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Broccoli-Corn Salad and Mediteranean Pizza

When you’ve got some beautifully colored veggies and it’s a hot summer day, cooking things seems almost criminal, and when I hit on the idea for a quick broccoli-corn salad, I knew it was paydirt.  This was delish (as Rachael Ray would say) and quick and easy.  I did blanch the broccoli a bit…but shhhh!  [...]

Indian Loaf and Spinach

I had been craving Indian flavors, and although the recipe I was looking at called for a quinoa loaf with absolutely nothing Indian about it, I felt I could take it in an India direction, and that’s exactly what I did…although it’s pretty darn spicy, so I wouldn’t recommend eating without a healthy dollop of [...]

Pecan Brussels

I think there should be a medical name for my addiction to oven-roasted brussels sprouts.  I can literally go through a pound and a half of these by myself, the same way some people go through a bag of  potato chips.  (Not me, I don’t particularly like potato chips).  I think it’s something about the [...]

Cucumber-Tomato Salad, Pot Roast Seitan, Cornbread, and Green Bean Pepper Salad

With the exception of the quick salad I whipped up, all of these recipes came from the Passionate Vegetarian, a cookbook that is seriously undervalued in my kitchen, considering how much it has to offer.  I wasn’t a huge fan of the green beans, which ended up tasting very “mustardy” but I did like the [...]

Vegetable Millet

I wanted a grain that was a bit off the beaten-track the other day (unlike pasta and rice, which I see all the time) and unearthed about a cup of millet in my pantry.  I googled the liquid to millet ratio (it’s 2 to 1 in case you were wondering) and simply sauteed whatever veggies [...]

First Meal Back: Asparagus with Tomato Relish

Well for better or worse..I’m back from the amazing program in California.  I was pretty concerned about having someone else cook for me an entire month, but I needn’t have worried…Miguel (the head cook there) is AMAZING and makes more than enough food options at every meal to please everyone.  I did miss complex carbs [...]

Tomato-Scape Pasta

It’s finally scape season…and I’ve been waiting for week.  I mean literally…WEEKS.  It may not sound long, but to me it feels like forever, and when I got to the farmer’s market this week and was literally surrounded by the scapes, I was in HEAVEN.  When I picked up 12 for a dollar, I was [...]

Simple Balsamic Pasta with Roast Veggies

There are two veggies I find go really well with balsamic vinegar….asparagus, and mushrooms.  I don’t normally make them together, but this time around, I figured, hey, why not?  I was also craving carbs, so balsamic-oven baked veggies over pasta it was for dinner. Ingredients 1 bunch asparagus, bottoms removed and cut into thirds Approx [...]

MooShoo Pancakes and Swiss Chard Risotto

Exhibit 1 that I have too much free time on my hands…I made myself risotto…for lunch.  It was really darn good, but I’m going to talk a bit about the mooshoo pancakes I made a couple days ago first.  This is the recipe from Madhur Jaffrey’s World Vegetarian, although she calls them “Chinese stuffed pancakes”.  [...]

Hot Dog n’ Kraut Sandwiches and Falafel Pasta

I’ve been eating strange food lately…normal (or fairly normal) ingredients, but in pretty abnormal combos.  I’m not normally a dogs and kraut person at all, but I was having a craving earlier this week, and once I did it…I had to have it twice more in three days. To assemble my little piece de resistance [...]