Blog Topic: Advice

Summer Cooking: How to Cook Without an Oven or Stove

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I find it almost amazing that Scott & I have lived in so many different places and we've never had air conditioning. Boston, New York City, Colorado, Lake Tahoe, Charleston, Los Angeles — none of our apartments had air conditioning. Even in Europe, air conditioning was a rarity. 

This means by the end of May, I would completely abstain from any kind of "baking" until October ...


List of Oil-Free, Plant-Based/Vegan Brands (Happy Herbivore Approved!)

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I'm always getting emails from Herbies asking what brands I use — what bread can they buy that's whole-wheat and oil-free? What about tortillas? BBQ sauce? Pasta sauce?

Regrettably, brands vary by region, so the brands I have access to might not be available in your area.

For example, the bread I used to buy in NYC, I can't find here in LA ...


How to Kick the Sugar Habit

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One of the most common questions I receive via email is about sugar addiction. Actually, let me take that back. It's rare that someone emails specifically about "sugar addiction." The wolf is cloaked in sheep's clothing, if you will. The emails go something like, "why can't I resist cupcakes?" or "I try really hard but can't stop eating cookies at night ...


Staying Hydrated: How Much Water Do We Need to Drink?

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After sharing my recipe for a homemade sports drink on Friday, a few people emailed asking how much water we need to drink every day.

"I was wondering your take on the saying, 'Drink 8 glasses of water a day" and what the benefits are :)??? Thanks :)"



Before getting into specifics, I think we can all agree that hydration is important — and the more water we ...


Dealing with Food Allergies (Making It Work and Allergy-Free Cooking)

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The most common food allergens are dairy, eggs, seafood (i.e., shellfish), tree nuts, peanuts, wheat/gluten and soy. Still, there are many other allergies and sensitivities to food out there. For example, I have a friend who is allergic to all citrus fruits, a friend's husband is allergic to quinoa, I can't eat broccoli, my sister is allergic to black pepper, my ...