Archive for the ‘Holidays’ Category

Persimmons were long a mystery to me. Not a food that we ate in my house growing up, persimmons never seemed quite right. When I started experimenting with new foods as a young adult, persimmons often left me feeling like I had stuffed my mouth full of cotton. Not a sensation I much enjoyed. Then […]


Annelise, my partner, has been making this sweet potato casserole at Thanksgiving for years. It is adapted from a recipe that her mom used to make. Over the years we have worked on tweaking it to make the flavors a little bolder. The key step is roasting¬†(not boiling) the potatoes. The process of roasting deepens […]


  Here’s another holiday-inspired recipe! I was invited to brunch at a lactose-intolerant friend’s house this morning. They were having bagels, ¬†and wondered if I could bring a vegan schmear. Given that the weather has recently turned very autumnal in SF, I felt inspired to experiment with pumpkin flavors. The bourbon adds depth, the pecans […]


I invented these treats in honor of Halloween, and also because we had the ingredients lying around the house. These cookie sandwiches are kid-friendly, vegan-friendly and quick and delicious! Seems like the perfect combination for a busy holiday season! Vegan Almond Butter-Dark Chocolate Graham Cracker Sandwiches Ingredients: 24 graham cracker squares 1/2 cup almond butter […]


vegan cole slaw

05Jul11

Cole Slaw is another classic side that can be made totally vegan and delicious! Cole Slaw is an exercise in balance; creamy and crunchy, tangy and sweet, salty and spicy. Here I use apricot preserves to add flavor and sweetness. The bell peppers add a nice crunch. A word of warning: this recipe makes a […]


bbq baked beans

04Jul11

So often when folks think of the 4th of July, backyard gatherings and barbeque, they think of meat. Frankly, that makes sense. Barbeques can be a tough place for vegans. This year Mark Bittman of the New York Times wrote an article discussing this very matter here. In honor of making the 4th a tasty […]


artichoke dip

10Dec10

‘Tis the season for appetizers! Here’s my attempt to develop another healthy and delicious appetizer. My mom’s family always has Artichoke Dip (you know the one: creamy, rich and awesome!) at their family gatherings. Don’t get me wrong — I love that stuff. But, I fear that more than a few of my extra pounds […]