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Ruthie Cohen

Ruthie Cohen

Ruthie Cohen moved from New Jersey to Bloomington in November 2011. Every day she marvels at her good fortune to be living in this gem of a town. When she isn’t concocting recipes in her kitchen, you can find her teaching and practicing at Ekah Yoga and VibeYoga and Pilates studios; wielding a hammer or a paintbrush with the mid-week crew folks at Habitat for Humanity; or hanging out with future chess masters at the Crestmont Boys and Girls Club.

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Stirring the Pot: Acquired Tastes, The Mighty Mustard Seed

In this edition of Stirring the Pot, writer Ruthie Cohen experiences a bit of Dijon vu. While her mother always kept a tin of dry mustard in the cupboard, Ruthie didn’t acquire a taste for the “nasty condiment” until years later. Now it’s a part of her well-stocked kitchen. Click here to read the full story.

Stirring the Pot: Shaking Up the Repertoire

Ruthie Cohen says planning a menu can be like reaching for a favorite pair of jeans. Resorting to reliable recipes can make us forget dishes that are “too basic or too fussy or too old-fashioned.” But also delicious. Our Stirring the Pot columnist suggests shaking up the repertoire by resurrecting old faves. Click here to read the full story.

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Stirring the Pot: Phyllo, Confections, and Revelations

In this serving of Stirring the Pot, kitchen sage Ruthie Cohen ponders the wonders, and challenges, of life through the tissue-thin lens of phyllo. Working with the delicate dough is much like life, she says. And using it for Moroccan-inspired confections, a revelation. “Honor the dough,” Ruthie writes, “and you’re good to go.” Click here to read the full story.

Stirring the Pot: ‘Baking Is an Art That People Consume’

In her latest column, Stirring the Pot, Ruthie Cohen savors the confection of cinnamon rolls from home baker Elizabeth Bauder. With patience and care, these warm, gooey treats are surprisingly easy to make. Baking is a creative outlet, Elizabeth says. “It’s a way to love people.” Click here to read the full story.

Stirring the Pot: Ayurveda, a Holistic Feast

LP columnist Ruthie Cohen stirs up Ayurveda-inspired recipes from health educator Kristin Londergan. A 5,000-year-old holistic physical and spiritual practice, Ayurveda is meant to bring balance into one’s life. Ruthie says the food is “a feast for the eyes, a boon for your gut, a balm for your spirit.” Click here to read the full story.

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Stirring the Pot: Doula Do-Gooder, Leah Rose Hagen

If life hands you zucchinis, make zoocanoes! Leah Rose Hagen has followed her calling to share healthful food with others and to help mothers with newborns. The postpartum doula and founder of Nourish, an in-home chef and catering company, spoke to LP’s resident sage, Ruthie Cohen, about her life’s calling. Click here to read the full story.

Stirring the Pot: A Culinary Journey, Never Straying Far from Home

Embracing someone else’s culinary traditions doesn’t have to mean letting go of your own. In this Stirring the Pot, Ruthie Cohen delights in culinary journeys inspired by world cultures and in finding the sublime — like in a delicious sour cream pound cake or the earthy simplicity of tomato soup — closer to home. Click here to read the full story.

Stirring the Pot: Muffins ‘As You Wish’

At its most utilitarian, the humble muffin will relieve your hunger pangs. But in her column, Stirring the Pot, Ruthie Cohen shows how these versatile morsels can give texture and nuance to the everyday. Just like in life’s finest moments, adding a few ingredients can make the muffin bountiful and abundant. “As you wish!” Click here to read the full story.

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Stirring the Pot: A Carnivore’s Conundrum

When facing an unfamiliar situation, one has a choice: dread or delight. When Ruthie Cohen planned a dinner party for vegetarians and vegans, she had to forget about reliable main dishes, such as brisket or chicken. What to do? Whether planning dinner or mapping out a life, she says, choose delight. New roads beckon. Click here to read the full story and a few vegetarian-friendly recipes.

Two New Cookbooks Offer Local Flavors and Far-Flung Adventure

Ruthie Cohen takes a look at two new cookbooks by local authors: Earth Eats Real Food Green Living, by the producer of the WFIU radio show Earth Eats, Annie Corrigan, with Chef Daniel Orr; and Vegetarian Heartland: Recipes for Life’s Adventures, by food blogger Shelly Westerhausen. Ruthie says each book offers “carefully constructed recipes peppered with stories and reminiscences.” Click here for the full story and a few recipes.

Stirring the Pot: Food Is a Language That Teaches Diversity

Carissa Marks is passionate about food justice. Growing up food insecure in Pennsylvania, she now works with IU Biology Outreach to advocate for sustainable and healthful food systems. One of her projects was an international food festival at Templeton Elementary School. Stirring the Post columnist Ruthie Cohen attended — and learned that “food is language.” Click here to read the full story.

Stirring the Pot: Guiltless and Often Tastier Shortcuts

Sometimes, taking a shortcut will reveal something new and wonderful; sometimes it just gets the job done faster. In the kitchen, as Ruthie Cohen has discovered several times, something as simple as a jar of salsa could be your eureka moment. Click here to read the full story.