Vegan Greek Spinach Pastry

Fresh marjoram is like a sweeter, woodsier oregano.  The Greeks (and Romans) thought of it as a symbol of happiness.  When it’s baking in my oven, I think of it the same way.  The smell of fresh herbs and buttery pastry are intoxicating!   My husband wanted spanakopita.  While the traditional Greek spinach pastry has…

Pecan, Pear and Fennel Galette

My first time creating a galette, I came up with the Southern Cornmeal Galette.  If you haven’t tried it, it is amazing.  Angels sing when it comes out of the oven.  After I tasted it, I thought, “My work with galettes is done.” Until now. It felt like it was time to try creating a…

Chard Gratin

When I usually think of “gratins”, I think of potatoes.  And while I *love* potatoes (who doesn’t?!), I also love chard.   Swiss chard in a creamy sauce is topped with seasoned breadcrumbs, and baked to perfection.  It is the definition of comfort food, but also has an elegance about it.   Chard Gratin Bread…

Porcini Lentil Loaf

Traditionally, I am not a fan of “loaf” of any kind.  I usually find them a bit underwhelming.  So, I wanted to create a loaf that was flavorful, savory, and stayed together.  I wanted to create a loaf that was easy to make and delicious.  I wanted to create a loaf that would urge everyone…

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…

Spinach and Fennel Sourdough Stuffing

This recipe is incredibly flavorful and savory.  It’s perfect for a cold winter’s night or a holiday celebration.  The ingredients are a break from what I think of as traditional US holiday stuffing–carrots, celery, onion, and stuffing mix seasoned with sage. This version incorporates vegan Italian sausage, spinach, fennel, and sourdough bread cubes. It’s deeply…

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…

Shiitake Mushroom Brussels Sprout Farro

Awhile back, my cousin was looking for Brussels sprout recipes.  I realized that I didn’t have any to share.  While we eat them roasted throughout the fall and winter season, that’s about the extent of it.  So, I challenged myself to think of a new way to incorporate Brussels sprouts into our rotation of family…