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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...

Plant Based Fish in Summer Rolls? Meet Me at Veg Fest for Freebies!

Plant Based Fish in Summer Rolls? Meet Me at Veg Fest for Freebies!

Plant Based Fish, The Next Big Thing Plant Based Meats have been the food trend to watch, in recent years. I even wrote a book about it. Hot on the heels of mock meats is a new growth industry: Plant Based Fish. The hunger for familiar, high protein foods that come...

Golden Oats, Delicious Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Golden Oats, Delicious Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Life is dangerous. No matter how careful you are, pain is hovering in the wings, waiting for its moment. I can't help with all the emotional pains, but lately, I've been looking for foods to help out with the physical ones. Anti-inflammatory foods have become my...

Meal Prep: Make Chocolatey Zucchini Brownies

Meal Prep: Make Chocolatey Zucchini Brownies

Chocolate is always in season, isn't it? Whether we are snuggled inside on a February snow day, or wilting in the heat of a humid August scorcher, chocolate always seems like a good idea. Right now, it's zucchini season, and I can think of no better way to put a...

Keep Cool, Bake a Slow Cooker Dessert with Summer Fruit

Keep Cool, Bake a Slow Cooker Dessert with Summer Fruit

It's an unavoidable truth. The summer fruits are perfect for baking into pies and crisps at the same time that you don't want to turn on the oven. July and August are already heating up the house, and the last thing I want is to crank the oven for a couple of hours....

Craveable Crispy Potato and Sweetcorn Croquettes

Craveable Crispy Potato and Sweetcorn Croquettes

Sweetcorn is here August is peak market time in Minnesota. Since Spring, there has been a teasingly gradual roll-out of my favorite vegetables and fruits, starting with radishes and rhubarb, moving to asparagus and raspberries, then finally, tomatoes, sweet corn, and...

Make a Pizza with Edible Flowers, It’s Like Eating Summer

Make a Pizza with Edible Flowers, It’s Like Eating Summer

I recently did a cooking demonstration at the Mill City Farmer’s Market, showing the crowd how to cook stuffed squash blossoms. The number of people who told me that they had no idea that you could even eat squash blossoms convinced me that it’s time to talk about...

Beets and Cukes in Miso Dressing with Pickled Ginger

Beets and Cukes in Miso Dressing with Pickled Ginger

I love beets. Their sweet, earthy essence seems to scare some people away, but not me. I do find it frustrating that the only way that beets are served in restaurants these days is in a salad with feta, chevre, or bleu. The sweetness of the beets is a perfect foil for...

Try Fresh Currants in this Easy Kanten

Try Fresh Currants in this Easy Kanten

Kanten It was a great farmer's market find. Fresh Red Currants were ripe and ready at the market, and it was too hot to bake. So, I made kanten. Kanten is the plant-based world's answer to Jell-o, and it couldn't be more refreshing. Don't tell anyone it's vegan, just...

Strawberry Vegan Cupcakes You Need To Make Now

Strawberry Vegan Cupcakes You Need To Make Now

Some things just happen. Like the confluence of my own birthday with the arrival of petite "honeoye strawberries" at the Farmer's Market. Yes, Happy Birthday to me! I have a vegan baking class coming up, and the vegan cupcakes that I teach in that class are perfect...

Sesame Turmeric Dressing Prep Makes the Week Easy

Sesame Turmeric Dressing Prep Makes the Week Easy

It's all about that Prep If you want to eat well, you have to meal prep. One of the most basic meal components to prep is your salad dressing. It's sooo quick to make, and sooo much better than the store-bought stuff. If you've been known to buy salad greens, only to...

Strawberry Season Bundt Cake To Rock Your World

Strawberry Season Bundt Cake To Rock Your World

It's Strawberry Season. That means, even here in Minnesota, the best, locally grown strawberries have finally reached their sweet, rosy ripeness. We make do all year with the bounty of California and Mexico, or do without. Until now. It's a short window, and deserving...