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Published: Wednesday, Jun. 26, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 4D

Sacramento Vegan samples Jack's Urban Eats

Generally speaking, the menu at Jack's Urban Eats isn't very vegan-friendly. Roast meats, chicken strips, side dishes loaded with butter or cheese – all the foods that make a vegan cringe.

So why do I find myself there at least once every few weeks? Because of their Create Your Salad menu option, that's why. This feature allows you to choose your greens (mixed greens, Romaine, or spinach), your salad dressing (although the only one that's vegan is the balsamic vinaigrette), and up to six different toppings. I ordered a half salad, which is only $1 cheaper than a full salad, but all you get for the extra dollar is additional greens, not more toppings.

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A Girl and Her Fork makes spicy forbidden rice salad

One of the things that keeps cooking interesting for me is stumbling upon new and unique ingredients. For example, one of my recent finds at my local grocery store was a mysterious-sounding rice by Lotus Foods called Forbidden Rice. The name was just so cool and the color so intriguing, I couldn't resist picking up a small bag to play around with. As it turned out, Forbidden Rice is an heirloom short-grain rice with a bit of a nutty taste, chewy texture and an intense inky purple hue (once it's cooked). This Thai black rice is pretty versatile and you could use it in many of the same dishes that you would use wild rice in.

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Munchie Musings has an offal epiphany

Often my best ideas come in the early morning. Every day I get up and search the Internet for food stories and it's usually during this time that my mind starts churning. That's when I first thought about creating the Sacramento Food Film Festival two years ago. It's also when I thought about creating Have an Offal Day back in March.

Many people aren't familiar with the term offal. Offal, pronounced similarly to the word "awful" but with more of an "oh" than an "aw," is all the "other" parts of an animal. The stuff that wouldn't be considered normal cuts of meat. Things like organs, tongues, ears, tails, feet, and skin. Cultures throughout the world eat these other parts and have for centuries.

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