One-pot Pasta Love

Before Logan left for college she asked me many times to teach her how to make one of her favorite dishes, “yeasty pasta,” which is made with nutritional yeast flakes.  During the hustle and bustle of her senior year, that just didn’t happen, but over family weekend, I made the dish for Logan and her roommates,…

A Watched Pot…

One of the best pieces of kitchen advice I heard, from a busy mom / professional / foodie point of view, was last year at the culinary tent during the Tucson Festival of Books.  This monumental nugget was first thing when you get home from work, put a pot of water on to boil, the…

Dollar-Store-Dorm Garbanzo Crunchies

In October, during Family Weekend, Logan and I went to the Boston Veg Food Festival, which is one of the largest Vegan Food Fests in the country.  Besides loading up on many free samples and give-aways, we also tried some amazing dishes.  One dish, which was some sort of bowl of grains with vegetables and…

Mushroom Miso

  Miso soup is my go-to cure all.  Allergies, cold, sinus infection… a steamy bowl of homemade miso soup is an instant pick-me-up.  To bring out the umami taste, I decided to add a few different varieties of mushrooms, which also made for a rich broth. Ingredients Garlic scapes – 4 stalks, diced 2 cloves…

The Big Salad

If you were of fan of the show Seinfeld, a “Big Salad” will bring back memories of Elaine and the diner scene, when she asks for a big salad, in a big bowl, with lots of things in it.  For me, a big salad makes me think of my friends Benis and Hugh, who live…

Plant-Based and Oil-Free

You might have noticed that some of my blog posts have taken a more plant-based approach, which is no accident.  In the past months, my eating habits and choices are taking a conscious move toward a vegan lifestyle.  Beyond just vegan, I have been moving away from using any type of oil, either in cooking…

Something’s Sprouting!

For the past three years or so, I have not been able to get enough of super-fresh sprouts and micro greens from the Santa Cruz River Farmers Market.  It’s hit-or-miss, as the timing of the farmers market is not always convenient for me, so I don’t go that often, and the vendor who was selling them…