Oven-Fried Eggplant Poboy Sandwiches

When I was creating my last recipe, Oven-Fried Okra, I suspected that the batter I used, a combination of cornmeal and brown rice flour, would make a wonderfully crunchy breading for other vegetables. I lost no time checking that theory out on one of my favorite summer veggies, eggplant. I’m happy to say that I was right!

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Oven-Fried Okra

When I was growing up, I knew of only three ways to eat okra–in gumbo, stewed, or fried. As I’ve gotten older and had the opportunity to try recipes from around the world, I’ve grown to love okra in other dishes, such as curries, as well as my favorite (and the easiest) way to prepare it, roasted. I haven’t had fried okra in years because even if I could get past the oil involved in frying, I’ve never seen a vegan version on a menu. If you ask the chef, you’ll find she uses buttermilk, at the very least, and bacon drippings, at the worst.

All of this is to say that I haven’t had fried okra in a very, very long time, so I’m not going to claim that I remember it well enough to duplicate the flavor and texture in a vegan, fat-free version. But I do think I succeed in doing what I set out to do, which was create okra with a crunch to it. As I said, I love roasted okra. Roasting it gives it a lovely smoky flavor and dries up all the “slime” inside the pod. But it doesn’t really make the okra crunchy, and recently I had a craving for crunch, so I set about figuring out how to accomplish that without using oil.

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Ridiculously Easy Jalapeño Pickles

June 29, 2015
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At the beginning of last fall, the jalapeño plants in my garden went into overdrive, and I found myself with a whole bunch of peppers all at one time. Now, I love jalapeños. I put slices of them, seeds and all, on sandwiches, tacos, burritos, and burgers all summer long. I love the heat and […]

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Seitan Saltado (Peruvian Stir-Fry with Potatoes)

May 28, 2015
Seitan Saltado

May has flown by and was very close to being the first month since I started this blog that I haven’t posted anything. The end of the school year is always busy for us, but because E was graduating, this May was more jam-packed than usual. But all the activity and anticipation came to a […]

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Banana Bread Pudding

April 25, 2015
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My “little girl” turned 18 last week. I feel like I should have something profound to say on this momentous occasion, but everything that comes to mind is so trite: “Time flies.” “They grow up so fast.” “It seems like only yesterday that she started kindergarten.” There’s a reason those expressions are so overused: The […]

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The Best Rigatoni and Vegetable Casserole

April 13, 2015
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We all make mistakes. But when you’re a blogger, your mistakes are often preserved in time on the World Wide Web. If no one points them out to you, you can stumble upon them long after they’re made and feel the accumulated embarrassment of years. You may be sitting all alone at your desk yet […]

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Vegan Chou Farci (Cabbage Stuffed with Barley and Lentils)

March 26, 2015
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For the first time, my garden managed to produce not one but four heads of cabbage. I’ve had a lot of trouble in the past with heading vegetables; sometimes they never form heads or, if they do, hungry hungry caterpillars get to eat them before I do. But last fall, I planted tiny cabbage plants […]

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Hot Layered Hummus

March 4, 2015
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I can get pretty stubborn about food. Once I think I don’t like an ingredient or a dish, I will avoid it forever if I don’t make myself, from time to time, retry the foods that I’ve had bad experiences with. Call it a very low-risk act of courage. If I can face cilantro or […]

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Pinquito Bean and Quinoa Taco Filling

February 11, 2015
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In the past, beans were considered a humble food, a source of protein for the common folk before it became affordable to eat meat daily. Today, beans are generally seen as a side dish (barbecued beans)–or the province of vegetarians. People tend to think of them as bland and boring, and cooks often add meat […]

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Perfect Baked Sweet Potatoes in the Pressure Cooker and Oven

January 28, 2015
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Happy New Year! Yes, I know I’m ridiculously late in saying that. People have been writing to ask if I’m all right because it’s been so long since I posted, so before I write one word about cooking, I want to assure you that I am fine. Actually, I’m more than fine. By any means […]

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