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Aphrodisiac Salad

Aphrodisiac Salad

Last year I made an Aphrodisiac Pasta dish for Valentine’s Day, and this year I wanted to make something else that also incorporates foods with aphrodisiac qualities.  This would make a great start to your main meal, or a nice light lunch to get you ready for the big night.  It’s pretty effortless to throw [...]

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My Favorite Chili

My Favorite Chili

I make this chili all the time, but I realized that I’ve never posted about it.  With the Super Bowl just days away, now seemed like a perfect time!  Chili is a classic football favorite that will definitely keep you warm as you root for your team on Sunday. This recipe originally comes from PETA, [...]

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Beef-less Stew with Herb Biscuits

Beef-less Stew with Herb Biscuits

Happy New Year!  Ryan and I flew back yesterday, and I took the opportunity last night to use my Christmas present from him – a Le Creuset dutch oven and matching trivet!  I’ve wanted one of these for a loooooooooong time.  I was always torn about which color I’d want, but when I saw that [...]

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Easy Chestnut Soup

Easy Chestnut Soup

For some reason I’ve really been wanting to cook with chestnut this year.  I have to admit that I’m intimidated to roast them myself, and they can also be a bit pricey.  Fortunately Trader Joe’s has pre-cooked vacuum-sealed packages of them that are so convenient to use and are also reasonable priced.  Aw yeah! I [...]

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Cheesy Broccoli Casserole

Cheesy Broccoli Casserole

Guys, I’m feeling beat today.  It’s gray and drizzly, which is actually kind of nice, but it isn’t helping me to feel more awake.  It’s been a long week, I  have a busy weekend coming up, and then lots of cooking next week for Thanksgiving. Why am I telling you all this?  Because this Cheesy [...]

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Heirloom Sweet Peppers

Heirloom Sweet Peppers

Every autumn I admire the the piles of colorful peppers at the Farmers Market that seem to be overflowing from every stand this time of year.  They start to show up at the end of the summer season, and they look so beautiful that I’ve always felt like I should be buying them up like [...]

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Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Happy 4th Vegan Month of Food!  This is my second year participating in Vegan MoFo, and I’m really excited to be a part of it again.  I’ll be posting every day of the week, along with literally hundreds of other bloggers from all over the world!  It’s big, ya’all. I decided to kick off MoFo [...]

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Grilled Avocado & Heirloom Tomato Salad with Green Goddess Dressing

Grilled Avocado & Heirloom Tomato Salad with Green Goddess Dressing

Even though it’s technically fall, we’re still dealing with some very hot weather here in Los Angeles, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to let up anytime soon.  Since heirloom tomatoes still abound at the farmers’ market, and given that it feels like summer here, I thought I’d share this Grilled Avocado and Heirloom [...]

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Vegetarian Times Corn-Quinoa Salad

Vegetarian Times Corn-Quinoa Salad

Even though all the kiddies are heading back to school and we’re approaching labor day, I kind of feel like summer is just starting because it’s finally gotten really hot here. When it’s super hot out nothing tastes better to me than a simple and refreshing salad, and this Corn-Quinoa Salad from Vegetarian Times makes [...]

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Hollywood Bowl Picnic – Curried Tempeh Mango Salad Sandwich

Hollywood Bowl Picnic – Curried Tempeh Mango Salad Sandwich

This past weekend, we went to see “Planet Earth Live” at the Hollywood Bowl with our good friends Tim and Ildy.   I always love a night out at the bowl, complete with tasty food and wine, good friends and live music, all whilst tucked away in the Hollywood hills.  It’s definitely one of my favorites [...]

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Green Bean Potato Salad with Shallot Vinaigrette

Green Bean Potato Salad with Shallot Vinaigrette

Okay, right off the bat I have to tell you that yours truly took the above photo.  I don’t think I’m anywhere near Ryan’s level yet (although in my defense, he has been doing it for over fifteen years and happens to be amazingly talented), but I think I’m off to a good start!  He’s [...]

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A Vegan Afternoon Tea

A Vegan Afternoon Tea

When I studied abroad in London I was fortunate enough to enjoy several afternoon teas.  I love sweets, I love sandwiches, and I actually prefer tea to coffee, so a classic tea is a little piece of heaven for me.  I know that my love of this tasty ritual informed my menu of baked goods [...]

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Polenta with Balsamic Kale & White Beans

Polenta with Balsamic Kale & White Beans

I’m a huge fan of polenta.  I know it’s really easy to make from scratch, but I like to buy the pre-made tubes of it for even easier meals.  Sliced up and pan fried (or baked), it makes the perfect base for so many different toppings. I had some kale on hand that I needed [...]

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