Sauces and Seasonings

Vegan Mushroom Gravy

December 23, 2013
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My family celebrated Thanksgiving two days late this year. On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, my parents arrived early in the day to watch their college play its big football game, and my brother and sister-in-law arrived shortly afterward. The game was nearing its end, and I was in the kitchen reheating all the food I’d […]

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Jalapeño-Orange Cranberry Sauce

December 9, 2013
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I’ve learned over the years not to tamper with a family favorite recipe if I want our daughter to eat it. She wants her lasagna to taste like lasagna not spaghetti squash lasagna and her green bean casserole to be covered with those evil fried onions, not caramelized onions and bread crumbs. But I never […]

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Chickpea and Broccoli Bowl with Tahini Sauce

September 18, 2013
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Chickpea: We’ve got to stop meeting like this. Quinoa: Why, when we fit together so beautifully, your Rubenesque form nestled in my bed of tiny spheres and tendrils… Chickpea: Stop it, you’re making me blush. Or is that the smoked paprika? Whatever. It was good while it lasted, but I want to see other grains. […]

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Cheesy Cauliflower Sauce

May 5, 2013
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One of the questions I’m frequently asked about following an oil-free diet is “What do I use on baked potatoes or steamed vegetables or grits if I don’t eat butter or margarine?” Sometimes I mention salsa or mushroom gravy or the sauce from my Mac and Cheeze as options, but from now on, I’ll point […]

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Colleen’s Chickpea Burgers with Tahini Sauce

October 11, 2011
Colleen's Chickpea Burgers with Tahini Sauce

I was a vegetarian for six years before I became a vegan, and before I made the change, I thought that being vegan was just more than I was able to do. I had been inspired by Diet for a New America when I first became vegetarian, and though I agreed with the ethics of […]

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Fresh Chile Sauce

July 30, 2010
Fresh Chile Salsa

I’ve been getting ready for a much-needed vacation, cleaning out both the refrigerator and the garden.  Our tomatoes have about run their course, but the jalapeno and New Mexico chile peppers are thriving.  In fact, they’re doing so well that we can’t keep up; by the time we get around to eating them, they’re already […]

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Grilled Tofu with Blueberry-Peach Salsa

July 24, 2010
Grilled Tofu with Blueberry-Peach Salsa

If my daughter had her way, I’d be using our haul from the U-Pick farm to bake blueberry-infused treats like Blueberry-Banana Bread, Blueberry-Oat Bars, and Berries and Spice Muffins every single day.  Unfortunately for her, blueberry season coincides with the time of year that I am least interested in turning on the oven, and even […]

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Roasted Eggplant Pesto

June 30, 2010
Roasted Eggplant Pesto

This week on the FatFreeVegan Facebook page, I’ve been offering my suggestions for Fourth of July dishes–salads that transport well, veggie burgers you can make ahead and heat on the grill, etc.  You can add a pasta salad tossed with this aromatic pesto to the list of foods you can bring and that everyone–vegan and […]

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Chinese Vegetarian Chicken with Simple Five-Spice Sauce

May 4, 2010
Chinese Vegetarian Chicken

Sometimes I’m a bit slow.  I decide to make something and then, for no clear reason, it takes me days, weeks, or months to get around to actually cooking it.  This time, it’s been close to three years since I first tasted this dish, blogged about it, and even bought the main ingredient for it.  […]

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Wild Plum Sauce

July 6, 2009
Wild Plum Sauce

“You must not be from here.” If I had an acre for every time I’ve heard that, I’d be a farmer by now. It seems that no matter where I live, I manage to say something that betrays the fact that I grew up somewhere else. This latest time I was at the farmers’ market, […]

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Vadouvan: A Delectable Seasoning and Two Recipes

August 22, 2008
Red Lentil Soup with Vadouvan

You may not have heard of vadouvan, but I’m predicting it will be the next trendy ingredient. It’s been popping up on restaurant menus a lot lately and caused a bit of web chatter when Ruth Reichl, editor of Gourmet, mentioned trying it a few months ago, but now that Gourmet has published a recipe […]

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Cumin-Grilled Tofu with Papaya Salsa

July 5, 2008
Cumin-Grilled Tofu with Papaya Salsa

I know that some of you are eager to hear how the McDougall Celebrity Chef Weekend went, but I’m sure others couldn’t care less and are just waiting for the next recipe to be posted. So, in the interest of being all things to all people (a character flaw of mine), here’s a quick summary […]

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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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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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Roasted Vegetable Napoleons

June 3, 2007
Roasted Vegetable Napoleans

The logo that you see to the left comes courtesy of Alanna of A Veggie Venture, who invites all of us bloggers to use it whenever writing about fresh produce. Hopefully it’ll encourage everyone to seek out local sources of produce, wherever you live. Click on the blushing tomato to find your local farmers’ market. […]

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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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My Family’s Cranberry Relish Recipe

November 21, 2006
Cranberry Relish

I emailed my mother to get her cranberry relish recipe, the one my husband and I descend on like a pair of hungry fruit bats each year. She emailed me the recipe, but what she sent didn’t quite match my memory of the dish because I thought it had apples in it. By the time […]

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Roasted Salsa Verde

October 2, 2006
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I finally conceded defeat in the battle against the birds for the tomatoes in my garden. I had been waiting for the last few green tomatoes to ripen before I pulled out the tomato plants and planted my winter vegetables, but when I went out to the garden to check on them this weekend, the […]

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Shirataki Noodles with Tomato Pesto

September 4, 2006
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Somewhere on the internet, people must be talking about shirataki noodles because dozens of visitors a day come here searching for shirataki recipes. Shirataki noodles aren’t really difficult to use, but in the interest of being a helpful internet citizen, I thought I’d offer up some info, as well as a new shirataki recipe. First, […]

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South Carolina Golden Mustard Barbecue Sauce

August 22, 2006
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When I moved to South Carolina, I was surprised to discover that the barbecue there was yellow instead of red. Tangy and sweet, mustard-based barbecue sauce was very popular, but I never sampled the barbecued pork that the natives raved about because I became vegetarian shortly after moving there. Fortunately, the bottled sauce was available […]

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Grillin’ in the Rain (Orange-Ginger Tofu)

August 10, 2006
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Last night I barbecued in the rain. I had this grand idea to marinate tofu in orange-ginger sauce and cook it along with chayotes on the grill. I was so busy planning what I was going to cook that it never occurred to me to look out the window and notice the dark storm clouds […]

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Pasta with Roasted Vegetables and White Bean Pesto

August 5, 2006
Pasta with Roasted Vegetables and White Bean Pesto

I was out of town for a few days this week, visiting my family in steamy southeastern Louisiana, and when I got home, I had a bunch of vegetables I’d bought before I left that were in danger of going bad if not cooked quickly. (My husband, apparently, did not cook one vegetable while I […]

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Roasted Asparagus and Portabella Mushrooms with Horseradish Sauce

May 22, 2006
Roasted Asparagus and Portabella Mushrooms with Horseradish Sauce

Finding prepared horseradish can be tough for a vegan. All too often, the brands I find in the grocery store are mayonnaise-based. Every now and then I’m able to find a jar that is just horseradish and vinegar, but once that jar runs out, I risk not being able to find it again. So I […]

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Red Lentil and Rice Patties with Coconut-Mint Sauce

April 26, 2006
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Have you ever played Telephone? You know, the children’s game where one person whispers a story to another, who whispers it to another, and so on, until the last person retells the story and it has lost all semblance to the original? I’ve been thinking that food blogging is a lot like that: Someone posts […]

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Yin & Yang Tofu with Bean Sprouts Salad

March 23, 2006

Dinner for One I enjoy cooking for others, and I rarely go to much trouble on the rare occasions when I’m on my own for dinner. Last night, however, I went to a small bit of trouble and treated myself to a dish I’d been creating in my head for a couple of weeks: Yin […]

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