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Oscars 2013 – Part 2

Oscars 2013 – Part 2

Right on the heels of Part 1 of my Oscar post comes Part 2!  Here’s the “Argochoke Dip: Go Cluck Yourself”, which I posted about a few weeks ago.  This was a big hit.  We had a couple vegetarians at the party, but no other vegans.  In case you’d be worried to serve this to [...]

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Betty Goes Vegan Review Part 3 – Girlfriend’s Mock Chicken Salad

Betty Goes Vegan Review Part 3 – Girlfriend’s Mock Chicken Salad

This recipe from Betty Goes Vegan was easy and SO delicious.  I loved the bright lemon flavor, and I don’t think I would have thought to use lemon juice in a mock chicken salad.  It’s so good!  I used to not be a fan of celery in pretty much anything, but it was great in [...]

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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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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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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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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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Spring Panzanella Salad

Spring Panzanella Salad

This bright green spring salad is one of my favorites.  I love panzanella salads in general (who wouldn’t love a bread salad?!), and this version from Michael Chiarello is really awesome.  Thank god I finally like asparagus and peas – if you’d served this to me as a kid I’d have probably made a wise-crack [...]

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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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“Chicken” Salad Sandwich

“Chicken” Salad Sandwich

I was trying to think of what to make for dinner the other day, and it was one of those hot days when you know you’re not going to feel like cooking, but you want something good to eat.  I’d gone to Whole Foods and saw a chicken salad they make that I actually used [...]

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More SunPower Natural Cafe

More SunPower Natural Cafe

Ryan and I had another chance to head over to SunPower Natural Cafe, and I guess I’m a fan of their drinks since this is the second one that I’m posting about! This is the Fresh Squeezed Lemonade with Agave, and I think I can say without exaggeration, that this is the best lemonade I’ve [...]

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Corn & Edamame Sesame Salad

Corn & Edamame Sesame Salad

Now for the best part of going to The Hollywood Bowl – the food!  It’s been a while since we’ve entertained or since I’ve cooked real food, so I was excited to try some new recipes.  I looked through Veganomicon because I hadn’t done that in a while, and tried to find some things that [...]

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