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Recipes

Rejuvelac and Lime Sour Cream

Rejuvelac and Lime Sour Cream

Awhile back I made some homemade rejuvelac. This isn’t an entirely new concept for me; we make it all the time at the raw restaurant where I (sometimes) work. What is rejuvelac? you might be asking. It is a health tonic and fabulous fermented vegan dairy addition made from soaking sprouted grains in water. Traditionally, [...]


Marmalade and Cake!

Marmalade and Cake!

Oh, and soup! A spicy beet soup I made in the pressure cooker, then pureed and served with local pea shoots and some simple roasted tofu. It was a lovely, light spring dinner. Also, because I become a little bit crazy before going on a big trip (we’re soon headed to Arizona for a week [...]


Basil-Almond Quinoa

Basil-Almond Quinoa

For some reason, we haven’t been making quinoa as much as we used to. Until this week, that is. Armed with my trusty (and rather large) pressure cooker, no bean nor grain can escape me! I’ve gotten into the habit of cooking large quantities of a certain bean or brown rice or whatnot, and using [...]


VeganMoFoV [10]: Weekend Salad

VeganMoFoV [10]: Weekend Salad

This weekend we went on a little birdwatching trip.  Knowing we’d be in an unfamiliar town with less-than-ideal food options, we packed a bunch of food to eat over a couple days (luckily our motel room had a fridge).  One of them was this salad, which continues my kale obsession with the addition of roasted, [...]


VeganMoFoV [9]: Roasted Radishes

VeganMoFoV [9]: Roasted Radishes

My new favorite thing is roasted or sauteed radishes.  It’s like the tastiest potato you ever had, but with a firmer texture and a more delicious flavor!  If the “bite” of a raw radish is too much for you, fear not, for this method really tames the spice, too. It’s the kind of delight that [...]


VeganMoFoV [6]: Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

VeganMoFoV [6]: Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

Last night I asked for a sip of my lady’s orange juice before having a wee glass of vanilla brazil nut milk.  Ooh-wee!  It was a creamy citrusy sensation when those two tastes came together, and I went to bed knowing that this morning I would wake up and make myself an orange creamsicle smoothie [...]


VeganMoFoV [4]: Whole-Grain Coconut Milk Scones

VeganMoFoV [4]: Whole-Grain Coconut Milk Scones

So… what’s your experience with vegan scones?  Though I’ve had a few tasty ones in my life, both places I’ve worked most recently sold vegan scones that I would never pay money for.  Dry and flavorless or dense and veering on gummy are some of the terms I’d use to describe them.  I got put [...]


Summer Grain Salad with Greens and Mustard-Wine Dressing

Summer Grain Salad with Greens and Mustard-Wine Dressing

Yesterday was the first night I felt okay about turning on the stove.  Three days of triple digits due to the combination of heat and humidity — no thanks!  This is one of the major reasons why I moved away from Florida, but also miss California dry desert heat, where you can seek solace in [...]


Summer and SOS Challenge Part One

Summer and SOS Challenge Part One

Two months ago in Minneapolis, there was snow on the ground; a week ago highs were in the 50s.  Today, it got to 102F, and there was no way I was going to use even my toaster oven for dinner.  Even as I type right now, near 10pm, it’s still 96F outside and I’m blogging [...]


Tart Green Smoothie and a Sneak Peek

Tart Green Smoothie and a Sneak Peek

So when I mentioned being more excited about blogging now that spring is arriving, I wasn’t lying…it’s just that spring decided to depart us for winter again, apparently.  April is a trying month in Minneapolis.  Grr.  At least I’ve seen new grasses growing before they’re about to get covered up with some snow again tonight. [...]


Fala-violi

Fala-violi

The other night while making a black bean and rice bowl that I was going to top with some chopped radishes (Mexican food+radishes=heaven, a combo I learned while testing for Terry Romero), I got a bit peckish and decided to make myself some little radish sandwiches with tahini.  As in, two radish slices surrounding a [...]


Butter Lettuce Pesto

Butter Lettuce Pesto

Now, call me crazy, but I think it’s crazy that people would even think about making pesto without garlic (believe me, I’ve seen recipes).  And some cheese-eaters (not these ones, necessarily) find it crazy that vegans will still call their dairy-free deliciousness “pesto.”  So how do you feel about pesto made without a shred of [...]


Golden Curry Sauce

Golden Curry Sauce

Sometimes, when the city you live in has declared eight snow emergencies before the typically snowiest month even shows up (March), you need to take a vacation.  In your kitchen.  I stopped by one of the countless Asian groceries on Eat Street on my way home from work today intending just to buy some coconuts, [...]


Sweet Pea and Mushroom Soup

Sweet Pea and Mushroom Soup

Fall and winter have always been soup-making seasons to me (although I do a fair amount of soup making in spring and summer, too).  This soup, a similar version of which was made at our secret restaurant a few weeks ago, was begging to be made again.  It’s a recipe by way of my cohost’s [...]


After Europe, Inspired by Greens

After Europe, Inspired by Greens

I just got home yesterday from a rather whirlwind tag-along-with-my-girlfriend’s-band trip to Amsterdam, Antwerp, Arnhem, Berlin, and Krakow.  It took me two extra days to get home because of the weather stuff that’s been going on, but luckily in Krakow I was put up in a hotel room…once I got to the U.S. the atmosphere [...]


Hush-Hush: 5 Courses

Hush-Hush: 5 Courses

I’ve posted about another secret restaurant before; this weekend we had our fourth since beginning almost a year ago.  So many in attendance asked me to blog about the food that I’m doing it before I forget what I made! Our amazing designer friend created a beautiful dining area for 24; three tables of 8, [...]


SOS Kitchen Challenge: Coconut-Red Curry Roasted Vegetables

SOS Kitchen Challenge: Coconut-Red Curry Roasted Vegetables

Allow me to dig myself out from my winter hermitage (snow! holidays! birthday!) with my contribution to Kim and Ricki’s latest SOS Kitchen Challenge featuring coconut oil.  I love me some coconut oil, though admittedly I use it mainly for sweet purposes – Coconut Lime Cupcakes or a Green Cocolada Smoothie, for example. Since starting [...]


Holiday Saffron & Citrus Rice Pudding

Holiday Saffron & Citrus Rice Pudding

I’m a sucker for puddings, and when I started thinking about a traditional Swedish dessert made from whipped cream and orange slices folded into cinnamon-y leftover rice pudding, I thought about the ways I could change it to not just veganize it, but make it a little bit of my own.  Enter our good friend [...]


Spicy Butternut Sunchoke Soup

Spicy Butternut Sunchoke Soup

Again, I apologize for the delay in posting.  Technical issues this time; I’m having a really frustrating time uploading photos for some reason and haven’t gotten to the bottom of it quite yet.  But before I forgot, I wanted to share this soup recipe, which I made for Thanksgiving and recently remade with a couple [...]


Speedy Cashew Milk

Speedy Cashew Milk

Ugh.  Time is slipping away from me.  As much as I wanted to blog in the final days of VeganMoFo, I was having a terrible time finding some me-time to photograph, edit, and write.  Thus I have a fair amount stored up that likely will be coming at you MoFo-style this month, because December really [...]


VeganMoFo: Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

VeganMoFo: Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

This post crosses into two territories, being both for VeganMoFo and for Kim and Ricki’s SOS Kitchen Challenge (their theme this month being sweet potatoes!).  I go with the North American definition of sweet potatoes, that is confused by and conflates several varieties of tasty root vegetables, for I actually used a few garnet yams [...]


VeganMoFo: Holiday Busy

VeganMoFo: Holiday Busy

November, it seems, is not a great month for me to try posting more regularly.  I really should be in bed by now, because I am working at 2am (!) this week to bake enough pies for the masses at the co-op.  I was hoping to share a recipe for roasted brussels sprouts with cranberries [...]


VeganMoFo: SuperGreen Cranberry Orange Salad

VeganMoFo: SuperGreen Cranberry Orange Salad

I’ve made this salad a couple of times now, and it is So. Good.  Honestly.  It’s full of delicious greenery in the form of kale, micro greens, and avocado (not really a “green” as such, but it goes along with the color theme), tangy and tart with oranges and cranberries, and has just enough onion [...]


VeganMoFo IV: Peach Rooibos Goji Flurry

VeganMoFo IV: Peach Rooibos Goji Flurry

Sorry for the unintended delay in posting there… life and work and other things prevented me from blogging. I’ve got a little different direction today, an adaptation of an Ani Phyo recipe.  This “flurry” brings together two favorites for me: Ani Phyo (who has the loveliest simple raw recipes) and my memories of a peach [...]