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Spice of Life

Alamelu Vairavan, a Whitefish Bay resident, is an author and culinary instructor. Alamelu has a passion for educating the public about the use of spices and legumes in preparing healthy and tasty foods. She is also interested in educating the public about the growing research that points to the enormous health benefits of spices in preventing many diseases. Her mission is to enrich people's culinary experience and to inspire them to discover that cooking and sharing healthful foods can be an especially joyful experience.

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Load Up on Flavored Vegetable Dishes

Last month I went to a dinner banquet at a big hotel. One third of the people who attended the banquet had asked for a vegetarian meal. The cost of a vegetarian plate was $45.00!  So many were hungry and were eagerly waiting for their meal to be served. Guess what? The vegetarians were served boiled and overcooked vegetables, placed one on top of another along with a hunk of cheese. That’s it. I was thinking, my goodness with so many ways to cook vegetables deliciously, why serve the vegetables in such an unappetizing manner? Even a baked potato with some veggies and melted cheese on top would have been great.

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