Artichoke Potato Salad

Growing up in the US’s Midwest, we had two types of potato salad—German and Classic American-Style. I didn’t like Classic, because many times, it had hard-boiled eggs in it. And even though German seemed more up my alley flavor-wise, there was bacon. Both salads were non-starters, so I avoided potato salad. In the 90’s, I…

Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon-Tahini Sauce and Za’atar

In Portland, there is no shortage of very, very good vegan food.  Wait five minutes and another restaurant, natural foods store or food truck opens to the public.  And one of my favorite things is tasting EVERYTHING VEGAN.  Sometimes, I think I could do it better, and other times, I am inspired by what I’ve…

Slow Cooker Pomegranate Walnut Lentil Stew

A few months ago, I was reading about fesenjoon, a Persian stew that uses ground walnuts and pomegranate molasses to create a savory, sweet and sour flavor.  While there are variations in how to make the stew, it usually involves chicken or duck.   This recipe takes inspiration from fesenjoon, but goes down a vegan…

Brandy Shiitake Mushroom Gravy

With the holidays on the horizon, I felt like it was time to come up with a new gravy.  I tend to make the same one every year.  Why not jazz it up with a little brandy and shiitake mushrooms?  Why not, indeed?!  This gravy tastes amazing on mashed potatoes, stuffing, loaves, or really anything…

Roasted Garlic Spinach Artichoke Dip

When I think of traditional Spinach Artichoke Dips, I think of deliciousness, but also think of the very high fat content.  There’s just so much cheese, and then, cream cheese, and maybe, probably, sometimes, sour cream?!  I wanted to come up with a plant based variety that didn’t just swap out the package of dairy cheese for…

Hearty Seitan and Winter Wheat Berry Chili

I’m going through a phase with whole grains.  Maybe it’s because Bob’s Red Mill is right down the street?  Maybe it’s because I feel burnt out on brown rice?  Maybe it’s because the texture of whole grains are more interesting to eat?  It is probably all of these things.  And fall is the perfect time…

Vegan Broccoli Cheese Soup

When I was a kid, my favorite vegetable was broccoli.  Every year on my birthday, my mom would let me pick what I wanted to eat for dinner.  With zero hesitation, it was almost always Mollie Katzen’s recipe for The Enchanted Broccoli Forest.  But I have to give it Mollie, how could a veggie kid…

Portobello Mushrooms Stuffed with Rosemary-Sage Lentils

If you are tired of the same old, same old frozen Tofurkey for the holidays, have I got the main entree recipe for you!  The lentil filling is loaded with rosemary, sage, bread crumbs, carrots, leeks and celery.  The portobello is drizzled with balsamic vinegar, and keeps the filling moist.  Between the lentil filling and…