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Welcome to Love + Craft Kitchen’s Mise en Place, an assemblance of ideas about ingredients, cooking tips, techniques, and other culinary and lifestyle-related tidbits – all part of the endeavor of preparing delicious meals and enjoying a healthier life.

Knobby, Bumpy Celery Root

Knobby, Bumpy Celery Root

Okay, so celery root may not win any produce beauty contests but don’t be frightened off, it’s a terrific veggie that is well worth exploring!   Often underrated and mistaken to be the root portion of celery stalks, celery root (aka celeriac) is its own special...

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Spice Blends

Spice Blends

Live life with a little spice. -- Anonymous   We can all use a little help in the kitchen from time to time! For as much as I enjoy mixing herbs and spices to create wonderful flavor profiles for my recipes, I LOVE having pre-made spice blends at the ready for...

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Mighty, Savory Mushrooms

Mighty, Savory Mushrooms

Fall is easing its way into North Carolina. The days are pleasantly warm, taking on a more golden hue, with plants just beginning to show signs of change. All of this has me thinking more about the savory dishes we enjoy in the cooler months, and the mighty, savory...

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For the Love of Basil

For the Love of Basil

Sweet basil was the first herb I grew in my early gardening days. I remember the excitement and love I felt for that tender, little plant. At the time, it symbolized a transition – one small step in being more connected to my food and an elevation of my culinary...

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Black-Eyed Peas

Black-Eyed Peas

photo: Dried Black-eyed Peas/Canva 5 QUICK FACTS Black-eyed peas: are actually a type of bean, rather than a pea. may also be called “cow peas”, as they are part of the cowpea family. originated in West Africa and are grown in warm regions across the world. They have...

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10 Tips for Measuring Ingredients

10 Tips for Measuring Ingredients

Photo: Jenelle Botts for Love + Craft Kitchen Cooking is a creative endeavor as well as a scientific one...and that's where measurement comes in.   Don’t get me wrong, I love cooking by feel and instinct - throwing in a little of this, and a dash of that. I do it...

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Plump, Sweet, Superfood Blueberries

Plump, Sweet, Superfood Blueberries

photo: Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash   Summer is Mother Nature’s busy season for producing a wide array of wonderful fruit and vegetables for us to enjoy. Currently, plump, sweet blueberries are making their appearance at local farmers' markets in my area and...

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My Kitchenware Essentials List

My Kitchenware Essentials List

photo: Jenelle Botts Photography for Love + Craft Kitchen   I am often asked about the tools of the trade that home cooks should have in their kitchens. Although I probably have far too many pieces of equipment in my kitchen, the list below features the tried and...

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Nut and Seed Butters

Nut and Seed Butters

photo: Canva “Peanut butter is the pate of childhood.” -- Florence Fabricant   It used to be that peanut butter was the only “nut butter” on the grocery shelf next to the jams, jellies and fruit spreads. All one really had to decide was, “Do I want Skippy or...

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