year : 2015 13 results

Fast Fall Farro with Wild Mushrooms, Roasted Squash and Cranberries

Farro is one of those "ancient grains" now being touted in food circles. Funny, right? In case you havent tried it, it looks like barley but is chewier, with just the right heft to be a central part of a hearty Autumn menu. This “pilaf” cooks quickly in a pressure cooker and is best served with sautéed mushrooms and seasonal veggies. For those cooking without pressure (who does that?), refer to the note below.Incredibly, we found some mushrooms on a piece of firewood (fine oysters) ...

Hearty Vegan Fare: Stir Fried Bok Choy, Green Beans and Seitan

OK, we know.  This recipe could send gluten-phobes cowering to the corner.  But, sometimes we want something hearty, chewy and dense.  If you’re ok with gluten, seitan really scratches the itch.This seitan dish, loaded with green beans and bok choy, is a go-to at our house. Plus, it’s a tasty way to get in extra calcium from both the molasses used in the seitan broth and the bok choy, one of the high calcium veg foods. We’ve even added whole cashews or peanuts to the final dish, ...

Easy Seitan for Any Recipe

Seitan is one of those vegan foods you either love or hate. To the gluten-free among us, it's a real no-no. Personally, we think it sometimes gives the chewiness some recipes need. We've sliced for stir fries, chopped for "meaty" sauce and used on sandwiches.This basic version can easily be adapted depending upon your flavor preferences. Adding to Mexican food? Try cumin and chili powder. Indian? Add curry powder and coriander. Like a chicken-ish flavor? Use no-chicken seasoning.  You get ...

2 Genius Ways To Cook With Sherry

Inspired by a recent trip to Jerez, the gastronomic paradise of Spain’s Andalusia region, I have been looking for excuses to work sherry into my recipes. Sherry is one of the most versatile wines alongside many types of food: think hard to pair ingredients like artichokes and asparagus, as well as an ingredient in food and cocktails. With an incredible depth of flavor, sherry helps you achieve richness and heighten umami while its high acid refreshes the palate.The first recipe is a ...

Raise a Glass of Sherry to the USA

The USA has a lot to be proud of for its birthday this year. With the passing of equal rights for gay marriage nationwide we are showing signs of maturity for a country that’s only a wee 229 years old. Another great triumph and cause for patriotic celebration is the USA’s victory in the 2015 International Food & Wine Competition COPA JEREZ. For the first time ever, USA took home the big win led by Chef & Somm team of San Francisco’s 15 Romolo, Michelle Matthews and Ian J Adams ...

Raw Coconut Banana Creme Pie: Dangerously Delicious

Realistically, why ever make a dessert so decadent and delicious that its almost guilt-inducing?  Well, usually it's birthdays and holidays... and this creamy sweet treat is just the thing to celebrate with.  An indulgence made even more yummy knowing that it is rarely prepared, likely not even once a year.Raw vegan, yes, but rich too with luscious bananas, thick coconut cream and a nutty sweet crust. Fortunately, for all its tastiness, it's also very easy to put together.  Best ...

Weeding out the Nutrition (in Your Yard)

By now, you might have heard that many plants we call weeds are actually great sources of nutrition.  Dandelions are loaded with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium and Iron.  Chickweed has become the darling of farmer's markets, with its spinach-like flavor, and is also very high in nutrients.  There are lots more everywhere we look.A wonderful and highly recommended book  by Katrina Blair, The Wild Wisdom of Weeds, published in late 2014 describes in detail 13 "weeds" that grow around the ...

Sweet Potato Cakes and Mango Salsa: Healthy Happy Tasty

Sweet potatoes are an amazing food, loved by most primates everywhere.  Not only delicious but they're loaded with Vitamin A and a good amount of Vitamin C and magnesium plus the kind of fiber that promotes good digestion. These complex carbs are also low-glycemic, meaning diabetic friendly.While health isn't always the number one reason to eat (hey, there's nothing wrong with pure pleasure on occasion), when I find myself needing to promote healing, especially digestive health, I make ...

Violets are Blue… Food and Medicine for You

Violets are not the stuff of bouquets, with their delicate purple, blue and white tops and heart-shaped leaves barely peeking through the Spring landscape for just a few short weeks.  Yet, both the flowers and the leaves are not only edible, they are loaded with nutrients, including Vitamins A and C, as well as minerals.Make sure you collect from a spot that has not had any chemicals applied (such as lawn fertilizers, fungicides, etc.).  We add the flowers and leaves to our salads and ...

Spiced Injera Chips: Zesty, Crunchy and Addictive

While on a recent trip to Washington DC, I went a little injera-crazy and bought my very own large pack of spongy, soft, tangy injera. For those not already in the know, injera is the national bread of Ethiopia, made from teff flour that is mixed with water and allowed to ferment, like sourdough, which gives it it’s deliciously tangy flavor. It is used as the plate for food and as the utensil with which to eat the food. Most importantly, it is incredibly appealing in both taste and texture...