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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. ...

We Tried 3 Vegan Matzo Ball Recipes and Here’s the Results

Rarely are the absence of eggs a hurdle in our world. Cakes and baked goods are fine without them as are pancakes and other treats. Even macaroons are well served with aquafaba. But oh those matzo balls. Try using a mix with your standard egg replacers and you'll quickly discover they will disintegrate in the boiling water or soup.Still we were determined. A few internet searches and we came up with three recipes worth trying. (As an aside, we were not even going to try any of them made ...

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

It's Christmas, it's Hanukkah, 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 ...

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 ...

Creamy Mushroom Potato Leek Soup – Fast and Filling

Sometimes we just need creamy hot soup to warm us up, especially in the chill of Winter. This soup, which has no actual cream but is still smooth, thick and rich-tasting, hits the spot with its umami flavors derived from the mushrooms and sauteed leeks. Now that we've tried this, it will be hard to go back to simple potato leek as it seems to fall short in flavor.This recipe uses the pressure cooker, which means it can be prepared from start to finish in less than 15 minutes. Yes, really. ...

Got Flu? Try this Herbal Cough Syrup

I got the flu this year, first time in years. This was the hit-you-like-a-ton-of-bricks flu, body-slammed with fever, delirium, the whole works. My lungs and head filled up and a few weeks later I still had a deep, nagging cough.  After staring at all the OTC products on the drugstore shelf, weighing the nasty side effects I read about on the packages and the Internet, I figured it was time to go homemade.Fortunately, I had on hand almost all the ingredients for a kick-ass cherry herbal ...

Whole Baked Kabocha Squash with Apples

This recipe could not be easier. It is so easy, in fact, that I don't even think it's legit to call it a recipe but cookbook authors have told me otherwise. After all, we have entire "recipe books" devoted to juice, which basically consists of 2-5 ingredients put through a juicer.Its flavor belies its simplicity. The squash and apple meld together with the roasty goodness and it makes an amazing hearty winter side dish. Kabocha squash is particularly "meaty" and flavorful, with a cream ...

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.Still, there’s nothing like home-cooked food for so many reasons. Cooking from scratch lets you use the freshest ingredients in the comfort of your kitchen, tweaked to please your taste-buds.This dish is easier to ...

Easiest Pickled Dandelion Capers

Dandelions are getting a makeover in the public eye.  Sure, they're weeds marring the green lawn perfection. But the health benefits and culinary side of them have been getting increasing attention. Greens bursting with flavor and calcium, vitamins A and C, and iron, they are abundant and generally free. This recipe for naturally fermented (pickled) dandelion buds shouts gourmet but is the easiest way to preserve the ever-present weeds. No boiling, no vinegar, just easy. Bonus points ...