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Who Needs Meat? We Have Lentils for Delicious Meals.

Who Needs Meat? We Have Lentils for Delicious Meals.

Red Lentil-Carrot Hummus I recently put together a cooking segment for my favorite local TV show, Twin Cities Live. Since Covid, we are doing them via skype, from my kitchen. In light of the current situation, with so many people out of work, I wanted to get the word...

Stalking the Wild Morel for Stuffed Morels!

Stalking the Wild Morel for Stuffed Morels!

I’ve always been intrigued by the hollow shape of the morel, and decided that I wanted to make stuffed morels, if I did find any. I toyed with ideas for fillings, and settled on one that is so simple that it makes perfect sense. A saute of shiitakes, another intense mushroom in their own right, would make a dense, woodsy puree that I could stuff into that cavity. Then, each mushroom would explode with over-the-top mushroomy-ness when you took a bite.I’ve always been intrigued by the hollow shape of the morel, and decided that I wanted to make stuffed morels, if I did find any. I toyed with ideas for fillings, and settled on one that is so simple that it makes perfect sense. A saute of shiitakes, another intense mushroom in their own right, would make a dense, woodsy puree that I could stuff into that cavity. Then, each mushroom would explode with over-the-top mushroomy-ness when you took a bite.

Make a Decorated Focaccia, Brighten the Day

Make a Decorated Focaccia, Brighten the Day

Decorated Focaccia is the Easiest Bread! In these days of "stay the F#%! home," many of you have been finding time to bake. If anything good comes from our current disaster, I hope that it is a new and sustained interest in baking and cooking at home. Home made has...

Savor Citrus in Red Curry Mock Duck with 3 Oranges over Fonio

Savor Citrus in Red Curry Mock Duck with 3 Oranges over Fonio

Red Curry Mock Duck with Three Oranges In the dark, cold months of January and February, we can thank the citrus growers of Florida and California for shipping us rays of edible sunshine. Just as the winds howl and the snowbanks grow tall in Minnesota, our southern...

Smoky Carrot Lox Tartine, Make the Easy Home Version

Smoky Carrot Lox Tartine, Make the Easy Home Version

Smoky Carrot Lox Is the Bomb If you read my reviews of the hot Plant Based restaurants in DC and Miami, you might have noticed that smoked carrot lox was featured on two of those menus. For the plant-based eater with nostalgic memories of bagels and lox, the smoky...

Crush Brunch with a Frittata with Kala Namak

Crush Brunch with a Frittata with Kala Namak

Caramelized Onion and Chickpea Frittata with Kala Namak There are a few ingredients that will take your plant-based cookery to the next level. Miso, nutritional yeast, and dried mushrooms come to mind. But one you should really get to know is Black Salt, or Kala...

Meal Prep Some Garlic and Veg Confit, Break Out of Your Rut

Meal Prep Some Garlic and Veg Confit, Break Out of Your Rut

Garlic confit, if you aren't familiar with it, might sound like a complicated French dish. But really, it's a simple and easy way to prep all the garlic you need for weeks, or even months. The technique is also a great way to make vegetables into buttery soft,...

Buckwheat Biscuits, With A Crunchy Secret Ingredient

Buckwheat Biscuits, With A Crunchy Secret Ingredient

It's biscuit season, and just in time for Veganuary, I'm baking up lots of these plant-based, versatile Crunchy Buckwheat Biscuits. There are many secrets to making a great whole grain biscuit, but these pack a crunchy punch that you may never have tried before. The...

Celebrate with Tajin-Bashed Potatoes, Go Plant Based for Veganuary?

Celebrate with Tajin-Bashed Potatoes, Go Plant Based for Veganuary?

  Happy New Year! Wave goodbye to 2019, and start fresh in 2020, woo hoo! It's been a rocky year for me, I lost my Mother to cancer, and there have been a few other hard knocks, just show me my own strength. On the other hand, some great things have come my way,...

Get Crabby with Jackfruit-An Appealing Appetizer

Get Crabby with Jackfruit-An Appealing Appetizer

Plant-Based Meats are Hot! We've been watching the world of non-meat "meats" expand and evolve over the last few years, with great anticipation. Whether you are excited about the possibility of stunningly realistic fakes, or could care less if they seem just like the...

Wow Your Guests with Purple Sweet Potato Pie

Wow Your Guests with Purple Sweet Potato Pie

Still looking for a fun dessert for the holidays? Now that you've got Thanksgiving under your belt, so to speak, it's time to plan the coming feasts, parties and get-togethers. Why not shake it up with a technicolor purple pie? Yes, this Purple Sweet Potato Pie is...

Poached Pears Make an Elegant Dessert, For a Break from Pumpkin!

Poached Pears Make an Elegant Dessert, For a Break from Pumpkin!

I know we are in pumpkin pie season, but really, how many pies can you eat? Dare we break away for a moment to celebrate the beauty of the pear? I've been playing around with desserts that don't have any added sugar lately, and this recipe for Poached Pears in Cherry...

The Speedy Sheet Pan Meets Tofu and Veggies!

The Speedy Sheet Pan Meets Tofu and Veggies!

Thanksgiving is coming, and your instagram feed is filling up with holiday food porn, so you can start planning for the big day. But between now and then, you still need to eat. If you like to make a big feast, you might find yourself putting all your kitchen time in...

Roast a Whole Stalk of Brussels Sprouts for a Showpiece Dish

Roast a Whole Stalk of Brussels Sprouts for a Showpiece Dish

We've all been there. As the family sits around a table, a roasted turkey or ham is carved into slices. It's a primal scene. It's part of some hunter-gatherer genetic memory, one that's baked into our brains. Well, I think I've found a vegetable dish that has the...

Bake a Raspberry-Nectarine Slab Pie, Make People Happy!

Bake a Raspberry-Nectarine Slab Pie, Make People Happy!

On a fine Saturday morning, everything seems possible. The day stretches before me, like a bottomless well of time, free to do something adventurous. Rested and ready, I make my way to the Farmer's Market most Saturdays, where tables of colorful produce stretch out...

Make Life Easy with New Potatoes, Chickpea and Fresh Mint

Make Life Easy with New Potatoes, Chickpea and Fresh Mint

Fresh Mint Forever You really only have to plant spearmint once. I can't remember when I made the fateful move to put a little mint plant in my garden, but it was years ago. The mint flourished and spread and persists, year after year. After we eat tabouli and minty...