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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.

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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Ways to Add More Plants to Your Meals

Ways to Add More Plants to Your Meals

Photo: Canva   I’ve always been interested in healthier cooking, but a few years ago, I did a deeper dive into the topic. There were a variety of reasons but overall, I wanted to know that the meals I was making at home supported our health and wellbeing without...

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Spring Cleaning for Your Spice Cabinet

Spring Cleaning for Your Spice Cabinet

Photo: Canva Have you checked the freshness and fragrance of your spices lately? While refreshing other parts of your home, take a few minutes to “spring clean” your spice cabinet.   Believe it or not, even I needed this reminder! With all of the business of life, I...

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Zesty Arugula – Another Dark, Leafy Green

Zesty Arugula – Another Dark, Leafy Green

photo: Canva   Known as “rocket” in Greece, as “roquette” in France, and as “rucola” in Italy, arugula is a tender, crisp, dark leafy green enjoyed across the world in numerous raw and cooked dishes.   Native to the Mediterranean and Southern Europe dating...

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