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

October 3, 2017

“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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

Tal Ronnen’s Sweet Potato Latkes With Spiked Applesauce (Vegan, Gluten Free)

I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving! Last week, I shared Part One of a two-part recipe – Tal Ronnen’s Sweet Potato Latkes with Spiked Applesauce (from his new book, Crossroads, published by Artisan Books). If you missed it, check out the recipe for Spiked Applesauce – it’s great on its own, and can be… Read More ›

Tal Ronnen Spiked Applesauce

Tal Ronnen’s Spiked Applesauce (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Applesauce. So quintessentially Autumn. It’s fun to make in September and October, when the stores start carrying dozens of varieties and orchards offer to let you pick your own. It’s perfect in November, as a Thanksgiving side or light dessert option. And in December? What on earth would potato latkes be without applesauce? (Potato latkes… Read More ›

Vegan Squash Casserole

Winter squash have arrived! I see them at the grocery, hinting of Autumn holidays. In magazines and on blogs, I see the most delicious, tempting recipes for acorn, butternut, and spaghetti squash. But, here in the south, I’m still caught in the stranglehold of yellow crookneck squash and zucchini. Summer squash flourishes here.  Everything else… Read More ›

Cold Pasta Puttanesca Close Up

Happy MoFo … and A Recipe For Cold Pasta Puttanesca Salad (Vegan)

Happy MoFo, Everyone! Yes, I know … like usual, I’m a day late and a dollar short. I swear I’ll be late to my own funeral … Which is not such a bad plan.  I’m thinking about writing that into my will … haul my ashes in an hour late, and whoever’s sad or stupid… Read More ›

Okra Etouffee

Easiest Ever Okra Etouffee! (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Okra can be a perplexing little vegetable. Cook it the same way you would most other vegetables, and you’re likely to wind up with a slimy mess. Frying it (whether in the breaded style of the American South, or the unbreaded, spice-laden style of India’s Bhindi Masala) yields delicious results but can take some serious… Read More ›

Southern Green Beans Almondine (Vegan, Gluten Free)

  In Charlotte, NC – or anywhere in the South – you’ll likely find green beans served one of two ways: Slow-simmered for hours until very, very, soft and liberally seasoned with salt, black pepper, and copious amounts of butter – and sometimes pork or bacon grease; OR Underdone, crunchy, no dressing except for a… Read More ›

Couscous with olives and tomatoes close up

Couscous With Olives And Tomatoes

Couscous was the Quinoa of the 90’s! I’m not sure if couscous was one of Oprah’s favorite things or if it was a featured ingredient in Cooking Light (probably both), but my mama knew at least a dozen ways to make the stuff. This vegan recipe was my favorite. It’s similar to toubeleh – but… Read More ›

Classic Vegan Macaroni Salad

Classic Summertime Macaroni Salad

The Fourth of July has got to be one of the easiest holidays for a vegan to navigate – even if you don’t know how to cook! There’s a number of varieties of frozen vegan burgers and canned vegetarian baked beans. Many brands of potato chips are vegan, as are most beers.  (Check out your… Read More ›

Pinto Bean Salad

Cinco De Mayo Pinto Bean Salad (Vegan, Gluten Free)

  I developed this very easy and tasty recipe about a week ago when I was trying to figure out what to do with two cans of pinto beans that were close to expiration.  I’d been eating a lot of chilis (thanks to Amy’s Kitchen) and wanted something a bit lighter tasting and more springlike.  I’d made… Read More ›

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