• Denver Vegan Eats
  • Refreshing Summer-time Drinks: Lemonade
  • The Amazing Chili that could: Jalapenos
  • Watermelon Recipe Roundup
  • Between Slices: National Sandwich Month
  • Food Holidays in August 2015
  • Following the Spice: Star Anise

Home Canning: Lessons Learned

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in Cooking Skills | 0 comments

Home Canning: Lessons Learned

I grew up knowing what fresh food was, what it meant to “put up” food, and some of the processes involved. I learned between the ages of 7-12. Formative years. Unfortunately nothing was written down and, as I engaged more in scholastics and the determination to kill off a few brain cells, I lost the knowledge given me by my grandmother, my aunts, and a few of the church ladies. The urge came back to me about in the late 90’s. I really wanted to preserve my own food, but I had a small kitchen and no “canner.” I was able to set up a way to...

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Denver Vegan Eats

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015 in Restaurants, Travel | 0 comments

Denver Vegan Eats

I spent this summer on a 21-day road trip going from Phoenix to Topeka and back. We do this every summer and take different routes in order to explore all the beauty the country has to offer. This year we returned to Denver after about three years. Denver has become a vegan eater’s nirvana. We’ve eaten in Denver before, but this time seemed different, a bit more adventurous and fun. Native Foods Café has expanded into Denver proper, there’s Beet Box, and a tiny little vegan grocery store, Nooch. And, of course, Watercourse and City O’ City....

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Refreshing Summer-time Drinks: Lemonade

Posted by on Aug 19, 2015 in Drinks, Recipes | 0 comments

Refreshing Summer-time Drinks: Lemonade

What says Summer more than freshly made lemonade? Do you know how to make a great lemonade? I tried several ways and finally remembered: one needs simple syrup. Simple syrup is just water and sugar that have been dissolved and heated through to desired thickness. It’s what makes a great mojito, or any other refreshing citrus drink. Lemonade can be infused with different kinds of other flavors, lavender, mint, strawberry, hibiscus, watermelon, pomegranate, cherry, the list goes on, the possibilities are only limited by imagination. And...

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For the Love of Lemons

Posted by on Aug 17, 2015 in Fruits, Ingredients | 0 comments

For the Love of Lemons

Lemons have been around for thousands of years. In all the articles I examined, I found that experts can’t agree on where they originated. Speculation says they come from Northern India, Burma, and/or southern China. Lemons are a cross breed between lime and citron. Citrus has long been domesticated and genetically altered. One of the more easily manipulated plants, lemons have been cross-bred with a variety of other citrus. No matter where they are from, this remains fact. How Lemons Traveled the World Citrus was known in the ancient...

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Pickling Jalapenos

Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 in Condiments, Recipes | 0 comments

Pickling Jalapenos

There is some mystique around pickling. It’s what your grandmother or great grandmother did. Walking into the kitchen and smelling the vinegar, sugar, and spices, watching in wonder a few weeks later when the pickled vegetables were pulled out of the jar; it was a process that seemed both magical and delightful. I always loved tasting the spring flavors in winter, looking at the perfectly preserved colors. My child brain really didn’t understand the chemical transformation that was taking place but it didn’t need to. Grandma made good food....

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The Amazing Chili that Could: Jalapenos

Posted by on Aug 10, 2015 in Ingredients | 0 comments

The Amazing Chili that Could: Jalapenos

Jalapeno chilies are the backbone of Mexican and Southwestern cuisine. They are the most recognizable chili in America. Usually 2-4 inches long and ½ to 1 inch in diameter, this amazing little pepper packs a powerful punch. They grow in a variety of soil, but prefer the warmer temperatures of southwestern United States and their native lands in Mexico. Jalapenos are grown mainly in California, New Mexico, and Texas. They are a perennial plant and one bush will flower and fruit several times a year. Several thousand acres per year are...

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Watermelon Recipe Roundup

Posted by on Aug 5, 2015 in Recipes | 2 comments

Watermelon Recipe Roundup

Watermelon is a favorite food of mine and it’s celebrated throughout the month of July and again on August 2nd, which is National Watermelon Day. It doesn’t stop there, though.  This melon can be celebrated throughout the season. To help you out, here are a few of my favorite recipes.  Do you have a favorite watermelon recipe? A favorite way to eat watermelon? Share with us on social media. Just tag @kitchenshaman. See larger image Omega J8006 Nutrition Center Juicer - Black and Chrome New From: $275.68 USD In...

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Between Slices: National Sandwich Month

Posted by on Aug 3, 2015 in Holidays & Observances | 0 comments

Between Slices: National Sandwich Month

As a chef I’ve made my share of sandwiches. My first “cooking” job was in a deli and I excelled at cutting open buns and wrapping sandwiches. I’ve made more BLT’s than you’ve eaten and I’ve grilled untold numbers of Rueben’s, grilled cheeses, and turkey sandwiches. As I became vegan, I started bemoaning the loss of tasty sandwich treats until I stumbled upon a grand concept: make the best vegan sandwiches possible and eat them! Then share them here with you. I set out at the beginning of this summer to do just that. I would make several...

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Food Holidays in August 2015

Posted by on Jul 31, 2015 in Holidays & Observances | 0 comments

Food Holidays in August 2015

August brings us some incredible food celebrations. First of all it is National Sandwich Month, Peach Month, and Eat Dessert First Month! All of these foods are cause for celebration. We are a nation that runs on sandwiches, from the humble PB & J to the more elaborate stuffed burgers. Delis, sandwich shops, and food trucks should bust out the goods and create the best sandwiches this month. If you’ve been reading this blog long enough, you know I adore peaches. They are one of my all-time favorite foods. I make peach compote, peach...

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We Have a Newsletter: Kitchen Shaman’s Kitchen

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in News | 0 comments

We Have a Newsletter: Kitchen Shaman’s Kitchen

Everything you love about our blog (food facts, cooking tips, food history, and, of course, food porn) will soon be available in a monthly e-newsletter: “Kitchen Shaman’s Kitchen.” Each issue will include the following: tips & tricks featured ingredient(s) food holidays food porn Kitchen Shaman news In addition to the newsletter, you’ll get advance announcements of new projects we have in the works, including our next e-cookbook. Plus, if you subscribe now, you’ll get five restaurant-quality recipes (all...

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