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Escarole Salad with Avocados and Oranges

Escarole Salad with Avocados and Oranges

I sometimes forget how great a simple salad can be.  This one is from Janet Fletcher’s “Fresh From the Farmers’ Market”, and I used a mix of baby escarole and frisee lettuces.  Combined with the shallot vinaigrette, avocados, and oranges, this salad is full of different textures and flavors, all of them fantastic.  It calls [...]

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Raw Kale Salad

Raw Kale Salad

On Saturday I presented a dessert demonstration at Animal Acres’ Compassionate Cooking Extravaganza, and I had the chance to see a couple of the other presenters including Rod Rotondi, founder of Leaf Cuisine and author of “Raw Food for Real People”.  His presentation about raw foods was extremely informative.  In particular, I really appreciated that he [...]

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Steamed Artichokes with Tangy Dipping Sauce

Steamed Artichokes with Tangy Dipping Sauce

I love artichokes, but I so rarely buy them fresh.  Maybe it’s because I think it’ll be too much work to prep and steam them.  Once I do it though, I realize that it really isn’t that hard, and it’s so worth it.  They’re delicious, and they’re also really fun to eat. I’d been thinking [...]

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Pesto Potato Cakes with Mozzarella Teese

Pesto Potato Cakes with Mozzarella Teese

Recently Chicago Soy Dairy put a challenge out to vegan bloggers to come up with some unique ways to use Teese, their vegan version of cheese.  They’d send some complimentary Teese your way, and asked that in return you’d find a fun way to use it and post about it on your blog. I’m a [...]

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Vegetarian Times’ Garlicky Leek & Artichoke Soup

Vegetarian Times’ Garlicky Leek & Artichoke Soup

Whenever I get my new issues of Vegetarian Times or VegNews in the mail, the first thing I do is check out all the recipes and mark what I want to try.  Unfortunately I usually forget all about them in the chaos of Saturday baking, and then I find myself at our Farmers’ Market booth [...]

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Creamy Mushroom Soup

Creamy Mushroom Soup

Neither my husband nor I are really into Valentine’s Day.  We’ve done some fun stuff in the past and some years decide to do gifts, but the idea of going out for dinner on one of the busiest nights of the year just doesn’t appeal to us.  Why does it have to be that one [...]

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Roasted Romanesco Broccoli

Roasted Romanesco Broccoli

Doesn’t this thing look amazing?  It seems like something from outer space.  I’ve been wanting to cook with Romanesco Broccoli (or Romanesco Cauliflower, or Italian Cauliflower as it’s also called) for a while now. Ryan picked some up for us at the market on Sunday when he was exploring the stalls with my sister and [...]

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“Christmas” Potatoes

“Christmas” Potatoes

I know that this post is waaaaaaaay overdue since Christmas already seems like a long time ago.  But there’s really nothing that makes these “Christmas” potatoes other than the green kale and the red paprika. I first made these a few weeks ago and realized that the colors make them perfect for the holiday.  I would [...]

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Mashed Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes

Yesterday I said sweet potato casserole might be my favorite Thanksgiving side, but mashed potatoes give it a run for its money.  I know they seem too simple to do a post about, but I love them so much that I just can’t help myself. We don’t save them just for the holidays either.  Both [...]

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SusanV’s Sweet Potato Casserole

SusanV’s Sweet Potato Casserole

What you’re looking at might be my favorite Thanksgiving side.  I can’t even begin to put into words how much I love this sweet potato casserole.  I found the recipe last year on the Fat Free Vegan Kitchen blog and asked my friend Laurel to bring it to our vegan Thanksgiving.  She was nice enough [...]

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

I know that Brussels sprouts have a reputation for being disgusting, but when they’re cooked the right way, they’re actually really delicious.  Any vegetable is pretty gross when overcooked, so if you’ve had a bad experience with Brussels sprouts, please give them another chance.  If the fact that they taste great isn’t enough to convince [...]

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Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole

Ah, the classic Green Bean Casserole.  As a kid, I absolutely hated it.  Once I got older, I learned to appreciate it.  Once I started to cook, I learned to love it. I think anyone who’s ever made a Thanksgiving meal is familiar with the famous condensed-soup version of this recipe, but making this from [...]

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Green Market Salad

Green Market Salad

A few years ago I was in Manhattan for some improv shows, staying with my best friend, the beautiful and talented Jennifer Valle.  We took a raw foods dessert class at Matthew Kenny’s The Plant in Brooklyn.  Those desserts were some of the best I’ve ever had, and it definitely peaked my interest in raw foods. [...]

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