Summer Wild Rice Salad

While I think of wild rice as an American staple (especially in states like Minnesota), it always feels pretty seasonal. One eats wild rice in the fall or winter. I rarely see it outside of soup or stuffing recipes. It’s a shame, because it has a lot of vital mineral and vitamins, possesses a pleasing…

Grilled Zucchini Bulgur

This recipe is easy, Mediterranean-inspired and perfect for summer! It takes about 30 minutes to make, and it’s sooo good. I love how all the elements work together in a symphony of summer flavor—fresh mint works so well with grilled zucchini, bulgur and vegan feta. It’s a great addition to summer cookouts, a healthy side…

Italian Herb Risotto Stuffed Zucchini

Right now, I am going through a slight obsession with fresh oregano.  While it’s a member of the mint family, it tastes nothing like it.  With a bit of bitter flavor and giving off a smell that’s somewhat like thyme and somewhat like sage, oregano is a staple in many Western pantries.  When I think…

Minestrone Soup

The first soup I learned to make was minestrone.  As a youngster, I thought it was very romantic to use wine in cooking.  I felt like such a grown up incorporating it.  The smell of garlic and Italian herbs filled the air.  And at once, I was transported from my life on the Illinois prairie…

Vegan Fish Chowder

When I was a kid, we eliminated eating meat over the course of a year.  First, it was no red meat.  Then, it was no chicken.  And in the final phase, it was no fish.  My parents told us that we were always welcome to eat meat outside of the home, like if we went…

Zucchini Basil Soup

One of my best friends used to make me zucchini soup.  He would go to the farmer’s market, and load up on farm fresh zucchini and basil.  Even in the height of the summer, this soup made complete sense.  It was creamy without any cream.  It was savory.  And it even tasted good lukewarm.  …

Garlicky Potato-Zucchini Pancakes

This recipe is inspired by Slovakian zemiakové placky. It preserves some traditional elements (potatoes, garlic, etc), but does take some departures (vegan sour cream, etc). I also prepare them by baking them, instead of frying them. The flavor is still there. All in all, they are easy to make, smell amazing baking in the oven,…