The Real Food Journal

Robin Asbell is your experienced guide to cooking and eating healthfully, sustainably, and deliciously. Her cookbooks, articles and blog are valuable resources for anyone interested in the good life with good food.

Watch me Cook, Learn About Umami!

Watch me Cook, Learn About Umami!

I’ve been using the chemistry of plant-based umami to create luscious, satisfying plant-based food for many years. Click on the link to watch me cook in my kitchen, and learn to harness the power of umami.

Blender or Juicer, Which Makes the Best Juice?

Blender or Juicer, Which Makes the Best Juice?

The big question is, do you want to buy juice at your favorite juice bar, or do you want to make it yourself? If you’ve looked at the price tag on your local juicery’s bottles of green juice and thought “it can’t cost that much to make it at home.” you aren’t alone. When I wrote my book Juice It! I delved into the cold press, slow juicer method of making pure, fresh juices, and did a few blender juices just to cover all the bases. A few years later, when I wrote 300 Best Blender Recipes, I went all in on making “whole juices” in the blender.

Stalking the Wild Morel for Stuffed Morels!

Stalking the Wild Morel for Stuffed Morels!

I’ve always been intrigued by the hollow shape of the morel, and decided that I wanted to make stuffed morels, if I did find any. I toyed with ideas for fillings, and settled on one that is so simple that it makes perfect sense. A saute of shiitakes, another intense mushroom in their own right, would make a dense, woodsy puree that I could stuff into that cavity. Then, each mushroom would explode with over-the-top mushroomy-ness when you took a bite.I’ve always been intrigued by the hollow shape of the morel, and decided that I wanted to make stuffed morels, if I did find any. I toyed with ideas for fillings, and settled on one that is so simple that it makes perfect sense. A saute of shiitakes, another intense mushroom in their own right, would make a dense, woodsy puree that I could stuff into that cavity. Then, each mushroom would explode with over-the-top mushroomy-ness when you took a bite.