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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, [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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: 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 [...]


VeganMoFo IV: Raw Persimmon Coconut Tarts

VeganMoFo IV: Raw Persimmon Coconut Tarts

You’d think with all this persimmon madness, I’d have had a love affair with it since the day I was born.  Well, maybe not quite that much.  But, while I am falling in love with this fruit, we only just met a couple years ago.  Only available for a short time of the year, I [...]


VeganMoFo: Zesty Lemon Quinoa with Chickpeas and Tomato

VeganMoFo: Zesty Lemon Quinoa with Chickpeas and Tomato

I was up north this weekend celebrating a special birthday with my ladyfriend, lacking internet access and even cell phone reception (but it was a nice little break from technology), hence my little break from MoFo.  My thumb is still healing and still painful at times, but much better than a couple days ago!  Thanks [...]


VeganMoFo: Raw Persimmon-Apple Crisp

VeganMoFo: Raw Persimmon-Apple Crisp

I admit to a certain satisfaction in doing most things with my hands.  Measuring cake ingredients and finally stirring them together with a silicone spatula before pouring them into pans.  Squeezing oranges with a citrus press.  Making thin slices of apples and persimmon with my mandoline.  Except when I get overeager in my guard-less slicing [...]


VeganMoFo IV: Creamy Pepita Cilantro Dressing

VeganMoFo IV: Creamy Pepita Cilantro Dressing

Hot dang!  I made it into the first VeganMoFo roundup!  And even without pictures (since I only linked you to the post from last year).  Sadly, I have no recent pictures today either, because I was working, voting, working out, and am in the midst of trying to rearrange my entire kitchen so we have [...]


VeganMoFo IV: Maple-Glazed Pumpkin Cornbread

VeganMoFo IV: Maple-Glazed Pumpkin Cornbread

Welcome to VeganMoFo IV!  I’m a realistic lady and know I won’t be posting everyday (especially since I’ll be up north in a cabin this weekend), but I’m going to try my best to post three or four times a week.  This year I hope to revisit old recipes that have been lost to domain [...]


GF Pumpkin Fig Bars with Vanilla Coco-Nut Icing

GF Pumpkin Fig Bars with Vanilla Coco-Nut Icing

We’ve just finished up some ultra-baking at work lately because of the Co-op’s annual member meeting, which has included making a lot of dessert bars.  When you have to feed 800 people, cutting up a big pan of brownies is a lot easier than most things in the baking world.  At home, I don’t bake [...]


Marinated Kale Salad

Marinated Kale Salad

Before I talk about kale, I want to talk about why this kale salad happened in the first place, or why anything I make has ever been made.  If you have poked around this site a bit or read it for awhile, you might remember that I owe my love of food and cooking to [...]


Heirloom Tomato, Avocado and Basil Salad

Heirloom Tomato, Avocado and Basil Salad

I hesitate posting a recipe like this, because it seems so obvious, and to tell the truth, the measurements are pretty loose and might not totally qualify as a recipe.  But I’m doing it anyway, since sometimes we just need a recipe to make something as simple as an heirloom tomato salad. Tomatoes are magical [...]