Pulled Shiitake Mushrooms with Homemade Brandy BBQ Sauce

It seems like portobello mushrooms are all the rage in the summer time, while shiitake mushrooms get the cold shoulder.  And, I get it.  Personally, I equate shiitake mushrooms with immunity boosting soups (Exhibit A.  Exhibit B.), and cooler temperatures.  But recently, I found myself thinking about their texture and flavor, especially dried shiitake mushrooms….

Grilled BBQ Soy Curl Quesadillas

If you are a follower of the blog, you know how much I love grilling and soy curls.  This super easy recipe brings the two worlds together. BBQ sauce, soy curls, green peppers, red pepper, red onion and a healthy amount of plant based cheese sandwiched between two fresh tortillas, toasted to perfection and topped…

Texas Caviar

I still remember the first time I had Texas Caviar.  It was a work potluck to celebrate a baby shower.  While my co-worker used bottled Italian dressing, it was still really, really good.  As I recall, it was the one dish that didn’t make it home.  We devoured it straightaway.   I was inspired to…

Chimichurri Chickpea Potato Salad

Chimichurri, so good on kebabs.  So good on everything it touches.  Parsley, cilantro, oregano, red wine vinegar, crushed red pepper, olive oil and toasted garlic are combined with new red potatoes and chickpeas.  It makes for a salad that’s bursting with flavor.  For a variation, cook the whole new red potatoes out on the grill….

Antipasto Salad

I have always had a long-term adoration for everything Italian.  When I was a kid, I had a “Roma” t-shirt that I wore until the threads gave out.  I would watch foreign movies with my dad, like Cinema Paradiso.  In college, I took years of Italian language classes, and would walk around trying to think…

Smokey Medjool Date BBQ Jackfruit

If I have a choice in condiment, I almost always pick BBQ sauce.  It’s salty, sweet, sour and smokey.  It covers all of my needs in one sauce.  Unfortunately, most store bought varieties are loaded with corn syrup.  Those that aren’t loaded with corn syrup don’t always deliver on flavor.  But, it isn’t their fault….