Polenta Soup

Polenta Soup

Ingredients 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more to serve 2 large shallots peeled and minced 1-2 tablespoon herbs de Provence 1⁄2 teaspoon Aleppo pepper or pinch of red chili flakes. 4 quarts veggie broth Kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste 1 cup coarse stone ground yellow cornmeal 1 can rinsed and drained…

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Roasted Spiced Cauliflower & Chickpeas

Roasted Cauliflower & Chickpeas

Here’s my take on another Melissa Clark recipe that will warm your heart and fill your tummy. There are a few steps to get these veggies to the oven, but then it’s pleasantly hands-off until dinner. I discovered that there is just enough baking time to get a short walk in before the winter sun…

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White Bean, Kale and Tomato Soup

White Bean, Kale and Tomato Soup

Just home from shopping at the local co-op, I needed a comforting soup that would come together quickly. This tomato-based beauty worked like a charm. The ingredients are all pantry staples, and a package of frozen spinach could easily sub in for the kale. Ingredients Olive oil 2 large shallots peeled and finely chopped 1…

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On Demand Sourdough Flatbread

GF Sourdough Flatbread

This final week of meal prep before our cross-country move was made all the easier with a large batch of this Sourdough Flatbread in the fridge.  If you’ve missed my sharing Aran Goyoaga’s sourdough starter,  here it is again. Start it on a Friday morning, and by Wednesday, you will be making bread.  Several things…

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Mushroom and Walnut Bolognese

Mushroom and Walnut Bolognese

Adapted from Alexa Weibel’s Vegan Bolognese  Trust me on this, double this recipe because you will surely want more later in the week ahead.  Ingredients 1 cup (100 grams)  shelled gently chopped toasted walnuts  Kosher salt and black pepper 1.5 lbs fresh mushrooms (use a combination of shiitake and baby bella)  olive oil, plus more…

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Gluten Free Sourdough Bread

Gluten Free Sourdough Bread

There was something incredibly comforting about baking this in the midst of packing and listing our home for sale. In a week that felt like a tangle of loose ends, this loaf was solid and real. My wish is that this is the recipe that convinces you to keep a jar of sourdough starter in…

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Minestrone Soup

Minestrone Soup

Direct from Lauren’s kitchen to yours.   Ingredients Olive Oil 1 large late summer squash or zucchini- chopped in bite-sized pieces and oven roasted or sautéed in a pan until just tender but holding their shape well 1 onion peeled and chopped  1 large or four small sweet peppers seeded and chopped 2 heaping TBL…

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Baked Red Rice & Beans

Baked Red Rice & Beans

When I returned to my kitchen after three weeks away, my deep desire for comfort food was in direct conflict with my lack of desire to grocery shop. I recalled bookmarking a pantry-friendly recipe in NYT prior to leaving that was a perfect match for the cold front moving into Texas.  With a few adaptions,…

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Vegan Tortilla Soup

Vegan Tortilla Soup

I will apologize right up front to my dear Hispanic readers for my straying from tradition with this recipe. And yet such is the life of the vegan, always in search of ways to capture the essence of traditional recipes.  So please forgive me as I share this quick and tasty interpretation.  Ingredients 8 Yellow…

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Avocado Tahini Spread

Avocado Tahini Spread

There’s nothing like slow, simple meals that allow for some autonomous assembly. One of my favorites centers around a loaf or two of whole grain bread and a mix of spreads and toppings. If that sounds appealing, you might want to consider adding this bright green beauty to your own collection. Adapted from Salma Hage,…

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Summer Curry

Summer Curry

The secret to this curry is in steaming the vegetables just enough to be tender, and if you have not yet had steamed eggplant, you are in for a treat. You can use any form of a steamer.  Mine is a simple insert from Ikea that fits into a larger stainless steel pot.   Ingredients…

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Asian Inspired Greens

Asian Inspired Greens

When I discover fresh greens in August in Texas, I honestly can’t say no. That is exactly the reason that led to my having a bag of braising baby greens, a bunch of chard, and another bunch of spicy mustard, all needing to be cooked at once. I immediately knew that I would turn to…

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