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I love quotes that add meaning to my life. Here are a few to live by:

We can dramatically increase global food availability and environmental sustainability by using more of our crops to feed people directly and less to fatten livestock.
—Jonathan A. Foley, director of the Institute on the Environment, U of MN

Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.
—Michael Pollan

Cooking is at once child’s play and adult joy. And cooking done with care is an act of love.
—Craig Claiborne

People who eat according to the rules of a traditional food culture are generally healthier than those of us eating a modern Western diet of processed food.
—Michael Pollan

Three New Must-Haves For Your Spice Cabinet

When I asked a friend from India if she would give me some recipes, she generously made me mountains of delicious homemade Indian food.  But you know the adage, give a man fish vs teaching him to fish – I wanted to know how to make it myself!

I asked her to join me in my new kitchen (yes, NEW! We just bought our first home!)  While teaching me to cook, she told me about her childhood in India, how strictly she and her friends do or don’t follow tradition, and her family and friends.  I love hearing people’s stories.  The world becomes both smaller and larger at the same time, and these are things you can’t learn by just reading a recipe.

And now, I have three new must-haves for my kitchen repertoire!

#1. Cumin Seeds

I regularly keep ground cumin on hand, but cumin seeds take it to a whole new level.  They are best used by heating oil in a pan, then stir in cumin seeds until aromatic (1-2 minutes).  It’s that easy! Continue making your meal/following your recipe as planned.  Don’t worry – there are no hard to chew seeds or husks in the end result.

Don’t know where to start? Try the basic curry recipe below!

#2. Garam Masala

Garam masala is a blend of many spices that are toasted prior to being ground together.  The name means “warming spices,” not by adding spicy heat, but because in Ayurvedic medicine, these spices “warm” the body, meaning they are said to increase the metabolism.

Typical spices included, though there are multiple variations, and this list is not comprehensive: coriander, cumin, cardamom pods, cloves, peppercorn, star anise, turmeric, and fennel.

#3. Ginger-Garlic Paste

Easy and delicious, this aromatic blend is perfect for cooking meat.

To make – add equal parts fresh ginger and garlic, plus a sprinkle of turmeric, purée in a blender or food processor.  Store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Chicken or Chickpea Curry

Ingredients:

1-2 Tbsp Olive Oil

1 Onion

1 Tbsp Cumin Seeds

2 Tomatoes

1 1/2 lb Chicken or 1-2 cans garbanzo beans

Garlic and Ginger Purée (see method above)

Spices to taste: garam masala, paprika, coriander, turmeric, and either red chili or cayenne if you like some heat

Method:

Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat.  While pan is heating, dice an onion.  Add cumin seeds to pan, and stir until aromatic (1-2 minutes).  Add onion and sprinkle with salt.  Stir occasionally until onion is cooked through (about 12 minutes).  While onion is cooking, dice two tomatoes and cut chicken into cubes.  Add tomato and stir gently for 30 seconds.  Add chicken or chickpeas and a generous spoonful of garlic and ginger puree.  Cook uncovered until “raw” smell is gone.  Cover and cook until almost done, stirring occasionally.  Uncover and stir in garam masala, paprika, coriander, turmeric, cayenne, and salt to taste.  Cook until done.  Right before removing from heat, add small handful of chopped cilantro and stir until wilted.

Jeera Rice (Coriander Rice)

Ingredients:

1-2 Tbsp Olive Oil

1 Tbsp Cumin Seeds

Handful Fresh Cilantro

Salt to taste

1 cup rice

2 cup water or broth

Method:

Heat olive oil in a small pan.  Add cumin seeds and stir until aromatic (1-2 minutes).  Meanwhile, chop a small bunch of cilantro.  Add to cumin and oil and stir until wilted and coated with olive oil (about 15 seconds).  Add cumin and cilantro mix, plus salt to taste, to whatever vessel you plan to cook your rice with.  Prepare rice the same as you normally would (we use our pressure cooker).

Posted: 7-14-2019

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When I asked a friend from India if she would give me some recipes, she generously made me mountains of delicious homemade Indian food.  But you know the adage, give a man fish vs teaching him to fish - I wanted to know how to make it myself!

I asked her to join me in my new kitchen (yes, NEW! We just bought our first home!)  While teaching me to cook, she told me about her childhood in India, how strictly she and her friends do or don't follow tradition, and her family and friends.  I love hearing people's stories.  The world becomes both smaller and larger at the same time, and these are things you can't learn by just reading a recipe.

And now, I have three new must-haves for my kitchen repertoire!



#1. Cumin Seeds

I regularly keep ground cumin on hand, but cumin seeds take it to a whole new level.  They are best used by heating oil in a pan, then stir in cumin seeds until aromatic (1-2 minutes).  It's that easy! Continue making your meal/following your recipe as planned.  Don't worry - there are no hard to chew seeds or husks in the end result.

Don't know where to start? Try the basic curry recipe below!

#2. Garam Masala

Garam masala is a blend of many spices that are toasted prior to being ground together.  The name means "warming spices," not by adding spicy heat, but because in Ayurvedic medicine, these spices "warm" the body, meaning they are said to increase the metabolism.

Typical spices included, though there are multiple variations, and this list is not comprehensive: coriander, cumin, cardamom pods, cloves, peppercorn, star anise, turmeric, and fennel.

#3. Ginger-Garlic Paste

Easy and delicious, this aromatic blend is perfect for cooking meat.

To make - add equal parts fresh ginger and garlic, plus a sprinkle of turmeric, purée in a blender or food processor.  Store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.



Chicken or Chickpea Curry

Ingredients:

1-2 Tbsp Olive Oil

1 Onion

1 Tbsp Cumin Seeds

2 Tomatoes

1 1/2 lb Chicken or 1-2 cans garbanzo beans

Garlic and Ginger Purée (see method above)

Spices to taste: garam masala, paprika, coriander, turmeric, and either red chili or cayenne if you like some heat

Method:

Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat.  While pan is heating, dice an onion.  Add cumin seeds to pan, and stir until aromatic (1-2 minutes).  Add onion and sprinkle with salt.  Stir occasionally until onion is cooked through (about 12 minutes).  While onion is cooking, dice two tomatoes and cut chicken into cubes.  Add tomato and stir gently for 30 seconds.  Add chicken or chickpeas and a generous spoonful of garlic and ginger puree.  Cook uncovered until "raw" smell is gone.  Cover and cook until almost done, stirring occasionally.  Uncover and stir in garam masala, paprika, coriander, turmeric, cayenne, and salt to taste.  Cook until done.  Right before removing from heat, add small handful of chopped cilantro and stir until wilted.

Jeera Rice (Coriander Rice)

Ingredients:

1-2 Tbsp Olive Oil

1 Tbsp Cumin Seeds

Handful Fresh Cilantro

Salt to taste

1 cup rice

2 cup water or broth

Method:

Heat olive oil in a small pan.  Add cumin seeds and stir until aromatic (1-2 minutes).  Meanwhile, chop a small bunch of cilantro.  Add to cumin and oil and stir until wilted and coated with olive oil (about 15 seconds).  Add cumin and cilantro mix, plus salt to taste, to whatever vessel you plan to cook your rice with.  Prepare rice the same as you normally would (we use our pressure cooker)."
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Summertime is for grilling: burgers, BBQ chicken, steak, and BBQ Freshwater Eel.  Yep, you heard me, BBQ eel.

Don't turn your nose up just yet - if you love the combination of sweet & salty in your juicy BBQ Chicken, you'll love BBQ Eel.  Follow the recipe below! One of my favorite dishes at a sushi restaurant is Unagi, which is a fancy way of saying BBQ eel.  I was inspired to make my own after a colleague told me you can fish for eels in the rivers that feed into Lake Champlagne.  Someday I hope to catch my own, but the one used for this meal was a caught by my colleague. I was a squeamish child and young adult, squealing over spiders, bugs, and slimy things.  This squeamishness led to my vegetarian lifestyle, which I practiced for the better part of 10 years, because I struggled in associating my food with the animals the food came from.  You can read more about my food history here if it interests you.  Currently, I would describe my food lifestyle as holistic, non-wasting, DIY, and authentically/locally sourced. The 17 year-old girl in me would have a small heart attack to know she would grow into the woman I am today: butchering and grilling whole, slimy eels.  Eel is rich with omega-3 fatty acids, as well as other good for you vitamins and minerals.  If starting from scratch does not appeal to you, you can find prepared unagi in the frozen meat section of most Asian grocery stores. Find the comprehensive recipe list and serving suggestions here.

BBQ Eel

Ingredients: 1 lb Freshwater Eel 1 cup Unagi Sauce Method: Here is where I admit I am no butchering expert.  I watched some YouTube videos of prepping eel, but the people in the videos are VERY adept with a knife.  So...I took about 30 minutes to do a sloppier job of what the guys in the video did in about 60 seconds.  To prep, gut it, get the bones out, cut in half lengthwise, then cut into 4" steaks.  Leave the skin on - it will help while grilling. Start your grill and turn heat to medium.  While the grill is heating, skewer the steaks. Grill the Eel, skin side down, for three minutes.  Flip and grill another three minutes.  Turn the eel, baste with unagi sauce, and grill one minute skin side.  Flip again, baste with more unagi sauce, and grill one more minute. Until Next Time, Corrie Austin" ["post_title"]=> string(40) "dEELicious Flavors for your Summer Grill" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(246) "Summertime is for grilling: burgers, BBQ chicken, steak, and BBQ Freshwater Eel.  Yep, you heard me, BBQ eel. Fresh-caught from the rivers that feed into Lake Champlain, eel can be a delicious and unique addition to your summertime grill menu." ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(40) "deelicious-flavors-for-your-summer-grill" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2019-06-14 07:26:48" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2019-06-14 11:26:48" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(42) "http://inthekitchenwithbronwyn.com/?p=5177" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "2" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } [2]=> object(WP_Post)#368 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(5133) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "8" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2019-05-19 10:09:13" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2019-05-19 14:09:13" ["post_content"]=> string(3488) " Like many people who live locally, I went to opening day of Burlington's Farmer's Market.  Also like many people, my intentions for being there were to score some local produce, people watch, and admire local handiwork.  My intentions were NOT to get a free banana, obviously not local, and a lesson on the banana trade. Upon entering the market, I was greeted by a genial man dressed as a banana.  He handed me a free banana, then delved into a passionate and shocking speech about the banana trade.  If you believe, as I do, in the power of voting with your dollar as a conscientious consumer, whether motivated by humanitarian or environmental causes, I guarantee you will change your banana shopping habits after learning what I have learned.

Shocker #1: INFERTILITY

DBCP, a pesticide introduced in the 1950's, was discovered to cause infertility in males.  Despite this knowledge, DBCP is still widely used for banana crops in developing countries, where the local residents are NOT educated on the danger of its use.

Shocker #1: MONOCULTURE

I don't know how I didn't know this, but bananas are a monoculture in many regions in Central America.  Monocultures lead to plant pathogens, diseases, and unhealthy soils, which leads to the use of dangerous agrocides, industrial fertilizers, and even extinction.

Shocker #2: TERRORISM

It's a long story, which you can learn for yourself in the documentary, Bananaland, but the cliff notes version is: the fruit company, Chiquita, knowingly funds registered terrorist groups in direct relationship to growing banana crops.

What we can do about it:

  • Buy organic
  • Buy fair trade
  • Tell your friends
What should you do with your fair trade, organic bananas? Make these tasty Gluten Free Banana Oatmeal Pancakes! *Side note: Burlington Farmer's Market has temporarily moved to 345 Pine Street Resources: Peace and Justice Center, Food Empowerment Project, Center for Science in the Public Interest Until next time, Corrie Austin" ["post_title"]=> string(40) "Go Bananas at Burlington Farmer's Market" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(183) "Vote with your dollar! Buy organic and buy fair trade! Make conscientious food choices after learning the shocking history of bananas. Gluten free banana pancake recipe included. " ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(39) "go-bananas-at-burlington-farmers-market" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2019-05-19 10:31:17" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2019-05-19 14:31:17" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(42) "http://inthekitchenwithbronwyn.com/?p=5133" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "2" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } [3]=> object(WP_Post)#367 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(5116) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "8" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2019-05-05 08:37:37" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2019-05-05 12:37:37" ["post_content"]=> string(3568) " Picture yourself learning the art of cheese making with renowned cheese maker, David Asher, or foraging for mushrooms in the beautiful rolling hills of the Northeast Kingdom, or learning the art of fermentation by the self-proclaimed "fermentation fetishist," Sandor Katz.  The School of the New American Farmstead (SNAF) at Sterling College offers you these experiences and more; visit their website for a full list of courses, and their press release for more information on the program. Be a lifelong learner!  Here's five great reasons why:

Community building

Trying new things and learning new skills as an adult scrounges up some vulnerability you probably don't experience in the rest of life.  In the midst of an online world, where social connections are often limited to virtual interactions, create real, human connections by engaging with other people in a curious and like-minded environment.

Knowledge can never be taken away from you

I was told this sentiment by a colleague, and it's true!  Your knowledge belongs to you; no one and nothing can take it from you. Pretty much everything else about you can be taken, tarnished, or damaged.  But your knowledge is yours to keep.

Ignorance may be bliss, but KNOWLEDGE is POWER

I don't disagree that ignorance may be bliss, but you would have to not know too many things to make that true.  Who wants to live their life with the knowledge and understanding of a toddler?  Armor yourself with knowledge, such that you will be prepared to have positive impact on the world around you.

Do your morning business in a tree-outhouse

If you go to SNAF, that is.  Sterling College offers rustic accommodations for a marginal fee.  Space is limited, so if this interests you, let them know!  Regardless, you get to enjoy the wild and untamed scenic experience of the Northeast Kingdom.

Resist entropy

There is no magic pill that will keep your skin and body youthful, but exercising your mental acuity will battle the deleterious effects of aging.  It will also build your self-confidence through the sense of accomplishment, and confidence is a survival skill. See you in class! -Corrie Austin" ["post_title"]=> string(43) "Five Reasons to Pursue Continuing Education" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(43) "five-reasons-to-pursue-continuing-education" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2019-05-05 08:40:37" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2019-05-05 12:40:37" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(42) "http://inthekitchenwithbronwyn.com/?p=5116" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "2" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } [4]=> object(WP_Post)#283 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(5096) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "8" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2019-04-07 17:29:01" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2019-04-07 21:29:01" ["post_content"]=> string(6183) " We are living in a time where information, not all of it reliable, about anything in the world, is available in an instant.  That same sentiment for immediate gratification permeates all aspects of our lives, including our kitchens.  Convenient food, 5-minute abs, and the promised magic of a weight loss pill lure us away from the true value of our health, and the amount of time and effort we should be devoting to it. Do you find yourself, as I have, overwhelmed by the over-abundantly available and seemingly contradictory health and diet information?  If you want to take ownership of this information and what it means for you, here are three different apps that can help get you started.  If, like me, you are curious to know the why, take a look at the suggested reading list at the bottom of the page.

My Fitness Pal

WHY WE LOVE IT: My Fitness Pal, by Under Armour, may be the most popular food tracker on the market, and for good reason.  It's free, user friendly, and has a variety of helpful tools to keep you motivated.  If you decide to upgrade to premium for $50/year, there are many additional, customizable features. FAVORITE FEATURE: You can enter custom recipes (available on free version, too!)

Macrostax

WHY WE LOVE IT: Macrostax focuses on macronutrient ratios and prescribes customized macro-nutrient totals and meal-by-meal suggestions based on workout vs rest days.  If you have never focused on your macros before, I suggest starting with My Fitness Pal to see what your normal diet macros look like.  This way you will have a good baseline before tracking with Macrostax.  There is no free version, but there is more guidance and support than My Fitness Pal. FAVORITE FEATURE: Their team of nutritionists is on standby - message them any time with a question or app feedback, and they will respond within a couple of hours.

Working Against Gravity "WAG"

WHY WE LOVE IT: Of the three apps reviewed, WAG provides the most personalized and supportive platform.  You are assigned a personal nutrition coach, who provides you with a formal, weekly (virtual) check-in to discuss what is/is not working and make adjustments. They are also available any time and will reply to spontaneous inquiries within 24 hours.  If you are interested in optimizing your diet, but feel overwhelmed and want guidance, WAG is the app for you. FAVORITE FEATURE: Accountability, flexibility, and personalized guidance
Armor yourself with information: log meals, read books, keep food and sleep journals, and measure your blood sugar.  If you'd like to start logging with any of the above tools, you should buy a kitchen scale.  I have this one, which I like because you can pull out the screen to prevent shadowing from large bowls or plates.  This is another good option. 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I asked her to join me in my new kitchen (yes, NEW! We just bought our first home!)  While teaching me to cook, she told me about her childhood in India, how strictly she and her friends do or don't follow tradition, and her family and friends.  I love hearing people's stories.  The world becomes both smaller and larger at the same time, and these are things you can't learn by just reading a recipe. And now, I have three new must-haves for my kitchen repertoire! #1. Cumin Seeds I regularly keep ground cumin on hand, but cumin seeds take it to a whole new level.  They are best used by heating oil in a pan, then stir in cumin seeds until aromatic (1-2 minutes).  It's that easy! Continue making your meal/following your recipe as planned.  Don't worry - there are no hard to chew seeds or husks in the end result. Don't know where to start? Try the basic curry recipe below! #2. Garam Masala Garam masala is a blend of many spices that are toasted prior to being ground together.  The name means "warming spices," not by adding spicy heat, but because in Ayurvedic medicine, these spices "warm" the body, meaning they are said to increase the metabolism. Typical spices included, though there are multiple variations, and this list is not comprehensive: coriander, cumin, cardamom pods, cloves, peppercorn, star anise, turmeric, and fennel. #3. Ginger-Garlic Paste Easy and delicious, this aromatic blend is perfect for cooking meat. To make - add equal parts fresh ginger and garlic, plus a sprinkle of turmeric, purée in a blender or food processor.  Store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Chicken or Chickpea Curry Ingredients: 1-2 Tbsp Olive Oil 1 Onion 1 Tbsp Cumin Seeds 2 Tomatoes 1 1/2 lb Chicken or 1-2 cans garbanzo beans Garlic and Ginger Purée (see method above) Spices to taste: garam masala, paprika, coriander, turmeric, and either red chili or cayenne if you like some heat Method: Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat.  While pan is heating, dice an onion.  Add cumin seeds to pan, and stir until aromatic (1-2 minutes).  Add onion and sprinkle with salt.  Stir occasionally until onion is cooked through (about 12 minutes).  While onion is cooking, dice two tomatoes and cut chicken into cubes.  Add tomato and stir gently for 30 seconds.  Add chicken or chickpeas and a generous spoonful of garlic and ginger puree.  Cook uncovered until "raw" smell is gone.  Cover and cook until almost done, stirring occasionally.  Uncover and stir in garam masala, paprika, coriander, turmeric, cayenne, and salt to taste.  Cook until done.  Right before removing from heat, add small handful of chopped cilantro and stir until wilted. 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3 responses to “Three New Must-Haves For Your Spice Cabinet”

  1. This is a great primer on how to cook Indian cuisine and I remember when -many years ago- I invited a neighbor to join me in my newish kitchen so she and I could make an Indian curry together. It was my Indian friend who taught me that curry is not just a single powder that comes out of jar but an assortment of spices….toasting them in a hot pan filled my kitchen with the essence of her native country…such a treat!

    • Corrie Austin says:

      Hello Bronwyn!
      I only recently, a little over a year ago, learned the same about curry not being a single spice. It also helps explain why there is such variance in the flavor. How fun we both have such pivotal experiences in our new kitchens!
      Take care,
      Corrie

  2. Maria Brandriff says:

    When I was in India, I learned that garam masala means “merchant’s spice mix”, so in essence every merchant has his own blend, hence another reason for the variations.

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dEELicious Flavors for your Summer Grill

Summertime is for grilling: burgers, BBQ chicken, steak, and BBQ Freshwater Eel.  Yep, you heard me, BBQ eel.

Don’t turn your nose up just yet – if you love the combination of sweet & salty in your juicy BBQ Chicken, you’ll love BBQ Eel.  Follow the recipe below!

One of my favorite dishes at a sushi restaurant is Unagi, which is a fancy way of saying BBQ eel.  I was inspired to make my own after a colleague told me you can fish for eels in the rivers that feed into Lake Champlagne.  Someday I hope to catch my own, but the one used for this meal was a caught by my colleague.

I was a squeamish child and young adult, squealing over spiders, bugs, and slimy things.  This squeamishness led to my vegetarian lifestyle, which I practiced for the better part of 10 years, because I struggled in associating my food with the animals the food came from.  You can read more about my food history here if it interests you.  Currently, I would describe my food lifestyle as holistic, non-wasting, DIY, and authentically/locally sourced.

The 17 year-old girl in me would have a small heart attack to know she would grow into the woman I am today: butchering and grilling whole, slimy eels.  Eel is rich with omega-3 fatty acids, as well as other good for you vitamins and minerals.  If starting from scratch does not appeal to you, you can find prepared unagi in the frozen meat section of most Asian grocery stores.

Find the comprehensive recipe list and serving suggestions here.

BBQ Eel

Ingredients:

1 lb Freshwater Eel

1 cup Unagi Sauce

Method:

Here is where I admit I am no butchering expert.  I watched some YouTube videos of prepping eel, but the people in the videos are VERY adept with a knife.  So…I took about 30 minutes to do a sloppier job of what the guys in the video did in about 60 seconds.  To prep, gut it, get the bones out, cut in half lengthwise, then cut into 4″ steaks.  Leave the skin on – it will help while grilling.

Start your grill and turn heat to medium.  While the grill is heating, skewer the steaks.

Grill the Eel, skin side down, for three minutes.  Flip and grill another three minutes.  Turn the eel, baste with unagi sauce, and grill one minute skin side.  Flip again, baste with more unagi sauce, and grill one more minute.

Until Next Time,

Corrie Austin

Posted: 6-14-2019

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When I asked a friend from India if she would give me some recipes, she generously made me mountains of delicious homemade Indian food.  But you know the adage, give a man fish vs teaching him to fish - I wanted to know how to make it myself!

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And now, I have three new must-haves for my kitchen repertoire!



#1. Cumin Seeds

I regularly keep ground cumin on hand, but cumin seeds take it to a whole new level.  They are best used by heating oil in a pan, then stir in cumin seeds until aromatic (1-2 minutes).  It's that easy! Continue making your meal/following your recipe as planned.  Don't worry - there are no hard to chew seeds or husks in the end result.

Don't know where to start? Try the basic curry recipe below!

#2. Garam Masala

Garam masala is a blend of many spices that are toasted prior to being ground together.  The name means "warming spices," not by adding spicy heat, but because in Ayurvedic medicine, these spices "warm" the body, meaning they are said to increase the metabolism.

Typical spices included, though there are multiple variations, and this list is not comprehensive: coriander, cumin, cardamom pods, cloves, peppercorn, star anise, turmeric, and fennel.

#3. Ginger-Garlic Paste

Easy and delicious, this aromatic blend is perfect for cooking meat.

To make - add equal parts fresh ginger and garlic, plus a sprinkle of turmeric, purée in a blender or food processor.  Store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.



Chicken or Chickpea Curry

Ingredients:

1-2 Tbsp Olive Oil

1 Onion

1 Tbsp Cumin Seeds

2 Tomatoes

1 1/2 lb Chicken or 1-2 cans garbanzo beans

Garlic and Ginger Purée (see method above)

Spices to taste: garam masala, paprika, coriander, turmeric, and either red chili or cayenne if you like some heat

Method:

Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat.  While pan is heating, dice an onion.  Add cumin seeds to pan, and stir until aromatic (1-2 minutes).  Add onion and sprinkle with salt.  Stir occasionally until onion is cooked through (about 12 minutes).  While onion is cooking, dice two tomatoes and cut chicken into cubes.  Add tomato and stir gently for 30 seconds.  Add chicken or chickpeas and a generous spoonful of garlic and ginger puree.  Cook uncovered until "raw" smell is gone.  Cover and cook until almost done, stirring occasionally.  Uncover and stir in garam masala, paprika, coriander, turmeric, cayenne, and salt to taste.  Cook until done.  Right before removing from heat, add small handful of chopped cilantro and stir until wilted.

Jeera Rice (Coriander Rice)

Ingredients:

1-2 Tbsp Olive Oil

1 Tbsp Cumin Seeds

Handful Fresh Cilantro

Salt to taste

1 cup rice

2 cup water or broth

Method:

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Summertime is for grilling: burgers, BBQ chicken, steak, and BBQ Freshwater Eel.  Yep, you heard me, BBQ eel.

Don't turn your nose up just yet - if you love the combination of sweet & salty in your juicy BBQ Chicken, you'll love BBQ Eel.  Follow the recipe below! One of my favorite dishes at a sushi restaurant is Unagi, which is a fancy way of saying BBQ eel.  I was inspired to make my own after a colleague told me you can fish for eels in the rivers that feed into Lake Champlagne.  Someday I hope to catch my own, but the one used for this meal was a caught by my colleague. I was a squeamish child and young adult, squealing over spiders, bugs, and slimy things.  This squeamishness led to my vegetarian lifestyle, which I practiced for the better part of 10 years, because I struggled in associating my food with the animals the food came from.  You can read more about my food history here if it interests you.  Currently, I would describe my food lifestyle as holistic, non-wasting, DIY, and authentically/locally sourced. The 17 year-old girl in me would have a small heart attack to know she would grow into the woman I am today: butchering and grilling whole, slimy eels.  Eel is rich with omega-3 fatty acids, as well as other good for you vitamins and minerals.  If starting from scratch does not appeal to you, you can find prepared unagi in the frozen meat section of most Asian grocery stores. Find the comprehensive recipe list and serving suggestions here.

BBQ Eel

Ingredients: 1 lb Freshwater Eel 1 cup Unagi Sauce Method: Here is where I admit I am no butchering expert.  I watched some YouTube videos of prepping eel, but the people in the videos are VERY adept with a knife.  So...I took about 30 minutes to do a sloppier job of what the guys in the video did in about 60 seconds.  To prep, gut it, get the bones out, cut in half lengthwise, then cut into 4" steaks.  Leave the skin on - it will help while grilling. Start your grill and turn heat to medium.  While the grill is heating, skewer the steaks. Grill the Eel, skin side down, for three minutes.  Flip and grill another three minutes.  Turn the eel, baste with unagi sauce, and grill one minute skin side.  Flip again, baste with more unagi sauce, and grill one more minute. Until Next Time, Corrie Austin" ["post_title"]=> string(40) "dEELicious Flavors for your Summer Grill" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(246) "Summertime is for grilling: burgers, BBQ chicken, steak, and BBQ Freshwater Eel.  Yep, you heard me, BBQ eel. Fresh-caught from the rivers that feed into Lake Champlain, eel can be a delicious and unique addition to your summertime grill menu." ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(40) "deelicious-flavors-for-your-summer-grill" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2019-06-14 07:26:48" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2019-06-14 11:26:48" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(42) "http://inthekitchenwithbronwyn.com/?p=5177" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "2" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } [2]=> object(WP_Post)#368 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(5133) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "8" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2019-05-19 10:09:13" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2019-05-19 14:09:13" ["post_content"]=> string(3488) " Like many people who live locally, I went to opening day of Burlington's Farmer's Market.  Also like many people, my intentions for being there were to score some local produce, people watch, and admire local handiwork.  My intentions were NOT to get a free banana, obviously not local, and a lesson on the banana trade. Upon entering the market, I was greeted by a genial man dressed as a banana.  He handed me a free banana, then delved into a passionate and shocking speech about the banana trade.  If you believe, as I do, in the power of voting with your dollar as a conscientious consumer, whether motivated by humanitarian or environmental causes, I guarantee you will change your banana shopping habits after learning what I have learned.

Shocker #1: INFERTILITY

DBCP, a pesticide introduced in the 1950's, was discovered to cause infertility in males.  Despite this knowledge, DBCP is still widely used for banana crops in developing countries, where the local residents are NOT educated on the danger of its use.

Shocker #1: MONOCULTURE

I don't know how I didn't know this, but bananas are a monoculture in many regions in Central America.  Monocultures lead to plant pathogens, diseases, and unhealthy soils, which leads to the use of dangerous agrocides, industrial fertilizers, and even extinction.

Shocker #2: TERRORISM

It's a long story, which you can learn for yourself in the documentary, Bananaland, but the cliff notes version is: the fruit company, Chiquita, knowingly funds registered terrorist groups in direct relationship to growing banana crops.

What we can do about it:

  • Buy organic
  • Buy fair trade
  • Tell your friends
What should you do with your fair trade, organic bananas? Make these tasty Gluten Free Banana Oatmeal Pancakes! *Side note: Burlington Farmer's Market has temporarily moved to 345 Pine Street Resources: Peace and Justice Center, Food Empowerment Project, Center for Science in the Public Interest Until next time, Corrie Austin" ["post_title"]=> string(40) "Go Bananas at Burlington Farmer's Market" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(183) "Vote with your dollar! Buy organic and buy fair trade! Make conscientious food choices after learning the shocking history of bananas. Gluten free banana pancake recipe included. " ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(39) "go-bananas-at-burlington-farmers-market" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2019-05-19 10:31:17" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2019-05-19 14:31:17" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(42) "http://inthekitchenwithbronwyn.com/?p=5133" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "2" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } [3]=> object(WP_Post)#367 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(5116) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "8" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2019-05-05 08:37:37" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2019-05-05 12:37:37" ["post_content"]=> string(3568) " Picture yourself learning the art of cheese making with renowned cheese maker, David Asher, or foraging for mushrooms in the beautiful rolling hills of the Northeast Kingdom, or learning the art of fermentation by the self-proclaimed "fermentation fetishist," Sandor Katz.  The School of the New American Farmstead (SNAF) at Sterling College offers you these experiences and more; visit their website for a full list of courses, and their press release for more information on the program. Be a lifelong learner!  Here's five great reasons why:

Community building

Trying new things and learning new skills as an adult scrounges up some vulnerability you probably don't experience in the rest of life.  In the midst of an online world, where social connections are often limited to virtual interactions, create real, human connections by engaging with other people in a curious and like-minded environment.

Knowledge can never be taken away from you

I was told this sentiment by a colleague, and it's true!  Your knowledge belongs to you; no one and nothing can take it from you. Pretty much everything else about you can be taken, tarnished, or damaged.  But your knowledge is yours to keep.

Ignorance may be bliss, but KNOWLEDGE is POWER

I don't disagree that ignorance may be bliss, but you would have to not know too many things to make that true.  Who wants to live their life with the knowledge and understanding of a toddler?  Armor yourself with knowledge, such that you will be prepared to have positive impact on the world around you.

Do your morning business in a tree-outhouse

If you go to SNAF, that is.  Sterling College offers rustic accommodations for a marginal fee.  Space is limited, so if this interests you, let them know!  Regardless, you get to enjoy the wild and untamed scenic experience of the Northeast Kingdom.

Resist entropy

There is no magic pill that will keep your skin and body youthful, but exercising your mental acuity will battle the deleterious effects of aging.  It will also build your self-confidence through the sense of accomplishment, and confidence is a survival skill. See you in class! -Corrie Austin" ["post_title"]=> string(43) "Five Reasons to Pursue Continuing Education" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(43) "five-reasons-to-pursue-continuing-education" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2019-05-05 08:40:37" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2019-05-05 12:40:37" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(42) "http://inthekitchenwithbronwyn.com/?p=5116" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "2" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } [4]=> object(WP_Post)#283 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(5096) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "8" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2019-04-07 17:29:01" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2019-04-07 21:29:01" ["post_content"]=> string(6183) " We are living in a time where information, not all of it reliable, about anything in the world, is available in an instant.  That same sentiment for immediate gratification permeates all aspects of our lives, including our kitchens.  Convenient food, 5-minute abs, and the promised magic of a weight loss pill lure us away from the true value of our health, and the amount of time and effort we should be devoting to it. Do you find yourself, as I have, overwhelmed by the over-abundantly available and seemingly contradictory health and diet information?  If you want to take ownership of this information and what it means for you, here are three different apps that can help get you started.  If, like me, you are curious to know the why, take a look at the suggested reading list at the bottom of the page.

My Fitness Pal

WHY WE LOVE IT: My Fitness Pal, by Under Armour, may be the most popular food tracker on the market, and for good reason.  It's free, user friendly, and has a variety of helpful tools to keep you motivated.  If you decide to upgrade to premium for $50/year, there are many additional, customizable features. FAVORITE FEATURE: You can enter custom recipes (available on free version, too!)

Macrostax

WHY WE LOVE IT: Macrostax focuses on macronutrient ratios and prescribes customized macro-nutrient totals and meal-by-meal suggestions based on workout vs rest days.  If you have never focused on your macros before, I suggest starting with My Fitness Pal to see what your normal diet macros look like.  This way you will have a good baseline before tracking with Macrostax.  There is no free version, but there is more guidance and support than My Fitness Pal. FAVORITE FEATURE: Their team of nutritionists is on standby - message them any time with a question or app feedback, and they will respond within a couple of hours.

Working Against Gravity "WAG"

WHY WE LOVE IT: Of the three apps reviewed, WAG provides the most personalized and supportive platform.  You are assigned a personal nutrition coach, who provides you with a formal, weekly (virtual) check-in to discuss what is/is not working and make adjustments. They are also available any time and will reply to spontaneous inquiries within 24 hours.  If you are interested in optimizing your diet, but feel overwhelmed and want guidance, WAG is the app for you. FAVORITE FEATURE: Accountability, flexibility, and personalized guidance
Armor yourself with information: log meals, read books, keep food and sleep journals, and measure your blood sugar.  If you'd like to start logging with any of the above tools, you should buy a kitchen scale.  I have this one, which I like because you can pull out the screen to prevent shadowing from large bowls or plates.  This is another good option. Suggested reading: Recommended Cookbooks: Recommended Recipe Websites: Until next time, Corrie Austin" ["post_title"]=> string(42) "Mind Your Macros - there's an app for that" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(39) "mind-your-macros-theres-an-app-for-that" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2019-04-07 20:04:25" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2019-04-08 00:04:25" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(42) "http://inthekitchenwithbronwyn.com/?p=5096" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "1" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } } ["post"]=> object(WP_Post)#371 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(5177) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "8" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2019-06-14 07:26:48" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2019-06-14 11:26:48" ["post_content"]=> string(3807) "

Summertime is for grilling: burgers, BBQ chicken, steak, and BBQ Freshwater Eel.  Yep, you heard me, BBQ eel.

Don't turn your nose up just yet - if you love the combination of sweet & salty in your juicy BBQ Chicken, you'll love BBQ Eel.  Follow the recipe below! One of my favorite dishes at a sushi restaurant is Unagi, which is a fancy way of saying BBQ eel.  I was inspired to make my own after a colleague told me you can fish for eels in the rivers that feed into Lake Champlagne.  Someday I hope to catch my own, but the one used for this meal was a caught by my colleague. I was a squeamish child and young adult, squealing over spiders, bugs, and slimy things.  This squeamishness led to my vegetarian lifestyle, which I practiced for the better part of 10 years, because I struggled in associating my food with the animals the food came from.  You can read more about my food history here if it interests you.  Currently, I would describe my food lifestyle as holistic, non-wasting, DIY, and authentically/locally sourced. The 17 year-old girl in me would have a small heart attack to know she would grow into the woman I am today: butchering and grilling whole, slimy eels.  Eel is rich with omega-3 fatty acids, as well as other good for you vitamins and minerals.  If starting from scratch does not appeal to you, you can find prepared unagi in the frozen meat section of most Asian grocery stores. Find the comprehensive recipe list and serving suggestions here.

BBQ Eel

Ingredients: 1 lb Freshwater Eel 1 cup Unagi Sauce Method: Here is where I admit I am no butchering expert.  I watched some YouTube videos of prepping eel, but the people in the videos are VERY adept with a knife.  So...I took about 30 minutes to do a sloppier job of what the guys in the video did in about 60 seconds.  To prep, gut it, get the bones out, cut in half lengthwise, then cut into 4" steaks.  Leave the skin on - it will help while grilling. Start your grill and turn heat to medium.  While the grill is heating, skewer the steaks. Grill the Eel, skin side down, for three minutes.  Flip and grill another three minutes.  Turn the eel, baste with unagi sauce, and grill one minute skin side.  Flip again, baste with more unagi sauce, and grill one more minute. 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It was my Indian friend who taught me that curry is not just a single powder that comes out of jar but an assortment of spices....toasting them in a hot pan filled my kitchen with the essence of her native country...such a treat!" ["comment_karma"]=> string(1) "0" ["comment_approved"]=> string(1) "1" ["comment_agent"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_parent"]=> string(1) "0" ["user_id"]=> string(1) "0" ["children:protected"]=> array(1) { [208730]=> object(WP_Comment)#1021 (18) { ["comment_ID"]=> string(6) "208730" ["comment_post_ID"]=> string(4) "5184" ["comment_author"]=> string(13) "Corrie Austin" ["comment_author_email"]=> string(21) "micalou1735@gmail.com" ["comment_author_url"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_author_IP"]=> string(12) "64.223.67.34" ["comment_date"]=> string(19) "2019-07-15 13:12:40" ["comment_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2019-07-15 17:12:40" ["comment_content"]=> string(266) "Hello Bronwyn! I only recently, a little over a year ago, learned the same about curry not being a single spice. It also helps explain why there is such variance in the flavor. How fun we both have such pivotal experiences in our new kitchens! 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I only recently, a little over a year ago, learned the same about curry not being a single spice. It also helps explain why there is such variance in the flavor. How fun we both have such pivotal experiences in our new kitchens! 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  1. The photo of you and the eel is my favorite of all the blog photos! Where in the Burlington area -if you’re not a fisherman- can you find eel? Definitely want to try….looked delicious on the grill!!

    • Corrie Austin says:

      That is a very good question! They may have eels at either the Central Asian Market on Winooski Ave or at Thai Phat Oriental Food Market on North Street.

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Go Bananas at Burlington Farmer’s Market

Like many people who live locally, I went to opening day of Burlington’s Farmer’s Market.  Also like many people, my intentions for being there were to score some local produce, people watch, and admire local handiwork.  My intentions were NOT to get a free banana, obviously not local, and a lesson on the banana trade.

Upon entering the market, I was greeted by a genial man dressed as a banana.  He handed me a free banana, then delved into a passionate and shocking speech about the banana trade.  If you believe, as I do, in the power of voting with your dollar as a conscientious consumer, whether motivated by humanitarian or environmental causes, I guarantee you will change your banana shopping habits after learning what I have learned.

Shocker #1: INFERTILITY

DBCP, a pesticide introduced in the 1950’s, was discovered to cause infertility in males.  Despite this knowledge, DBCP is still widely used for banana crops in developing countries, where the local residents are NOT educated on the danger of its use.

Shocker #1: MONOCULTURE

I don’t know how I didn’t know this, but bananas are a monoculture in many regions in Central America.  Monocultures lead to plant pathogens, diseases, and unhealthy soils, which leads to the use of dangerous agrocides, industrial fertilizers, and even extinction.

Shocker #2: TERRORISM

It’s a long story, which you can learn for yourself in the documentary, Bananaland, but the cliff notes version is: the fruit company, Chiquita, knowingly funds registered terrorist groups in direct relationship to growing banana crops.

What we can do about it:

  • Buy organic
  • Buy fair trade
  • Tell your friends

What should you do with your fair trade, organic bananas? Make these tasty Gluten Free Banana Oatmeal Pancakes!

*Side note: Burlington Farmer’s Market has temporarily moved to 345 Pine Street

Resources: Peace and Justice Center, Food Empowerment Project, Center for Science in the Public Interest

Until next time,

Corrie Austin

Posted: 5-19-2019

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When I asked a friend from India if she would give me some recipes, she generously made me mountains of delicious homemade Indian food.  But you know the adage, give a man fish vs teaching him to fish - I wanted to know how to make it myself!

I asked her to join me in my new kitchen (yes, NEW! We just bought our first home!)  While teaching me to cook, she told me about her childhood in India, how strictly she and her friends do or don't follow tradition, and her family and friends.  I love hearing people's stories.  The world becomes both smaller and larger at the same time, and these are things you can't learn by just reading a recipe.

And now, I have three new must-haves for my kitchen repertoire!



#1. Cumin Seeds

I regularly keep ground cumin on hand, but cumin seeds take it to a whole new level.  They are best used by heating oil in a pan, then stir in cumin seeds until aromatic (1-2 minutes).  It's that easy! Continue making your meal/following your recipe as planned.  Don't worry - there are no hard to chew seeds or husks in the end result.

Don't know where to start? Try the basic curry recipe below!

#2. Garam Masala

Garam masala is a blend of many spices that are toasted prior to being ground together.  The name means "warming spices," not by adding spicy heat, but because in Ayurvedic medicine, these spices "warm" the body, meaning they are said to increase the metabolism.

Typical spices included, though there are multiple variations, and this list is not comprehensive: coriander, cumin, cardamom pods, cloves, peppercorn, star anise, turmeric, and fennel.

#3. Ginger-Garlic Paste

Easy and delicious, this aromatic blend is perfect for cooking meat.

To make - add equal parts fresh ginger and garlic, plus a sprinkle of turmeric, purée in a blender or food processor.  Store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.



Chicken or Chickpea Curry

Ingredients:

1-2 Tbsp Olive Oil

1 Onion

1 Tbsp Cumin Seeds

2 Tomatoes

1 1/2 lb Chicken or 1-2 cans garbanzo beans

Garlic and Ginger Purée (see method above)

Spices to taste: garam masala, paprika, coriander, turmeric, and either red chili or cayenne if you like some heat

Method:

Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat.  While pan is heating, dice an onion.  Add cumin seeds to pan, and stir until aromatic (1-2 minutes).  Add onion and sprinkle with salt.  Stir occasionally until onion is cooked through (about 12 minutes).  While onion is cooking, dice two tomatoes and cut chicken into cubes.  Add tomato and stir gently for 30 seconds.  Add chicken or chickpeas and a generous spoonful of garlic and ginger puree.  Cook uncovered until "raw" smell is gone.  Cover and cook until almost done, stirring occasionally.  Uncover and stir in garam masala, paprika, coriander, turmeric, cayenne, and salt to taste.  Cook until done.  Right before removing from heat, add small handful of chopped cilantro and stir until wilted.

Jeera Rice (Coriander Rice)

Ingredients:

1-2 Tbsp Olive Oil

1 Tbsp Cumin Seeds

Handful Fresh Cilantro

Salt to taste

1 cup rice

2 cup water or broth

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Summertime is for grilling: burgers, BBQ chicken, steak, and BBQ Freshwater Eel.  Yep, you heard me, BBQ eel.

Don't turn your nose up just yet - if you love the combination of sweet & salty in your juicy BBQ Chicken, you'll love BBQ Eel.  Follow the recipe below! One of my favorite dishes at a sushi restaurant is Unagi, which is a fancy way of saying BBQ eel.  I was inspired to make my own after a colleague told me you can fish for eels in the rivers that feed into Lake Champlagne.  Someday I hope to catch my own, but the one used for this meal was a caught by my colleague. I was a squeamish child and young adult, squealing over spiders, bugs, and slimy things.  This squeamishness led to my vegetarian lifestyle, which I practiced for the better part of 10 years, because I struggled in associating my food with the animals the food came from.  You can read more about my food history here if it interests you.  Currently, I would describe my food lifestyle as holistic, non-wasting, DIY, and authentically/locally sourced. The 17 year-old girl in me would have a small heart attack to know she would grow into the woman I am today: butchering and grilling whole, slimy eels.  Eel is rich with omega-3 fatty acids, as well as other good for you vitamins and minerals.  If starting from scratch does not appeal to you, you can find prepared unagi in the frozen meat section of most Asian grocery stores. Find the comprehensive recipe list and serving suggestions here.

BBQ Eel

Ingredients: 1 lb Freshwater Eel 1 cup Unagi Sauce Method: Here is where I admit I am no butchering expert.  I watched some YouTube videos of prepping eel, but the people in the videos are VERY adept with a knife.  So...I took about 30 minutes to do a sloppier job of what the guys in the video did in about 60 seconds.  To prep, gut it, get the bones out, cut in half lengthwise, then cut into 4" steaks.  Leave the skin on - it will help while grilling. Start your grill and turn heat to medium.  While the grill is heating, skewer the steaks. Grill the Eel, skin side down, for three minutes.  Flip and grill another three minutes.  Turn the eel, baste with unagi sauce, and grill one minute skin side.  Flip again, baste with more unagi sauce, and grill one more minute. Until Next Time, Corrie Austin" ["post_title"]=> string(40) "dEELicious Flavors for your Summer Grill" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(246) "Summertime is for grilling: burgers, BBQ chicken, steak, and BBQ Freshwater Eel.  Yep, you heard me, BBQ eel. Fresh-caught from the rivers that feed into Lake Champlain, eel can be a delicious and unique addition to your summertime grill menu." ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(40) "deelicious-flavors-for-your-summer-grill" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2019-06-14 07:26:48" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2019-06-14 11:26:48" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(42) "http://inthekitchenwithbronwyn.com/?p=5177" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "2" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } [2]=> object(WP_Post)#368 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(5133) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "8" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2019-05-19 10:09:13" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2019-05-19 14:09:13" ["post_content"]=> string(3488) " Like many people who live locally, I went to opening day of Burlington's Farmer's Market.  Also like many people, my intentions for being there were to score some local produce, people watch, and admire local handiwork.  My intentions were NOT to get a free banana, obviously not local, and a lesson on the banana trade. Upon entering the market, I was greeted by a genial man dressed as a banana.  He handed me a free banana, then delved into a passionate and shocking speech about the banana trade.  If you believe, as I do, in the power of voting with your dollar as a conscientious consumer, whether motivated by humanitarian or environmental causes, I guarantee you will change your banana shopping habits after learning what I have learned.

Shocker #1: INFERTILITY

DBCP, a pesticide introduced in the 1950's, was discovered to cause infertility in males.  Despite this knowledge, DBCP is still widely used for banana crops in developing countries, where the local residents are NOT educated on the danger of its use.

Shocker #1: MONOCULTURE

I don't know how I didn't know this, but bananas are a monoculture in many regions in Central America.  Monocultures lead to plant pathogens, diseases, and unhealthy soils, which leads to the use of dangerous agrocides, industrial fertilizers, and even extinction.

Shocker #2: TERRORISM

It's a long story, which you can learn for yourself in the documentary, Bananaland, but the cliff notes version is: the fruit company, Chiquita, knowingly funds registered terrorist groups in direct relationship to growing banana crops.

What we can do about it:

  • Buy organic
  • Buy fair trade
  • Tell your friends
What should you do with your fair trade, organic bananas? Make these tasty Gluten Free Banana Oatmeal Pancakes! *Side note: Burlington Farmer's Market has temporarily moved to 345 Pine Street Resources: Peace and Justice Center, Food Empowerment Project, Center for Science in the Public Interest Until next time, Corrie Austin" ["post_title"]=> string(40) "Go Bananas at Burlington Farmer's Market" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(183) "Vote with your dollar! Buy organic and buy fair trade! Make conscientious food choices after learning the shocking history of bananas. Gluten free banana pancake recipe included. " ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(39) "go-bananas-at-burlington-farmers-market" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2019-05-19 10:31:17" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2019-05-19 14:31:17" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(42) "http://inthekitchenwithbronwyn.com/?p=5133" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "2" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } [3]=> object(WP_Post)#367 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(5116) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "8" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2019-05-05 08:37:37" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2019-05-05 12:37:37" ["post_content"]=> string(3568) " Picture yourself learning the art of cheese making with renowned cheese maker, David Asher, or foraging for mushrooms in the beautiful rolling hills of the Northeast Kingdom, or learning the art of fermentation by the self-proclaimed "fermentation fetishist," Sandor Katz.  The School of the New American Farmstead (SNAF) at Sterling College offers you these experiences and more; visit their website for a full list of courses, and their press release for more information on the program. Be a lifelong learner!  Here's five great reasons why:

Community building

Trying new things and learning new skills as an adult scrounges up some vulnerability you probably don't experience in the rest of life.  In the midst of an online world, where social connections are often limited to virtual interactions, create real, human connections by engaging with other people in a curious and like-minded environment.

Knowledge can never be taken away from you

I was told this sentiment by a colleague, and it's true!  Your knowledge belongs to you; no one and nothing can take it from you. Pretty much everything else about you can be taken, tarnished, or damaged.  But your knowledge is yours to keep.

Ignorance may be bliss, but KNOWLEDGE is POWER

I don't disagree that ignorance may be bliss, but you would have to not know too many things to make that true.  Who wants to live their life with the knowledge and understanding of a toddler?  Armor yourself with knowledge, such that you will be prepared to have positive impact on the world around you.

Do your morning business in a tree-outhouse

If you go to SNAF, that is.  Sterling College offers rustic accommodations for a marginal fee.  Space is limited, so if this interests you, let them know!  Regardless, you get to enjoy the wild and untamed scenic experience of the Northeast Kingdom.

Resist entropy

There is no magic pill that will keep your skin and body youthful, but exercising your mental acuity will battle the deleterious effects of aging.  It will also build your self-confidence through the sense of accomplishment, and confidence is a survival skill. See you in class! -Corrie Austin" ["post_title"]=> string(43) "Five Reasons to Pursue Continuing Education" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(43) "five-reasons-to-pursue-continuing-education" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2019-05-05 08:40:37" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2019-05-05 12:40:37" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(42) "http://inthekitchenwithbronwyn.com/?p=5116" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "2" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } [4]=> object(WP_Post)#283 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(5096) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "8" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2019-04-07 17:29:01" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2019-04-07 21:29:01" ["post_content"]=> string(6183) " We are living in a time where information, not all of it reliable, about anything in the world, is available in an instant.  That same sentiment for immediate gratification permeates all aspects of our lives, including our kitchens.  Convenient food, 5-minute abs, and the promised magic of a weight loss pill lure us away from the true value of our health, and the amount of time and effort we should be devoting to it. Do you find yourself, as I have, overwhelmed by the over-abundantly available and seemingly contradictory health and diet information?  If you want to take ownership of this information and what it means for you, here are three different apps that can help get you started.  If, like me, you are curious to know the why, take a look at the suggested reading list at the bottom of the page.

My Fitness Pal

WHY WE LOVE IT: My Fitness Pal, by Under Armour, may be the most popular food tracker on the market, and for good reason.  It's free, user friendly, and has a variety of helpful tools to keep you motivated.  If you decide to upgrade to premium for $50/year, there are many additional, customizable features. FAVORITE FEATURE: You can enter custom recipes (available on free version, too!)

Macrostax

WHY WE LOVE IT: Macrostax focuses on macronutrient ratios and prescribes customized macro-nutrient totals and meal-by-meal suggestions based on workout vs rest days.  If you have never focused on your macros before, I suggest starting with My Fitness Pal to see what your normal diet macros look like.  This way you will have a good baseline before tracking with Macrostax.  There is no free version, but there is more guidance and support than My Fitness Pal. FAVORITE FEATURE: Their team of nutritionists is on standby - message them any time with a question or app feedback, and they will respond within a couple of hours.

Working Against Gravity "WAG"

WHY WE LOVE IT: Of the three apps reviewed, WAG provides the most personalized and supportive platform.  You are assigned a personal nutrition coach, who provides you with a formal, weekly (virtual) check-in to discuss what is/is not working and make adjustments. They are also available any time and will reply to spontaneous inquiries within 24 hours.  If you are interested in optimizing your diet, but feel overwhelmed and want guidance, WAG is the app for you. FAVORITE FEATURE: Accountability, flexibility, and personalized guidance
Armor yourself with information: log meals, read books, keep food and sleep journals, and measure your blood sugar.  If you'd like to start logging with any of the above tools, you should buy a kitchen scale.  I have this one, which I like because you can pull out the screen to prevent shadowing from large bowls or plates.  This is another good option. Suggested reading: Recommended Cookbooks: Recommended Recipe Websites: Until next time, Corrie Austin" ["post_title"]=> string(42) "Mind Your Macros - there's an app for that" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(39) "mind-your-macros-theres-an-app-for-that" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2019-04-07 20:04:25" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2019-04-08 00:04:25" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(42) "http://inthekitchenwithbronwyn.com/?p=5096" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "1" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } } ["post"]=> object(WP_Post)#368 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(5133) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "8" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2019-05-19 10:09:13" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2019-05-19 14:09:13" ["post_content"]=> string(3488) " Like many people who live locally, I went to opening day of Burlington's Farmer's Market.  Also like many people, my intentions for being there were to score some local produce, people watch, and admire local handiwork.  My intentions were NOT to get a free banana, obviously not local, and a lesson on the banana trade. Upon entering the market, I was greeted by a genial man dressed as a banana.  He handed me a free banana, then delved into a passionate and shocking speech about the banana trade.  If you believe, as I do, in the power of voting with your dollar as a conscientious consumer, whether motivated by humanitarian or environmental causes, I guarantee you will change your banana shopping habits after learning what I have learned.

Shocker #1: INFERTILITY

DBCP, a pesticide introduced in the 1950's, was discovered to cause infertility in males.  Despite this knowledge, DBCP is still widely used for banana crops in developing countries, where the local residents are NOT educated on the danger of its use.

Shocker #1: MONOCULTURE

I don't know how I didn't know this, but bananas are a monoculture in many regions in Central America.  Monocultures lead to plant pathogens, diseases, and unhealthy soils, which leads to the use of dangerous agrocides, industrial fertilizers, and even extinction.

Shocker #2: TERRORISM

It's a long story, which you can learn for yourself in the documentary, Bananaland, but the cliff notes version is: the fruit company, Chiquita, knowingly funds registered terrorist groups in direct relationship to growing banana crops.

What we can do about it:

  • Buy organic
  • Buy fair trade
  • Tell your friends
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2 responses to “Go Bananas at Burlington Farmer’s Market”

  1. It’s so funny that there is a danger to the pesticides used on bananas. I remember long ago my mother feeling that bananas were excellent fruit to give us children since she didn’t have to wash them and were so easy for long trips, etc. But, a year or so ago, I stopped eating bananas, a fruit I used often sliced on my granola…and, I felt better. Who knows but with food, I think there are no coincidences.

    • Corrie Austin says:

      There’s a reason we are friends! I agree with so many of the things you just said. I agree – food can either be our medicine or our disease. I have not stopped eating bananas, but I am careful to source them organic and fair trade. I also rely on the “dirty dozen” and “clean fifteen” lists for guidance while I grocery shop.

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Five Reasons to Pursue Continuing Education

Picture yourself learning the art of cheese making with renowned cheese maker, David Asher, or foraging for mushrooms in the beautiful rolling hills of the Northeast Kingdom, or learning the art of fermentation by the self-proclaimed “fermentation fetishist,” Sandor Katz.  The School of the New American Farmstead (SNAF) at Sterling College offers you these experiences and more; visit their website for a full list of courses, and their press release for more information on the program.

Be a lifelong learner!  Here’s five great reasons why:

Community building

Trying new things and learning new skills as an adult scrounges up some vulnerability you probably don’t experience in the rest of life.  In the midst of an online world, where social connections are often limited to virtual interactions, create real, human connections by engaging with other people in a curious and like-minded environment.

Knowledge can never be taken away from you

I was told this sentiment by a colleague, and it’s true!  Your knowledge belongs to you; no one and nothing can take it from you. Pretty much everything else about you can be taken, tarnished, or damaged.  But your knowledge is yours to keep.

Ignorance may be bliss, but KNOWLEDGE is POWER

I don’t disagree that ignorance may be bliss, but you would have to not know too many things to make that true.  Who wants to live their life with the knowledge and understanding of a toddler?  Armor yourself with knowledge, such that you will be prepared to have positive impact on the world around you.

Do your morning business in a tree-outhouse

If you go to SNAF, that is.  Sterling College offers rustic accommodations for a marginal fee.  Space is limited, so if this interests you, let them know!  Regardless, you get to enjoy the wild and untamed scenic experience of the Northeast Kingdom.

Resist entropy

There is no magic pill that will keep your skin and body youthful, but exercising your mental acuity will battle the deleterious effects of aging.  It will also build your self-confidence through the sense of accomplishment, and confidence is a survival skill.

See you in class!

Corrie Austin

Posted: 5-5-2019

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When I asked a friend from India if she would give me some recipes, she generously made me mountains of delicious homemade Indian food.  But you know the adage, give a man fish vs teaching him to fish - I wanted to know how to make it myself!

I asked her to join me in my new kitchen (yes, NEW! We just bought our first home!)  While teaching me to cook, she told me about her childhood in India, how strictly she and her friends do or don't follow tradition, and her family and friends.  I love hearing people's stories.  The world becomes both smaller and larger at the same time, and these are things you can't learn by just reading a recipe.

And now, I have three new must-haves for my kitchen repertoire!



#1. Cumin Seeds

I regularly keep ground cumin on hand, but cumin seeds take it to a whole new level.  They are best used by heating oil in a pan, then stir in cumin seeds until aromatic (1-2 minutes).  It's that easy! Continue making your meal/following your recipe as planned.  Don't worry - there are no hard to chew seeds or husks in the end result.

Don't know where to start? Try the basic curry recipe below!

#2. Garam Masala

Garam masala is a blend of many spices that are toasted prior to being ground together.  The name means "warming spices," not by adding spicy heat, but because in Ayurvedic medicine, these spices "warm" the body, meaning they are said to increase the metabolism.

Typical spices included, though there are multiple variations, and this list is not comprehensive: coriander, cumin, cardamom pods, cloves, peppercorn, star anise, turmeric, and fennel.

#3. Ginger-Garlic Paste

Easy and delicious, this aromatic blend is perfect for cooking meat.

To make - add equal parts fresh ginger and garlic, plus a sprinkle of turmeric, purée in a blender or food processor.  Store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.



Chicken or Chickpea Curry

Ingredients:

1-2 Tbsp Olive Oil

1 Onion

1 Tbsp Cumin Seeds

2 Tomatoes

1 1/2 lb Chicken or 1-2 cans garbanzo beans

Garlic and Ginger Purée (see method above)

Spices to taste: garam masala, paprika, coriander, turmeric, and either red chili or cayenne if you like some heat

Method:

Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat.  While pan is heating, dice an onion.  Add cumin seeds to pan, and stir until aromatic (1-2 minutes).  Add onion and sprinkle with salt.  Stir occasionally until onion is cooked through (about 12 minutes).  While onion is cooking, dice two tomatoes and cut chicken into cubes.  Add tomato and stir gently for 30 seconds.  Add chicken or chickpeas and a generous spoonful of garlic and ginger puree.  Cook uncovered until "raw" smell is gone.  Cover and cook until almost done, stirring occasionally.  Uncover and stir in garam masala, paprika, coriander, turmeric, cayenne, and salt to taste.  Cook until done.  Right before removing from heat, add small handful of chopped cilantro and stir until wilted.

Jeera Rice (Coriander Rice)

Ingredients:

1-2 Tbsp Olive Oil

1 Tbsp Cumin Seeds

Handful Fresh Cilantro

Salt to taste

1 cup rice

2 cup water or broth

Method:

Heat olive oil in a small pan.  Add cumin seeds and stir until aromatic (1-2 minutes).  Meanwhile, chop a small bunch of cilantro.  Add to cumin and oil and stir until wilted and coated with olive oil (about 15 seconds).  Add cumin and cilantro mix, plus salt to taste, to whatever vessel you plan to cook your rice with.  Prepare rice the same as you normally would (we use our pressure cooker)."
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Summertime is for grilling: burgers, BBQ chicken, steak, and BBQ Freshwater Eel.  Yep, you heard me, BBQ eel.

Don't turn your nose up just yet - if you love the combination of sweet & salty in your juicy BBQ Chicken, you'll love BBQ Eel.  Follow the recipe below! One of my favorite dishes at a sushi restaurant is Unagi, which is a fancy way of saying BBQ eel.  I was inspired to make my own after a colleague told me you can fish for eels in the rivers that feed into Lake Champlagne.  Someday I hope to catch my own, but the one used for this meal was a caught by my colleague. I was a squeamish child and young adult, squealing over spiders, bugs, and slimy things.  This squeamishness led to my vegetarian lifestyle, which I practiced for the better part of 10 years, because I struggled in associating my food with the animals the food came from.  You can read more about my food history here if it interests you.  Currently, I would describe my food lifestyle as holistic, non-wasting, DIY, and authentically/locally sourced. The 17 year-old girl in me would have a small heart attack to know she would grow into the woman I am today: butchering and grilling whole, slimy eels.  Eel is rich with omega-3 fatty acids, as well as other good for you vitamins and minerals.  If starting from scratch does not appeal to you, you can find prepared unagi in the frozen meat section of most Asian grocery stores. Find the comprehensive recipe list and serving suggestions here.

BBQ Eel

Ingredients: 1 lb Freshwater Eel 1 cup Unagi Sauce Method: Here is where I admit I am no butchering expert.  I watched some YouTube videos of prepping eel, but the people in the videos are VERY adept with a knife.  So...I took about 30 minutes to do a sloppier job of what the guys in the video did in about 60 seconds.  To prep, gut it, get the bones out, cut in half lengthwise, then cut into 4" steaks.  Leave the skin on - it will help while grilling. Start your grill and turn heat to medium.  While the grill is heating, skewer the steaks. Grill the Eel, skin side down, for three minutes.  Flip and grill another three minutes.  Turn the eel, baste with unagi sauce, and grill one minute skin side.  Flip again, baste with more unagi sauce, and grill one more minute. Until Next Time, Corrie Austin" ["post_title"]=> string(40) "dEELicious Flavors for your Summer Grill" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(246) "Summertime is for grilling: burgers, BBQ chicken, steak, and BBQ Freshwater Eel.  Yep, you heard me, BBQ eel. Fresh-caught from the rivers that feed into Lake Champlain, eel can be a delicious and unique addition to your summertime grill menu." ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(40) "deelicious-flavors-for-your-summer-grill" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2019-06-14 07:26:48" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2019-06-14 11:26:48" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(42) "http://inthekitchenwithbronwyn.com/?p=5177" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "2" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } [2]=> object(WP_Post)#368 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(5133) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "8" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2019-05-19 10:09:13" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2019-05-19 14:09:13" ["post_content"]=> string(3488) " Like many people who live locally, I went to opening day of Burlington's Farmer's Market.  Also like many people, my intentions for being there were to score some local produce, people watch, and admire local handiwork.  My intentions were NOT to get a free banana, obviously not local, and a lesson on the banana trade. Upon entering the market, I was greeted by a genial man dressed as a banana.  He handed me a free banana, then delved into a passionate and shocking speech about the banana trade.  If you believe, as I do, in the power of voting with your dollar as a conscientious consumer, whether motivated by humanitarian or environmental causes, I guarantee you will change your banana shopping habits after learning what I have learned.

Shocker #1: INFERTILITY

DBCP, a pesticide introduced in the 1950's, was discovered to cause infertility in males.  Despite this knowledge, DBCP is still widely used for banana crops in developing countries, where the local residents are NOT educated on the danger of its use.

Shocker #1: MONOCULTURE

I don't know how I didn't know this, but bananas are a monoculture in many regions in Central America.  Monocultures lead to plant pathogens, diseases, and unhealthy soils, which leads to the use of dangerous agrocides, industrial fertilizers, and even extinction.

Shocker #2: TERRORISM

It's a long story, which you can learn for yourself in the documentary, Bananaland, but the cliff notes version is: the fruit company, Chiquita, knowingly funds registered terrorist groups in direct relationship to growing banana crops.

What we can do about it:

  • Buy organic
  • Buy fair trade
  • Tell your friends
What should you do with your fair trade, organic bananas? Make these tasty Gluten Free Banana Oatmeal Pancakes! *Side note: Burlington Farmer's Market has temporarily moved to 345 Pine Street Resources: Peace and Justice Center, Food Empowerment Project, Center for Science in the Public Interest Until next time, Corrie Austin" ["post_title"]=> string(40) "Go Bananas at Burlington Farmer's Market" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(183) "Vote with your dollar! Buy organic and buy fair trade! Make conscientious food choices after learning the shocking history of bananas. Gluten free banana pancake recipe included. " ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(39) "go-bananas-at-burlington-farmers-market" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2019-05-19 10:31:17" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2019-05-19 14:31:17" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(42) "http://inthekitchenwithbronwyn.com/?p=5133" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "2" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } [3]=> object(WP_Post)#367 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(5116) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "8" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2019-05-05 08:37:37" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2019-05-05 12:37:37" ["post_content"]=> string(3568) " Picture yourself learning the art of cheese making with renowned cheese maker, David Asher, or foraging for mushrooms in the beautiful rolling hills of the Northeast Kingdom, or learning the art of fermentation by the self-proclaimed "fermentation fetishist," Sandor Katz.  The School of the New American Farmstead (SNAF) at Sterling College offers you these experiences and more; visit their website for a full list of courses, and their press release for more information on the program. Be a lifelong learner!  Here's five great reasons why:

Community building

Trying new things and learning new skills as an adult scrounges up some vulnerability you probably don't experience in the rest of life.  In the midst of an online world, where social connections are often limited to virtual interactions, create real, human connections by engaging with other people in a curious and like-minded environment.

Knowledge can never be taken away from you

I was told this sentiment by a colleague, and it's true!  Your knowledge belongs to you; no one and nothing can take it from you. Pretty much everything else about you can be taken, tarnished, or damaged.  But your knowledge is yours to keep.

Ignorance may be bliss, but KNOWLEDGE is POWER

I don't disagree that ignorance may be bliss, but you would have to not know too many things to make that true.  Who wants to live their life with the knowledge and understanding of a toddler?  Armor yourself with knowledge, such that you will be prepared to have positive impact on the world around you.

Do your morning business in a tree-outhouse

If you go to SNAF, that is.  Sterling College offers rustic accommodations for a marginal fee.  Space is limited, so if this interests you, let them know!  Regardless, you get to enjoy the wild and untamed scenic experience of the Northeast Kingdom.

Resist entropy

There is no magic pill that will keep your skin and body youthful, but exercising your mental acuity will battle the deleterious effects of aging.  It will also build your self-confidence through the sense of accomplishment, and confidence is a survival skill. See you in class! -Corrie Austin" ["post_title"]=> string(43) "Five Reasons to Pursue Continuing Education" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(43) "five-reasons-to-pursue-continuing-education" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2019-05-05 08:40:37" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2019-05-05 12:40:37" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(42) "http://inthekitchenwithbronwyn.com/?p=5116" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "2" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } [4]=> object(WP_Post)#283 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(5096) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "8" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2019-04-07 17:29:01" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2019-04-07 21:29:01" ["post_content"]=> string(6183) " We are living in a time where information, not all of it reliable, about anything in the world, is available in an instant.  That same sentiment for immediate gratification permeates all aspects of our lives, including our kitchens.  Convenient food, 5-minute abs, and the promised magic of a weight loss pill lure us away from the true value of our health, and the amount of time and effort we should be devoting to it. Do you find yourself, as I have, overwhelmed by the over-abundantly available and seemingly contradictory health and diet information?  If you want to take ownership of this information and what it means for you, here are three different apps that can help get you started.  If, like me, you are curious to know the why, take a look at the suggested reading list at the bottom of the page.

My Fitness Pal

WHY WE LOVE IT: My Fitness Pal, by Under Armour, may be the most popular food tracker on the market, and for good reason.  It's free, user friendly, and has a variety of helpful tools to keep you motivated.  If you decide to upgrade to premium for $50/year, there are many additional, customizable features. FAVORITE FEATURE: You can enter custom recipes (available on free version, too!)

Macrostax

WHY WE LOVE IT: Macrostax focuses on macronutrient ratios and prescribes customized macro-nutrient totals and meal-by-meal suggestions based on workout vs rest days.  If you have never focused on your macros before, I suggest starting with My Fitness Pal to see what your normal diet macros look like.  This way you will have a good baseline before tracking with Macrostax.  There is no free version, but there is more guidance and support than My Fitness Pal. FAVORITE FEATURE: Their team of nutritionists is on standby - message them any time with a question or app feedback, and they will respond within a couple of hours.

Working Against Gravity "WAG"

WHY WE LOVE IT: Of the three apps reviewed, WAG provides the most personalized and supportive platform.  You are assigned a personal nutrition coach, who provides you with a formal, weekly (virtual) check-in to discuss what is/is not working and make adjustments. They are also available any time and will reply to spontaneous inquiries within 24 hours.  If you are interested in optimizing your diet, but feel overwhelmed and want guidance, WAG is the app for you. FAVORITE FEATURE: Accountability, flexibility, and personalized guidance
Armor yourself with information: log meals, read books, keep food and sleep journals, and measure your blood sugar.  If you'd like to start logging with any of the above tools, you should buy a kitchen scale.  I have this one, which I like because you can pull out the screen to prevent shadowing from large bowls or plates.  This is another good option. Suggested reading: Recommended Cookbooks: Recommended Recipe Websites: Until next time, Corrie Austin" ["post_title"]=> string(42) "Mind Your Macros - there's an app for that" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(39) "mind-your-macros-theres-an-app-for-that" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2019-04-07 20:04:25" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2019-04-08 00:04:25" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(42) "http://inthekitchenwithbronwyn.com/?p=5096" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "1" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } } ["post"]=> object(WP_Post)#367 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(5116) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "8" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2019-05-05 08:37:37" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2019-05-05 12:37:37" ["post_content"]=> string(3568) " Picture yourself learning the art of cheese making with renowned cheese maker, David Asher, or foraging for mushrooms in the beautiful rolling hills of the Northeast Kingdom, or learning the art of fermentation by the self-proclaimed "fermentation fetishist," Sandor Katz.  The School of the New American Farmstead (SNAF) at Sterling College offers you these experiences and more; visit their website for a full list of courses, and their press release for more information on the program. Be a lifelong learner!  Here's five great reasons why:

Community building

Trying new things and learning new skills as an adult scrounges up some vulnerability you probably don't experience in the rest of life.  In the midst of an online world, where social connections are often limited to virtual interactions, create real, human connections by engaging with other people in a curious and like-minded environment.

Knowledge can never be taken away from you

I was told this sentiment by a colleague, and it's true!  Your knowledge belongs to you; no one and nothing can take it from you. Pretty much everything else about you can be taken, tarnished, or damaged.  But your knowledge is yours to keep.

Ignorance may be bliss, but KNOWLEDGE is POWER

I don't disagree that ignorance may be bliss, but you would have to not know too many things to make that true.  Who wants to live their life with the knowledge and understanding of a toddler?  Armor yourself with knowledge, such that you will be prepared to have positive impact on the world around you.

Do your morning business in a tree-outhouse

If you go to SNAF, that is.  Sterling College offers rustic accommodations for a marginal fee.  Space is limited, so if this interests you, let them know!  Regardless, you get to enjoy the wild and untamed scenic experience of the Northeast Kingdom.

Resist entropy

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I remember long ago my mother feeling that bananas were excellent fruit to give us children since she didn't have to wash them and were so easy for long trips, etc. But, a year or so ago, I stopped eating bananas, a fruit I used often sliced on my granola...and, I felt better. Who knows but with food, I think there are no coincidences." 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I also rely on the "dirty dozen" and "clean fifteen" lists for guidance while I grocery shop." 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I agree with so many of the things you just said. I agree - food can either be our medicine or our disease. I have not stopped eating bananas, but I am careful to source them organic and fair trade. I also rely on the "dirty dozen" and "clean fifteen" lists for guidance while I grocery shop." 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    This is a very clever and engaging piece – loved reading it! Always interesting – always fun. Can’t wait for the next one!

    • Corrie Austin says:

      Thanks for the kind feedback!
      It really makes me want to sign up for the courses…how fun would that be!
      Take care,
      Corrie

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Mind Your Macros – there’s an app for that

We are living in a time where information, not all of it reliable, about anything in the world, is available in an instant.  That same sentiment for immediate gratification permeates all aspects of our lives, including our kitchens.  Convenient food, 5-minute abs, and the promised magic of a weight loss pill lure us away from the true value of our health, and the amount of time and effort we should be devoting to it.

Do you find yourself, as I have, overwhelmed by the over-abundantly available and seemingly contradictory health and diet information?  If you want to take ownership of this information and what it means for you, here are three different apps that can help get you started.  If, like me, you are curious to know the why, take a look at the suggested reading list at the bottom of the page.

My Fitness Pal

WHY WE LOVE IT: My Fitness Pal, by Under Armour, may be the most popular food tracker on the market, and for good reason.  It’s free, user friendly, and has a variety of helpful tools to keep you motivated.  If you decide to upgrade to premium for $50/year, there are many additional, customizable features.

FAVORITE FEATURE: You can enter custom recipes (available on free version, too!)

Macrostax

WHY WE LOVE IT: Macrostax focuses on macronutrient ratios and prescribes customized macro-nutrient totals and meal-by-meal suggestions based on workout vs rest days.  If you have never focused on your macros before, I suggest starting with My Fitness Pal to see what your normal diet macros look like.  This way you will have a good baseline before tracking with Macrostax.  There is no free version, but there is more guidance and support than My Fitness Pal.

FAVORITE FEATURE: Their team of nutritionists is on standby – message them any time with a question or app feedback, and they will respond within a couple of hours.

Working Against Gravity “WAG”

WHY WE LOVE IT: Of the three apps reviewed, WAG provides the most personalized and supportive platform.  You are assigned a personal nutrition coach, who provides you with a formal, weekly (virtual) check-in to discuss what is/is not working and make adjustments. They are also available any time and will reply to spontaneous inquiries within 24 hours.  If you are interested in optimizing your diet, but feel overwhelmed and want guidance, WAG is the app for you.

FAVORITE FEATURE: Accountability, flexibility, and personalized guidance


Armor yourself with information: log meals, read books, keep food and sleep journals, and measure your blood sugar.  If you’d like to start logging with any of the above tools, you should buy a kitchen scale.  I have this one, which I like because you can pull out the screen to prevent shadowing from large bowls or plates.  This is another good option.

Suggested reading:

Recommended Cookbooks:

Recommended Recipe Websites:

Until next time,

Corrie Austin

Posted: 4-7-2019

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When I asked a friend from India if she would give me some recipes, she generously made me mountains of delicious homemade Indian food.  But you know the adage, give a man fish vs teaching him to fish - I wanted to know how to make it myself!

I asked her to join me in my new kitchen (yes, NEW! We just bought our first home!)  While teaching me to cook, she told me about her childhood in India, how strictly she and her friends do or don't follow tradition, and her family and friends.  I love hearing people's stories.  The world becomes both smaller and larger at the same time, and these are things you can't learn by just reading a recipe.

And now, I have three new must-haves for my kitchen repertoire!



#1. Cumin Seeds

I regularly keep ground cumin on hand, but cumin seeds take it to a whole new level.  They are best used by heating oil in a pan, then stir in cumin seeds until aromatic (1-2 minutes).  It's that easy! Continue making your meal/following your recipe as planned.  Don't worry - there are no hard to chew seeds or husks in the end result.

Don't know where to start? Try the basic curry recipe below!

#2. Garam Masala

Garam masala is a blend of many spices that are toasted prior to being ground together.  The name means "warming spices," not by adding spicy heat, but because in Ayurvedic medicine, these spices "warm" the body, meaning they are said to increase the metabolism.

Typical spices included, though there are multiple variations, and this list is not comprehensive: coriander, cumin, cardamom pods, cloves, peppercorn, star anise, turmeric, and fennel.

#3. Ginger-Garlic Paste

Easy and delicious, this aromatic blend is perfect for cooking meat.

To make - add equal parts fresh ginger and garlic, plus a sprinkle of turmeric, purée in a blender or food processor.  Store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.



Chicken or Chickpea Curry

Ingredients:

1-2 Tbsp Olive Oil

1 Onion

1 Tbsp Cumin Seeds

2 Tomatoes

1 1/2 lb Chicken or 1-2 cans garbanzo beans

Garlic and Ginger Purée (see method above)

Spices to taste: garam masala, paprika, coriander, turmeric, and either red chili or cayenne if you like some heat

Method:

Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat.  While pan is heating, dice an onion.  Add cumin seeds to pan, and stir until aromatic (1-2 minutes).  Add onion and sprinkle with salt.  Stir occasionally until onion is cooked through (about 12 minutes).  While onion is cooking, dice two tomatoes and cut chicken into cubes.  Add tomato and stir gently for 30 seconds.  Add chicken or chickpeas and a generous spoonful of garlic and ginger puree.  Cook uncovered until "raw" smell is gone.  Cover and cook until almost done, stirring occasionally.  Uncover and stir in garam masala, paprika, coriander, turmeric, cayenne, and salt to taste.  Cook until done.  Right before removing from heat, add small handful of chopped cilantro and stir until wilted.

Jeera Rice (Coriander Rice)

Ingredients:

1-2 Tbsp Olive Oil

1 Tbsp Cumin Seeds

Handful Fresh Cilantro

Salt to taste

1 cup rice

2 cup water or broth

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Summertime is for grilling: burgers, BBQ chicken, steak, and BBQ Freshwater Eel.  Yep, you heard me, BBQ eel.

Don't turn your nose up just yet - if you love the combination of sweet & salty in your juicy BBQ Chicken, you'll love BBQ Eel.  Follow the recipe below! One of my favorite dishes at a sushi restaurant is Unagi, which is a fancy way of saying BBQ eel.  I was inspired to make my own after a colleague told me you can fish for eels in the rivers that feed into Lake Champlagne.  Someday I hope to catch my own, but the one used for this meal was a caught by my colleague. I was a squeamish child and young adult, squealing over spiders, bugs, and slimy things.  This squeamishness led to my vegetarian lifestyle, which I practiced for the better part of 10 years, because I struggled in associating my food with the animals the food came from.  You can read more about my food history here if it interests you.  Currently, I would describe my food lifestyle as holistic, non-wasting, DIY, and authentically/locally sourced. The 17 year-old girl in me would have a small heart attack to know she would grow into the woman I am today: butchering and grilling whole, slimy eels.  Eel is rich with omega-3 fatty acids, as well as other good for you vitamins and minerals.  If starting from scratch does not appeal to you, you can find prepared unagi in the frozen meat section of most Asian grocery stores. Find the comprehensive recipe list and serving suggestions here.

BBQ Eel

Ingredients: 1 lb Freshwater Eel 1 cup Unagi Sauce Method: Here is where I admit I am no butchering expert.  I watched some YouTube videos of prepping eel, but the people in the videos are VERY adept with a knife.  So...I took about 30 minutes to do a sloppier job of what the guys in the video did in about 60 seconds.  To prep, gut it, get the bones out, cut in half lengthwise, then cut into 4" steaks.  Leave the skin on - it will help while grilling. Start your grill and turn heat to medium.  While the grill is heating, skewer the steaks. Grill the Eel, skin side down, for three minutes.  Flip and grill another three minutes.  Turn the eel, baste with unagi sauce, and grill one minute skin side.  Flip again, baste with more unagi sauce, and grill one more minute. Until Next Time, Corrie Austin" ["post_title"]=> string(40) "dEELicious Flavors for your Summer Grill" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(246) "Summertime is for grilling: burgers, BBQ chicken, steak, and BBQ Freshwater Eel.  Yep, you heard me, BBQ eel. Fresh-caught from the rivers that feed into Lake Champlain, eel can be a delicious and unique addition to your summertime grill menu." ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(40) "deelicious-flavors-for-your-summer-grill" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2019-06-14 07:26:48" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2019-06-14 11:26:48" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(42) "http://inthekitchenwithbronwyn.com/?p=5177" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "2" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } [2]=> object(WP_Post)#368 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(5133) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "8" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2019-05-19 10:09:13" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2019-05-19 14:09:13" ["post_content"]=> string(3488) " Like many people who live locally, I went to opening day of Burlington's Farmer's Market.  Also like many people, my intentions for being there were to score some local produce, people watch, and admire local handiwork.  My intentions were NOT to get a free banana, obviously not local, and a lesson on the banana trade. Upon entering the market, I was greeted by a genial man dressed as a banana.  He handed me a free banana, then delved into a passionate and shocking speech about the banana trade.  If you believe, as I do, in the power of voting with your dollar as a conscientious consumer, whether motivated by humanitarian or environmental causes, I guarantee you will change your banana shopping habits after learning what I have learned.

Shocker #1: INFERTILITY

DBCP, a pesticide introduced in the 1950's, was discovered to cause infertility in males.  Despite this knowledge, DBCP is still widely used for banana crops in developing countries, where the local residents are NOT educated on the danger of its use.

Shocker #1: MONOCULTURE

I don't know how I didn't know this, but bananas are a monoculture in many regions in Central America.  Monocultures lead to plant pathogens, diseases, and unhealthy soils, which leads to the use of dangerous agrocides, industrial fertilizers, and even extinction.

Shocker #2: TERRORISM

It's a long story, which you can learn for yourself in the documentary, Bananaland, but the cliff notes version is: the fruit company, Chiquita, knowingly funds registered terrorist groups in direct relationship to growing banana crops.

What we can do about it:

  • Buy organic
  • Buy fair trade
  • Tell your friends
What should you do with your fair trade, organic bananas? Make these tasty Gluten Free Banana Oatmeal Pancakes! *Side note: Burlington Farmer's Market has temporarily moved to 345 Pine Street Resources: Peace and Justice Center, Food Empowerment Project, Center for Science in the Public Interest Until next time, Corrie Austin" ["post_title"]=> string(40) "Go Bananas at Burlington Farmer's Market" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(183) "Vote with your dollar! Buy organic and buy fair trade! Make conscientious food choices after learning the shocking history of bananas. Gluten free banana pancake recipe included. " ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(39) "go-bananas-at-burlington-farmers-market" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2019-05-19 10:31:17" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2019-05-19 14:31:17" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(42) "http://inthekitchenwithbronwyn.com/?p=5133" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "2" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } [3]=> object(WP_Post)#367 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(5116) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "8" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2019-05-05 08:37:37" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2019-05-05 12:37:37" ["post_content"]=> string(3568) " Picture yourself learning the art of cheese making with renowned cheese maker, David Asher, or foraging for mushrooms in the beautiful rolling hills of the Northeast Kingdom, or learning the art of fermentation by the self-proclaimed "fermentation fetishist," Sandor Katz.  The School of the New American Farmstead (SNAF) at Sterling College offers you these experiences and more; visit their website for a full list of courses, and their press release for more information on the program. Be a lifelong learner!  Here's five great reasons why:

Community building

Trying new things and learning new skills as an adult scrounges up some vulnerability you probably don't experience in the rest of life.  In the midst of an online world, where social connections are often limited to virtual interactions, create real, human connections by engaging with other people in a curious and like-minded environment.

Knowledge can never be taken away from you

I was told this sentiment by a colleague, and it's true!  Your knowledge belongs to you; no one and nothing can take it from you. Pretty much everything else about you can be taken, tarnished, or damaged.  But your knowledge is yours to keep.

Ignorance may be bliss, but KNOWLEDGE is POWER

I don't disagree that ignorance may be bliss, but you would have to not know too many things to make that true.  Who wants to live their life with the knowledge and understanding of a toddler?  Armor yourself with knowledge, such that you will be prepared to have positive impact on the world around you.

Do your morning business in a tree-outhouse

If you go to SNAF, that is.  Sterling College offers rustic accommodations for a marginal fee.  Space is limited, so if this interests you, let them know!  Regardless, you get to enjoy the wild and untamed scenic experience of the Northeast Kingdom.

Resist entropy

There is no magic pill that will keep your skin and body youthful, but exercising your mental acuity will battle the deleterious effects of aging.  It will also build your self-confidence through the sense of accomplishment, and confidence is a survival skill. See you in class! -Corrie Austin" ["post_title"]=> string(43) "Five Reasons to Pursue Continuing Education" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(43) "five-reasons-to-pursue-continuing-education" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2019-05-05 08:40:37" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2019-05-05 12:40:37" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(42) "http://inthekitchenwithbronwyn.com/?p=5116" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "2" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } [4]=> object(WP_Post)#283 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(5096) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "8" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2019-04-07 17:29:01" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2019-04-07 21:29:01" ["post_content"]=> string(6183) " We are living in a time where information, not all of it reliable, about anything in the world, is available in an instant.  That same sentiment for immediate gratification permeates all aspects of our lives, including our kitchens.  Convenient food, 5-minute abs, and the promised magic of a weight loss pill lure us away from the true value of our health, and the amount of time and effort we should be devoting to it. Do you find yourself, as I have, overwhelmed by the over-abundantly available and seemingly contradictory health and diet information?  If you want to take ownership of this information and what it means for you, here are three different apps that can help get you started.  If, like me, you are curious to know the why, take a look at the suggested reading list at the bottom of the page.

My Fitness Pal

WHY WE LOVE IT: My Fitness Pal, by Under Armour, may be the most popular food tracker on the market, and for good reason.  It's free, user friendly, and has a variety of helpful tools to keep you motivated.  If you decide to upgrade to premium for $50/year, there are many additional, customizable features. FAVORITE FEATURE: You can enter custom recipes (available on free version, too!)

Macrostax

WHY WE LOVE IT: Macrostax focuses on macronutrient ratios and prescribes customized macro-nutrient totals and meal-by-meal suggestions based on workout vs rest days.  If you have never focused on your macros before, I suggest starting with My Fitness Pal to see what your normal diet macros look like.  This way you will have a good baseline before tracking with Macrostax.  There is no free version, but there is more guidance and support than My Fitness Pal. FAVORITE FEATURE: Their team of nutritionists is on standby - message them any time with a question or app feedback, and they will respond within a couple of hours.

Working Against Gravity "WAG"

WHY WE LOVE IT: Of the three apps reviewed, WAG provides the most personalized and supportive platform.  You are assigned a personal nutrition coach, who provides you with a formal, weekly (virtual) check-in to discuss what is/is not working and make adjustments. They are also available any time and will reply to spontaneous inquiries within 24 hours.  If you are interested in optimizing your diet, but feel overwhelmed and want guidance, WAG is the app for you. FAVORITE FEATURE: Accountability, flexibility, and personalized guidance
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My Fitness Pal

WHY WE LOVE IT: My Fitness Pal, by Under Armour, may be the most popular food tracker on the market, and for good reason.  It's free, user friendly, and has a variety of helpful tools to keep you motivated.  If you decide to upgrade to premium for $50/year, there are many additional, customizable features. FAVORITE FEATURE: You can enter custom recipes (available on free version, too!)

Macrostax

WHY WE LOVE IT: Macrostax focuses on macronutrient ratios and prescribes customized macro-nutrient totals and meal-by-meal suggestions based on workout vs rest days.  If you have never focused on your macros before, I suggest starting with My Fitness Pal to see what your normal diet macros look like.  This way you will have a good baseline before tracking with Macrostax.  There is no free version, but there is more guidance and support than My Fitness Pal. FAVORITE FEATURE: Their team of nutritionists is on standby - message them any time with a question or app feedback, and they will respond within a couple of hours.

Working Against Gravity "WAG"

WHY WE LOVE IT: Of the three apps reviewed, WAG provides the most personalized and supportive platform.  You are assigned a personal nutrition coach, who provides you with a formal, weekly (virtual) check-in to discuss what is/is not working and make adjustments. They are also available any time and will reply to spontaneous inquiries within 24 hours.  If you are interested in optimizing your diet, but feel overwhelmed and want guidance, WAG is the app for you. FAVORITE FEATURE: Accountability, flexibility, and personalized guidance
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