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Daiya Cheezecake Halloween Review

“Every heart has its own skeletons.” – Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina  There are two kinds of vegans in the world. Those who like Daiya cheese, and those who – don’t. If you like Daiya cheese you will definitely love their cheezecakes – New York Style (plain), Chocolate, Strawberry, Key Lime, and limited edition Pumpkin Spice…. Read More ›

Chili Polenta Bites

Autumn – The year’s last, loveliest smile. – William Cullent Bryant In my last post I talked about transition foods and the gradual move from light, simple Summer foods to warmer, heartier fare. A prime example is chili. A bowl of hot, steaming chili is enjoyable to eat in cooler temps, wearing jeans and a… Read More ›

Spicy Indian Quinoa with Chickpeas, Cherry Tomatoes, and Wilted Spinach

“It was a beautiful, bright Autumn day, with air like cider and a sky so blue you could drown in it.” – Diana Gabaldon, Outlander The seasons are transitioning. In Charlotte, it’s subtle. Daytime temps are still in the 80’s. Leaves are still green. But the humidity has eased. Nights are longer and cooler. The… Read More ›

Fast and Frugal Franks & Beans (Vegan)

This recipe is perfect for those last-minute cookout invitations. It’s fast – for when you don’t have time to cook, or don’t have time for your trademark bean salad/potato salad/pasta salad to chill. It’s easy, if you don’t feel like cooking. And it’s inexpensive – less than a tub of hummus and a bag of… Read More ›

Cherry Tomato and Basil Pasta (Or Quinoa) in Garlicky White Wine Sauce

    Summer cooking doesn’t get any easier – or more delicious – than this. This is one of my mom’s pasta sauce recipes, one that she made only in the late days of Summer, when perfectly ripened tomatoes and sweet basil were plentiful. It’s one of those perfect summer meals. It’s fast – you can… Read More ›

Berry and Jam Fruit Parfaits

VEGAN; GLUTEN FREE OPTIONS! Sometimes, I hesitate to write a post because I’m afraid I’m just sharing the obvious – and perhaps painfully obvious. Because everyone knows how to make a fruit and yogurt parfait, right? But then, every time I bring one of these babies to work, someone stops by my desk. “Ooooh, what’s… Read More ›

Patriotic Parfaits (Vegan, GF)

If you’re “of a certain age”, you remember how much fun Jell-O used to be when you were growing up. Baby Boomers experienced Jell-O at the height of its popularity – when young mothers were first being introduced to the joy and convenience of TV dinners and canned and packaged foods. Jell-O was a novelty,… Read More ›

White Lightning Rajma Masala (Mixed Kidney Bean Curry)

My partner is a man who likes his rice and beans. Specifically, he likes his rice and beans on Sunday. Every Sunday. According to him, it’s the only acceptable meal to serve on a Sunday evening. (I’ve tried serving other foods, but he was NOT amused.) So it was with dismay I discovered I only… Read More ›

Cinco de Mayo Salad With Spicy Avocado Dressing

Oh, all right. I know what everyone’s thinking. “Another salad recipe? Isn’t this the woman who HATES raw leafy greens?” Yes, I AM the woman who hates raw leafy greens. I’m also the woman who has decided to experiment with raw vegan for a few months. (Don’t panic, gentle readers … I’m not going totally… Read More ›

A Shameful Secret … And My California Salad Recipe

I have a confession to make. A big, shameful one. I am vegan, and …. and … I don’t like salads. Don’t get me wrong … I love almost everything that you put on TOP of a salad. Cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, bean sprouts, avocado, beets, olives, walnuts, grapes, sweet Vidalia onion. I just don’t like… Read More ›

Glorious Green Goo (Spinach Artichoke Dip/Sandwich Spread/Pasta Sauce)

It’s a dip! It’s a sandwich spread! It’s a pasta sauce! It’s easy, fast, healthy, vegan, and gluten-free! “It” is my take on white bean-spinach-artichoke dip. I realize there were a number of white bean-spinach-artichoke dip recipes floating around the internet a few years ago, and while I can’t claim mine is superior to all… Read More ›

Irish Potato Soup (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Being of Irish descent, I have many family recipes I could share with you. Vegan Irish Stew. Sheepless Shepherd’s Pie. Colcannon. More recipes for cabbage and turnips than most people have ever dreamed existed. But what I’m sharing today is one of the most simple – and satisfying. Irish Potato Soup…. Read More ›

Balayez! Jambalaya! (Five Vegan Variations)

In my last post I shared some of the history of that classic New Orleans/Mardi Gras dish, Jambalaya. As promised, I will now share my base recipe and several vegan and gluten-free variations. First, I admit that Jambalaya is an easy recipe to veganize. Faux versions of sausage and chicken have gotten so common (and… Read More ›

A Brief History of Jambalaya

New Orleans is known for many dishes. Gumbos, crawfish, more ways of cooking alligator than most of us have ever dreamed of. However, there are three big ones the Cajun and Creole cooks are world-famous for. I’ve already shared two vegan versions with you – Red Beans and Rice and (Not So) Dirty Rice. The… Read More ›

New Orleans Dirty Rice Vegan

Not So Dirty Rice

The dish most associated with New Orleans and Mardi Gras is no doubt Red Beans and Rice. But there are two other dishes strongly associated. One of which is Dirty Rice. In a way, this is ironic since most people outside New Orleans have only experienced Dirty Rice via Zatarain’s boxed rice mix or by… Read More ›

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