Special (Useful & Informative) Stuff ♥ from A Veggie Venture

A Collection of Special (Useful Informative) Stuff from A Veggie Venture
So who else has a junk drawer where you stash little bits and pieces of indispensable useful and necessary "stuff"? I have one in the kitchen – though somewhere along the way we started to call it the drunk door not the junk drawer. (That's amusing, of course, only because there's no alcohol issue here.) Anyway. That drawer is home to anything-to-everything from keys to rubberbands to odd tools to 3x5 recipe cards to chapstick to dozens of small items handy to keep handy. I open this drawer many times a day and still couldn't tell you exactly what's in it without an audit.

Well, that's what this page is all about, it's a collection of ""stuff" collected over the years – writing not easily categorizable but nonetheless useful. So I've started a collection of this Special Stuff – posts that I hope readers find helpful and informative and now that they're in one place, easy to find, too.

About A Veggie Venture

The Back Story

Master Recipes for Vegetables

Kitchen Parade recipes
Easy Make-Ahead Breakfast Casserole
How to Make Homemade Vegetable Soup
Quick 'n' Easy Raw Salad
Roasted Veggie Enchilada Casserole
Stir-Fried Shrimp with Asparagus

How to Roast Vegetables: 15 Tips & A Master Recipe
How to Make a Crustless Quiche with Vegetables
Summer Vegetable Stew

Best Recipes

Favorite Vegetable Recipes

2013 Best Vegetable Recipes of 2013
2012 Best Vegetable Recipes of 2012
2011 Best Vegetable Recipes of 2011
2010 Best Vegetable Recipes of 2010

2010 Twelve Favorite TOMATO Recipes
2010 My Favorite SWEET POTATO Recipes
2011 My Favorite WINTER SQUASH Recipes
2011 Six Years of Favorite ASPARAGUS Recipes
2011 Falling In Love with GREEN BEANS: Favorite Recipes
2011 My Favorite PUMPKIN Recipes

2010 Favorite Recipes for Thanksgiving's TOP TWELVE Vegetables
2010 VEGETARIAN Entrée Recipes for Thanksgiving

Vegetables 101

2014 What Is a Tomatillo?
2012 What Are Bitter Greens?
2011 Vegetables 101: What Is Jicama?

Special Cooking Methods for Vegetables

Vegetables on the Grill
Microwave Recipes for Vegetables
Slow Cooker Recipes for Vegetables

You Have One, Now Use It!

Benriner / Mandoline Recipes
Stovetop Smoker Recipes for Vegetables

How-to-Save-Money-on-Groceries Stuff

Kitchen Parade
How to Save Money on Groceries
How & Why I Shop at Amazon for Everyday Household Needs

2011 How to Shop at a Farmers Market: Thoughts & Tips from a Veteran Shopper
2011 The Economics of Bags of Coleslaw
2008 Never Buy Salad Dressing Again

Video How-To's

2014 Asparagus & Woody Ends

Step-by-Step Photos

2014 Asparagus & Woody Ends
2014 How To Steam Broccoli
2011 How to Cut Corn Off the Cob, Keeping All Ten Fingers, Capturing Every Delicious Kernel and Every Drop of Sweet Corn 'Milk'
2010 How to Cut Brussels Sprouts, with Photos & Recipe Suggestions
2010 My Favorite Way to Roast Beets
2010 For Green Bean Casserole, Just Say NO! to Canned Green Beans & Mushroom Soup
2009 Homemade Swedish Potato Sausage
2009 How to Cut, Peel & Cube a Butternut Squash and Keep All Ten Fingers

Useful How-To Stuff

2013 How to Cook Eggs in a Coffee Cup in the Microwave
2011 How to Roast a Whole Butternut Squash
2010 How to Roast Potatoes to Perfection
2009 How to Roast Garlic
2008 How to Cook Artichokes in the Microwave
2007 How to Roast a Whole Pumpkin
2006 How to Make Salad Dressing
2006 How to Roast Peppers in the Oven

Healthy-Thinking Stuff

Kitchen Parade
Oatmeal: How and Why to Cook Oatmeal Every day

2011 How to Eat More Vegetables
2010 Frozen Sweet Potato Fries: Are They Worth the Price? the Calories?
2007 Four Ways to Transform Vegetables from the Every Day to the Special

Nutrition Stuff

2008 Vegetable Nutrition Data
2008 Weight Watchers Points for Vegetables
2008 How Many Carbs Are in Vegetables
2008 High Fiber & Low Fiber Vegetables

Growing Stuff

2012 The Miracle of Squash Blossoms
2008 Never Buy Fresh Herbs Again
2007 The How & Why Guide to Growing Garlic At Home

Preserving Stuff

2011 DIY Dried Herbs (How to Dry Fresh Herbs in the Microwave)
2008 How to Keep Vegetables Fresh Longer
2007 How to Freeze Corn
2006 Practical Home Canning Tips

Safety Stuff

2007 How to Use a Japanese Mandoline (Benriner)

More Thought Leadership from the 'Veggie Evangelist'

2009 In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan (Book Review)
2008 Vegetables for Children
2008 Ten Best Foods We're Not Eating
2006 How Not to Buy Acorn Squash (Guest Essay)
2006 Eating Well: The Search for Antioxidant-Rich Vegetables

Blogging Stuff

2011 Because Life Is Fragile
2007 My Favorite Food Blogs
2006 Readers Make My Day
2006 Food Blogging in the Real World

St. Louis Stuff

2008 Tonight in One Small Town Called Kirkwood
2007 St. Louis Food Gifts

Personal Stuff

2008 Book Club Books - My Reading Group's Book List
2007 Foodie Fight: A Trivia Game for Food Lovers
2006 Five Things to Eat Before You Die
2006 And the River Was Like Glass

Technique & Tool Stuff

2008 Tool Tip: Asparagus Steamer
2005 Technique Tip: Trimming Broccoli Aggressively
2005 Storage Tip: Celery
2005 Tool Tip: Immersion Blender
2005 Tool Tip: Microplane
2005 Tool Tip: Basil Keeper
2005 Tool Tip: Citrus Press
2005 Tool Tip: Avocado Knife

A Veggie Venture is home of 'veggie evangelist' Alanna Kellogg and the
famous asparagus-to-zucchini Alphabet of Vegetables.
© Copyright Kitchen Parade 2012, 2013, 2014


So this is the kitchen parade's "drunk" junk drawer ... somehow I think it deserves a more lofty name ;-)

Dear Alanna, I enjoy reading all of your posts and appreciate all the information, tips, advice and recipes. Your humour and witty commentary add to the pleasure. Thank you for your dedication, time, energy and efforts to inform and educate us all. Finding your website has been such a benefit to me and my family. Gratefully, Irene Murray

My gosh - Irene, thank you so much for taking the time to write. You've made my day, heavens, you might have made my YEAR! I

Drunk drawer?! That is hilarious!

Dear Alanna,
What vegetables have the most SOLUBLE fiber? I'm not much of a cooker, and while i try to eat as much raw fruits veggies and minimally-processed foods as i can, i still find myself with bouts of constipation. Soluble fiber, i understand, is more benefial for constipation than insoluble fiber. Do you have a list of high Soluble fiber vegetables Alanna?
Thank you

Anonymous ~ Sorry, no, I don't have that information available, what I work from is the USDA nutrition database and it doesn't provide that information. Have you tried a morning bowl of oatmeal? Just 1/4 cup, cooked, works for me, see Oatmeal: How & Why to Cook It Every Day.

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Thank you for taking a moment to write! I read each and every comment, for each and every recipe, whether a current recipe or a long-ago favorite. If you have a specific question, it's nearly always answered quick-quick. ~ Alanna