Bowls of various legumes (chickpeas, green peas, red lentils, canadian lentils, indian lentils, black lentils, green lentils; yellow peas, green mung beans) on wooden background
Sheet Pan Gnocci

Sheet Pan Gnocchi

By Lauren | November 12, 2021

Mentally and creatively caught up this week in explorations beyond my kitchen I was in search of straightforward simplicity. Inspired by Ali Slagle’s NYT recipe I ad-libbed my own version using what I could scavenge…

Aubergine Stacks

Aubergine Stacks

By Lauren | October 29, 2021

I love these yummy stacks and although they require a few steps the results are so worth it.  The presentation is just beautiful. 2 servings as a main dish Stacks Ingredients 2 medium aubergine sliced…

Sri Lankan Coconut Greens and Dal

Sri Lankan Coconut Greens and Dal

By Lauren | October 22, 2021

I love nothing better than a good dal and so when I come across an exceptional one I really take notice. Meera Sodha never fails to deliver recipes that are spot-on the spice and easy…

Crispy Polenta & White Beans

Creamy White Beans over Crispy Polenta

By Lauren | September 24, 2021

One of my favorite kitchen challenges is to capture the essence of a dish with only my memory of the flavors as a guide. While I may not have captured the exquisite visual appeal, the…

Eggplant and Lentil Stew

Eggplant and Lentil Stew

By Lauren | September 3, 2021

Here’s a stew inspired by Yotom Ottolenghi to carry you into fall and it is a much deserved helping of pure comfort in a bowl.  Ingredients Olive oil 1 Red onion, peeled and finely chopped…

barbacoa mushrooms

Barbacoa Mushrooms

By Lauren | August 21, 2021

Despite residing in the Southwest for over 12 years I am not particularly knowledgeable when it comes to chilis. My dear German husband though nearly perfect in many ways is not a fan of spicy…

Tahini Miso Glazed Eggplant

Tahini-Miso Glazed Eggplant

By Lauren | August 6, 2021

Here’s a delightfully delicious way to showcase gorgeous Asian eggplant now in season. Recipe inspired by Hetty McKinnon’s Ginger Scallion Glazed Eggplant, To Asia with Love.  This book is well worth the purchase even if…

Tomato Glazed Cauliflower

Tomato Glazed Cauliflower

By Lauren | July 23, 2021

I really did not believe there was a cauliflower recipe I had not tried and then along came this one, and wow!  It is so yummy and so simple I’d make it again tomorrow!  Inspired…

red lentil bolognese

Red Lentil Bolognese

By Lauren | May 1, 2021

Adapted from Vegan Richa’s Lentil Bolognese Ingredients 1 package of gluten free spaghetti 1 cup of red lentils  Olive oil 2 pkgs or 1lb of mushrooms chopped  1 onion, peeled and finely  1-2 shallots or …

Vegan Moussaka

Vegan Moussaka

By Lauren | March 24, 2021

I really haven’t thought about Moussaka in years, actually decades. The last time I had it in fact was at a pub in Oxford for heaven’s sake. I do remember it being an amazing comfort…

Lemony White Bean Soup

Lemony White Bean Soup

By Lauren | January 20, 2021

Bringing together simple, good quality ingredients makes for kitchen magic. This delicious Lemony White Bean Soup is a stand-out example of that principle.  INGREDIENTS 3 tablespoons olive oil 2 large carrots, diced 1 bunch sturdy…

Creamy Butternut Sage Pasta

By Lauren | August 6, 2020

Inspiration for this recipe came in the form of my prolific sage plant and the oversized butternut squash that arrived in my CSA last week. As I write this it is seriously taking every bit…