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Easy Macaroni and “Cheeze”

October 1, 2007
Easy Macaroni and Cheeze

It’s a funny thing, but the recipe I’m asked for most often is the one I’m most reluctant to give out. Every time I mention that macaroni and “cheese” is one of E’s favorite dishes, parents wanting to wean their kids off the dairy stuff and onto something more healthy ask me for the recipe. […]

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Gold Rush Chili

September 26, 2007
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I apologize for my absence from blogging for the last week, but it’s hard to write about cooking when you haven’t been doing any. We’ve been going through a family crisis (not serious, just time-consuming) that began last Friday, and since then, the whole family has been completely exhausted, both mentally and physically, and no […]

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Vegan Omelette for One

September 19, 2007
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I’m not a big breakfast eater. In fact, ordinarily I skip breakfast and don’t even miss it. But I’ve been trying to change my ways since finding out that people who eat breakfast are less likely to be overweight than people who skip it. In addition to speeding up your metabolism, eating breakfast has also […]

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Whole Wheat Pasta with Roasted Vegetables and Olives from Nava Atlas

September 8, 2007
Whole Wheat Pasta with Roasted Vegetables and Olives from Nava Atlas

Wow! I’m overwhelmed by the number of people who left a comment in hopes of winning a copy of Vegan Express! In all, there were 231 guesses, 67 of which were correct. Congratulations to those of you who recognized my style (or possibly the serving dish, which has appeared here before holding Spicy Grapefruit Coleslaw). […]

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Home-Style Tofu with Shiitake Mushrooms

August 18, 2007
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I don’t often cook other people’s recipes, at least not exactly as written. I like to get inspiration from cookbooks and other people’s blogs and then go off and do my own thing, incorporating the techniques that have worked well for me in the past. But when I saw the recipe for Peng’s Home-Style Bean […]

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Grilled Baby Eggplants with Korean Barbecue Sauce

August 14, 2007
Grilled Baby Eggplants with Korean Barbecue Sauce

Blame my husband. Normally I wouldn’t post back-to-back eggplant recipes, but while visiting his family in New Orleans, D took a shopping trip to the Hong Kong Market and brought home the last thing we needed, more eggplant. But he knows how much I love baby eggplants, so he and E couldn’t resist buying them […]

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Garden Gumbo

August 12, 2007
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Even the best cooks can’t work their magic without good ingredients. I like to think I know my way around a kitchen, but I can say with certainty that without fresh ingredients, my cooking would be pretty blah. In the summer, cooking becomes very simple for me: walk outside, see what’s ripe, and combine it […]

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Mussaka

July 14, 2007
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When I moved to Jackson about 6 1/2 years ago, there was only one real Middle Eastern restaurant, and it was actually a grocery store with a few tables where people could eat the hummus, tabouli, and other delicacies available in take-out containers. It was a small place, but their baba ganoush and tabouli were […]

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Baked Spinach Kofta with Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce

June 22, 2007
Baked Spinach Kofta

I never buy cookbooks for the pictures, but I broke that rule a few months ago after previewing Tropical Asian Cooking. It’s nowhere near a vegan book, though there are several vegetarian or near-vegetarian recipes, but the photos were just so lovely that I had to have a copy. So I bought it and it […]

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Eight-Ball Zucchini Stuffed with Rice, Basil, and Sun-dried Tomatoes

June 17, 2007
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When I saw 8-ball zucchini at the nearby farm stand, I snatched some up immediately, even though I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with them. After all, who can resist squash the size and shape of a pool ball? Stuffing was the obvious option, because otherwise their cute shape would go to waste. […]

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Dal Bhaji–A Recipe Redux

June 14, 2007
Dal Bhaji

Think of it as the Indian version of sloppy joes. Pav Bhaji, the wonderful street food of Mumbai, traditionally consists of a potato and vegetable curry (or bhaji) served on a bun (or pav). I’ve never had the pleasure of sampling Pav Bhaji in Mumbai, but I did cook up my own version last year, […]

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Maitake and Beech Mushrooms with Simmered Tofu on Sesame Rice

June 12, 2007
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Maitake Mushroom I’ve been interested in mushrooms for a while and once even grew my own shiitakes on a log, a hobby that I’m planning to return to. But I’ve become a little more interested ever since picking up A Cook’s Book of Mushrooms (ACBOM) while I was in New Orleans. Who knew there were […]

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Seitan Baked in Sweet and Sour Orange Sauce

May 25, 2007
Seitan Baked in Sweet and Sour Orange Sauce

Yippee! Today is finally the last day of school! You’d think I was still in school (or teaching freshman comp) the way I get so excited. (Though to be honest, when I was teaching I was much, much happier to be finished; there are some of us who were born not to teach!) Anyway, E. […]

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Palak Tofu (Tofu in Curried Spinach Sauce)

May 15, 2007
Palak Tofu

Let me take a moment to wish a belated happy Mothers’ Day to all you moms and kids. I was very lucky this year to be able to spend the day with my own mother, which happens very rarely even though we live only a few hours apart. The older I get, the more grateful […]

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Barbecued Seitan Ribz

May 1, 2007
BBQ Ribz

Sunday was such a beautiful day that I had to get outside, away from the kitchen and the computer, and just enjoy the sunshine and flowers. I spent all of last week closeted in my office trying to copy files and programs to a new computer and set up a new home network. By Sunday […]

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Caribbean Beans and Quinoa

April 26, 2007
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File this under “Tastes Better Than It Looks”: It’s Caribbean-style beans and rice, only I was running short on time, as usual, so I opted to use quick-cooking quinoa instead of brown rice. As a result, dinner was on the table in about a half hour. The allspice gives this dish its distinctive Caribbean taste […]

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Gnocchi with Zucchini Ribbons and Portabella Mushrooms

April 23, 2007
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I won’t go into details about my weekend. At this point, all I can remember of it are fragments anyway: birthday bowling party… girls’ sleepover … junk food … late nights … the insidious beat of some Disney “rock” song pounding in my head. E. may have turned 10 last weekend, but the blowout celebration […]

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Unstuffed Baby Eggplants

April 19, 2007
Unstuffed Baby Eggplants

I’m a lazy cook. I’m constantly combining steps so that I can get dinner on the table in as little time and with as few pots and pans dirtied as possible (though D, our resident dishwasher, would tell you that I don’t always do a good job at that last goal). Last night I started […]

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Seaside-Stuffed Mirlitons

April 13, 2007
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In Louisiana, we call them mirlitons (pronounced meela-tawns in certain parts of the state). In your grocery store, you’ll probably find them labeled chayote. There are over a dozen different names for this watery, squash-like vegetable, which is used all over the world. I’ve grilled it, stewed it, and added it to soups and casseroles, […]

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White Bean and Garlic Stew

April 11, 2007
White Bean and Garlic Stew

This week I had a request from my husband to make an old favorite that we haven’t had for a while. This stew is different from anything else I make because it uses a whole head of garlic. Now, if you’ve tasted my baba ganoush, you know I can tolerate some garlic. But even I […]

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Bhindi Masala and Masoor Dal with Ajwain and Tomato

April 8, 2007
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Today I offer you two new recipes. First up is my brand new favorite way to cook okra. But, get this: E. the Okra Hater actually liked it, too! I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw her picking it up and eating it like popcorn. (In fact, she liked both these dishes, amazing for […]

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Veggeroni (Seitan Pepperoni)

April 4, 2007
Veggeroni

Okay, you wormed it out of me. I was going to make this again just to tweak the seasonings a little, but with so many of you writing to tell me that you just have to have the recipe now, I’ve decided to post it here and let you do the experimenting with it. (I’ve […]

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Sicilian Market Pasta

April 2, 2007
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My daughter E. lives for pasta, which is kind of a shame because I rarely cook it. When I do, all too often it’s one of her favorite (but boring) dishes: veggie lo mein, spaghetti with “meat” sauce, or macaroni and “cheese.” Every now and then she gets lucky and I go all out with […]

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Vegan Corned Beef and Cabbage, Roasted Potatoes, and Soda Bread

March 20, 2007
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Instead of St. Patrick’s Day, this year we celebrated St. Patrick’s Weekend. After being out all day Saturday, I didn’t feel up to preparing a big meal, so we waited to have our “official” holiday meal on Sunday night, when I had the time and energy to make it special. And this really was special! […]

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Cumin Rice with Eggplant and Peas

March 6, 2007
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Well, it may not be the most beautiful dish in the world, but my whole family liked this cumin-filled rice, adapted from a recipe by Deborah Madison. It even had E. eating eggplant without even realizing it! It’s based on the recipe “Cumin Rice with Eggplant and Peppers” in The Savory Way. Since it’s not […]

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Gumbo z’Herbes with Cajun Tempeh Bacon

February 28, 2007
Gumbo Z'herbes with Tempeh Bacon

Most people outside of my home state have never had this “Greens Gumbo,” but it’s an authentic Louisiana dish. Traditionally, it was made without meat to serve during Lent, but with Louisianians being the great seafood and meat lovers they are, ham and seafood eventually made their way into this naturally vegetarian soup. Well, now […]

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Yaki-Fu Stew

February 25, 2007

This package of roasted gluten has been in my pantry ever since I bought it at the Hong Kong Market right after Thanksgiving. I’ve been searching for a way to use it but couldn’t find a mention of it in any of my Japanese or Asian cookbooks (including Madhur Jaffrey’s World of the East). I […]

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Thai Eggplants and Chickpeas in Peanut Masala

February 22, 2007
Thai Eggplants and Chickpeas in Peanut Masala

Whenever I’m in New Orleans, there’s one thing I have to do. Is it visit the French Quarter? Eat a vegan Muffaletta? Catch a jazz performance? No, though those are all high on my “love to do” list, the one thing I have to do is visit the Hong Kong Market. It’s a huge Asian […]

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A to Z Pasta Salad

February 16, 2007
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Since I don’t eat a lot of pasta anymore, this blog is sadly lacking in pasta recipes. Recently, however, I needed to make a dish for a potluck, and since asparagus is once again affordable, I decided to make my generic, go-to pasta salad (even if it’s definitely not salad weather here in frosty Mississippi). […]

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Polenta Lasagna with Portabellas and Kale

February 6, 2007
Polenta Lasagna

You know I really like a recipe when I make it two days in a row. I first made this dish for dinner last night, and though I liked it and my husband thought it was “outstanding,” I still wanted to tinker with the recipe. It was good, but I thought it could be incredible. […]

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Quinoa Vegetable Paella

January 26, 2007
Quinoa Paella

I love quinoa. Sure, it has a great nutritional profile, but what I like best about it is that it’s fast: it cooks in about a third of the time it takes to cook brown rice, which makes it possible to throw together a meal at the last minute and still enjoy a whole grain. […]

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Thick and Hearty Pinto Bean Chili

January 17, 2007
Thick and Hearty Pinto Bean Chili

Mississippi is finally getting a taste of the cold weather that’s sweeping across the country, and though some transplanted Northerners here may think that it’s long overdue, I just want to hibernate. Maybe I’m getting old, but I have no desire to go outside once the weather is below freezing. Yes, I know that in […]

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Curried Tempeh Sushi

January 15, 2007

Sometimes two seemingly incompatible tastes come together and the result is magic. This, my friends, was not one of those times. I don’t know what got me thinking that sushi with a filling of curried tempeh would be a good idea. I just know that once the idea was in my head, nothing was going […]

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Red Bean-Chipotle Burgers

January 13, 2007
Red Bean Chipotle Burgers

A few days ago, my family was in the mood for a good old burgers-and-”fries” meal. Now, you know I try to eat as little processed food as possible, so rather than reach for a frozen Boca or Garden burger, I opted to make a bean-based burger from scratch. And though these are not as […]

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Dried Tofu and Vegetables in a Light Ginger-Garlic Sauce

January 7, 2007

I was racked with indecision. I hadn’t really cooked for days, and finally my family was back home with me, my cold was waning, and I wanted to do something with some of the produce in my fridge before it all turned to compost. At first I craved Indian; then I thought Thai curry. I […]

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Bucatini all’Amatriciana

December 8, 2006
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Pasta all’ Amatriciana is a traditional Italian dish that’s usually made with bacon (or pancetta, I’m told, though I have no idea what that is). I’ve never had it the traditional way, but in my less health-oriented days I used to make a vegan version of it with [foodies, close your eyes] Bacos. As anyone […]

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Rainbow Stir-Fry

December 6, 2006
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I had planned to write about a pasta dish today, but I’m under strict orders to post this recipe immediately. I don’t really mind; in fact, I’d love to use the phrase “guest post by my daughter” right now, but the truth is, E. likes to cook the food, photograph it, and eat it, but […]

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Mini Crustless Tofu Quiches

December 4, 2006
Mini Crustless Tofu Quiches

I don’t have a lot to say about this recipe. I mean, there are only so many ways I can say something’s delicious—Mmmmm! Yum! Wow! Awesome! Kid-Friendly!—without sounding like a 4th grader. The story on these quiches is that I saw a non-vegan recipe for mini crustless quiches in a magazine and wanted to try […]

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Grilled Skewered Vegetables with Quick Polenta

November 30, 2006
Grilled Skewered Vegetables with Quick Polenta

I seem to buy an average of one new cookbook a week, and the sad thing is, I rarely use them. I keep piles of them beside my bed, on my desk, and next to my chair in the den, and I often glance through them (especially if there are pretty pictures) looking for inspiration, […]

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Tofu Stuffed with Brown Rice and Mushroom Dressing

November 14, 2006
Tofu Stuffed with Brown Rice and Mushroom Dressing

Thanksgiving came early to our house this year. Though we’ll be visiting my in-laws for the main big feast, I decided to have a little celebration just for my own little family. After all, we have a lot to be thankful for. Besides, I wanted to try my hand at something that couldn’t easily survive […]

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Southwestern Chayote Casserole

November 7, 2006
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I’d been planning for days to make a vegan version of one of the mirliton casserole recipes on the internet. I’d even cooked the mirliton in advance so that the casserole would be that much quicker to make. But then lack of celery spoiled the whole plan. Mirliton? Celery? Wondering what the heck I’m talking […]

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Cambodian Vegetarian Stew

October 27, 2006

I don’t remember exactly what it was that got me searching for Cambodian recipes–some restaurant menu I saw on the internet for a dish that looked good. I no longer remember anything about that recipe, but while I was searching for information that might help me recreate it, I stumbled upon this recipe and made […]

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Sushi Salad

October 26, 2006
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I enjoy making sushi–and my family enjoys eating it. But sometimes I want the taste of sushi without the time and effort it takes to roll it. One way I get around the task of making sushi rolls is to have “Roll Your Own” nights: I’ll prepare the rice and fillings and cut the sheets […]

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Portabella Sushi Rolls

October 25, 2006

[I apologize for not posting the sushi recipe yesterday as promised; I tried all day, but Blogger just was not cooperating. Anyone else having this problem?] Those of you who are eager to get out your sushi mats might want to take a look at some of my older sushi recipes. In this recipe and […]

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Chinese Barbecued Tofu and Vegetables

October 20, 2006
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It was one of those days when I needed a clone–you know, someone to do the cooking while I did everything else that had to be done. Since science has yet to reach the point of providing me free kitchen help, I reached into my cabinet and pulled out the next best thing: The Crockpot. […]

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Yellow Split-Pea Soup with Sweet Potatoes and Kale

October 14, 2006
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I may have the only child in the world who begs for split pea soup as an after-school snack, but I’m not complaining. Yesterday I needed to cook dinner early because we were going out to dinner. To you non-vegetarians, that statement probably makes no sense at all, but the vegetarians and vegans out there […]

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Tunisian Bean and Chickpea Stew

October 3, 2006
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Last week, three new cookbooks arrived by mail, so for days I’ve been poring over recipes and considering new things to cook. The first to arrive were the two I ordered from Nava Atlas–her new cookbook, Vegetarian Soups for all Seasons, and the bonus copy of Vegetariana. They are both beautifully written and illustrated and […]

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Vidalia Onions Stuffed with Rice-Lentil Pilaf

September 21, 2006
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I bought some Vidalia onions a couple of weeks ago, figuring to stuff them once the time was right. Last night the weather finally cooled off enough that having the oven on for an hour and a half didn’t seem like such a hot ordeal. Since Vidalias are sweet, I decided on a sweetish filling […]

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Potato Pizzas

September 19, 2006
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I like pizza as much as the next person, though I rarely eat it because of the refined flour that goes into the crust. Then a couple of weeks ago, Saje, a member of the FatFree Vegan Discussion Board, posted a link to a recipe I just had to try: Pizza Potatoes, a terrific idea […]

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Vegan Eggplant “Parmesan”

September 17, 2006
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I haven’t had eggplant parmesan in so many years that I’ve literally forgotten what it tastes like, so I can’t promise that this tastes like the “real thing,” but I can promise that it is delicious–rich and creamy inside and a little crunchy outside. The method I used is taken from a recipe by Bryanna […]

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