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Ask Aunt Nettie

We're delighted to share our Aunt Nettie with you. She's agreed to answer any questions you might ask about vegetarian food, its preparation, and even clean-up tips. But we have to prepare you. She just might want to come right over to your house and help you fix dinner.

To send any questions to Ask Aunt Nettie, .

Dear Aunt Nettie,

After dinner my boyfriend, Jeff, and I like to sit down in our giant lounger, drink a cup of herbal tea, and talk about stuff. But lately he's bored with herbal tea, even though I keep trying new kinds. I sure would like a recipe for something different.

Desperately yours,


Howdy there, Kelly,

Yer such a dear fer wantin' ta please yer man. Now, don't you fret none, darlin', cause I surely do have jes the right thing fer relaxin' an' sippin'. An' the nice thing is there's no fussin' with this recipe. You kin put a mighty fine cup in Jeff's hand in no time a-tall.

Yer ever lovin' Aunt Nettie


      2 1/2 C. ((600 ml) soymilk
      2 T. peeled and finely minced fresh gingerroot
      1/2 t. finely minced lemon zest
      2 T. maple syrup

      Dash nutmeg

    1. Combine soymilk, ginger, lemon zest, and maple syrup in a 2-quart saucepan. Warm, uncovered, over medium heat until steamy hot, about 10 to 15 minutes. Watch carefully to prevent boil-over.
    2. Strain through a tea strainer into 2 mugs. Sprinkle a dash of nutmeg into each mug and enjoy. Serves 2.

    If You Haven't Met Aunt Nettie. . .

    Our Aunt Nettie has a head like a hard disk. It's filled with gigabytes of information about food and cooking. And she's just itchin' to share her learnin' with city folk who live in mortal fear of the stovetop.

    Aunt Nettie grew up on the farm. She did not eat out of a can or reach into the freezer. There was no microwave to pop her food into. Everything she made was from scratch. All the food she ate was natural, without pesticides. It was grown right there on the family farm, and she had to cook to survive. At eighty-three years young she still leaps and bounds around the kitchen and can shake, rattle, and roll those pots and pans with the best of them.

    Nowadays, Aunt Nettie just shakes her head and complains, "Nobody cooks anymore. They have no idea about puttin' a meal together." She's on a mission. She wants to help those younguns eat better so they can grow up healthy like her own eight kids.

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