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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Vegan Eggplant Fideuà

Vegan Eggplant Fideuà

Intrigued recently by this Ottolenghi Guardian Catalan receipe this fideuà is a remarkable blend of flavors and textures. Not familiar with the term, I learned that it was a bit of a cross between a risotto and paella and often features shrimp and fish. Admittedly the many steps involved are not for the impatient, but…

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Herbed Pumpkin Seed Dressing

Herbed Pumpkin Seed Dressing

I’ve managed to keep a lovely herb garden alive this summer and absolutely delight in harvesting twice a week to make up a luscious dressing for salads. I eat a large raw salad daily, rotating ingredients with the season.  You will find that this dressing is equally delicious on a raw broccoli salad, a cabbage…

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Vegan Eggplant Parmesan

Vegan Eggplant Parmesan

What would eggplant season be without a vegan version of eggplant parm? In this version I cut out the breading and frying making it a healthier and simplier dish to prepare. And because it’s now eggplant season in Texas expect to see a few more recipes that feature this summertime superstar. Ingredients 3 medium-large eggplants,…

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Herbed Mushroom Pizza

Herbed Mushroom PIzza

Have you ever cooked a pizza in your cast iron skillet? The results are truly amazing and if you can manage to do this in a convection toaster you can enjoy fresh made pizza without a sweltering kitchen. Here’s a no-recipe walk thru to guide you through the assembly process.  Ingredients Crust I suggest you…

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