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National Hot Tea Month

Posted by Alexa

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Here’s something you probably didn’t know: January is National Hot Tea Month. With as cold as it’s been in Boston the past couple of weeks, I have been drinking a lot of tea in celebration [or desperation].

My roommates and I are all big tea drinkers. In fact, our collection is a bit overwhelming– it exceeds the storage space we’ve designated for it, and some of the boxes have begun to form what I call The Leaning Tower of Tea-sa. Every time we reorganize our collection, someone always buys more…

In honor of National Hot Tea Month, I decided to flip through Mary Lou Heiss’s Green Tea. As a student living in a college dorm, I’m usually pretty lazy about my tea, meaning I pop a mug of water in our microwave to heat it up and steep it until I’ve decided I’m too impatient to wait any longer to drink it. But since...

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Challah-atcha! Chocolate Bread Pudding

Posted by Ellen

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

I knew that chocolate, bread pudding, and challah bread were all delectable old-fashioned treats separately, but I was completely unaware of the deliciousness that all of the above are when whipped up into one dessert. I found this lavishing bread pudding recipe–combining all of those ingredients into one decadent dessert–in Michael Natkin’s Herbivoracious. It’s one of those dishes that I simply couldn’t say “no” to when offered seconds…and thirds…and leftovers for breakfast the next morning. The smooth, melted bittersweet chocolate tossed over the custard-infused cubed challah bread was a combo simply too tempting to pass up.

The recipe calls for only seven simple ingredients and took only fifteen minutes to prepare. The other forty-five minutes were spent curled up on the couch with a good book while smelling the irresistible chocolatey bread pudding baking in the oven.

I did make a few adjustments to Natkin’s original recipe in order to work with...

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Warming Up With Chana Masala

Posted by Ellen

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

After a week of Boston’s soul-shivering January weather, I was craving a meal that would put the spring back in my semester. Being half-Indian, curry is definitely one of my comfort foods. I’ve always enjoyed the savory taste of chana masala in Indian restaurants, but I’d never made it on my own before. I found this recipe in Michael Natkin’s Herbivoracious, and it stuck out to me because of its vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free nature. I have a dairy allergy that generally means cooking with substitutes, but this dish is perfectly dairy-allergy friendly as is. Plus, as a vegan dish, it was so packed with flavor that I didn’t even notice the lack of meat.

What I love most about chana masala is its texture. I like seeing the ingredients in my meal and picking what goes on each spoonful. This recipe is rich in spices– it has such a curried aroma...

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Meet HCP’s Newest Interns!

Posted by Emily

Monday, January 27, 2014

I’d like to extend a warm welcome to our Spring 2014 interns, and take a quick post to introduce them as our newest HCP Dishes blog contributors! Join them here each week as they share their culinary creations, favorite foodie trends, wacky food holidays, local events, and other gastronomical thoughts!


Ellen is a sophomore at Emerson College, pursuing a BFA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing! Originally from Palm Beach, she has traded her fresh Florida seafood and citurs for New England lobster and apple orchards while she completes school in Boston. We can see that she still misses tropical cuisine though–one of her favorite dishes in the area is The Friendly Toast’s Cashew Coconut Pancakes :-) Once a vegan but now opting for just a dairy-free diet, she is loving HCP title Herbivoracious so far and all of the DF options it offers!


Alexa hails from Ohio, but we’re happy to have her here...

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