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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 ›

New Orleans Red Beans and Rice – The Recipe

Yesterday I shared a bit of the history of that New Orleans/Mardi Gras classic, Red Beans and Rice. Today, I’m sharing my family recipe – tweaked to be vegan. First, a few pointers … Red beans and rice have a long cooking time, but very little hands-on time. You do a little chopping and sauteeing… Read More ›

New Orleans Red Beans and Rice Vegan

A History of New Orleans Red Beans And Rice

  It’s the end of February – the perfect time for a big bowl of red beans and rice! Is there a  better way to celebrate Mardi Gras? (February 28th this year; although celebrations have already started and should get into rowdy full swing this weekend). Even if you have no wish to celebrate Carnival,… Read More ›

Perfect Vegan Quesadillas

I have to admit, I’m not a fan of most commercially vegan cheeses – at least not the more widely available, inexpensive ones, like Daiya. So when I became vegan, I assumed I would never enjoy a cheese quesadilla again. Don’t get me wrong – I had vegan cheese quesadillas, I just didn’t enjoy them…. Read More ›

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Valentine’s Day is a great holiday for vegans! (Unless, of course, you’re a vegan whose lover just ran off with your new truck, the money in your savings account, and your best friend – then Valentine’s Day would suck.) But for the rest of us, it’s wonderful to enjoy a vegan-friendly holiday that doesn’t center… Read More ›

Spicy Curried Tempeh Salad With Peppers and Peas

One of the first things I discovered when I went vegan was the mock chicken salad at Earth Fare. My partner and I both went wild over it – which, in retrospect, is a little odd considering the first thing we did when we brought it home was change it completely! We’d add green chili… Read More ›

Carolina Collards – A Primer

As a Carolina native, I am passionate about my collards. My heart breaks for those unfortunate people who have never experienced collards. It also breaks for those people who have tried collards, but collards that were poorly prepared – usually over-smoked and under-cooked. So it’s time for me share a primer on cooking traditional Carolina… Read More ›

Khichdi for Colds

Khichdi For Colds – And Flu, And Whatever Else May Ail You

I am normally a healthy person who rarely gets sick. Therefore, when I do get sick I make up for lost time. I don’t just become ill, but dramatically, flamboyantly ill.  Like last week. “A little tiredness” from a beautiful weekend trip to Asheville quickly morphed into 102 degree fever, chills, and bronchitis. Fortunately, while… Read More ›

Zip-a-Dee-Dooh-Dah Smoothie (Vegan & Gluten Free)

This sunshiney, citrusy smoothie is guaranteed to put a smile on your lips, a song in your heart, and some zip in your doodah!

Easy, Cheezy Chipotle Hummus

One thing every vegan should learn how do is make their own hummus. It’s almost always cheaper than store bought, it always tastes better than store-bought, and  you have endless opportunities to exercise your creativity and make your hummus just.the.way.YOU.like.it. This is one of my favorite hummus creations – Easy, Cheezy Chipotle Hummus. It started… Read More ›

Wild Rice And Cranberry Stuffed Acorn Squash

Today, at work, a co-worker told me to “stuff it.” “Thank you, I think I will!” I replied, amazed. How on earth did she know I was thinking about acorn squash? Acorn Squash is my very favorite of all the winter squashes. They are easy to halve and de-seed. You don’t have to peel them…. Read More ›

“Kheema” Stuffed Halloween Peppers (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

A spicy Indian twist on the standard beef-stuffed Halloween peppers. Vegan and gluten-free! (Plus other options if you don’t eat meat substitutes.)

Waldorf Salad (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Some people think October is all about pumpkin spice, but I’m all about the apples. Let’s see, there’s apple sauce … apple butter, apple chutney, apple ginger smoothies, apples and acorn squash apple and butternut squash soup, apple crisps, apple pie … And Waldorf Salad. Waldorf Salad has an interesting history. It was created in… Read More ›

October Gold and Black Dal (Vegan, Gluten Free)

This mixed dal always reminds me of Autumn. It’s partly the earthy taste; partly the autumnal coloring (golden split chana dal with flecks of black urad dal). And partly, it’s just that once October comes, I am yearning for comforting soups and stews, chilis and dals. This creamy, delicious dal is the perfect meal for… Read More ›

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