Fava Bean Bruschetta

Fava Bean Bruschetta

Posted by on Jul 11, 2012 in appetizers, Italian, Recipes, sides | 4 Comments

I know that I recently posted a fava bean recipe…but they’re so good!! Since they’re in season and I can’t get enough of ‘em (despite the extra work they require) I am posting yet another delicious way to prepare them. This is super simple, but takes a little time. It’s a great summer appetizer when ...

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 ...

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 ...

Roasted Pepper and Black Olive Salad

Roasted Pepper and Black Olive Salad

Posted by on Nov 21, 2011 in appetizers, Italian, sides | 2 Comments

I love this salad cuz it looks like a party on a plate. And since peppers are still available at the farmers market, I decided to have at it. It can seem like a lot of work, to roast the peppers, peel and seed them, but I promise its worth it. Roasting the peppers will ...

Mushroom Risotto

Mushroom Risotto

Posted by on Nov 14, 2011 in entrées, Italian, Recipes | No Comments

I love me some fungus! Mushrooms have become an important part of my vegan diet since they have so many wonderful health benefits. About 1/3 of their dry weight is protein and they’re a great source of b vitamins and minerals. Mushrooms are also a sustainable food, seeing as they can be grown in large ...

Rosemary & Balsamic Chickpeas

Rosemary & Balsamic Chickpeas

Posted by on Sep 26, 2011 in Italian, Recipes, sides | No Comments

This is a super simple and quick recipe that seems to be my go-to when I don’t have much energy to cook, but need some protein. It’s nothing fancy pants, but it sure can taste that way, especially if you have some good quality balsamic vinegar and olive oil on hand. I think that these ...

Cranberry Mustard Relish

Cranberry Mustard Relish

Posted by on Sep 24, 2011 in American, appetizers, Italian, sides | No Comments

Photo by Jenni Kotting This recipe was adapted from Mario Batali’s cookbook, Babbo. Makes for a great addition to Thanksgiving or even a little spread for sandwiches. Mmmm Ingredients: 2 cups granulated sugar 12 oz fresh cranberries (one bag) 3 tbsp dry ground mustard 1 tsp truffle oil (You can also use mustard oil or ...

Roasted Eggplant and Heirloom Tomato Tart with Fresh Basil Pesto

Roasted Eggplant and Heirloom Tomato Tart with Fresh Basil Pesto

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

Since tomatoes are in season and I have been waiting all year for these amazing heirloom varieties, I’m posting another tomato recipe. I went to the Urbana Farmers Market this morning and found some gorgeous heirlooms along with a few varieties of eggplant. I can’t even tell you how much I love farmers markets. I ...

Roasted Heirloom Tomato Soup with Fresh Sage

Roasted Heirloom Tomato Soup with Fresh Sage

Posted by on Aug 4, 2011 in appetizers, Italian, Recipes, sides, soups | No Comments

Yesterday I found myself at Prairie Fruits Farm, sayin’ hey to the goats and checkin’ out what produce Blue Moon Farm had to offer. For those of you who live in Champaign/Urbana, Prairie Fruits Farm has a “Sale on the Farm” every Tuesday from 3-7pm. They also have some amazing Sorbetto made with locally grown ...

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 ...