Slow Cooker Cajun Kidney Beans and Brown Rice

Sautéing aromatics, like onions, garlic, and spices, goes a long way towards deepening the flavor of slow cooker meals.  While some slow cookers allow you to sauté right in the cooker, others do not.  It might mean dirtying a skillet, but it goes a long way towards developing a richer flavor.  I would argue that…

Cajun Black-Eyed Pea Soup

The first time I went to New Orleans, it was summer time.  It was the 1990’s.  Street performers were on every corner.  A little kid tap danced his heart out.   A man played his saxophone for anyone who would listen.  And while the French Quarter was positively beautiful, the thing I remember most was the…

Vegan Cheese Grits with Tempeh Bacon and Greens

Lately, all I want to do is eat mustard greens.  I’m not sure if it’s the last push of dreary weather or what, but a comforting bowl of greens has been on my mind.  They are an amazing source of vitamins K, A and C, and have a sharp taste that works well with acids,…

Southern Cornmeal Galette

Black-eyed peas were first introduced to Virginia during the 17th century.  Grown throughout Asia and West Africa, black-eyed peas favor warm climates, and are extremely tolerant to drought.  Thus, crops of black-eyed peas proliferated throughout the Southern United States, and to this day, continue to play an important role in soul food and in Southern cuisine….

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….

Vegan Grits and Greens Casserole

I first published this recipe almost a year ago, but there’s always been some elements about it that I felt weren’t quite right.  Today, I revisited it, and improved it a lot.  Blended silken tofu helps create creamy grits that are out of this world.  All-in-all, this recipe is much better than the original, and…