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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

The Lowly Lima Part One: Artichoke Fennel and Lima Bean Stew

This recipe makes us love the lima bean, the humble bean that many people are not even sure they actually like. Fresh bulb fennel is combined with canned or frozen artichokes, lemon juice and lima beans.  Don’t like fennel?  Try this and you may change your mind as the vegetable combination mellows the anise flavor and creates a fresh taste.With its lemony sauce and less common blend of vegetables, this stew is delicious and hits the spot for flavor, with the fennel melting into a ...

Vegan Lentil Walnut Pate: Brain Food With Taste

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 lentils - truly one of the best all around foods for ...

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 ...

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...