A Mandolin and Homemade Sweet Potato Chip Nachos

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I've never been a fan of a cooking with excessive gadgets. Instead, I prefer to simplify, manipulate, and create equal results with a few essential tools. I lived for almost a year without a hand mixer, and instead mixed things with the brute force of my arm muscles. I don't own a grater, but I do have a mini food processor and an appropriate amount of sharp knives. Tasty food gets cooked; nobody complains. So I surprised myself last week when I found myself setting out ...

Sweet Potato-Black Bean Tacos: A Perfect Composite

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Whenever someone asks me my favorite color, I always struggle a little because I really do love green in all its verdant shades, but I like the contrast of green and purple, or orange and blue much more. In a similar way, these tacos to me are entirely about the composite flavor. I could take or leave each ingredient on its own, but the combination of black beans, sweet potato, a splash of citrus, a kick from chili powder, cilantro, and avocado comes together in ...

Commuting Home to Sweet Potato Chili

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My commute to and from work every day is just under an hour from door to door, each way. That means, I've spent a LOT of time on the trains since moving to NYC. Luckily, I'm not one to mind a commute, especially when someone else is driving. And plus, interesting things happen on trains, so what's not to love? So, how does one spend their commute time on the NYC Metro? 1.) Study shoes. I've learned so much about shoes from my commutes, mostly because if ...