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Willow Arlen
Worked at WillCookForFriends.com
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Individual rhubarb tarts with pistachios, berries, & shortbread crust -- such a show-stopper, but so much easier to make than you might think! Recipe here: http://www.willcookforfriends.com/2016/05/individual-rhubarb-tarts-shortbread-crust.html

#recipe   #rhubarb   #dessert   #pistachios   #shortbread   #spring   #mothersday   #willcookforfriends  
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Step aside, coleslaw -- there's a new sheriff in town. Brussels Sprout Slaw with Tart Cherries, dried cranberries, and crunchy walnuts. If you ask me, eating your veggies should always taste this good! Get the recipe, here: http://www.willcookforfriends.com/2016/02/brussels-sprout-slaw-with-cherries-and-walnuts.html #brussels   #sprout   #slaw   #recipe   #raw   #vegan   #glutenfree   #healthy   #salad   #cherries   #walnuts  
Crisp and healthy brussels sprout slaw, with tart cherries, dried cranberries, and crunchy walnuts. Naturally gluten-free, raw, and easily made vegan. Jump to the recipe here, or read on and get the recipe at the bottom of the post!
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This Shepherd-Less Shepherd's Pie is on the blog now! I was skeptical at first that a meat-free, dairy-free shepherd's pie could really satisfy my cold-weather appetite, but this thing is incredibly rich and creamy! Plus, it comes straigh from The Casual Veggie Cookbook (a food blogger collaboration of more than 150 veggie-based recipes). Grab the recipe, and if you're interested, a copy of the book, here: http://www.willcookforfriends.com/2015/11/shepherdless-shepherds-pie.html

#thecasualveggie   #cookbook   #shepherdspie   #vegan   #glutenfree   #meatlessmonday   #recipe   #ontheblog   #willcookforfriends  
At first I was skeptical that a meatless, dairy-less shepherd's pie could hold a candle to all those hearty fall dishes, but boy was I wrong. This thing is SUPER rich and filling, and is surprisingly healthy, to boot!
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It's finally here! The Casual Veggie e-Cookbook is available on the blog starting TODAY! To celebrate, how about this Sparkling Pear & Ginger Cocktail? Cheers!

#thecasualveggie   #cookbook   #potluck   #recipe   #sparkling   #pear   #ginger   #cocktail   #ontheblog   #celebration   #book   #ebook  
Sweet, herbacious, complex, and with just a touch of fizz. This cocktail makes for the perfect sipper, or can be made sans the alcohol for a fun twist on homemade ginger ale.
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New #ontheblog : Jalapeno Peach Jam! If sweet and heat are your thing, this one's for you, friend. 

Millions of peaches, peaches for free... millions of peaches, peaches for me...

#sweet   #spicy   #peach   #jalapeno   #jam   #recipe   #glutenfree   #vegan   #stillsummer   #thatsmyjam  
If sweet and spicy are your thing, let me introduce you to my new favorite indulgence: jalapeno peach jam. Perfectly sweet preserves, with just enough punch from the jalapenos to make things interesting. Let's be honest here, we could all use a little more jalapeno in our lives.
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No-Bake Chocolate Truffle Energy Bites are #ontheblog  now! (Think Larabars meets chocolate truffles, then rolled in  variety of tasty and colorful toppings.) Raw, Vegan, Gluten-Free, and Refined Sugar-Free!

#nobake   #chocoate   #truffle   #energy   #bites   #healthy   #raw   #vegan   #glutenfree   #recipe   #protein  
Energy bites... healthy chocolate truffles... better-than-Lara-Bars-date-nut-balls... delicious... It doesn't really matter what you call them, because these are all of the above, and then some. They're like candy, if candy were loaded with healthy fats and proteins, and sweetened only by dates, and made you feel AWESOME after you'd had a couple. Or six.
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Creamy goats milk dulce de leche (also known as cajeta), on the blog now! 

#caramel   #cajeta   #mexican   #dessert   #recipe  
Homemade Cajeta | Traditionally, cajeta is cooked for hours and hours in large copper pots, until the milk has reduced and the sugars have started to caramelize.
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Making coffee in my new Chemex. Sharing some words on the blog, plus a VIDEO. For your viewing pleasure, here: http://www.willcookforfriends.com/2016/03/monday-musings-morning-coffee.html

#morning   #coffee   #video   #chemex   #willcookforfriends  
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Have you heard of "Globe In"? They're a subscription box service I got to try last week, and I wrote a whole review of them on the blog. Every month, they send a package of small batch, handmade items to your door -- basically, they've made it their mission to put the globe in a box, and mail it to you (hence the name). Head over to the blog to read my thoughts on my first box (and don't miss the coupon code at the bottom of the post!)

http://www.willcookforfriends.com/2016/02/globe-in-ive-got-the-whole-world-in-my-mailbox.html

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Globe In (read on to get a coupon for 25% off your first box) | When something is made by hand, it feels different. Like just by holding that item, you have some thread of connection to the person who made it and their life, no matter how distant it may be from yours...
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How to skin hazelnuts... THE EASY WAY. It turns out, I've been doing it wrong for years! Get the tutorial, here: http://www.willcookforfriends.com/2016/01/how-to-skin-hazelnuts-easily.html 

#tutorial   #howto   #recipe   #hazelnuts   #diy   #nuts   #willcookforfriends  
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Very exciting news! I'm taking part in a collaborative cookbook called "The Casual Veggie" that will be released Oct. 19th -- I can't wait! More information at the link below!

#cookbook   #ecookbook   #thecasualveggie   #vegetables   #cooking   #food   #recipes   #bloggers  
I was a strange child -- in so many, many ways -- but in part because vegetables were one of my favorite things to eat...
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New post: Banana Oat Breakfast Muffins (vegan, gluten-free, and refined sugar free) Basically, a bowl of oatmeal in muffin from, only so much tastier! (Plus: 5 Tips on how to be more productive -- you know, because I'm a total expert and all.)

#banana   #oat   #breakfast   #muffins   #vegan   #glutenfree   #sugarfree   #recipe   #healthy   #baking   #5tips  
vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar free
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Food photographer, writer, blogger, and culinary adventurer.
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I am not a chef, or a cook, or even a line-cook for that matter... I'm just a normal girl who loves food and bringing people together around it. I'm an enthusiastic home-chef, with a passion for photography and a new-found love of culinary science. I am the writer, photographer, and creator of the site Will Cook For Friends, where I make and share recipes, tips, and techniques, along with the occasional bit of wisdom I've learnt along the way. Pull up a chair, and dig in!
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