To small victories | A Couple Cooks Podcast Episode 29

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Instead of kitchen failures, how about triumphs? This episode features Julia Turshen, cookbook author for the stars (like Gwyneth!). Julia’s now published her own solo act, Small Victories. about tips and tricks that build kitchen confidence. Julia’s victories come from a lifetime of experience spent in the kitchen. We talk about uber simple desserts, nachos for breakfast, and a health challenge that’s helped her focus on what matters.

Julia Turshen: Website | Instagram | Twitter


Small Victories

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Blood orange granita | A Couple Cooks via Small Victories

Simple black beans & scrambled tofu | A Couple Cooks via It’s All Good

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    Steph Peterson
    October 13, 2016 at 8:20 am

    This book looks great! I too am obsessed with cookbooks and would love to get to explore this one! Love your podcast and blog!

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    October 13, 2016 at 9:08 am

    Loved this episode!

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    Julie Mennel
    October 13, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Loved the podcast! I’m a fellow cookbook lover!

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    October 14, 2016 at 10:51 am

    I love that more cookbooks are going away from the strict recipe format and teaching readers how to use leftovers or transform stale bread into something great. Teaching techniques instead of a 10 step recipe. That’s more my kind of cooking!

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    October 14, 2016 at 10:58 am

    This books looks amazing! It would be great to meet you in person and to explore this awesome book! :) I’m always looking for new recipe inspiration and your blog never fails to deliver!

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    Genevieve Crum
    October 14, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Oh my goodness I was so excited about this cookbook and the concept behind it! I can’t believe you guys got to interview Julia :)

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    Audra Stam
    October 14, 2016 at 11:13 am

    I’ve been following Grace and Julia with their books that came out this year and both are so inspiring. I’m excited for “Small Victories,” because after a full day of work, coming home to cook is not something I really want to do. I believe this cookbook can help me by increasing my desire to be in the kitchen using Julia’s tips and quick healthy meals. My latest small victory in the kitchen has been buying new pots, pans, and kitchen towels! The new essentials are kicking my cooking butt into gear and I think Julia’s cookbook would be a fresh of breath air to my current stagnant repeated recipes! So awesome you were able to interview her!!

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    Jessica Ramey
    October 14, 2016 at 11:26 am

    I’ve been hearing such good things about this cookbook! My latest small victory in the kitchen is finally mastering how to make a good French press coffee.

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    October 14, 2016 at 11:43 am

    My small victory is having 2-3 go to breakfasts to keep me away from starting the day in an unhealthy way. It’s easier than I thought to do! This cookbook looks great!

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    October 14, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    My favorite small victory is when I keep my kitchen clean. I have a small apartment kitchen and when it’s organized and everything is put away, it makes cooking all the more fun! The cookbook shared looks awesome!

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    October 14, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    I’ve made the Morning Cake – it’s delicious!

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    October 14, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    I love the idea of a recipe as a guide that teaches the general principle of the recipe or technique and allows for a lot of experimentation and customization. Being gluten intolerant, it’s so helpful to have this kind of book – can’t wait to check it out.

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    October 14, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    My favorite small victory was learning the basics of making homemade stock from GP and Julia’s book, My Father’s Daughter. It was a game changer.

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    October 15, 2016 at 8:06 am

    I loved this episode! My favorite small victory lately in the kitchen is freezing the last of the garden’s herbs for use all winter long.

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    October 15, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    My favorite small victory in the kitchen lately is mastering my own lattes :)

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    October 16, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    A small victory I’ve had in the kitchen has been breaking out of my comfort zone. I’ve been trying things I never would have before! And it works well…most days!

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    October 19, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    I loved this episode! I really enjoy listening to your interviews because I get to learn about other people/cookbooks/projects/etc that I otherwise wouldn’t have heard about. My latest small victory is meal prepping my lunches to take to work! This makes my life so much easier in the morning PLUS I’m not faced with a boring, I-just-threw-this-together lunch the next day at work. :)

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    Suzanne Jackson
    October 20, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    I’ve gotten much better about meal planning (for better grocery shopping), but also having a few standard things on hand for those nights that just don’t go as planned. (Evening breakfast covers a multitude of sins!)

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    October 20, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    By the way, the link to the granita recipe seems to be broken. :-(

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      October 20, 2016 at 4:41 pm

      Good catch! It’s actually pending — we plan to post the granita on Halloween, so it will be broken for another week or so :) Check back on October 31!

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    October 20, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    Ah, yes, I do remember hearing that on the podcast. Thanks!

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    October 21, 2016 at 12:29 am

    Listening in Australia! Patiently waiting on the global give aways :)

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      October 21, 2016 at 2:36 pm

      Aww thanks for letting us know! We have to do this one of these days :)

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    David Krueger
    October 21, 2016 at 7:02 am

    The thing I love about you guys is that your recipes aren’t always so complex or in need of special ingredients. Special ingredients are my number one problem with most recipes. I don’t want to buy ingredients that I am going to use once and never look at agin. One of my small victories in my kitchen came to me about a year ago when I was in the early stages of my healthy eating lifestyle change. I found this great verde salsa recipe, although now I can’t remember where I found it. You basically cut tomatillos, sweet peppers, garlic, and half of a jalapeño. Toast them in the oven on a sprayed sheet pan and throw them in the food processor. The flavor is amazing that’s when I realized good food doesn’t have to be complex or take up three hour out of your day. That small victory has become a staple in my life and the life of my family! You both are amazing can’t wait for the next episode!

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    Jill Carrel
    October 21, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    My small victory …. being patient with teaching my kids to navigate the kitchen. Starting small with helping put together their school lunches —- all the way through my daughter recently helping chop veggies for chicken pot pie! It’s been a wonderful way to spend time with them while allowing them to grow and learn.

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    Elise Gahan
    October 21, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    One of my favorite small victories was when I first learned to poach an egg! It was magical and delicious to have that runny yolk goodness on toast.

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    Mindy Spyker
    October 21, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Loved this podcast! Small victories are THE secret to good cooking.

    My latest small victory: mastering a few healthy, easy blender sauces (thanks to A Couple Cooks, Sprouted Kitchen and many other fantastic food blogs) to bump up the notch of homemade tacos, eggs, burgers, salads, grain bowls, etc. So good! So easy.

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    October 24, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Small victories! What a great way to talk about kitchen sanctification. :) My small victory is a fresh pantry and refrigerator. We move in 11 days and I can’t wait to restock with slow, whole, foods.

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    Gail Lloyd
    November 2, 2016 at 1:09 am

    Although I’ve followed a couple cooks for a long time, this is the first podcast I’ve listened to. Loved it! You two are so inspiring and I love your approach to cooking. I guess my small victory has been to cook simply, learning to love food as it is, with not a long list of ingredients. And clean as I go. Blessings!

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