When people first hear of the October Unprocessed challenge, their first response is likely to be “But what about beer?! Wine?! Coffee?!” So I first tell them not to panic. Then I explain how I apply the Kitchen Test to these and a few other beverages. Some are fairly straightforward, but others have a bit of a gray area, and once again I’ll encourage you to make your own decision about where, exactly, you want to draw the line.
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A few years ago, my friend Allison took me to dinner at Pok Pok, a local Portland (Oregon) favorite that serves up authentic Southeast Asian fare. The food was certainly praiseworthy, but what captivated me most was their Som, or drinking vinegars. I’d never heard of “drinking vinegars” before, so of course I had to give them a try.
All five tastes–sweet, sour, bitter, umami, and yes, salty–can be found in whole foods. Let’s break it down–then let’s make an unprocessed bloody Mary and put all five tastes to good use.
Horchata has its roots in Mexico and Spain and is probably one of the original milk alternatives, and I think still one of the best. There are lots of versions, but most everyone agrees that it’s essentially rice milk with a bit of cinnamon. I’ve used almonds and coconut in my concoction, too, which gives it a full creamy flavor.
Just a small chunk of fresh, peeled ginger launches this smoothie into orbit.
When I go on and on about the nutritional powerhouse that is blackstrap molasses, folks usually ask me how the heck to use it. When we think of molasses in the kitchen, the occasional ginger snap cookie or pot of baked beans come to mind, but I’ve got a quick recipe that will help you make this a daily pantry staple.
This lemon-lime sports drink is super refreshing and tastes just like my flavor of choice back when I was a kid. Only it doesn’t come in a big green can. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to mix up and how clean its ingredients list is.
I had a hard time keeping my trap shut when I heard that Gatorade reps would be on our high school campus handing out free samples to our students during G-week.