All posts filed under: Vegetarian

savory vegetable crumble with hazelnuts and hard cider

This winter has worn heavy. Slowly, the darkest days are getting lighter. The sun spreads across the sky a little earlier each morning. If it’s not raining too hard, I hear the birds finding their songs for the season. The other day, I caught a glimpse of a fat squirrel tipping off a skinny branch. Spring is coming. But it is arriving at a snail’s pace, and I am growing more impatient every day. Yearning for long walks through the city, along Alki Beach, or weaving my way through Discovery Park. Toes sinking into the sands of Lake Washington. Watching the sun set, sending the most brilliant gradients of color streaking across the sky over Golden Gardens Park in Ballard. I am ready for summer in Seattle. I am longing, too, for the farmer’s market. Exploring (and tasting) the bounty of summer. We are entering the spring hunger stretchΒ β€” the last of winter’s reserves are wearing thin, but the precious first shoots of spring haven’t fully arrived yet. In the depths of winter, I’ve ventured …

how to use thanksgiving leftovers

how to use your thanksgiving leftovers

Let’s be real. Thanksgiving is all about the leftovers. You see my sister makes these amazing turkey sandwiches. Her secret is, she puts an extra slice of gravy soaked bread in the middle. I call it the Moist Maker. Raise your hand if you really wanted to soak a piece of bread in leftover gravy to put in the middle of your leftover turkey sandwich after hearing about Ross’s sandwich on Friends. It must have been good, because he freaked out when someone else ate it. That sandwich was the only good thing going on in his life. And, as I’m nearing 30 myself, I can kind of understand where he’s coming from. That must have been one helluva sandwich. For the first Thanksgiving I ever hosted, all on my own, I bought my turkey just a few days before Thanksgiving. There wasn’t much of a selection left at the grocery. I ended up with a huge turkey. I think it was at least 20 pounds. (We had 7 people over for dinner.) We had …

meatless tikka masala

vegan cranberry bean and summer greens tikka masala

This recipe should also be known as what I did with the random assortment of leftovers in my fridge. Every once in a while when I am feeling overwhelmed and uninspired, I turn to cookbooks and blogs for recipes and meal plans. Most of the time, though, I listen to Craig and to what my body (and my mind and my soul) need and crave. I find inspiration in the fresh ingredients at the market. I rarely go with a shopping list and instead piece together meals as I pick out raw ingredients. Sometimes I have a very general outline β€” I need greens, beans, herbs, mushrooms. Sometimes a whole chicken. Sometimes not. It can be difficult to cook this way. I know not everyone has the time or the interest to cook this way. And, I’ll admit, I still struggle with leftovers and reducing waste. Sometimes I get an idea and then it doesn’t work. Sometimes a recipe needs to be tweaked multiple times, but I still need to get dinner ready and on …

roasted sunchoke soup

roasted sunchoke soup with white beans, labneh and chives

Sometimes, you just need soup. Even with spring on the horizon and a warm blush in the air, we still have rainy, windy, chilly days here in Seattle. Those days are soup days. One late night last week, long after most folks had eaten and were sinking in to watch prime time television, Craig and I were instead standing in the kitchen hovering over this soup, passing spoons and ideas back and forth. He has an incredible palate. His job demands it. I trust his opinion on flavors, balance and texture immeasurably, especially when it comes to creating gluten-free counterparts to common gluten recipes like pies, biscuits and baked goods. So there we stood, warming the soup, and stirring in some garam masala, preserved lemon, and grated ginger. I love this collaboration. Lab…what? Labneh is a strained yogurt, similar to Greek yogurt but even more thick. It’s rich and tangy and balances the warmth and nuttiness of the sunchokes. I found a sheep’s milk variety at the farmers market, but it can easily be substituted …

cucumber kimchi fried rice with shiitake mushrooms and perpetual spinach

Spring has arrived in Seattle. Every week on one of my days off, I walk the mile or so to Pike Place Market. Usually to pick up some groceries, but often just for the exercise and to wander. And sometimes to visit Coffee & A Specialty Bakery, an entirely gluten-free bakery offering the most incredible pastries. (This week I indulged with a pineapple topped mini brioche and a tender vanilla madeline.) Spring weather in Seattle is scattered. Sunshine gives way quickly to rain, and just as quickly in reverse. From our apartment, we can see the block where blue skies are cut off by the gray, where the wall of rain starts. On Tuesday, I walked under a canopy of sunshine and managed to make it home with just a few sprinkles of rain falling. I try to change up my route on these walks. Sometimes I’ll take 1st Avenue all the way down, or Elliott or Western. Sometimes weaving up and down the hilly side streets to avoid construction or a conglomeration of tourists. …