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Raise a Glass of Sherry to the USA

The USA has a lot to be proud of for its birthday this year. With the passing of equal rights for gay marriage nationwide we are showing signs of maturity for a country that’s only a wee 229 years old. Another great triumph and cause for patriotic celebration is the USA’s victory in the 2015 International Food & Wine Competition COPA JEREZ. For the first time ever, USA took home the big win led by Chef & Somm team of San Francisco’s 15 Romolo, Michelle Matthews and Ian J Adams ...

Raw Coconut Banana Creme Pie: Dangerously Delicious

Realistically, why ever make a dessert so decadent and delicious that its almost guilt-inducing?  Well, usually it's birthdays and holidays... and this creamy sweet treat is just the thing to celebrate with.  An indulgence made even more yummy knowing that it is rarely prepared, likely not even once a year.Raw vegan, yes, but rich too with luscious bananas, thick coconut cream and a nutty sweet crust. Fortunately, for all its tastiness, it's also very easy to put together.  Best ...

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...

The Delicious Magic Of Nixtamalization

The flavor of metate-ground fresh masa tortillas is unlike anything else: soft, warm and tender in the middle with tons of real corn aroma, nothing like the bland and neutral store bought corn tortillas many of us are used to. On a recent trip to Mexico, I was lucky enough to have small town women regularly hand-make these tortillas for me and my group. Even the tortillas made from masa harina, or dried masa flour, do not compare to the depth of flavor you get when the masa is made from freshly ...

Pumpkin Seed “Cheeze” (Non-Dairy) with Garlic and Herbs

Here's another vegan fermented “cheeze,” this one nut-free for those who do not want or cannot eat tree nuts like cashews or almonds.  Pumpkin seeds are a great source of fiber, protein, iron, zinc, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, copper and potassium.  They are also reported to help lower cholesterol and address cardiac issues.Tasty as a dip, filling for pasta (think stuffed shells or cannelloni), or in grilled sandwiches, this cheeze packs a punch with lots of fresh garlic, spicy ...

Vegan Holiday Spice Cake: Easy and Joyous Winter Treat

This cake comes together very quickly and is perfect for holiday gifting, even to non-vegans (they’ll never know it is without dairy or eggs).  Don't be deterred by the long ingredient list since the recipe really is a minimum of fuss.With ground flax, molasses, walnuts, and ginger, cloves, cinnamon, mace and nutmeg filled with powerful phytochemicals, you can practically call this health cake (is there such a thing?).  It's easy to make variations - substitute some candied dried ginger ...

Too Much Zucchini Loaf Cake

The standard too-much-zucchini recipe is called "zucchini bread."  Really?  Who are we kidding?  Maybe it sounds healthier if we call it bread?  Better to eat for breakfast? Well, we're not fooled. This is cake, yummy, and certainly not something you'd use for sandwiches.Ours, vegan (natch), is a not-too-sweet version but if you like yours sugary, you can add up to 1/2 cup more sugar and/or top with a sweet confectioners sugar-type glaze.  Either way, you'll use some of that summer ...

What’s New in Fancy Food: NYC 2014

From 3D sugar printed cake toppings to extra-spicy everything, the NYC 2014 Fancy Food show brought the largest assembly of specialty food producers ever to the Big Apple.  We ate our way through aisles and aisles of products, risking poundage and snack overload to find what we think are some of the coolest products out there.  Here's a sampling.Spicy was clearly in with several companies combining extra hot peppers (think habaneros, ghost peppers and the like) with chocolate, popcorn, ...

Nasi Goreng: Indonesian Fried Rice, Vegan-Style

This Indonesian twist on fried rice is high on taste and is a great cold weather dish as well as a favorite way to use leftover rice.  It's also a real budget stretcher as it is very inexpensive to put together.Traditionally, the recipe is topped with fried egg omelet so the added seitan or tofu is a vegan-friendly substitution.  The chile pepper gives a nice kick too.We like it so much that we've even made rice a day ahead to be sure we'd be ready.Ingredients: 4 Small ...

Who You Calling a Cracker? Dip Away

No, we don't mean the po' white folk down South.  Yep, these are white alright, but the flour-based kind, and you can even throw in some whole wheat.  These delicious  crackers were born of necessity since guest were arriving in an hour and there was no time for a yeast-based dough to rise.These crackers are a bit on the crumbly side which some folks prefer.  Feel free to add whatever herbs, spices and seeds you like - these are just suggestions.  Pair with some non-dairy cheeze spread ...