What is a Quince? Try This Lovely, Easy Compote

Every winter, alongside the persimmons and pomegranates, you’ll see these rather lumpy, pear-shaped fruits called quinces. If you aren’t familiar with them, you might even buy one, take it home, and wait for it to ripen, or take a bite. The hard, tannic fruit will come as a shocking surprise, and you might well toss the quince in the trash, never to buy one again. That would be a real shame, since the true character of this unique fruit is only revealed wwhen you simmer it for a good bit, and the fruit softens and releases an enticing perfume.

Sweet Roasted Roots Top a Hearty Salad

‘Tis the season to roast things. Turn that oven on to warm up and get cozy, and as long as it’s on, roast up a mess of vegetables. For a fun take on salad, try this Roasted Roots and Quinoa Salad, on a bed of spinach, and topped with a tangy Pomegranate vinaigrette. The sweet, earthy roots are beautiful to behold, and meltingly tender to bite.

Roasted Squash and Pear Salad, For the Holidays

I know, everybody looks forward to their holiday faves, whatever they may be. Sometimes, the table gets crowded with heavy comfort food, with a token vegetable just to keep it legal. Don’t forget the salad! A Roasted Squash and Pear Salad with Tart Cherry Vinaigrette is the perfect holiday salad. Your diners will get palate fatigue from all those salty, rich foods, and need a bite of something light and crunchy. Even if they are saving room for pie, they will be drawn to this colorful salad, full of snap and drizzled with a tangy dressing.

Breakfast Prep: Pumpkin Oat Bake

We all need a little help in the mornings, don’t we? That’s when a little breakfast prep comes in handy. This oat-nut and seed breakfast is baked in a pie pan, so you can cut a slice in the morning, and warm it in the microwave or saute pan. Instead of a bowl of oatmeal, you’ve got something solid, and laced with pumpkin, apples and spices. A topping of sauteed apples finishes it off, and if you choose to add a dollop of yogurt or a splash of maple, the more the merrier.

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Watch Me Cooking with Sweetcorn on Twin Cities Live!

Watch Me Cooking with Sweetcorn on Twin Cities Live!

I was on TCL to show off two of my favorite sweetcorn dishes, Elotes Rice Salad, and a Corn and Black Bean Salsa. I demonstrated the easiest way to cut the corn kernels from the cob, and how to saute corn until it’s caramelized and toasty.

Mediterranean Potato Salad on TCL

Mediterranean Potato Salad on TCL

On today’s “Monday Night Meals” segment I made a big salad of potatoes, chickpeas, olives, zucchini and more, all bathed in a lively balsamic vinaigrette. As we assembled the salad, I put to rest your concerns that potatoes are “too high-carb” to enjoy.
Go ahead and dig into potato salad, it’s a delightful and wholesome food!

Vegan Meal Prep: A 5-Week Plan with 125 Ready-to-Go Recipes

Skip the takeout, save money, eat better and prep meals like a pro with 125 healthy and delicious vegan recipes for every meal of the day.

In Vegan Meal Prep, Robin Asbell shares this solution in the form of 125 inventive and inspired recipes for breakfast, lunch, mains, snacks and desserts using vegan ingredients. Armed with five 5-day meal plans, you’ll be happy to avoid sad takeout while saving time and money.

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Breakfast Prep: Pumpkin Oat Bake

Breakfast Prep: Pumpkin Oat Bake

We all need a little help in the mornings, don’t we? That’s when a little breakfast prep comes in handy. This oat-nut and seed breakfast is baked in a pie pan, so you can cut a slice in the morning, and warm it in the microwave or saute pan. Instead of a bowl of oatmeal, you’ve got something solid, and laced with pumpkin, apples and spices. A topping of sauteed apples finishes it off, and if you choose to add a dollop of yogurt or a splash of maple, the more the merrier.

Vegan Thanksgiving to Share

Vegan Thanksgiving to Share

Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday, a time to gather with friends and family and share a meal. There’s no reason that vegans and turkey lovers and everybody in-between can’t enjoy a spread of Vegan Thanksgiving food. Serve these plant-based dishes, and everyone will be able to have a sample of something delicious. Dinner conversation is up to you!

Pumpkin Cranberry Chocolate Muffins

Pumpkin Cranberry Chocolate Muffins

As pumpkin season ramps up, it’s time to start making better versions of your favorite squash-based treats! In these tender, sweet muffies, you’ll find nuggets of chocolate and dried cranberry, for a truly worthy companion to a cup of coffee or tea. Of course, you don’t need eggs to get an open, light texture, when you use my favorite combo of bubbly mineral water and ground flax.