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Thanks, Let’s Eat!

Thanksgiving is a core family holiday with a worthy message (even if the narrative is way off) - we are mindful of giving thanks, and find ourselves wishing all sorts of folks a happy holiday, like the customer service rep thanking us for our patience when we know we have exhausted ours. And we all know (and research backs it up), that being thankful enhances personal happiness.Plus, at Thanksgiving we are urged to eat and enjoy, sometimes (ok, pretty much annually) to the point of excess. ...

Crispy Make-Ahead Vegan Latkes: It’s Time!

It's Hanukkah,  it's Christmas, it's New Year's. That means it's time to indulge in tasty delights with family and friends. In other words, time for latkes, the crispy potato and onion patties fried to perfection. More than other foods, latkes are part of the core Jewish tradition, at least in the USA.  Most commonly, they are made with an egg or two to bind the  grated potatoes and onions together though there are variations. These tasty bites use flour and an optional egg-replacer to ...

Climate Change on Your Plate

I read that red salmon practically vanished from Alaska this year. They were once abundant, and clockwork-dependable and now, nada. It's not just the fish. Other species are suffering, whales and manatees and so much declining, becoming extinct from under us.What's happening feels so big. Recycling and cutting out plastic straws is a step but not a big one.If we really want to do something, it's time to look at the facts about the environment and what we eat.A haunting article in ...

Happy Morning Fluffy Blueberry Pancakes (Vegan)

Staring at our fifteen pounds of fresh-picked organic blueberries is a summer treat that allows us to stuff our faces with handfuls at a time.  The freezer is loaded and still there are more.This fluffy pancake recipe, topped with pure maple syrup, uses these most delicious berries to create the classic morning comfort food.   Why not eat, enjoy, then crawl back into bed and lounge? Decadent, yes but oh so lovely...INGREDIENTS:1 Cup All Purpose Flour (or preferred variety)1 ...

Creamy Potato Red Pepper Spinach Tart

This vegan, soy-free tart is quiche-like and very rich and perfect for a Spring luncheon or Summer evening meal. It can be varied with different vegetables to make it your own in every season. How about butternut squash and leeks for Autumn or tomatoes and peas for a change?  While the ingredient list looks long, the recipe isn't complicated. It's just a matter of layering everything together.It's kid-friendly but also pairs well with a crisp white wine and of course, a big crunchy salad. ...

Asparagus Stuffed Mushrooms

These delicious roasted mushroom caps filled with asparagus or other vegetable stuffing are a beautiful presentation-worthy dinner party option and are vegan-friendly too.The mushroom caps can also be served as a starter or as a great cocktail party snack, depending on how many you serve.  Three to five makes a full size serving.  We used leftover roasted asparagus but you can use any leftover or cooked veggie including spinach, roasted peppers, eggplant or whatever you have.Feel free ...

Is Nano-Tech a Ticking Time Bomb?

How Safe is Nano-Tech?   Nanotechnology is here. Nano operates in the Quantum Realm, where physics gets strange, the world isn’t always as it seems and particles can exist in two places at once. What you might not know is that it’s everywhere in products from food to makeup to clothing. Is nanotechnology a ticking time bomb?Nano is not like anything found in nature. Nano-particles cannot be seen, even under an ordinary microscope. Different chemical, physical and even biologic ...

Crunchy Chewy Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies (Vegan)

It's cold. In these parts, it's also snowing. What to do in addition to getting the boots on and shovel out? Eat cookies, of course. Cookies are one of those sweet treats that can provide the perfect combo of decadence, crunch and flavor.  Being small, it's also easy to engage in portion control. Just one, one more and again. If you want to feel even better about eating them, call them "biscuits" as they do in many parts of the world - it practically sounds like a healthy main course...

Pickles: Dead or Alive? Why Ferments Rule and 5 Tips for Success

Probably because of all the rain, our cucumbers decided to go nuts this year, so we ended up harvesting dozens every day or two.  After a lot of green “de-tox” juicing plus numerous variations on cucumber salad (Asian-influenced with rice wine vinegar and sesame, Mexico-style with jalapenos and carrot, “old-fashioned” with dill and apple cider vinegar, etc.), the only rational approach was to catch the cukes before they grew too big and haul out the extra-large pickling crock....

Fresh Spring Pea, Fennel and Mint Salad

Peas have been a delicious food since ancient times and archaeologists have found them in Egyptian tombs. They probably dried them for the afterlife (and beyond).  Today, only about 5 % of all peas grown are sold fresh. Peas are a good low calorie source of protein. A ¾ cup serving of peas (about 100-calories) contains more protein than a whole egg or a tablespoon of peanut butter and has less than one gram of fat and no cholesterol. So there.It's a fleeting pleasure to stumble ...