Cooking Stuff

Thanksgiving 2017

Thanksgiving 2017

I love to cook for hours. It’s true. Give me time, space, and the radio and I’ll happily create numerous dishes from scratch with loving care. This Thanksgiving my goal was to use a lot of the ton of pumpkin puree I have. So I […]

Pumpkin Pieces

Pumpkin Pieces

This is how I look when I wake up… next to a pretty large pumpkin I would go on to process.  I used my head for scale, though I kind of have a big head. Processing pumpkin is one of my favorite seasonal rituals.  The […]

Unlabor Days are Over: Last Cabana Days

Unlabor Days are Over: Last Cabana Days

So what if it was cold and overcast? The last weekend before the new school year is time to hit the cabana and hold on tight.  That means eats, too.  Cous cous salad with kale, basil and tomatoes from the garden. The last of the […]

<i>Fatta In Casa</i>–Italian From Scratch

Fatta In Casa–Italian From Scratch

This little Italian girl always loved lasagna. Even though lasagna uses the same basic ingredients as other Italian dishes (noodle, sauce, cheeses), it’s the structure of lasagna I love.  It is organized.  And I am a big fan of things being organized.  I always was. […]

Italian French Toast

Italian French Toast

Sometimes, you don’t eat the loaf of Italian bread soon enough and it turns into stone, like some food fairy tale. But there is a way to revive it, give it a metaphorical kiss and transform it into Prince Charming.  First you cut it into […]

Summery Asian Eats

Summery Asian Eats

I can spend many hours in V & T Supermarket in Hempstead, Long Island. Well actually, I can spend many hours in the sauce aisle alone. I stopped in during some errands recently and felt inspired enough to cook a labor-intensive lunch along with a […]

Summer Dinners

Summer Dinners

Lazy summer days–besides a ton of chopping vegetables. Who wants to cook in the summer? Fresh, chilled dinners are best in the heat. Like this salad of jicama, cucumber, tomato, and red pepper. And raw kale with some black beans for protein. I massage ’em […]

Seasons Change

Seasons Change

Beautiful snow striations. Winter’s last word. Dumpling peaks. Blackstrap yolk. Who dun it? M.O.B.‘s California burger in Brooklyn. Carrot poker chips.

Happy Hydrongenated New Year!

Happy Hydrongenated New Year!

Did you know that Pillsbury Crescent Rolls are “accidentally” vegan? This I learned after realizing I didn’t have enough time to make vegan puff pastry dough from scratch to make Pigs in a Blanket with the Field Roast breakfast links we picked up. So I took […]

Purging Drafts

Purging Drafts

Did you ever see someone’s inbox and realize that maybe you’re a bit neurotic about clearing your inbox? I don’t like when I have drafts just sitting around. So here, a blog post that has no theme or elaboration that fizzles out text-wise but still […]

Pieces of Downtime

Pieces of Downtime

Flying over the sandbar that is home. Raspberry alien hands: I’ve always wanted to do this. Delicious vegan Halloween candy from Justin’s and Unreal. Soup weather–or at least it was last week: Red Pepper and Corn Chowder.

Good Things I Ate Recently

Good Things I Ate Recently

Tofu is only going to be as good as you make it. It’s ready to suck in flavor and build its texture–but that takes you. After creating a powerful marinade and letting these Lincoln logs bathe in it all day, I build texture, roasting each side 25-ish […]

The New Grill / Garden Log, Spring 2016: Day 56: Promise

The New Grill / Garden Log, Spring 2016: Day 56: Promise

V marks the spot! The Electrician recently made this concrete and wood base for a set of new ‘his & her’s’ grills. My exclusively vegan grill is an upgrade from the separate grill rack that was all-veggie. I just had to mark my grill with […]

Detox Salad Days

Detox Salad Days

Your body needs an internal scrub every now and again. Preparing a week’s worth of detox salads means you are eating raw for a good portion of the day. I’ve been experimenting with combining powerfully detoxifying veggies during a pre-summer detox. Shredding all ingredients helps body […]

Making Vegan Big Macs / “Dissent is the Highest Form of Patriotism.”

Making Vegan Big Macs / “Dissent is the Highest Form of Patriotism.”

Celebrate some baffling American-style food ideals this holiday weekend: Eating large quantities of poor quality, industrially processed food! All sarcasm aside, war was the catalyst for a shift and food manufacturing in the United States. One of our first processed foods was created in 1941 to […]

Rice Paper Bacon Trial

Rice Paper Bacon Trial

A new plant-based bacon craze has caused some stirs: Rice paper bacon. The thin sheets of rice paper suck up marinade well and cook to a crispy perfection that is still chewy some places. And get this, the edges curl all bacon-like. I tried Yup It’s […]

Sun Sandwich

Sun Sandwich

Isn’t it amazing how days are neatly organized, bookended by the rising and setting of a bright, hot, great ball of fire? Goodness. Gracious.  Inside them, other good things that bring you joy and sustenance, like a cracked chocolate-encased marshmallow… …Spring baseball in front of a plate […]

So Purdy.

So Purdy.

The ocean next door. Without Pickle Shack, M.O.B. will have to do. Ground’s jewels. Complete protein. Roasted vegetable aftermath art. Happy cupcakes. Manmade on majesty. “Even if you’re on the right track…”

Easy, Vegan Red Velvet Pancakes

Easy, Vegan Red Velvet Pancakes

Easy Vegan Red Velvet Pancakes (adapted from here) 1.5 cups unsweetened soy milk, less 1.5 TB 1.5 TB apple cider vinegar 0.5 cup whole wheat flour 0.75 all-purpose flour 0.75 cup granulated sugar 2 TB cocoa powder 1.5 tsp baking powder 0.25 tsp baking soda […]

Super Bowl 50

Super Bowl 50

I enjoy a reason to cook all day. Not only does the Super Bowl offer that opportunity, it allows the menu to be gluttonous finger foods. This year I also took the opportunity to do some pantry turnover. I based my menu on what had […]

<i>Ok, It’s Winter</i> Chili

Ok, It’s Winter Chili

So the temperature is going in the 50’s this coming week… and last week’s blizzard is receding steadily exposing the backyard. But it’s winter. Before Spring, I need more chili. I used Contrary Cook’s recipe. Red, yellow, and orange bell peppers, onions, red and orange sweet […]

“Very clever dinner. Appetizing food fit neatly into interesting round pie. (It’s a Quiche.)”

“Very clever dinner. Appetizing food fit neatly into interesting round pie. (It’s a Quiche.)”

A quiche with a shredded potato crust? It’s just enough effort for the special occasion of New Years. I never made a quiche before! And with VeganEggs in my pantry taking up space, this was the best way to jumpstart the annual pantry turnover. Quiches need […]

the Vegan Thanksgiving Spread

the Vegan Thanksgiving Spread

Happy Thanksgiving! I am grateful for a successful Thanksgiving meal created in our new kitchen. The renovated space improved work flow in a tremendous way. And the dishwasher–a game changer. Here are the food highlights: A flavor-packed stuffed seitan roast, mashed potatoes, apple pomegranate pumpkin rice, and […]