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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 ...

Kidney Comfort: Hearty Rajma for a Cold Wet Winter

It’s only in the last few years that Rajma, a rich kidney bean curry that hails from the Punjab, even came up on our food radar. 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 this cold, wet, polar vortex one.We stumbled upon it because we were after something beyond kidney beans in hearty Southwestern bean chilis and ...

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 ...

Vegan Cheezecake: Non-Dairy and Delicious

Before we went off all animal products, cheesecake was one of those very rare treats, not because it wasn't tasty but because we like our clothes to fit.  This vegan version, adapted from Artisan Vegan Cheese by Miyoko Schinner, is easily as yummy.  Even though it doesn't have the same heavy animal fats, it is also a once in a  while indulgence.  Last thing we want to do is be the cover girl for Fat Vegan Magazine (no, this doesn't really exist…yet).  The recipe also requires multiple ...

Miss the Cheesy Taste? Try This Mac & Cheeze

Lots of people have sworn off dairy.  Sometimes it's lactose intolerance. Sometimes it's the cholesterol.  And sometimes, we just don't want to eat animal products, having taken the vegan plunge.  Whatever the reason, there may well be times where you find yourself missing the creamy cheesy taste, especially of comfort foods like mac & cheese.This vegan version (yes, it can even be made gluten-free) uses cashew cream, slightly cultured, and a few other ingredients and will satisfy ...