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Moroccan-Spiced Roasted Carrots (vegan, gluten-free)

 Moroccan-spiced Roasted Carrots @ chelrabbit.com

There is a lot of snacking that goes on in this house during the day. I said that in a passive way but really I mean that I, myself, me – I snack all day.  I try to save dinner leftovers for next-day lunches but sometimes we just eat a lot. Food tastes good, yo. I could make my own lunch because I’m home most weekdays, but for all I love cooking, making breakfast, dinner, and blog-whatever is enough for me. Also, I double as the dishwasher so I try to be green and save energy (; 

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Christmas Cookies: Chocolate Jumbles (vegan)

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It’s not often that you come upon truly local foods. Sure, there is the black and white cookie (we non-city New Yorkers call them half-moons) or Chicago-style pizza, but you can get those pretty much anywhere in the US.  

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Two Mediterranean Chopped Salads (vegan, gluten-free, raw)

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I grew up eating salad for every dinner when I was a kid, and so I thought I knew all there was to know about salad… but this is not an American green chopped salad. Lettuce is not at all an essential part of most salads in the world (even in the U.S., iceberg lettuce often serves as a vehicle for ranch dressing, rather than fresh veg).

Simple chopped salad – finely diced tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions – is something you will find throughout the Middle East. It’s served with almost every meal, including breakfast. It’s bright and refreshing, and actually totally customizable (no matter what anyone tells you): use whatever you have on hand that’s fresh.

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Preserved Lemons (vegan, gluten-free, raw)

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I recently moved to Oakland from a damp, grey Edinburgh, Scotland, and before that, a New York that alternated between bitter cold and an oppressive mugginess. Living in Oakland is like the discovery of what is “just right” in the tale of the three bears – but not only because of it’s mild, sunny weather and cool nights: also in terms of produce. It has the wild blackberries of Scotland that grow from mid-summer to late fall, the local farmer’s produce of New York, but also a wide variety and year-long growing season. And of course, everything is much fresher. Just to be fair, however, the west coast has nothing on New York apples.

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