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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, click on Aunt Nettie below:

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Dear Aunt Nettie,

I was wondering what basic spices one should buy that will help me to improve the taste of raw foods. I enjoy cooking my own food and experimenting with foods looking for tastes. What spices do you recommend that I buy?



Howdy there Thomas,

I'm mighty happy ta hear yer enjoyin' makin' yer own eats from such healthy fixin's!

Some o' my favorite ways ta perk up raw food is usin' fresh herbs like dill, mint leaves, basil leaves, garlic, chives, arugula, an' tarragon. Them herbs gives fresh veggies a mighty fine taste. Dried herbs is best when yer cookin' up a dish.

I'm jes rememberin' that I loves lemon an' lime juice too, an' sometimes I even squeeze in a tad o' orange juice. 'Nother thing you kin do is grate some lemon or lime rind inter yer fixin's, but not too much.

Fer them spices, why not try a pinch o' cayenne fer a li'l hot spice or cinnamon or nutmeg ta make yer supper nice 'n tasty.

Well, darlin' I hope them ideas will give yer vittles that speshul touch!

Yer ever lovin' Aunt Nettie

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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