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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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You Are Worth Nourishing


Do you feel too tired to cook after work?

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Cooking Magic in WFB Library

The Whitefish Bay library means a lot to me and my family. When my children were growing up in Whitefish Bay, we used the library often. When the library was remodeled and opened a few years ago, my cookbook co-author Dr. Patricia Marquardt and I were invited to be featured authors during the opening ceremony. We felt honored and we met many residents from the community. We cooked a variety of foods prepared from our cook book for tasting. It was a memorable afternoon.

As the reader may know from my previous blogs, I am an author and a culinary instructor with a passion to help people discover the joy of cooking and eating healthful foods. Through my classes and other culinary presentations, I have found that Milwaukeeans, including children, are eager to learn about spices and legumes and to enjoy cooking with a variety of vegetables. Many students in my classes have indicated that even their children find vegetables and flavored rice dishes irresistible when cooked with spices and legumes. The message that I am communicating is that legumes (beans, peas and lentils) and spices can significantly enhance the appeal of a broad variety of foods.  Spices are flavor enhancers and have intrinsic health benefits. Legumes are known to be nutritional power houses loaded with protein and fiber.  With obesity and diabetes on the rise, discovering new ways to prepare and enjoy healthful foods is increasingly important.   

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