Pumpkin Spicy Soup

In the U.S., “Pumpkin Spice” is all the rage. Americans can’t seem to get enough of Pumpkin Spice foods. But honestly, pumpkin needs the spice, because pumpkin, on it’s own, is pretty bland. It does well with a healthy dose of spice, because there isn’t much going on there without it. To save time, I…

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…

Southwestern Sweet Corn Chowder

This soup is a vegan ode to the US’s Southwest cuisine. New Mexican green chiles, sweet corn, chipotle chili powder, lime, cilantro, and squash. This chowder is full of robust, fresh flavor, and comes together in 30 minutes or less. This recipe works terrifically for any season. When sweet corn, tomatoes, and zucchini are abundant…

Hearty Seitan and Winter Wheat Berry Chili

I’m going through a phase with whole grains.  Maybe it’s because Bob’s Red Mill is right down the street?  Maybe it’s because I feel burnt out on brown rice?  Maybe it’s because the texture of whole grains are more interesting to eat?  It is probably all of these things.  And fall is the perfect time…

Slow Cooker Ginger-Harissa White Bean Stew

This stew has it all–fresh herbs, fresh ginger root, spicy harissa paste, lemon, garlic cloves, sweet potatoes, zucchini, tomatoes, spelt berries, and cannellini beans  Together, it is balanced, hearty, and delicious.  With about 15 minutes of total prep time and 4 hours to simmer in the slow cooker, it delivers on flavor. Spelt berries add a…