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White Acre Peas and Butter Beans: A Southern Summer Treat

Peas and beans please. Not your ordinary English peas, green beans or even the popular snap peas with their edible pods.  These are Southern peas and butter beans, with creamy texture and smooth taste. They are both cooked the same way here.Southern peas are also called field peas or cowpeas, and if you're lucky, you can find them fresh off the vines and shelled. Serving up a delicious mouthful perfect with hot cornbread, White Acre Peas are a treat from well below the Mason-Dixon line, ...

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 ...

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...

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...

Ten More Products We Saw at Expo West that We Bet You Haven’t Tried

Expo West last month in Anaheim was a bonanza of products including many that are new and unusual. Here's ten more that you probably haven't heard of... in addition to the ones we mentioned in our earlier post here.Arette Tea Seed Oil -- Yet another oil touted for its benefits as well as its flavor, Arette brings several varieties to the market. They claim it one of the most nutritious and healthiest edible oils, with a high percentage of unsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids, has a ...

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. ...

Top of the Food Chain (of Fools)

I happened to watch in the seatback in front of me at 34,000 feet two smarmy (ok, obnoxious) money men dangling carrots in front of contestants in a reality TV show about food.  They weren't actual carrots but the hopeful  competitors  stood the chance to get some advice and financing, which could help launch their restaurant/food businesses and make them flourish.One team had a tasty-looking vegan hot dog, with homemade pickles and toppings, which one moneyman seemed to like.  The ...

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 ...