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Preparing food with heat or fire is an activity unique to humans, and scientists believe the advent of cooking played an important role in human evolution. Most anthropologists believe that cooking fires first developed around 250,000 years ago.

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Naturally Ella

  • Carrot, Feta & Pistachio Salad with Orange Blossom Toss

    Cooking is a constant push forward in my life. I’m constantly challenging what I know, what ingredients I use, and even how I use common ingredients. It is exciting and overwhelming all at once. One of the areas I’m pushing myself this year is to step out of my rut with herbs. I have my [...]

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  • Fruit Chutney | Component Cooking

    Chutney is one of my favorite condiments. It’s highly adaptable to what might be in season, it can be spiced up or dressed down, and can be the star of a recipe or a nice topping. The term chutney is a pretty loose one that can encompass many different types of condiments that traditionally used [...]

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  • Oat Teff Pancakes

    You may think, based on photos I’ve shared or things I’ve written, that my pantry is perfectly organized. It may be organized for a few days but eventually, it becomes overrun with grains, legumes, and canned items. Usually once it gets out of control, I start cooking my way back to organized. For a month [...]

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  • Cream Baked Eggs with Asparagus

    There is nothing more I dislike buying at the store than herbs. They are usually expensive for you get, can go bad quickly, and lose flavor fast. This has led to a push over the years to grow my own. We don’t have a backyard but the patio is covered with plants, mostly herbs. It’s [...]

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  • Carrot Curry with Kale and Paneer

    I have a self-admitted problem of sidelining greens. I’ll eat them every day but rarely are they the key to the recipe. Sure, most salads wouldn’t be salads without the greens. Yet, it’s rarely about them. I labeled this carrot curry but in reality, the kale is the core. The carrots are pureed into a [...]

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