Purple Asparagus Satsuma Oranges Cumin-Lime Tofu and Kale Salad Grilled Asparagus Banana Pecan Sticky Buns Roasted Tomato Soup Eggplants Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes lychee rose cupcake vegan baklava lavender Test
How to Make Your Own Tofu

How to Make Your Own Tofu

Posted by on May 7, 2012 in basics, Japanese, Recipes | 2 Comments

This is kinda the ultimate vegan recipe because it yields 4 ingredients, with which you can make a multitude of dishes. The first portion of the recipe consists of making soy milk, from which you will have a bi-product called okara, the solids extracted from the liquid soy milk. Next you’ll make the tofu by ...

Grilled Asparagus with Lemon-Shallot Vinaigrette

Grilled Asparagus with Lemon-Shallot Vinaigrette

Posted by on Apr 30, 2012 in American, appetizers, Recipes, sides | No Comments

Asparagus often marks the arrival of spring, so naturally I had to make a simple dish that really showed off the wonderful flavor of this vegetable. I found the most beautiful looking purple asparagus, but have since read that it contains more sugar and less fiber than the green and white varieties. Regardless, asparagus is ...

Lotus Root & Lemongrass Soba Noodle Soup

Lotus Root & Lemongrass Soba Noodle Soup

Posted by on Apr 23, 2012 in entrées, Japanese, Recipes, soups | No Comments

Today is Earth Day! Well…technically yesterday was…but it was Earth Day when I wrote this. What better way to celebrate than with a dish that’s vibrant and full of delicious vegetables?! I have to admit, I think its kinda perfect that I was also born on Earth Day Sometimes the best way to prepare great ...

Cumin-Lime Tofu and Kale Salad with Avocado, Blueberries, Shredded Beets and Spicy Pepitas

Cumin-Lime Tofu and Kale Salad with Avocado, Blueberries, Shredded Beets and Spicy Pepitas

Considering that my last post was a ridiculously decadent carrot cake, I thought, perhaps a little salad is in order? Upon moving to Bellevue I discovered that blueberries are the fruit of choice among farmers in my area. Awesome! I love fresh blueberries and even better, I’ll be able to frequent u-pick farms during the ...

Carrot Cake with Vanilla-Cardamom Cream Cheese Frosting, Crystalized Ginger and Candied Walnuts

Carrot Cake with Vanilla-Cardamom Cream Cheese Frosting, Crystalized Ginger and Candied Walnuts

Posted by on Apr 10, 2012 in American, desserts, Recipes | No Comments

After a long couple of months, having moved across the country from Champaign, Illinois to Bellevue, Washington, I’m back…and I come bearing cake! What better way to celebrate a new home, in a new city, than with a decadent carrot cake. A little comfort food to help me settle back into my life. I’m excited ...

Rosemary Sweet Potato Focaccia Pizza

Rosemary Sweet Potato Focaccia Pizza

Posted by on Mar 1, 2012 in appetizers, entrées, Italian, Recipes | One Comment

Sweet potatoes are kinda awesome. Until recently, I had no idea that they contain more nutritional value than any other vegetable. Who knew? So why not sneak them into something like bread to make it even more delicious! Since this bread is fairly sweet, it goes really well with rosemary. I also think that olives ...

Creamy Kentucky Grits with Crispy Rosemary Mushroom Bacon and Country Rock Sorghum Syrup

Creamy Kentucky Grits with Crispy Rosemary Mushroom Bacon and Country Rock Sorghum Syrup

Posted by on Feb 6, 2012 in American, breakfast, entrées, Recipes | No Comments

We were recently gifted some Kentucky white stone ground grits (Weisenberger Mill) and Country Rock Sweet Sorghum from our friends Danny and Mirra. Thank you!! I’m finally getting the chance to put these ingredients to good use. I just want to take a moment to say that I completely support Danny and Mirra in their ...

Yellow Squash Involtini with Roasted Red Pepper Coulis, Fresh Basil and Pickled Red Onions

Yellow Squash Involtini with Roasted Red Pepper Coulis, Fresh Basil and Pickled Red Onions

Posted by on Jan 26, 2012 in appetizers, entrées, Italian, Recipes | One Comment

Pickled red onions are an awesome addition to this dish. Along with the red pepper coulis, they help to create a more complex flavor. If you think about it, the addition of pickled red onion isn’t THAT strange considering that ratatouille is sometimes served with involtini and it has a slightly sour, pickled flavor to ...

Al (Cap)Pacino Cupcakes

Al (Cap)Pacino Cupcakes

Posted by on Jan 18, 2012 in American, desserts | No Comments

Cupcakes for your Scarface. Hands down, coffee is my favorite flavor for dessert. We have an amazing local roastery here in Champaign called Columbia Street Roastery. The delicious aroma of roasting coffee beans as I walk into the store always brings a serene smile to my face. For this recipe, I highly recommend using freshly ...

Soy-Nog Pancakes

Soy-Nog Pancakes

Posted by on Dec 27, 2011 in American, breakfast, Recipes | No Comments

For many vegans, the holidays are marked by the arrival of delicious Soy-Nog at the grocery store. Although I was never a fan of the real stuff, I do quite like the soy version. Something about the combination of spices (cinnamon, nutmeg and clove) makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I think these ...