and then get inspiration for a salad that will have you reaching into your pantry in no time.

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