Winter

Salad with Toasted Sunflower Seeds, Avocado, and Cotswold Double Gloucester Cheese

January 23, 2014 All Year

salad with cubed Cotswold cheese, sunflower seeds, avocado, and salad greens

An easy salad making use of my new find, Cotswold Double Gloucester cheese, plus avocados and toasted sunflower seeds.

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Dal-Inspired Red Lentil Soup

January 18, 2014 All Year

dal-inspired red lentil soup

This spicy lentil soup straddles the difference between American lentil soup and Indian dal.

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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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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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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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Chard, Kale and Fennel Salad with Wild Rice (Emerald City Salad)

February 10, 2012 Dairy free

Chard, Kale, and Fennel Salad with Wild Rice (Emerald City Salad) (1)

Chard, kale, fennel, parsley and scallion, tossed with wild rice, dressed with lemon juice and olive oil. make a hearty winter dinner salad good enough for a teenager to eat.

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Bibb, Roasted Beet, and Radicchio Salad with Hazelnuts

February 4, 2012 Recipes

Bibb salad with roasted beet. radicchio, and hazelnuts (1)

A beautiful pink, red, and green salad with sweet roasted beets, radicchio, and hazelnuts with Bibb and red leaf lettuce. I’ll show you how to make the radicchio mild, not bitter.

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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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Tempeh, Bell Pepper and Pineapple Stir-fry with Red Pearl Onions

December 16, 2011 Dairy free

pineapple tempeh red pearl onion stir-fry (2)

With a ripe pineapple on the counter, it was time to make this tempeh, pineapple, and bell pepper stir-fry. I added some red pearl onions my friend had given me, and they looked marvelous with the yellow pineapple. So I added even more purple by chopping up some red cabbage. The result looked almost too [...]

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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

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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

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When my friend left town, she gave me this ugly baby: It’s a celery root, or celeriac, another rare addition to my kitchen. I was excited to receive it: I’ve used celery root a few times in soup, and it’s excellent there, especially in combination with leeks. But my friend suggested using it raw in [...]

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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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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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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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