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Thai Red Lentil and Butternut Squash Soup

November 12, 2015 Tram Le

At a recent demonstration on plant-based diets, I spoke on the topic of stocking an Asian-vegan pantry. I spoke about everything from the ingredients that are great to have on hand to whip up quick

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Comforting Chicken-Less Soup

September 1, 2015 Tram Le

Back when my family ate meat, one of my daughter's favorite meals was a simple chicken soup loaded with grains and vegetables. When our family transitioned to a fully plant-based diet, I knew I had

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Vegan Grilled Pineapple Spears

May 19, 2015 Tram Le

My family and I have been eating mostly plant-based foods for the past few months, and I find that it's so easy to cook and bake vegan now. One of the first finds I had

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Dozens of Uses for This Baking Pan

April 28, 2015 Tram Le

Product Reviewed: Silpat Entremet I’ve already used the Silpat Entremet silicone baking pan for dozens of uses. I’ve roasted vegetables, baked my Earl Grey tea cookies, and made a mahogany butter crunch toffee in it.

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Food Mill Provides Purees in a Spin

August 25, 2014 Tram Le

Product Reviewed Rösle Food Mill I tried out the Rösle food mill for the first time today. In fact, it was my first time using a food mill – ever! The instruction manual was pretty

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Mise en Place: Why Is It So Important?

March 10, 2014 Tram Le

In the days before the Food Network, I used to watch cooking shows with French chefs on public television. The shows introduced me to the term mise en place at a young age, and it

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Anatomy of a Recipe

November 20, 2013 Tram Le

I don’t really have a hard time writing down recipes as I’m cooking. Because I’ve been reading cookbooks like novels for a long time, recipe writing comes naturally to me. I get an idea, write

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Pumpkin Almond Bread

October 11, 2013 Tram Le

I’m in a pumpkin mood today! It must be that fall is here. I came across a recipe for Pumpkin-Cranberry Muffins from Cooking Light and changed it to fit what I had in the kitchen. I also

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7 Tips For Battling Office Food Temptations

September 18, 2013 Tram Le

When I used to work at the hospital, I would constantly get invited to seminars, rounds, lunch or even a quick stop at the nurses’ lounge for a “snack” that a fellow coworker brought that

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Smoked Salmon Tea Sandwiches

August 15, 2013 Tram Le

I made these smoked salmon tea sandwiches for a brunch party I had last weekend with my coworkers. We’re moving to Annapolis, and I wanted to say thank you to some awesome ladies — not

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Ciao! My Foodie Adventures in Italy

March 25, 2013 Tram Le

My husband’s work brought us to Florence, Italy. Firenze, in the Toscana region, completely turned my world of what I thought of Italian food upside-down. It’s simple, delicious and after a month, I still didn’t

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Toddler Eating and Snacks On-the-Go

February 15, 2013 Tram Le

It is so much fun raising a toddler! My daughter, C., is having conversations with me now. She'll look down at a sweater I just put on her and say something like, “Cute!” Her vocabulary

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How to Serve Toddlers

January 4, 2013 Tram Le

Feeding your toddler really could be a full-time job. You want him or her to get all their nutrients and eat a variety of food groups, while limiting processed foods. Combine that with the toddler's