Nectarine Basil Salsa

Nectarine Basil Salsa

Posted by on Aug 21, 2011 in appetizers, Latin American, Recipes | No Comments

My friend Melinda and I were recently vacationing in Florida. I seriously can’t think of a better post-beach snack than chips and salsa. We were determined to make a different salsa for each day we were there. Yep. We’re just a couple ‘a salsa whores. Here’s one of our favorites! Ingredients: 2 Nectarines, preferably organic ...

Cherry Mint Salsa

Cherry Mint Salsa

Posted by on Aug 21, 2011 in appetizers, Latin American, Recipes | No Comments

This salsa goes really well with cinnamon-sugar tortilla chips. I’m just sayin’… Ingredients: 2 Cups Pitted Black Cherries, chopped 1 tbsp Red Onion, finely diced Juice of one lime 2 tbsp Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice 1 tsp Orange Zest 1 Jalapeño Pepper, finely diced (keep the seeds for more heat) 1 tbsp Fresh Mint, finely ...

Spicy Plum Salsa

Spicy Plum Salsa

Posted by on Aug 21, 2011 in appetizers, Latin American, Recipes | No Comments

This is my friend Mel’s favorite salsa (a.k.a. Lady Beast Salsa.) Ingredients: 8 Ripe Plums, pits removed and chopped 1 Orange, sectioned and chopped 1 Lime, sectioned and chopped 1/4 Cup Red Bell Pepper, finely chopped 3 tbsp Red Onion, finely chopped 1 Jalapeño Pepper, finely chopped (with seeds for more heat) 1-2 tbsp Fresh ...

Roasted Red Pepper Coulis

Roasted Red Pepper Coulis

Posted by on Jan 4, 2011 in dressings, Recipes | No Comments

What is a coulis, you may ask? Well…its a type of thick sauce made from puréed vegetables and fruits. I had the best red pepper coulis EVER at a local restaurant here in Champaign called Bacaro. Its not a vegan restaurant, but the chef used to be vegan, so he is kind enough to prepare ...

Lemon-Horseradish Cream

Lemon-Horseradish Cream

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

Photo by Jenni Kotting I loves me some horseradish!!! I think I acquired a taste for it from my dad. This sauce pairs well with mashed potatoes, roasted veggies, grilled seitan, etc, etc, etc. Makes for a tasty dip too. I prefer to use fresh horseradish root, but prepared horseradish will do just fine. Ingredients: ...

Porcini Mushroom Gravy

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

I love gravy. I can’t think of a better condiment for my mashed potatoes. And just because I’m vegan doesn’t mean that I can’t have some kick-ass gravy. Mushrooms are packed with B vitamins, potassium, selenium (an antioxidant,) and are an excellent source of fiber. Different types of mushrooms can have different benefits, for instance, ...