Kitchen Basics

Kitchen Basics are methods, short cuts, and best practices to use when cooking – tips and suggestions in the kitchen. We also include basic staple recipes that you will use time and time again.

cooking rice like pasta
Kitchen Basics

Kitchen Basics: Cooking Rice like Pasta

In the past, I’ve always cooked rice the traditional way. But many times it was too sticky, not done, or burned to the bottom of the pan. I never really enjoyed cooking rice. Until now. Now, I use the “overwater method” for cooking rice: cooking it in a pot with extra water, like you cook […]

roast or toast nuts
Kitchen Basics

Kitchen Basics: How to Roast or Toast Nuts

Knowing how to roast or toast nuts will come in handy when you want to use raw, organic nuts for toppings on hot cereals and desserts, or would like a crunchy snack.  You can roast nuts in as little as eight minutes, with no oil needed, using your oven or stove top. Roasting or toasting […]

homemade peanut butter chips
Desserts, Fewer Than 6 Ingredients, Gluten Free, Halloween, Kitchen Basics

Homemade Peanut Butter Chips

Use these homemade peanut butter chips to top vegan ice cream and treats, or as ingredients in recipes. For years and years, I’ve made chocolate peanut clusters for Christmas gifts for family and friends. This Christmas, I was nearly able to veganize them, except for the milk whey that was listed in the peanut butter […]

vegan parmesan
Condiments, Fewer Than 6 Ingredients, Gluten Free Option, Italian Cuisine, Kitchen Basics, Pasta & Noodles, Pizzas

Kitchen Basics: Three Variations on Vegan Parmesan

I love having cheezy vegan parmesan to sprinkle on pasta, pizza and veggies. It just adds that little bit of “oomph” to a dish. And since it’s made with nuts and nutritional yeast, it actually adds nutrients to your meal! I made vegan parmesan for the first time this week – I’m so glad I […]

easy vegan sugar glaze
Birthdays, Desserts, Fewer Than 6 Ingredients, Gluten Free, Kitchen Basics, Sweet Sauces

Kitchen Basics: Easy Vegan Sugar Glaze

This versatile, easy vegan sugar glaze is quick to make and can be used to sweeten many desserts. Drizzle it over cakes, cookies, muffins and more. With an addition of a little lemon juice and lemon zest, you can make a delicious citrus glaze. Orange and lime juice can be used, too! If you don’t […]