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June 28, 2014

The Pantry Quiz #93

Sliced bread

Multiple Choice

A few weeks ago, I watched a very funny clip from Jimmy Kimmel's late night show, which I can't stay up late enough to watch in real time. He asked people who are eating gluten-free by choice (not of necessity), "What is gluten?" I thought that might be a great quiz question as we are all trying to learn more about it, though I'm betting all of you know the answer. What is gluten?

1. Bread
2. Wheat flour
3. A starch
4. A protein

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June 25, 2014

Spaghetti squash with spicy marinara sauce and chickpeas {vegetarian, gluten-free}

Spaghetti squash with spicy marinara sauce and chickpeas.

Lately I've been on a spaghetti squash kick, and I did a quick search to learn more about this vegetable that's such a recent addition to my repertoire. Spaghetti squash, also called vegetable squash, noodle squash, or -- get this -- squaghetti, is a winter squash low in calories, and high in Vitamin A, potassium, and beta carotene. It has no strong taste of its own, so it pairs well with sauces, spices and more aggressive ingredients that bring their own flavor. You can serve spaghetti squash just as you'd serve spaghetti, and that's what I've done in this recipe. A simple meatless marinara sauce, bumped up with red pepper flakes and tossed with chickpeas and parmesan cheese, makes this as Italian as you're likely to find in any restaurant. All that's missing are the pasta carbs and calories.

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June 22, 2014

Double broccoli salad with almonds and Sriracha yogurt dressing {vegetarian, gluten-free}

Double broccoli salad with almonds and Sriracha yogurt dressing.

One neat thing about having a daughter who's a science teacher is what you learn about things you thought you already knew everything about. For instance, broccoli. Did you know that broccoli is a fractal? I didn't know that; in fact, I had to look up fractals in the dictionary. A fractal is a never-ending pattern, in which each part is self-similar across different scales. In other words, each broccoli floret, large or small, is a miniature of the entire head of broccoli. Isn't that fun? Even more fun, broccoli florets are tender enough not to need cooking, which is a hit with me when the weather gets hot. In this double broccoli salad recipe, I use store-bought broccoli slaw -- the shaved stems of broccoli and carrots, with bits of red cabbage -- with chopped broccoli florets, and bind it all together with a spicy-sweet Sriracha yogurt dressing. Bring this salad to a picnic or potluck this summer, and it will be the first dish to disappear.

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June 21, 2014

The Pantry Quiz #92

Herbes de Provence

Do You Know?

You'll recognize Herbes de Provence by the cute little ceramic crock in which it's sold, but how much do you know about what's inside? A blend of spices that grow on the sunny hillsides in the south of France, Herbes de Provence typically includes all but one of the following. Which is the odd herb out?

1. Fennel
2. Rosemary
3. Oregano
4. Bay leaves
5. Tarragon
6. Cumin
7. Mint
8. Lavender

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