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Learn how to make the most of vegetarian ingredients, plus check out our helpful cooking tips and suggestions for kitchen tool essentials.

Southwestern Salad with Avocado-Lime Dressing

Takin' It Slow


Kitchen fads come and go, but those slow cookers introduced in the 1970s have stood the test of time. It's still hard to beat low, steady heat when it comes to drawing out delicate food flavors, especially on chilly nights.

What's your slow cooker style?

Throughout the winter months, I definitely crave soups and casseroles and other warm, cozy dishes. Yet even when it’s snowing outside, I still can’t kick my salad habit. To give the fresh quadrant of my plate a cold-weather update, I shift to sturdier winter greens, and I like to trade in my light vinaigrettes for something with a little more heft, and a homemade emulsified salad dressing does the trick.


Manchego Cheese Wafers, ready to go in the oven

A review copy of Herbivoracious by Michael Natkin has been sitting on top of my file cabinet at work for about a year and a half. I’d marked several recipes that looked good, set it aside, and forgot about it. After finally trying a recipe for this installment of Copy Cat in the Kitchen, the book is coming back to the Cat Cave and I’m bookmarking the Web site.


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