Posts tagged vegetarian
Scratch Bar & Kitchen, On the Vegetarian Side of the Menu

Scratch Bar & Kitchen, Chefs Phillip Frankland Lee and wife Margarita Kallas-Lee’s main tasting menu restaurant, just so happens to be in Encino. You may not even notice it hiding within a mini mall of sorts along Ventura Boulevard. Recently refreshed with an interior layout remodel, Scratch is like no other place you've ever dined at before.

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Maille Mustard Recipe: Stuffed Onions with Mushrooms, Spinach & Gruyère

As much as I wanted to make many dishes with Maille Black Truffle and Chablis mustard, the contents of the stoneware jar was like precious gold. A waft of truffle enticed my senses to take a small spoon and dip it into the golden mustard for a taste. The truffle flavor was subtle, with a musky nuance of woodsy mushroom, along with a smooth tang of mustard upon the tongue.

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Paella: A Vegetarian One-Dish Feast

Paella is traditionally meant to feed many. The Italians call it risotto, the Spanish, paella. There are similarities and differences, of course, such as the smoky paprika and saffron in paella, and the parmesan and creamy nature of risotto. The first time I had true paella was at a little hole in the wall place called Lola's on Esplanade Avenue in New Orleans. 

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This Roasted Carrot Soup Transports You Into Monet's Garden {RECIPE}

Impressionist painter Claude Monet's cook, Marguerite, used carrots grown in the Monet home garden within many of the dishes served at the artist's dining table. Since discovering the cookbook Monet's Palate, I made a recent jaunt to my local farmers' market, gathering handfuls of carrots to make this soup.

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Thanksgiving Gratitude

My grand idea for this year's Thanksgiving went to the wayside when several family issues occurred. Being a mother, I had to pay more attention to my children rather than anything else. I had been imagining what to make for Thanksgiving since August, staring out upon my barren backyard and dusty patio, visualizing a table full of feast, family and friends. 

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Chomp Eatery Takes a Juicy Bite Into Healthy Eats

Cold-pressed juice has become a thing in Los Angeles, with many juice shops offering a variety of fresh juice cleanses, yet most of them stop the blender right there. Not so with Chomp Eatery and Juice Station. This local spot in Santa Monica offers healthy food and a plateful of options in addition to vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free fare. 

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A Midsummer Night's Dinner: Cold Sesame Noodles {RECIPE}

It's a hot summer day. The sky is brilliant blue and birds are singing. July heat. I'm drinking a lot of coconut water mixed with sparkling soda and a squeeze of lime while planting in my garden, hands in the soil. The kids will be home from camp later (and they are always hungry!). I'm too hot (and lazy) to cook anything up tonight. The backyard patio is the place to dine on nights like this, with a big bowl of cold sesame noodles for everyone to share.

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50 Shades of Dumplings: The Dumpling Affair

As I held a jiggling pork dumpling in between my chopsticks, I thought, just a taste. I've been a vegetarian for most of my life, with a preference for greens and a strong aversion to burgers, steak, and anything involving meat. I swore I'd never want it, as the very idea disgusted me.

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Quinoa + Veggie Salad: Healthy Eating Made To Go

When I'm hungry and want a quick bite, I take a look in the fridge and pantry to see what I can put together quickly. Easily done when at home, but most of the time I'm driving around the city, finding the quickest shortcut to avoid traffic while running errands, fitting in a workout in the gym, picking up kids from school. Oh, and that day job. Somewhere in the day I do have to work too. 

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Long Life Noodles with Garlic, Ginger & Sesame

Chinese noodles are symbolic of a long life during the Lunar New Year celebration. This inspired me to make garlic noodles with some fresh Asian veggies. I used Melissa's brand fresh Chinese noodles and Asian vegetables to make this special recipe. I love a rich, creamy sesame sauce mingled with lots of finely chopped garlic sticking to the long noodles. I want it gingery, garlicky and loaded with flavor. 

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Love Soup

As Thanksgiving is at the end of the month, the kitchen beckons. I’m dreaming up side dishes and figuring out what to make for the gathering at my table. But menu planning requires something good to satisfy your belly and soul, so make a pot of nourishing soup while you plan your holiday feast.

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My Little Romance with Romanesco

It is winter here in California. We have perfectly warm and sunny beach days that make people in colder climates jealous. As the last week of December goes by, a day of heat changes into crisp cool weather and back again. Then a spell of wind comes along and brings out the sparkle in everything.

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Clay Pot Cooking for a Sunday at Home

Here is a comforting recipe for Squash, Bean & Quinoa Stew with Kale served with a boule miche of French bread and garnished with a spoonful of homemade pistou.

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I Have a Krush on Kreation Kafe: Healthy Eats in Santa Monica