Sure Thing Minestrone

After the great American cookoff holiday this week and the last couple of new, more labor-intensive recipes, I thought I’d keep things uncomplicated and go back to one of my favorite easy one-pot staples, a crowd-pleasing soup that cooks who’ve been around the block a few times may take for granted but that really does…

Stuff a Vegan Savory Mushroom Stuffed Squash

American (U.S.) Thanksgiving is upon us this week, and that means it’s time for some hearty stuffing. (Our former countryfolk across the pond will know what I’m talking about, even if we’re more or less celebrating the beginning of our very messy breakup.) If there’s a special vegan in your life you’ve been wanting to…

Chocorrupted Pumpkin Pie

Before Thanksgiving rolled around I wanted to make something seasonal my high school BFF could make for dessert to share with her vegan sister-in-law, but also something wicked chocolatey as we both share an undying passion for chocolate (we could decimate a jumbo bag of M&Ms between us after school). At first I thought of…

Mr. Wat’s Spicy Moroccan Affair

This transcontinental coupling of two different African lentil dishes, initially separated by thousands of miles, came about all because the grocery store was completely out of red lentils and I forgot to buy an extra tomato. I had had an Ethiopian Misir Wat in mind because I had a jar of homemade Berbere spice blend…

Seedy Pepita Zesto (Pesto)

I hope you all had a properly decadent All Hallow’s Eve this week. The proliferation of jack o’lanterns in the streets reminded me of what a treat roasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas) always were for me after a carving session. I know a lot of people let them go to waste, which is a shame, because…

Wicked Vegan Lobstah (Salad or Rolls)

Being a Massachusetts-born vegan-fetishist, I feel it’s my responsibility to make things not only vegan for all my darlings, but wicked vegan. My biggest challenge to myself post-home visit was to come up with a tasty vegan take on my BFF’s favorite regional delicacy, lobstah rolls. Even the vegan and vegan-friendly cafes we frequent on…

Master and Margherita Bruschetta

Yes, I’m also a literary nerd, for those of you who recognize the reference. I’m laying on the puns in triplicate now. I determined how to make vegan margherita (caprese) bruschetta when it turned out to be the favorite appetizer of un signore who could get me to dress up like a Wookiee and bark…

(The) Fall (of Man) French Vegetable Soup

I made this dish for my staunchly religious carnivore dad while visiting him last week, and (to use a direct quote) he “never thought vegan food could taste this good.” It was high praise indeed, seeing as my diet has, at times, seemed as iniquitous to him as my post-churchgoing lifestyle. Thick with butternut squash,…

Quinoa Threesome Salad

Hello, fellow herbage fetishists! I’m about to embark on a week’s vacation to my home state and have been crazy busy this week – unfortunately, it hasn’t left me much time to play test kitchen or to blog. Most of my cooking has been of the fast and easy variety. Here’s a standby of mine…

Bi-Curryous Sweet Potato Saag

In culinary fusion there is no East and West, no North and South. So saith the Saint, and by that I mean Tony Bourdain. (I loved that man, even if he didn’t love vegans.) No, he didn’t really say that. I’m just plagiarizing a verse from holy writ that would appear to uphold nonbinary living…