Yes, we know some people HATE tofu and some would like it but for the fact that they are convinced it will make them grow breasts (this is actually not true - we know one very flat-chested lady who has been a tofu eater for decades and is still a pirate's dream).  If you are willing to give it a go, we think you'll find this truly delicious.  We use the leftovers in a delightful salad too (recipe posted soon).Ingredients:Tofu - Extra firm ORGANIC (we never ever use GMO tofu!)Black Rice (Lotus Foods variety is delish)Swiss chardGarlicAsian-Style Ginger Soy Marinade (too many brands to mention - sometimes we even mix them together)Olive OilSoy sauce or ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

Savory Red Lentil and Garbanzo Cakes

In the mood for something tasty yet unusual?  Staring at those pantry items and stumped about what to make? Somewhat like a falafel (but not fried), these delicious patties are inexpensive to prepare and form the basis for a quick lunch or an elegant dinner.  We love the fact that they use two core food storage ingredients -- garbanzos and lentils -- too.Try the cakes served over a light and spicy tomato chutney or with some cilantro, lemon and sesame almond pesto.  Once ...

Colorful Health Salad (Before the Spring Veggies Really Return)

Spring always make us wish for fresh garden edibles, with the all the blooming and growing and sprouting around us.  Yet, even as the cold of winter eases, early Spring isn't the season for an abundance of fresh vegetables yet, especially in Northern regions. This salad combines seasonal ingredients, root crops and fresh sprouted peas for a delicious, colorful and healthy serving of veggies.  You can also substitute red cabbage for watermelon radish - less exotic but ...

Vegan Lentil Walnut Pate: Perfect Party Food

This is the perfect party food plus it's good for you!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 ...

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...

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

This is Pie Season, one of our favorite times of the year. As we approach Thanksgiving and holidays beyond, thoughts turn to feasts and then, not far behind, the sweet endings they 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 and copper. They also ...