recipes under Pamela Salzman basics

whipped coconut cream

whipped coconut cream recipe
This has not turned into a dessert blog, I promise.  I haven't really kept track of what I was posting here and I just realized I have been a little out of balance lately.  I promise to post a...

unsweetened slow cooker applesauce

unsweetened slow cooker applesauce recipe (oven version, too)
I don't know about you, but we love having both cranberry sauce and applesauce on Thanksgiving and always the homemade kind.  It's my tradition every year on the Sunday before Thanksgiving to make a huge pot of...

slow roasted tomatoes | pamela salzman

how to make slow roasted tomatoes
Someone leaked to Mr. Picky that in one of my recent posts I was guessing that he wouldn’t be showering regularly at camp.  It wasn’t a judgment on my part, just an observation from past history.  However, it seems...

fresh blueberry sauce | pamela salzman

blueberry sauce recipe (refined sugar-free)
I know what you're thinking.   "We waited five whole days for a new recipe and it's blueberry sauce?  That's the best she could come up with?"  You know what, friends?  I have been busy!  Daughter #1 is still...

Supersmooth, Light-as-Air Hummus by Pamela Salzman

supersmooth, light-as-air hummus
Why is the best hummus always in restaurants, especially Middle Eastern ones?  I think I make a delicious, flavorful hummus that has a great consistency and is better than the ones you find in the supermarket.  But, it...

(a more healthful) chocolate chip cookie by Pamela Salzman

(a more healthful) chocolate chip cookie recipe
One of my students asked me the other day if I had a good chocolate chip cookie recipe and I instinctively said, "Sure, just check my website."  To which she replied, "I did.  But all you have on there...

Raspberry Chia Jam by Pamela Salzman

raspberry chia seed jam
Poor Mr. Picky was crying a little when I put him to bed last Sunday night.  I thought it was because his baseball team got walloped in their playoff game which then ended their season.  That wasn't it.  I...

Juicy citrus segments and pinwheels

how to segment citrus fruit
Right now is probably not the most exciting time of the year for fruit, even in Southern California.  Sure, we have amazing citrus coming our of our ears, but that’s pretty much it.  Pomegranates and persimmons just finished.  Even...

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even easier homemade almond milk recipe
I know I've already posted a How-to-Make-Almond-Milk-from-Scratch recipe.  In fact, I gave you three different versions!  But my how-to involves slipping the skins off the soaked almonds before blitzing them in your blender which is really no big...

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slow cooker whole chicken and stock recipe
Daughter #2 asked me the other day if I was "ever going to put that thing away?"  She was referring to my slow cooker, of course.  Not that Daughter #2 is complaining since she's the first one to the...

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how to thicken soups and stews without cream, butter or flour
I make a lot of soups and stews for the family, especially from September through May.   I know many of you have been freezing your buns off on the East Coast and Midwest lately and are likely...

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roasted whole bone-in turkey breast recipe
This is it, friends!  We're in the home stretch and I've got one last recipe to share before the big day.  By now you know I get most excited about the side dishes, but in my classes I spend...

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perfect apple pie recipe
I am teaching Apple Pie in my Thanksgiving classes this month and I thought I really should share the recipe with you too, my dear readers.  Perfect for Thanksgiving or if you're hunkered down watching Election Day coverage tonight....

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how to make pie crust
I am a total sucker for seasonal fruit desserts, and pies are no exception, especially in the summer and fall.  But we know each other well enough by now to know that I’m not a big dessert pusher.  I...

it's a feast!

planning a happy thanksgiving — 4 weeks and counting
This post was originally published on October 27, 2011.  I adore Thanksgiving.  I love the traditions, the food, the Macy’s parade on television while I am making my pies, the football games.   I love moving the family room furniture...

cooked black beans

how to cook beans from scratch
This is the time of year when I start to make more bean-based soups and chilis.  And as soon as it stops being 80 degrees around here, I'll get right on that.  Actually, regardless of the season,...

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how to seed a pomegranate
Eating seasonally means that when Mother Nature closes one door, she opens another.  I came home from the farmers' market the other day with good news and bad news for the kids.  This would be the last of the...

chia pudding

vanilla and chocolate chia seed pudding recipes
Have you ever bought something that you heard people talking about, that you thought you should start eating and would figure out how to get it into your diet soon but never did, only to have that something sit...

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how to make pita chips
One of our favorite snacks is chips, whether it be tortilla or pita.  We enjoy them alone or more often as a dipper for spreads like hummus, white bean dip, tapenade, or my favorite -- "Greek...

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how to make almond butter
Why would you need to know how to make almond butter?  After all, you can buy it very easily at the supermarket or even via amazon.  You can pick your pleasure...

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how to freeze fresh fruit
Two wonderful things are happening right now:  One is the abundance of glorious fresh strawberries and mangos on the scene right now, with cherries, stone fruits and berries on the way.  The other is that the weather is getting...

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egg salad recipe and other things you can do with hard boiled eggs
I'm thrilled to have my mother and my 4-year-old niece visiting me this week from New York.  We're having a great time catching up on magazines, tivo'd shows and of course, cooking.  After she read my post the other...

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how to make perfect hard boiled eggs
I imagine many of you are getting ready to boil eggs this week, either to decorate for Easter or to include at a Passover seder.  I loved the annual event of dyeing Easter eggs when I was a child....

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the secret to great-tasting chicken
If you choose to eat animal protein, chances are you prepare chicken more than any other kind.  Chicken's popularity is not surprising-- it is very versatile to cook with, neutral in flavor, low in fat and more budget-friendly than...

Meatballs on Top of Polenta

turkey meatballs
Have I shared with you that I don't really like meat and poultry all that much?  It's not even for ethical or health reasons.  I just don't enjoy the texture and flavor of animal protein.  I was a pescatarian...

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homemade marinara (tomato) sauce
Growing up in an Italian home meant never eating tomato sauce out of a jar.  Ever.  It wasn't until a 6th grade girl scout camping trip when I tasted my first spaghetti and "Ragu" and it was an experience...

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miso soup
I think the reason I started cooking at such a young age is because I love to eat good food.  My mother was and is a terrific cook, but she didn't have time or the interest to really experiment...

oatmeal with dates, bananas and walnuts

overnight steel cut oatmeal recipe
We eat a lot of oatmeal in this house for so many reasons. It is nutritious, filling, inexpensive and incredibly easy to make.  Oatmeal is high in soluble fiber (the kind that helps reduce the absorption of cholesterol by...

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creamy miso-ginger dressing
When I was at Whole Foods the other day, at I was amazed by the dozens of people cradling ingredients for the big Cleanse.  I can't imagine choosing to drink lemon juice and maple syrup mixed with cayenne pepper...

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turkey stock
Ahhhhh, the day after.  I hope you had a lovely holiday.  Ours was everything I hoped it would be -- lots of happy people in the house and no major disasters in the kitchen.  The best thing I did...

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cranberry sauce with apples and raspberries
I use a cranberry sauce recipe for Thanksgiving that has been in my family longer than I have.  My aunt received the recipe over 40 years ago from a colleague in New Jersey, who received it from someone who...

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traditional roast turkey with gravy
My husband and I offered to host Thanksgiving at our new home a few months after we were married in 1995.  We were young and naive, but we were excited to play house with all our new china and...

easy, no-fail whole roasted chicken | pamela salzman

easy no-fail roast chicken
If you eat chicken, you absolutely must learn how to roast one whole.  It is beyond easy to do, never fails me, everyone loves it and is arguably the most delicious way to eat chicken.  WHAT MORE CAN YOU...

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do-it-yourself almond milk — 3 versions
You saw from my Alternative Milk Guide that these non-dairy beverages are basically nuts/seeds/grains pureed with water and strained.  Although Mr. Picky drinks raw milk regularly, the rest of us don't and the non-dairy milk that is used...

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hummus 4 ways
I was talking with my summer intern Hannah about how much I love hummus and how easy it is to make.  I think I have been making my own hummus since before she was born, but the last couple years...

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basil parsley pesto recipe
I am willing to bet that I have eaten more pesto in my life than all of you.  Let me give you a little background.  My father has an expert green thumb and has maintained amazing gardens throughout my...

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not microwave popcorn recipe
I use my microwave oven for two things, as a back-up timer and to disinfect my sponges.  Killing anything alive is what a microwave does best, no?  When people find out I don't put food in the microwave, they...

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vegetable stock recipe
I really think it's worth the effort to make stock from scratch, not only because it's more nutritious, but because homemade just tastes so much better than the one you get from a box.  Many times you can get away with...

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whole grain buttermilk pancakes recipe
Packaged pancake mixes confuse me.  The idea behind packaged food is to provide the consumer convenience.  That is, it should be more convenient for you to use a boxed pancake mix than to make pancakes from scratch.  But let's think...

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my favorite everyday salad dressing recipes
If you're just starting to tinker with the idea of eating more healthfully, but don't know where to begin, may I nudge you toward making your own salad dressings?  Why?  First of all, salad dressings or vinaigrettes are something you...

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how to make fresh pumpkin purée recipe
Few things say Fall like the pumpkin, along with all the delicious things that you can make with one.  Every year I stock up on multiples cans of pumpkin puree for muffins, pancakes, oatmeal and, of course, pie.  But...

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homemade chicken stock recipe
I am starting my first post with one of my obsessions – homemade chicken stock.  Since chicken stock is something I use quite regularly, especially during soup season, I thought it would be a good idea to get a recipe...