Category Archives: vegan

Watermelon with Spicy Tahini Sauce

june 26, 2015

watermelon with spicy tahini sauce

The ideal scenario for summer outdoor dining and entertaining may be summed up in several steps. Throw something on the grill. Steam some ears of local corn (or grill them, as in grilled corn and sugar snap pea salad). Toss a simple salad. Serve something chilly for dessert – ice cream, gelato or sorbet.

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Vegan Chocolate Cashew Cheesecake

may 15, 2015

vegan chocolate cashew cheesecake

 

Recipe inspiration comes from many sources. A dish enjoyed at at restaurant. A glistening bowl of spicy roasted vegetables glimpsed in a magazine. A revamp of a vintage recipe from my trove of family cookbooks.

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Asparagus with Carrot Honey Vinaigrette

may 1, 2015

asparagus with carrot honey vinaigrette

Two very important words : local, and asparagus. Placed together,  an item that is at the top of your farmer’s market shopping list. You must enjoy local asparagus during its short run at the markets, because the taste, and the color, and the texture is superior to any asparagus purchased at your grocer’s. Unless, of course, your neighborhood grocer carries local.

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Citrus Napa Cabbage Salad

january 23, 2015

citrus napa cabbage salad

 

It’s not always easy to eat “clean” in chain restaurants.  Even relatively upscale chains may offer foods that are pre-breaded or bathed in a flavor enhanced sauce, or chopped in a distant city and transported in brine to your town.  In short, chains are often loaded with processed foods.

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Spicy Grapefruit Mint Cocktail

january 9, 2015

spicy grapefruit mint cocktailWhen there is a chilly bite in the air, it’s time for winter citrus.  I enjoy lemon in my summertime tea, and lime juice in warm weather salsas and salads, but winter is when the perfume of pink grapefruits, tangerines, Meyer lemons and blood oranges is at peak and best enjoyed.

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Coconut Corn Avocado Soup

august 15, 2014

coconut corn avocado soupSadly, we are nearing the end of fresh corn season here in Richmond.  People have favorites : white vs. yellow, the elusive Silver Queen vs. Supersweet, but even mediocre ears of corn are satisfying with a slather of good butter and a sprinkle of sea salt.

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lemon dressed spring salad

Lemon Dressed Spring Salad

may 30, 2014

lemon dressed spring salad

We’ve come a long way from  salad defined by iceberg lettuce, waxy rounds of cucumber, flabby wedges of pale unripe tomato and bottled thousand island dressing languishing in a faux-wood bowl.  These days  salad offerings are some of the most intriguing items on restaurant menus, chock full of seasonal vegetables and fruits, local greens and house made vinaigrettes crafted to enhance, not overpower.

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Rhubarb Apple Compote

rhubarb apple compote

fresh rhubarb apple compote with Virginia’s Homestead Creamery vanilla ice cream

april 25, 2014

One of the first edible harbingers of spring is rhubarb.  And what a show!  This perennial, a vegetable given the royal fruit treatment,  rocks a shrub-like explosion of frilly lime green leaves and shiny  stalks in various shades of red and green.

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Hoppin’ John

december 29, 2013

hoppin' john

Southerners know how to ring in the New Year with culinary good luck talismans : hoppin’ john ( a dish of stewed black eyed peas), greens and cornbread.  The black eyed peas are said to symbolize coins, the greens represent paper money and the cornbread makes a good stand-in for gold.  Lest you think we only care for financial stability while ringing in the new, congratulate us also on our good taste, as these dishes are delicious, filling and perfect for company and good cheer.

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spiced cranberry vodka

Spiced Cranberry Vodka

december 17, 2013

spiced cranberry vodkaVisitors bearing homemade treats are always welcome at my home during the holidays.  A gift of handcrafted limoncello made by friends a few  years back was sipped with extra pleasure, illustrating that gifts handmade with care are treasured all the more by the lucky recipients.

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