Sweet & Savory Stuffed Peppers

Sweet & Savory Stuffed Peppers

Posted by on Jul 7, 2011 in American, entrées, Fusion, Italian, Recipes | No Comments

To celebrate the 4th of July I decided to forego the BBQ this year and try something new. For some reason stuffed peppers popped into my head. I headed out to Pontious Farm early in the day to see what I could find. Slim pickens right now, but I did find some beautiful red currants (the ...

Lemon-Pepper Linguini with Roma Tomatoes and Basil, Sautéed Broccolini and Kale Flowers

Lemon-Pepper Linguini with Roma Tomatoes and Basil, Sautéed Broccolini and Kale Flowers

Posted by on Jun 12, 2011 in entrées, Italian, Recipes | No Comments

This morning was my first trip to the Urbana Farmers Market! I always get so inspired with all of the beautiful produce. I felt like I wanted to keep things fairly simple, since all of the ingredients are organic and have incredible flavor. If you can’t find kale flowers, just use more broccolini. Pasta Ingredients: ...

Vegan Pad Thai

Vegan Pad Thai

Posted by on Jun 4, 2011 in entrées, Recipes, Thai | No Comments

I love me some pad thai! Hopefully this will satisfy your cravings the way it did mine! It takes a few hours to make, so plan ahead! You can always make the sauce in advance, as well as soak the noodles. This will cut the cooking time significantly. Pad Thai Sauce: 2 cups tamarind juice ...

Vegan Pizza

Vegan Pizza

Posted by on May 27, 2011 in entrées, Italian, Recipes | No Comments

Just because you’re vegan doesn’t mean that you can’t have some kick-ass pizza! Especially if you’re using Daiya cheese, which I’ve found is THE BEST alternative to cheese because it actually melts and tastes awesome. Here’s how I made my pizza: Dough Ingredients: 1 1/2 packets of Active Dry Yeast 1 tbsp fine grain sugar ...

Butternut Squash Risotto with Fried Sage Leaves

Butternut Squash Risotto with Fried Sage Leaves

Posted by on Feb 4, 2011 in entrées, Italian, Recipes | One Comment

Ah, the dreaded risotto. I avoided it for years, picturing Gordon Ramsay screaming in my face about how much I suck. But I have overcome my fear, and have learned that risotto doesn’t have to be as difficult as one might think. As long as you understand a few basic steps and why you are ...

Spanakopita with Kalamata Olives and Toasted Pine Nuts

Spanakopita with Kalamata Olives and Toasted Pine Nuts

Posted by on Jan 26, 2011 in entrées, Greek, Recipes | One Comment

This has to be one of my favorite dishes. I love Greek flavors. I also love anything that gives my hemoglobin a nice little boost (the blood bank told me I have excellent hemoglobin levels so it must be working!) Spinach will do that for ya! Spanakopita is basically a spinach pie, traditionally filled with ...

Hobo Stephen’s Nightmare

Hobo Stephen’s Nightmare

Posted by on Jan 18, 2011 in American, entrées, Recipes, soups | 2 Comments

When the temperature drops to 15 degrees, all I want to do is curl up on the couch with my dog Izzy (aka The Wiggle Worm) and eat a big bowl of chili. There may be some reality tv involved… But, if you have a delicate constitution (i.e. a pungent butt trumpet) then you may ...

Potato Gnocchi with Aged Balsamic, Tomatoes and Basil

Potato Gnocchi with Aged Balsamic, Tomatoes and Basil

Posted by on Dec 7, 2010 in entrées, Italian, Recipes | No Comments

First off, let me say THANK YOU to my friend Melinda who was kind enough to supply me with fresh potatoes from her parents’ garden!! They were red potatoes and I would normally use Russet potatoes, but I thought I’d give it a shot. They turned out great, but required way more flour than I’m ...

Pecan and Herb Crusted Seitan

Pecan and Herb Crusted Seitan

Posted by on Nov 27, 2010 in American, entrées, Recipes | No Comments

Photo by Jenni Kotting Makes about 8 large cutlets First you’ll need 2 lbs homemade seitan cutlets (see Our Lord Seitan recipe) Marinade Ingredients: 3 Tbsp thyme, chopped 1/4 cup tarragon, chopped 1 head of garlic, minced (should be about 1/2 cup) 9 ounces tomato paste 1/4 cup brown rice vinegar 1/4 cup ume plum ...

Our Lord Seitan

Our Lord Seitan

Posted by on Nov 1, 2010 in American, basics, entrées, Recipes | 2 Comments

Today is World Vegan Day and we’d like to take a moment to honor Our Lord Seitan. This is a basic recipe for homemade seitan, a versatile protein which can be marinated and cooked just like any old slab o’ flesh. There are some vegans who refuse to eat anything resembling meat… well, we ain’t ...