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June 2016

Recipes Soups Vegan

Summer Tomato Soup

June 30, 2016

I’ve never been a fan of tomato soup. I don’t have any positive associations with the overly sweet, canned variety that was served with grilled cheese sandwiches at school cafeterias. It was unlikely, therefore, that I would ever order it for myself on a menu as an adult: too much of a risk of it tasting like the canned stuff. But recently, at my friend Eren’s house, I had a life changing tomato soup – it was so good that…

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Desserts Recipes Vegan

Vegan Cupcakes Take Over My World

June 22, 2016

I love cookbooks, and this summer I’ve been cooking my way through a couple vegan cookbooks, whose authors are considered among the best recipe developers in the vegan world, Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. Why vegan, if I haven’t given up meat completely? I’ve gone through phases where I only ate vegetarian but at the moment I would consider myself a flexitarian, meaning I’m eating mostly vegetarian/vegan with one or two meals a week in the fish or…

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Desserts Recipes

Unity Cookies

June 15, 2016

It’s been a sad week for Orlando. It’s hard to know what to do without feeling helpless. I took the advice of the New York Times Cooking email this week to “just bake.” Sunday night I made s’mores cupcakes from the Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World cookbook. They were delicious but in my sadness I forgot to add soy milk until the end, so they looked like lumpy Hobbit treats after I baked them.  On Monday my daughter decided…

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Chicken Dinners Recipes

Enchiladas Verdes

June 8, 2016

I will never forget the first time I had green enchiladas… in a restaurant in Madrid when I was just out of college. They were a revelation from the red sauce enchiladas I’d only tried up until that time. Eventually I learned that their green color came from salsa verde made from tomatillos. They are from the nightshade family, as are tomatoes, but they are not the same thing as green tomatoes.  Tomatillos come from a different plant, are slightly…

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School lunch plans… keeping it real

June 6, 2016

Have you ever seen those images of “school lunch at beginning of year” versus “school lunch at the end of year”? In honor of the last week of school, I’m posting one of my beginning-of-the-year-ones here. Check out the homemade taco cups with turkey breast picadillo, fruit, cucumbers drizzled in a balsamic vinaigrette, and a cheese stick! The end of the year lunch… well, there’s a reason why I’m not taking any pictures. The lunch in the picture was inspired…

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Dinners Recipes Vegetarian

Quinoa Veggie Burgers with Caramelized Onions

June 1, 2016

Homemade veggie burgers are so much better than the frozen kind, and I think everyone should try making them. A few of my favorites are Mark Bittman’s super easy recipe with black beans and oats, and the veggie burgers from the restaurant Hillstone (formerly Houston’s), which feature beets and are slightly sweet. (A copycat recipe is out there on the Internet – it works but it’s very time consuming). If you’re going to make them regularly, however, they should be…

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