Dora Lane

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Dora is a no-nonsense opinion-driven woman on the beat, filled with ideas, idealism and a healthy dose of reality.

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Old Country Herb Braised Green Beans

When I was a girl, there was such a thing as the Old Country – the place where the world still operated with magic and must.  Small old men with thick accents knew languages that had intensity, a depth of experience that ordinary talking could never meet. The ancient women’s eyes smiled with secret ways.  Communities felt close and happy even without modern luxuries.While the world has shrunk, these are Old Country beans.  Cooked slowly over the lowest flame (ok, it’s a ...

Creamy Rutabaga Pie with Cauliflower, Peas and Tempeh Bacon – Vegan, Gluten-Free and Even Keto

Stuck at home, we received a box of vegetables from a friend and it included 5 rutabagas. Now this vegetable isn't high on people's list and frankly, all we could think of was roasted rutabaga. Sure it's tasty but how many times can we eat the same thing? Even though rutabagas are a great storage veggie, there's a boredom limit and it was reached. Then I recalled seeing rutabaga being used for veggie noodles, sliced thin with a vegetable peeler or mandoline, and boiled for three ...

Crusty Artisan Bread -Tweaking Jim Lahey’s Method

Artisan bread in minutes was a thing years ago, creating a sensation and bringing fresh-baked bread to ordinary home cooks who didn't have all day. Then, Jim Lahey, the owner of NYC Sullivan Street Bakery, made things even easier, with the technique of using a covered dutch oven to create a crispy crust in an ordinary home oven. This version tweaks his basic recipe a bit. I add a little rye (or whole wheat) flour so the flavor isn't so white and omit several steps (like the ...

Savory Red Lentil and Garbanzo Cakes

In the mood for something tasty yet unusual?  Staring at those pantry items and stumped about what to make? Somewhat like a falafel (but not fried), these delicious patties are inexpensive to prepare and form the basis for a quick lunch or an elegant dinner.  We love the fact that they use two core food storage ingredients -- garbanzos and lentils -- too.Try the cakes served over a light and spicy tomato chutney or with some cilantro, lemon and sesame almond pesto.  Once ...

Vegan Lentil Walnut Pate: Perfect Party Food

This is the perfect party food plus it's good for you!Did you know that walnuts, which even look like little brains, are really good for your brain function?  Yep, true.  The Omega-3 fatty acids, among other nutrients, support good brain health and with dementia a growing public health threat, we need all the healthy brains we can get.This walnut-lentil pate, which even meat lovers will praise, makes brain food a delicious treat all year-round and is yet another recipe that makes use of ...

Nostalgic Vegan Chestnut Mushroom Stuffing

With Thanksgiving almost here, it's time to think about those traditional foods that say holiday celebration. Even without a turkey, stuffing (aka dressing) is one of our staples, along with cranberry sauce, yams, greens, gravy and pies. Make Thanksgiving Great (Again).This one, from the family meal of the 1960s, is full of mushrooms, chestnuts and other delicious flavors which, when eaten with some homemade cranberry sauce, creates nostalgia on the plate.   While my ancestors origina...

Humble Pie Crust: Easy, Flaky and Animal-Free

Elsewhere we've talked about pie, like our popular sweet potato pie recipe. With the dark days of Winter now here, a warm pie or turnover can really be satisfying. Delicious and dairy free, still some fretted about the pie crust, butter-filled and all.  Well, pie experts agree: the flakiest tender crusts do not need butter.We've used this easy recipe for everything from potato curry "pasties" to apple cranberry, sweet potato and more. Yes, rolling out dough takes a little practice but ...

Vegan Sofritas, Chipotle-Style

I must’ve been Mexican in my last life because I could happily eat Mexican food every day.  When the Chipotle chain came out with their vegan sofritas, which are basically chopped bits of organic tofu in a saucy base, I changed my stance on what fast food could offer.I still prefer homemade and in case you do, try this version of delicious sofritas.Still, there’s nothing like home-cooked food for so many reasons. Cooking from scratch lets you use the freshest ingredients in the ...

Crunchy Asparagus Miso Soba Noodle Salad

This delicious noodle salad uses raw asparagus and other raw veggies to create a satisfying and light salad that screams SPRING!  Best served cold or at room temperature, it's  a perfect make-ahead meal for guests or even tomorrow's lunch.Here we use purple asparagus, green onions, carrots and red peppers but feel free to substitute your favorites.  If our peas were ready, we'd add them too but it's just been too much crazy weather to make the timing happen.Tastes great the next ...

The Best Vegan Quiche Ever

Before I gave up dairy and eggs, I made a tofu-based quiche regularly. Not only was it a handy way to use leftover veggies, it was easy, fast and tasty for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Without cheese and eggs, it seemed impossible to replicate. Until now.After many failed attempts (chickpea batter is nice but definitely doesn’t taste like quiche and traditional egg replacers weren’t giving me the fluffy, creamy texture I missed), I finally figured out how to get the taste I  ...