Special (Useful & Informative) Stuff ♥ from A Veggie Venture

A Collection of Special (Useful Informative) Stuff from A Veggie Venture
It's easy to find exactly the right vegetable recipe here at A Veggie Venture, my online collection of seasonal vegetable recipes. Most visitors start with the Alphabet of Vegetables or Vegetable Recipes by Course.

But A Veggie Venture is more than vegetable recipes! It's also packed with vegetable-inspired extras. So I've created this collection of "Special Stuff" – writing and resources that I hope readers find helpful and informative now that they're in one place and easy to find.

Click away, browse around. It's the new "garden" of information for vegetable lovers!

PS Are you looking for something specific? Not finding what you'd hoped to find? Let me help! Just leave a quick note in the comments below or via recipes@kitchen-parade.com. ~Alanna

About A Veggie Venture

What Is A Veggie Venture?
The Back Story

Master Recipes for Vegetables

Kitchen Parade recipes
Never-the-Same-Twice Vegetable Frittata
Easy Make-Ahead Breakfast Casserole
How to Make Homemade Vegetable Soup
Quick 'n' Easy Raw Salad
Roasted Veggie Enchilada Casserole
Stir-Fried Shrimp with Asparagus

A Veggie Venture
2014 Favorite Seasonal Vegetable Stews: 10 Tips & 10 Recipes
2013 How to Make a Crustless Quiche with Vegetables
2012 How to Roast Vegetables: 15 Tips & A Master Recipe

Best Recipes

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Favorite Vegetable Recipes

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2015 Best Everyday Vegetable Recipes of 2015
2014 Best Vegetable Recipes of 2014
2013 Best Vegetable Recipes of 2013
2012 Best Vegetable Recipes of 2012
2011 Best Vegetable Recipes of 2011
2010 Best Vegetable Recipes of 2010

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2010 Twelve Favorite TOMATO Recipes
2010 My Favorite SWEET POTATO Recipes
2011 My Favorite WINTER SQUASH Recipes
2011 Six Years of Favorite ASPARAGUS Recipes
2011 Falling In Love with GREEN BEANS: Favorite Recipes
2011 My Favorite PUMPKIN Recipes

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2010 Favorite Recipes for Thanksgiving's TOP TWELVE Vegetables
2010 VEGETARIAN Entrée Recipes for Thanksgiving

Vegetables 101

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2018 What Are Crudites? How to Create a Colorful Instagram-Friendly Platter of Raw Vegetables
2015 What Are Root Vegetables?
2014 What Is a Tomatillo?
2012 What Are Bitter Greens?
2011 Vegetables 101: What Is Jicama?

Make It Pretty! Plating Ideas

Pretty Ways to Serve Summer's Best Tomatoes

Special Cooking Methods for Vegetables

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Vegetables on the Grill
Microwave Recipes for Vegetables
Slow Cooker Recipes for Vegetables

You Have One, Now Use It!

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Benriner / Mandoline Recipes
Stovetop Smoker Recipes for Vegetables

How-to-Save-Money-on-Groceries Stuff

Kitchen Parade
How to Save Money on Groceries
How & Why I Shop at Amazon for Everyday Household Needs

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2011 How to Shop at a Farmers Market: Thoughts & Tips from a Veteran Shopper
2011 The Economics of Bags of Coleslaw
2008 Never Buy Salad Dressing Again

Video How-To's

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2014 How to Make Lefse
2014 Asparagus & Woody Ends

Step-by-Step Photos

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2014 Asparagus & Woody Ends
2014 How To Steam Broccoli
2011 How to Cut Corn Off the Cob, Keeping All Ten Fingers, Capturing Every Delicious Kernel and Every Drop of Sweet Corn "Milk"
2010 How to Cut Brussels Sprouts, with Photos & Recipe Suggestions
2010 My Favorite Way to Roast Beets
2010 For Green Bean Casserole, Just Say NO! to Canned Green Beans & Mushroom Soup
2009 Homemade Swedish Potato Sausage
2009 How to Cut, Peel & Cube a Butternut Squash and Keep All Ten Fingers

Useful How-To Stuff

Kitchen Parade
Why Dried Beans Won't Cook

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2016 How to Create "Thomas the Tank Engine" Trains from Vegetables
2015 How to Create a Thanksgiving "Turkey" from Vegetables
2015 How to Create a "Christmas Tree" from Vegetables
2015 How to Cook Dried Chickpeas Especially for Hummus aka "Jerusalem Chickpeas"
2015 Pretty Ways to Serve Summer's Best Tomatoes
2013 How to Cook Eggs in a Coffee Cup in the Microwave
2011 How to Roast a Whole Butternut Squash
2010 How to Roast Potatoes to Perfection
2009 How to Roast Garlic
2008 How to Cook Artichokes in the Microwave
2007 How to Roast a Whole Pumpkin
2006 How to Make Salad Dressing
2006 How to Roast Peppers in the Oven

Healthy-Thinking Stuff

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2009 Oatmeal: How and Why to Cook Oatmeal Every day

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2017 Blue Apron: How It Works for Someone Who Wants Real Food But Doesn’t Like to Cook
2011 How to Eat More Vegetables
2010 Frozen Sweet Potato Fries: Are They Worth the Price? the Calories?
2007 Four Ways to Transform Vegetables from the Every Day to the Special

Nutrition Stuff

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2008 Vegetable Nutrition Data
2008 Weight Watchers Points for Vegetables
2008 How Many Carbs Are in Vegetables
2008 High Fiber & Low Fiber Vegetables

Growing Stuff

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2012 The Miracle of Squash Blossoms
2008 Never Buy Fresh Herbs Again
2007 The How & Why Guide to Growing Garlic At Home

Preserving Stuff

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2011 DIY Dried Herbs (How to Dry Fresh Herbs in the Microwave)
2008 How to Keep Vegetables Fresh Longer
2007 How to Freeze Corn
2006 Practical Home Canning Tips

Safety Stuff

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2007 How to Use a Japanese Mandoline (Benriner)

More Thought Leadership from the 'Veggie Evangelist'

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2009 In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan (Book Review)
2008 Vegetables for Children
2008 Ten Best Foods We're Not Eating
2006 How Not to Buy Acorn Squash (Guest Essay)
2006 Eating Well: The Search for Antioxidant-Rich Vegetables

Blogging Stuff

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2011 Because Life Is Fragile
2007 My Favorite Food Blogs
2006 Readers Make My Day
2006 Food Blogging in the Real World

St. Louis Stuff

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2008 Tonight in One Small Town Called Kirkwood
2007 St. Louis Food Gifts

Personal Stuff

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2016 The Man With the Hands? ♥ ♥ ♥ We’re Married!
2015 Ten Things I Love About Our New Kitchen
2008 Book Club Books - My Reading Group's Book List
2007 Foodie Fight: A Trivia Game for Food Lovers
2006 Five Things to Eat Before You Die
2006 And the River Was Like Glass

Technique & Tool Stuff

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2008 Tool Tip: Asparagus Steamer
2005 Technique Tip: Trimming Broccoli Aggressively
2005 Storage Tip: Celery
2005 Tool Tip: Immersion Blender
2005 Tool Tip: Microplane
2005 Tool Tip: Basil Keeper
2005 Tool Tip: Citrus Press
2005 Tool Tip: Avocado Knife (and Its Replacement)

A Veggie Venture is home of "veggie evangelist" Alanna Kellogg and the
famous asparagus-to-zucchini Alphabet of Vegetables.

© Copyright Kitchen Parade 2005 – 2018

Alanna Kellogg
Alanna Kellogg

A Veggie Venture is home of "veggie evangelist" Alanna Kellogg and the famous asparagus-to-zucchini Alphabet of Vegetables.


  1. So this is the kitchen parade's "drunk" junk drawer ... somehow I think it deserves a more lofty name ;-)

  2. Dear Alanna, I enjoy reading all of your posts and appreciate all the information, tips, advice and recipes. Your humour and witty commentary add to the pleasure. Thank you for your dedication, time, energy and efforts to inform and educate us all. Finding your website has been such a benefit to me and my family. Gratefully, Irene Murray

  3. My gosh - Irene, thank you so much for taking the time to write. You've made my day, heavens, you might have made my YEAR! I

  4. Drunk drawer?! That is hilarious!

  5. AnonymousJuly 08, 2012

    Dear Alanna,
    What vegetables have the most SOLUBLE fiber? I'm not much of a cooker, and while i try to eat as much raw fruits veggies and minimally-processed foods as i can, i still find myself with bouts of constipation. Soluble fiber, i understand, is more benefial for constipation than insoluble fiber. Do you have a list of high Soluble fiber vegetables Alanna?
    Thank you

  6. Anonymous ~ Sorry, no, I don't have that information available, what I work from is the USDA nutrition database and it doesn't provide that information. Have you tried a morning bowl of oatmeal? Just 1/4 cup, cooked, works for me, see Oatmeal: How & Why to Cook It Every Day.

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