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Recipe: Laura’s Crazy-Ass Sandwich

This is the Holy Grail of sandwiches. It is amazing. That is all.


Full Disclosure/Update/Confession
It’s been many years since I created this recipe. I’m no longer vegetarian and have cleaned up my diet considerably. So, we now make it with pastrami or roast beef, and homemade mayo. It is still incredible. You should make it however you can, and enjoy.


Laura’s Crazy-Ass Sandwich
- one hoagie roll, hot dog bun, or in a pinch - two slices of bread (hoagie roll is best, but I made it on a plain English muffin once, too)
- 1/4th cup sauerkraut
- 1/4 cup cranberry relish (either chunky or smooth is fine - I think the smooth from the can is best; homemade might mess up the taste profile)
-...

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Recipe - The very best oatmeal raisin (and coconut and pecan, and dairy/gluten free!) cookies.

I’ve been withholding this recipe for far too long. I developed it over the course of a couple weeks during the chilly spring, when turning on the oven was an excuse to add extra heat to the house. I had so many cookies from all the test batches, I started delivering them to my neighbors!

Well, one of my neighbors is a baker and before she retired had owned a restaurant in the PNW. So she knows a thing or two about baking and claims to be very hard to impress. She was amazed by these cookies; couldn’t stop talking about them. Told me I needed to sell them locally. On and on. It was very flattering! I mean, I know I like these cookies, but to have someone as legit as she is, with all her...

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Recipes - Creamy Turmeric Tea

I’ve been seeing various food bloggers talking about the delicious health benefits of Turmeric Tea for a few weeks, but it didn’t really appeal to me. I don’t keep turmeric in my spice cabinet, so I didn’t even have the opportunity to try it out. However, my massage therapist offered me a sip of hers at my appointment a couple weeks ago, and I was smitten. The very next day, I went to the spice shop and bought some turmeric powder. I’ve been tinkering with my recipe ever since!

Just look at that orangey-yellow goodness. ;)


If you want to read more about the power of turmeric, please go check out this great article by Wellness Mama. She is an amazingly resourceful and prolific blogger;...

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Recipe - Cashew “Queso”

I don’t have a picture for this one, yet. I keep eating it too fast! (It’s also not that photogenic.)

Comfort foods are hard to come by when you’re on an elimination diet, and while this stuff should never be referred to as “cheese,” it scratches a certain itch for something savory, hot, and gooey. It’s delicious spooned into the mouth with homemade sweet potato crisps.

This recipe is from the dim recollection of what I did last time I made the queso. Following this recipe is going to get you 95% there, but please follow your heart and your tastebuds to get it just the way you like it. :)


Cashew “Queso”
1 cup raw cashews (I always soak for a few hours, then rinse and drain)
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Whole Life Challenge Meal Plan: January 13-17

My husband is embarking on a Whole Life Challenge for the next 8 weeks, that involves a rather strict dietary component. Crazy dietary restrictions are nothing new to me, but I’ve never cooked for the whole household with the rules. This time, the whole family is going to go along. I will bend the rules for the kids - allowing some gluten free grains and honey - but for the next 8 weeks, we are all going to be eating super duper clean!

Here’s what the rules look like:

No Grains or Starchy Carbohydrates. Only sweet potatoes are allowed. No wheat, rice, corn, barley, quinoa, even white potatoes and soy. And of course the more obvious… no bread, pasta, bagels, cereal, pastry, baked...

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Hey Laura, how can I afford to eat in Brooklyn, NY?

My friend, Ben, just moved to Brooklyn and is experiencing NYC sticker shock at the price of groceries. Ben is cooking for two “vegetarian-types” on a budget. Not only does he need to find cheap sources for quality food, he needs some recipes for the daily come-home-from-work-and-make-supper-every-day grind. He’s asked about what kind of staples (like beans) can be made easily from scratch to avoid the higher price of canned convenience.

I’ve been working on this post for a while now, and it’s started to get too unwieldy. I’m just going to toss it out there as a starting point for Ben, because at this point, he needs the information more than he needs it to be perfectly presented.

Here...

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Hey Laura, do you have a mouthwatering flank steak recipe?

Anonymous writes:

Hey Laura, I want to impress my man with some meaty home cooking. Do you have a fantastic recipe that is relatively easy and inexpensive?

Oh, you are in luck, Anonymous! I just discovered the best recipe for making the most tender, flavorful flank steak strips you’ve ever feasted upon. I accidentally didn’t follow the recipe (what else is new?) and it turned out fine, so I’ll write down my adaptation here.

And, because I have a bad habit of not reading a recipe all the way through before I begin, only to find out there’s some crazy time constraint I didn’t know about that threatens to ruin my cooking plan…

First, note this! You need to start this at least 3-4 hours in...

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