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Red Beans and Coconut Rice – Under Pressure

Pressure cooking can really save time and make it easier to avoid heating up the kitchen -- so necessary in the hot summer and really, at any time of year, who wants to spend extra time cooking? This recipe with its West Indian flair makes the best use of it, turning a  rice dish into a hearty meal in itself or a great accompaniment to other foods. Rather than standard red beans, try the Salvadorean frijoles rojo de seda, which are actually silky in texture as the name suggest...

Spring is Coming: Cabbage Soup Detox Time

Months of eating too much and lots of staying indoors has led to dark days of constant eating to create some internal warmth.  Good news is that Spring is on the way!Unfortunately, either our clothes have shrunk or it's time to clean up and shed the winter fat layer. Prime time to detox! Fortunately, it's cabbage to the rescue with this delicious low-calorie, low-fat and nutrient dense cabbage soup, chock full of cancer-fighting properties and importantly, flavor.This recipe is based ...

Food of the Gods? Yes, Raw Chocolate Truffles!

Everyone loves candy, even plant-based eaters.  These chocolate truffles will win the hearts of even the most dedicated carnivore.  Packed with the life-enhancing goodness of coconut and cacao, you can even pretend they are health food.  Some even call cacao, “food of the gods.”  Our kind of gods to be sure.These truffles will last weeks under refrigeration and make beautiful gifts (try decorating the wrappers!) but trust us, once you taste them, you will be tempted to store a stash ...

Thanks So Much! Sweet Potato Pie – No Eggs, No Dairy, No Problem

This is Pie Season, one of our favorite times of the year. Even for those who avoid Thanksgiving, there are chilly days and holidays beyond, turning thoughts to feasts and the sweet endings they can bring.Sweet potatoes are one of those nutrient-dense foods, with one medium sweet potato providing more than the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin A and 35-50% of daily Vitamin C. They are high in potassium (great for stressful times), calcium, folate, manganese, fiber, many B vitamins ...

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 ...

Kidney Comfort: Hearty Rajma for a Cold Wet Winter

We're still grateful that Rajma, that rich kidney bean curry that hails from the Punjab, came up on our food radar some years ago. Rajma is rarely on menus at Indian restaurants here in the States which is a shame, because it’s super delicious.  Loaded with warming and healing spices, it’s comfort food particularly suited to winter, especially the cold, wet ones.  We stumbled upon it because we were after something beyond kidney beans in hearty Southwestern bean chilis and ...

Peach Upside-Down Cake for an Upturned World

You don't need to read a food blog to know things are more than a little out of kilter these days. Pandemic, societal upheaval, economic devastation, politics, hurricanes, blazing fires, intense heat and more can make us forget about crises of years past (like environmental collapse and the largest refugee crises humanity has known).Face it, we need cake!We agree, peaches are delicious eaten fresh, juicy and sweet all on their own. We've been downing them daily this way for weeks.  Plus ...

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 ...