Fall

Rockin’ Raw Salad with Kale, Apple, Radish, Avocado and Ginger Honey Lemon Dressing

May 6, 2014 Dairy free

kale salad with honey-ginger-lemon dressing, radishes, apples, and avocado

Kale salad with gingery honey lemon dressing, apple, avocado, sunflower seeds and spring radishes.

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Winter Reds Salad with Pomegranate Dressing

December 14, 2013 Fall

salad with pomegranate, Fuyu persimmon, pear, greens, and pomegranate dressing

A festive red, green, and orange winter salad with pomegranate seeds and dressing, Fuyu persimmon, red pear, and greens.

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Pear, Hazelnut and Goat Cheese Salad

November 28, 2013 Fall

salad with pear, hazelnut, and Humboldt Fog goat cheese

Green salad with sliced pears, toasted hazelnuts, and goat cheese.

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Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts

November 24, 2013 Dairy free

roasted Brussels sprouts

Maple-roasted Brussel sprouts with balsamic vinegar, extra-virgin olive oil, and salt.

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Grilled Artichoke

November 17, 2013 Dairy free

grilled artichokes

Fall vegetarian fare on the grill– artichokes!

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Cauliflower Mushroom (Sparassis crispa) ‘Noodles’

October 11, 2013 Dairy free

sparassis 'rice noodles'

Cooking with a rare treat from the forest, a cauliflower mushroom (Sparassis crispa).

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Fig, Strawberry, and Toasted Hazelnut Salad with Fig Vinaigrette

October 5, 2013 Dairy free

fig, strawberry and toasted hazelnut salad dressed with fig viniagrette

A late summer and early fall salad with figs, strawberries, and toasted hazelnuts and a fig vinaigrette dressing.

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Fig Vinaigrette

October 5, 2013 Dairy free

fig viniagrette salad dressing

A naturally sweet, thick and creamy fig vinaigrette salad dressing.

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Almond Flour Fig Cake

September 28, 2013 Dairy free

fig almond cake

Dairy and gluten free but you won’t be thinking of that, you’ll be munching this cake made with baked figs, fig butter, and almond meal.

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Veggie Salad Bowl with Almond-Cilantro Dressing #TheSaladBar

September 14, 2013 Dairy free

veggie salad bowl with almond cilantro dressing

A fall lunch or dinner salad with red kuri squash, broccoli, and peas and an Asian-style almond cilantro sesame dressing.

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Vegetable Stroganoff Two Ways

April 23, 2013 Dinner

vegetable stroganoff

A vegetable stroganoff with sour cream, mushrooms or cauliflower, and tempeh makes a comforting dinner. Serve it over egg noodles or rice.

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Butternut Squash Pecan Gratin with Vegan Goat Cheese

February 3, 2013 Dairy free

butternut squash pecan gratin with  vegan goat cheese

A gratin with butternut squash, pecan, and vegan ‘goat cheese.’

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Preparing Chestnuts

December 28, 2012 Fall

carving an X in the chestnut skin with a chestnut knife

How to cook and peel fresh chestnuts.

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Kabocha Coconut Curry

November 10, 2012 Dairy free

kabocha coconut red Thai curry

Kabocha squash (Japanese pumpkin), tofu, and red bell pepper in a Thai red curry coconut milk sauce.

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Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend Smoothie

June 14, 2012 Dairy free

Townsend Farms strawberry blueberry raspberry pomegranate cherry watermelon smoothie

A purple smoothie using Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend, soy or other milk, strawberries, and a little watermelon. Contains pomegranate arils and dark sweet cherries blended with other fruits.

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Arugula and Watermelon Salad

May 12, 2012 Dairy free

arugula watermelon salad

The amazing thing about this salad– which I’ll admit, seems like an odd combination on the face of it– is how the sweet watermelon takes all the bitterness out the arugula. Add a simple dressing and pine nuts, and you’ll have this nutritious salad on the table in no time.

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Celery Root Soup

March 20, 2012 Fall

celery root soup

Vegetable stock, celery root, and leek or onion combine to fill out the flavor of this celery root soup, while the cup of soy or other milk adds a bit of creaminess.

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Pomegranate Salad Dressing

March 16, 2012 Fall

pomeganate salad dressing

A tangy, sweet pomegranate salad dressing that’s nice and thick and coats salad greens well.

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Kale Edamame Salad

March 6, 2012 Dinner

kale edamame salad

Dark green and purple kale, red grape tomatoes and pea green edamame are topped with chopped scallions, slivered almonds, dried cranberries, and a creamy tofu-based lemon-herb dressing. Inspired by Trader Joe’s Kale and Edamame Bistro salad, it’s enough for a full lunch.

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Sweet Potato Vegetable Soup with Ginger, Cilantro, Coconut & Lime

February 29, 2012 Dairy free

sweet potato vegetable soup with cilantro lime oil chopped cilantro and flaked coconut garnishes

Based on vegetable stock and packed full of other vegetables like leeks, onions, and carrots. this sweet potato soup is enhanced with a whole variety of flavors from roasted garlic to cilantro to lime juice, curry powder, and jalapeno. Includes four garnishes.

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Baked Sweet Potato Fries

February 17, 2012 Fall

baked sweet potato fries with roasted red pepper aoli

A healthy recipe for baked sweet potato fries, made with either with a little olive oil or two egg whites. Tips for making them crisper and keeping the ends from burning.

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Baked Apples

February 16, 2012 Dairy free

cored Pink Lady appples

Apples stuffed with walnuts and raisins, spiced, drizzled with maple syrup, baked. A healthy fall and winter classic. Plus a coring tip to keep the apples from drying out.

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Vegetarian Green Lentil Soup

February 12, 2012 Dairy free

lentil soup

Inexpensive, filling, and good, this vegetarian green lentil soup takes many variations. All will warm you on a gray winter’s day.

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Roasted Beets with Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil

February 1, 2012 Dairy free

roasted beets with balsamic vinegar and olive oil (2)

A simple but satisfying dish: roasted beets with extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt.

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Candied Maple Pecans

January 27, 2012 Dairy free

mashed sweet potatoes with candied maple pecans

Crunchy bits of candied maple pecans top these easy mashed sweet potatoes. They taste rich and sweet without added sugar or oil.

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Cranberry Candied Pecan Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette

January 27, 2012 Fall

salad with dried cranberry, candied pecan, and raspberry viniagrette

Try this ten-minute dinner salad with sweet-tart dried cranberries, crunchy candied maple pecans and raspberry vinaigrette.

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Winter Dinner Salad with Chickpeas, Quinoa Tabbouleh, Pomegranate

January 23, 2012 Dairy free

Winter dinner salad with romaine, chickpeas, cucumber, tomato, quinoa tabbouleh, pomegranate

Try this fall and winter dinner salad with touches from Middle-Eastern cuisine: spiced chickpeas, quinoa tabbouleh, and pomegranate. It’s dressed with garlic-infused olive oil, lemon juice, and salt and pepper.

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Vegan Persimmon Parfait

January 4, 2012 Dairy free

persimmon pulp (1)

A pretty parfait made with Hachiya persimmons, almond milk, and maple syrup. Vegan and non-dairy.

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Hot Pepper Sesame Spaghetti Squash with Scallions and Artichoke Hearts

December 30, 2011 Dairy free

hot pepper sesame spaghetti squash with scallions and artichoke hearts (3)

Scallions, artichoke hearts, and hot pepper sesame oil perk up this spaghetti squash and turn it into a handy snack or side dish.

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Baby Spinach Salad with Dried Cranberries, Avocado, and Shallot Dressing

December 14, 2011 Dairy free

finished spinach salad shown in a wooden salad bowl

A pretty red and green salad with avocado slices, dried cranberries, and baby spinach, finished with a shallot dressing.

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Trident Alaskan salmon burger, celery root slaw, and wild rice

December 13, 2011 Fall

FAF 002 (1)

Thought you might like to see the whole menu from the night I made the celery root slaw. The dark wild rice and pale celery root contrasted nicely. It’s great when I can make just one item and pull the rest from the freezer as I did this night. The wild rice was a frozen [...]

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Celery Root Slaw

December 8, 2011 Dairy free

FAF 009

A crunchy winter slaw using celery root, a nice alternative to cabbage coleslaw.

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Fall Salad Add-Ins: Apples, Walnuts, Dried Cherries, Blue Cheese

December 5, 2011 Dinner

Fall Salad Add-Ins:  Apples, Cherries, Walnuts and Blue Cheese

I often make fall salads like this one. Starting with washed, shredded lettuce tossed with a simple home-made dressing, I add dried cherries, my son’s favorite.  Next come roughly chopped walnuts or pecans and a circle of sliced apples or pears. Sometimes I’ll add small bits of fresh cheese, usually goat cheese. Tonight I used some [...]

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Chipotle Black Bean Chili

November 30, 2011 Dairy free

chipotle black bean chili shown in a bowl set atop an aqua colored napkin

A hearty vegetarian black bean chili with chipotle chilis and other spices.

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Fennel, Blue Cheese, and Pear Salad

November 28, 2011 Dinner

salad with fennel, pear, and blue cheese

Braised fennel, fresh pear and blue cheese salad with walnuts and fresh greens.

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Three Bowl lentils

November 21, 2011 Dinner

lentils with feta in acorn squash

These French Lentils with Feta and Mint from the Three Bowl Cookbook turned out quite well. The amount of feta, one cup, was not too much at all for a recipe that started with two cups of dry lentils. I’m not usually a fan of a lot of cheese, but more feta would have been [...]

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Dinner from the Three Bowl Cookbook

November 18, 2011 Dinner

I’ve been browsing the vegetarian Three Bowl Cookbook, laid out as three-part dinners to match the traditional three bowls of food served to monks in Zen monasteries. The three bowls makes for a helpful menu format producing complete meals. Some of the menus were lacking in protein, though, perhaps due to the fact that Zen cook [...]

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Papaya Pomegranate Salad

November 18, 2011 Dairy free

pomegranate papaya salad

A simple yet great salad combination, perfect for a winter salad: red papaya and pomegranate.

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My favorite appliance

November 17, 2011 Breakfast

kitchen tools

Can’t start my fall mornings without this: Because it makes it so easy to make this: If you’re the type who would never burn oatmeal or rice while running around doing other things, maybe you don’t need this. But for me, the idea of never scorching another pot while trying to make brown rice or [...]

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Butternut Squash and Pear Soup

November 16, 2011 Dairy free

butternut squash pear soup shown next to spoon and cutting board with bread

A sweet and savory butternut squash pear soup for fall and winter meals.

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