Summer Wild Rice Salad

While I think of wild rice as an American staple (especially in states like Minnesota), it always feels pretty seasonal. One eats wild rice in the fall or winter. I rarely see it outside of soup or stuffing recipes. It’s a shame, because it has a lot of vital mineral and vitamins, possesses a pleasing…

Grilled Curry Spice Okra

This recipe combines all my favorite things—okra, curry spices, and grilling! Best of all, it is incredibly easy, quick to make, and flavorful. It makes an awesome side to any cookout or summer meal. While I use a grillable pan with aluminum foil over the top of it to grill the okra, you can also…

Slavic Cabbage Soup

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about my grandma. She could make delicious food out of very little. Everything was hearty. Everything used simple ingredients. Everything made you feel cared for and loved. Recipes lived in her head. She’d add a pinch of this or that. For her, cooking was visual, led by taste, and…

Black Bean Avocado Salsa

Black bean avocado salsa… the perfect answer for “lunch?” The crowd-pleasing homemade addition to a potluck. An awesome topping to a baked sweet potato. A delicious filling for a tortilla wrap. A tasty topping to a Southwestern-themed green salad. Over and over, black bean avocado salsa is my go-to, whether it is the meal, a…

Vegan Caribbean Papaya Stew

Stoba is a popular stew in Curcacao, which may include green papaya, beef, pork tail or goat. Popular in Aruba and Bonaire, it is a hearty mainstay on the islands. Taking inspiration from Curcacao’s stoba, I put together a stew that is rich in flavor and hearty. While some recipes for stoba incorporate green papaya…

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…

Cream of Celery Soup

I’m one of those weirdos that eats the celery on the veggie party tray. I know, who eats the celery? Well, it’s this person. I love the crunch, freshness and slightly salty aftertaste. I like how it compliments dips. And yet, celery doesn’t need to be on a veggie party tray for me to appreciate…

Herbed White Bean and Asparagus Millet

When I was growing up, my mother was a big fan of millet. She made a lot of millet loaf, which I would always smother in BBQ sauce. Years later, I would see millet become more popular in the US due to the rise of the gluten free movement. One could buy Millet Tots in…