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…

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…

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…