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Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff

Food has always been a big nostalgic trigger for me. Certain meals can conger up memories of family meals and the comfort that went along with them. One of my very favorite meals growing up was creamy, mushroomy stroganoff. Even as an adult when I was going to visit my mom and she would ask if I wanted anything special for dinner, 9 times out of 10 my answer would be stroganoff.
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Wild Mushroom Jambalaya

I’ve only been to Louisiana once, and it was for half a day as I was road tripping back home to California from Tennessee. It only took moments for me to fall in love with New Orleans though. The second I drove into the French Quarter I was awed by the beauty and the obvious history and culture contained within it. There was only time for one meal, and I was sad I didn’t have time to hunt down vegan Jambalaya, so the thought of it has been lingering in the back of my mind for a couple years now.
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Potato Kale Leek Soup

The last time I made soup, I had to do an intricate blender dance in order to get everything mixed together nicely. Pour half the hot soup into the blender, blend, pour into another bowl, pour the rest of the mix into the blender, blend, pour back into pot along with the first batch and then continue to cook. It felt like one of those mind puzzles from an I.Q. test and I realized then that I could definitely make good use of an immersion blender. Luckily, I got one for Christmas and I knew right away I wanted to attempt another soup.
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Garlic Rosemary Apple Crostini

I’m going to give it to you straight, garlic and rosemary is one of my all time favorite savory combinations. The smell of each of them alone is the stuff dreams are made of, but put them together and wooo-doggy that’s some good stuff right there. So when I thought about making a warm apple crostini, it was only natural that those two were involved. And thus was born the fifth and final dish in the Week of Appetizers: Garlic Rosemary Apple Crostini.
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Black Eyed Pea Hummus

Hummus has become my go-to food when vegan options are few and far between. Even in the middle of nowhere you can usually find hummus in the grocery store or at a Mediterranean restaurant. For day 3 of the Week of Appetizers I’m bringing you a recipe for a non-traditional hummus using black eyed peas instead of chickpeas.
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Spicy Potato Stew

Soups and stews are the epitome of comfort food to me. There’s something about a steaming bowl of soup with the aromas wafting in front of my face that brings me so much joy. I even have a happy soup song I sing (and sometimes there’s a dance to go along with it). Tortilla, lentil, tomato, black bean….if it has the word soup after, I’m probably going to be all over it. 
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Warm Black Bean & Kale Salad

You guys know I like to keep it real so let me just start off by saying Vegan MoFo wore me out, big time! Doing 27 posts in one month is a lot of work. Planning recipes, grocery shopping, cooking, plating, taking pictures, editing pictures and writing the posts takes up a ton of time. Don’t get me wrong, I had a blast and it totally got my creative juices flowing, but I really needed a break after all that!
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Potato Zucchini Corn Fritters

My first attempt at making fritters! I admit, I was calling these fritters in my head the entire time I was making them with no actual idea what a fritter was, technically. It just felt right. So before I posted this I Googled “fritter” and hot damn! I was right! It must be some inherent knowledge passed through my Southern blood line. 
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