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Blackened Tofu and Kale over Saffron Rice

I’ve tried blackened tofu before, but found it rather dry and bland…so I’d thought perhaps you need to toast the spices first or something along those lines…turns out I was just using the wrong recipe.  I gave the blackened tofu from Appetite for Reduction last week, and was amazed at just how flavorful and delicious [...]

Pan-fried Kale and Brown Rice Pilaf

I can’t be the only person who sometimes gets cravings for that Near East brand rice pilaf mix…it’s definitely white rice, full of sodium…and with that little packet of orzo noodles and “spice mix” so darn…cravable.  This time around, instead of giving in to the powers of the box, I decided to make my own, [...]

Mushroom Spaghetti and Two more Tester Recipes

I’d been wanting to try the recipe for Mushroom Fettuccine in Appetite for Reduction for awhile, and even though I didn’t have the mushroom soup or mushrooms called for, I made due with what I DID have, and this came out SOOOO good, possibly my favorite pasta dish ever.  (And I realize I say that [...]

The post-computer disaster food round-up

First I went to Pittsburgh for a few days where I wasn’t cooking, so there was no food.  Then my computer started doing wacky things…bad wacky.  It got worse and worse until it hit rock-bottom, became completely useless, and I had to wipe everything out and reinstall the operating system.  So that’s my story and [...]

Garlicky Kale with Tahini Sauce and Tempeh Potato Hash

So the other night I decided to try out a VWAV recipe that I’d been eying…the garlicky kale and tahini sauce.  I am absolutely IN LOVE with this tahini sauce, and totally intend to make use of it with my next batch of falafel, but I just wasn’t as excited about the kale.  My kale [...]

New Year, New Luck, Black Eyed Peas

I’m not generally one for superstitions, but I do like making black-eyed peas on New Years, whether they actually give me good luck or not.  This one was a little different, because I tried to compile a recipe of all the things that I’m taking in as cold remedies, along with a couple more that [...]

Baked Potato and Greens Soup with Potato Croutons

I must say that I also made miso soup this week….but the picture is cloudy and unexciting, and miso soup is pretty standard…you don’t need a recipe.  It IS on the back of every box of miso or dashi.  Somewhat more photogenic, was the baked potato and greens soup with potato croutons from V’con.  This [...]

Braised Seitan with Brussels, Kale, and Sundried tomatoes

This smelled REALLY good. It looked delicious. The ingredient list was an all-star line-up. I was SURE I’d love it before I’d even begun to make it. It was just ok. It still smelled great on the plate, but the flavors weren’t quite as complex as they seemed. In addition to that, something is giving [...]

Kale Alfredo

I’m always trying to think up new ways to serve Kale, since it’s such an amazing vegetable, but can be a bit much cooked up and served alone. This one came to me a couple nights ago when I was having trouble falling asleep, and I was very happy with the result. although it didn’t [...]