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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....

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 ...

Nut Balls Not in Politics? Yes, Easy Fruity Nutty “Candies” Please

These "candies" are really just a mixture of dried fruits, seeds and nuts. Similar to the ones you can buy (but fresher), you can use any dried fruits and nuts of your choice and even add extras such as coconut shreds to suit your palate.  We always start with dates, which we pre-soak unless they are super-fresh and juicy.This version also uses dried cherries, Brazil nuts, almonds, walnuts, raisins, coconut and dried blueberries but it's just a guide. Other great options include hemp ...

Simple Snacks for a Fancy Party: Gochujang Avo Bites

Our friends at Chung Jung One have a fabulous Gochujang Korean Chili Sauce that combines red peppers, cane sugar, garlic, sea salt, and other ingredients for a terrific umami flavor that's both sweet and savory. Packaged in an easy squeezy bottle, it begs to be added to sandwiches, main dishes and more. While it's a Korean flavor profile, you may quickly find it transforms lots of dishes into something special.For quick and elegant hors d'oeuvres, we started with fresh cucumber slices ...

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 ...

Spring Fiddles – So Fitting

It's a rite of Spring. Bring back the green and sing a song. In our neck of the woods, it also means a hunt for some fresh fiddlehead ferns, unfurling their spiral goodness.A cross between spinach, asparagus and just plain freshness, the fiddleheads combine perfectly with garlic. We tried them here with some sliced shiitakes, amping up the protein and flavor. Simple and fresh, you could also combine with pasta for a complete and easy meal.So, celebrate Spring, break out the fiddles and ...

Healthy Hot Holiday Tamales

While some cultures definitely associate tamales with Christmas and holiday time, tamale-eating doesn't have to be limited to special times of year.  In fact, we like them so much that it feels like a celebration every time we eat them.This version is vegan, natch, and they freeze well (assuming there are any left). The assembly process is easy though a bit time-consuming but well worth the trouble. Be creative on fillings - these are black bean and sweet potato but you can use virtually ...

Yellow Indian Woman Herb Bean Dip

Yellow Indian Woman beans, from Rancho Gordo, sound earth-centered and soulful somehow.  Truthfully, you can probably substitute any flavorful beans and enjoy a tasty dip but the name alone makes this recipe seem way more exotic. This bean was originally grown by Native Americans -- likely by women -- in Montana.Beans are a wonderful source of nutritious deliciousness, and heirlooms bridge us to the past. In fact, a bean thought to be left by the Anasazi Indians was found in a cave in New ...

Humble Pie Crust: Easy, Flaky and Animal-Free

Elsewhere we've talked about pie, like our popular sweet potato pie recipe. With the dark days of Winter now here, a warm pie or turnover can really be satisfying. Delicious and dairy free, still some fretted about the pie crust, butter-filled and all.  Well, pie experts agree: the flakiest tender crusts do not need butter.We've used this easy recipe for everything from potato curry "pasties" to apple cranberry, sweet potato and more. Yes, rolling out dough takes a little practice but ...

Spiced Injera Chips: Zesty, Crunchy and Addictive

While on a recent trip to Washington DC, I went a little injera-crazy and bought my very own large pack of spongy, soft, tangy injera. For those not already in the know, injera is the national bread of Ethiopia, made from teff flour that is mixed with water and allowed to ferment, like sourdough, which gives it it’s deliciously tangy flavor. It is used as the plate for food and as the utensil with which to eat the food. Most importantly, it is incredibly appealing in both taste and texture...