Posts in Home Cooking
Radish Butter Crostini is the Perfect Appetizer

It's taken me a long time to appreciate radishes. I've never liked the sharp bitter bite of a radish, and unfortunately so, because they look so pretty all sliced up as garnish in salads. I know they are hydrating, detoxifying, great for digestion and skin, full of minerals and all kinds of things that make me want to say yes to them. Then one day, a French friend gave me a taste of fresh radish from their garden. A few slices of radish on top of fresh buttered toast sprinkled with a pinch of sea salt. Since then I've become a radish lover.

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Chow Fun Noodles with Baked Sriracha Tofu {Vegan Recipe}

The other night I made a noodle dish and with my own flair it came out as sort of a Thai style "Chow Fun" noodle dish. I used flat Pad Thai-like brown rice noodles, adding carrots, minced garlic, ginger and scallions, served with baked sriracha tofu, toasted sesame seeds, sliced cucumbers and a squeeze of lime. Yes, I went a little wild with ingredients.

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Vegan Miso Pumpkin Soup {RECIPE}

The new year has come. We've indulged plenty over the holidays, and now seek healthier dishes to go along with our workout routines. But you know, I'm not ready for it. I am still in winter mode. I crave butter, cheese, creamy pasta sauces, bread, and thick spoonfuls of squash soup. Eating mostly a vegan diet, I have found luxurious ways to make healthy versions of all things craveable, and this soup is a perfect example.

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Creamy Cauliflower Soup {Vegan Recipe}

Thanksgiving is here, friends. Only a few days away until everyone is gathering around for the holiday feast, so what to serve those that don't partake in meats or dairy? This creamy cauliflower soup is luxuriously creamy (sans the cream) and pairs well with Thanksgiving fare. Not a touch of dairy--- only plant-based goodness in a bowl. You can whip this up, no problem.

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Green Beans with Mushrooms in Mustard Sauce {Maille Mustard Recipe}

I have fond memories of my grandmother's green bean casserole served during Thanksgiving dinner, quite possibly because in addition to the creamy mushroom soup base, there was a layer of Swiss cheese within the dense bed of green beans. The classic version has the green beans swimming in cream of mushroom soup-as-béchamel sauce and topped with fried onions. That recipe will stay put in our family cookbook, as this version of haricot verts is brought into the holiday spotlight, dressed up in a sensuous mustard sauce.

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Marvelous Matcha Coconut Cheesecake {RAW VEGAN RECIPE}

The other day as I was shopping for groceries, I found some mattcha tea powder in the tea section. Some grocery stores and Asian supermarkets carry this magical green tea powder, and I'm addicted to the stuff. I had run out of my stash at home, making due with some green tea bags instead. That wasn't quite working. As a true tea lover, I feel that mattcha is a special ingredient. Traditionally, mattcha is used in Japanese tea ceremony, frothed up with a bamboo brush in an artful practice, showing reverence for tea.

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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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Summertime

Summertime comes and my three children remind me about the last week of school, counting down each day. Of course, for a working mother, the reminders aren't necessary. Summer camp tuitions and what to make of those leftovers becomes tantamount to the payments due at the first of each month. 

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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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The Cake Monet Ate

The Impressionist artists of Paris captured images of their food with paint daubs on canvas, like Claude Monet, who was just as much a food obsessed gourmand as he was a painter. He began his day with an early breakfast: omelette aux fines herbes, sausage, toast, jam and tea, then off to paint water lilies until lunchtime. Monet employed a cook, grew his own vegetables, planned seasonal menus, ate fresh eggs from his own chickens, and had a cider press.

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Not Your Usual Avocado Toast

Avocado toasts have received much attention over the past year. Even fine dining restaurants have them on the menu. What’s the big deal with putting avocado on bread anyway? Well, I happen to think the avocado is one of the best things to eat since, well... avocado on toast. Perhaps it’s because you can create many different versions using a wide variation of ingredients.

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Butterscotch Budino: An Affair to Remember

The spoon dipped through the sticky layer of caramel to reveal the satiny heft of pale custard. One taste, her eyes rolled upwards, and she flung the spoon over her shoulder, clattering upon the tile floor behind her. She moaned a few "ums" audibly in the throes of bliss, head back in abandon, cheeks flush as if in mid-orgasm. Bemused by my friend's sudden custard-induced bliss, my own spoon went into the bowl for a taste. 

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