Archive for July, 2010

I thought I would write an entry about the dish we started calling corn poppers around my house. My dear friend Megan would go so far as to request poppers when she walked in the door for dinner. Luckily, they are quick and easy to make! By adding a little whole corn, these muffins have […]

I’m vegetarian. BBQ sauce might seem irrelevant to me. It’s like the time my grandpa snatched the bottle of A-1 off the table (I was putting it on a baked potato). When I reassured him that it was okay, it was vegetarian, his reply was this: “I don’t care! It’s steak sauce! It’s just not […]

I love using ginger to add complexity to flavors. For this recipe I used two forms: crystallized and preserves. I found a jar of preserves at my favorite natural foods store — it was the simplest garnish ever! If you are using the Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker, do make sure to fully freeze the cannister […]

  In the time since I received my Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker as a Christmas present, I  have explored both dairy-based and coconut-based ice creams as well as sorbets. I have to admit I had given up the pursuit the last couple years after one too many almost-frozen batches. It wasn’t until my friend decided to host […]

    This weekend I was fortunate enough to be invited to present at the first annual International Ice Cream Conference. Don’t get too excited, though. It was really an awesome party hosted by my friend Andreas. There were representatives from at least three countries. There were some outstanding flavor entries: Summer Picnic (three flavors; […]

vegan jambalaya


  Before I went vegetarian I was highly carnivorous. I loved meat. I actually thought I still did, until I tried to eat some in preparation for moving to China for a year. I had lost my taste for it. But, before I decided to abstain years ago, I relished in a thick burger, smoky […]

There is no better accompaniment to a well-prepared main dish than a simply dressed salad. I usually make up double or triple batch of this recipe and keep it on hand in the fridge. Wash a few leaves of lettuce, slice a tomato and dress with this vinaigrette for the perfect salad (in my estimation, […]

I love salads. I love the crunch, the savoriness, the multitude of textures and flavors. A beautiful, crisp lettuce is the perfect canvas for building interesting, bold flavor combinations. Currently, this salad is my go-to potluck dish. It’s simple, flavorful, and showcases summer produce. I was first introduced to hearts of palm by Sunset Magazine. Before I encountered […]