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…

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…

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…

Butternut Squash with Dried Cherries and Winter Wheat Berries

Earlier this year, I called my mom to ask her what food she associates with autumn.  She said,  “Make something with dried cherries, those are good.”  She also mentioned butternut squash, pecans, and maple syrup.  I let these things kick around in my head for awhile, and then, it came out on the other side. While…

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…

Cucumber Cantaloupe Salad

Light and refreshing, this salad is the definition of summer.  Fresh cantaloupe, crisp cucumber, mint, lemon, and rich macadamia nuts.  Perfect as a cookout side or lazy, hot evenings when cooking is the last thing you want to do!  The best parts… the way mint works with cantaloupe, the refreshing cucumber mingling with lemon and salt,…

Grilled Beet Salad

A friend of mine, who is a clinical dietitian and lover of beets, would change everything I thought I knew about beets.  And namely, I thought that I hated them.  She hosted us for dinner, and made some amazing beet burgers from scratch.  While everything was grilling she told me about how beets were one…