Zucchini Week: Zucchini Banana Muffins

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I love Justin’s Maple Almond Butter.  Love.  I buy the jars in three packs, and I always have some single serving squeeze packs with my granola bar stash.  I had two goals in mind when I came up with this recipe.  First, I wanted a recipe that used a TON of zucchini.  Recipes calling for 1/3 cup of shredded zucchini just aren’t solving my surplus zucchini situation.  I also wanted a muffin that wasn’t sweet on its own, since I knew I was just going to top it with Justin’s Maple Almond Butter.  If you’re not making these muffins intending … Continue reading

Homemade Veggie Sausage Pizza


Fake meats (think chik’n or fakin bacon) have always freaked me out.  Before I was vegetarian I could not understand why someone would rather eat substitutes than the real thing.  Since I’ve become vegetarian, all I can think is that those products are so full of gross chemicals and preservatives.  I like tofu and tempeh, and I’ve been interested in seitan, but I just can’t understand consuming lots of chemicals to eat a reproduction of a meat product. A few weeks back I saw that Cate had made her own seitan.  She made it look both simple and tasty.  As … Continue reading

Macaroon Tart: Recipe


So I promised you a recipe.  It’s not precisely mine to share, so you’ll have to go to 101 Cookbooks to get the exact details.  I just swapped out the cherries for blackberries and strawberries because that’s what I had on hand, and also because pitting cherries is a dreadful chore.  Especially when you don’t own a cherry pitter. Heidi’s recipes have never steered me wrong, and this tart was surprisingly simple.  I have vague memories of making a fruit tart that involved multiple steps, many ingredients, a sticky, gloppy glaze, and far too many temper tantrums on my part.  … Continue reading

CSA Special: Radish Pizza with Caramelized Onions, Arugula, and Gruyere


We’ve been getting a lot of radishes in our CSA box lately, and I can only put so many radishes in my salads.  Radishes have always called to me at the farmers market.  They’re just so darn colorful and cute, tucked amid the bunches and bunches of greens.  Red and pink and purple accent colors make all the other farmers market greens pop in the spring.  Radishes usually bring some of the first color to the farmers market, and every year, with absolutely no idea what I’m going to DO with them, I find myself walking away with bunches of … Continue reading

Spicy Black Bean Burgers with Blue Cheese and Avocado


The idea for these burgers came from a pieced together family barbeque.  The “kids” were sent off to the store to pick up some extra ingredients for the impromptu grill out, and J and I went on a search for veggie burgers.  At this point we realized we’re now totally useless in any grocery store that isn’t Berkeley Bowl.  I couldn’t find anything!  Friends finally helped us find the veggie burgers (near the fish sticks), and we grabbed some blue cheese crumbles (near the tomato sauce?!).  We got Morningstar Spicy Black Bean burgers, and they were great for a frozen … Continue reading

Mango Salsa


Mango salsa tastes like summer to me.  Even though it’s just now spring, and I’m happily celebrating the sunshine with outdoor runs and crazy bike shorts tan lines, apparently I’m getting greedy for summer.  Mango salsa totally ups the ante on taco night, and a bowl of black beans with pico de gallo, mango salsa, and guacamole is a vegan dinner that completely blows a Chipotle burrito bowl out of the water.  And I like Chipotle! I prefer champagne mangoes (or manilla mangoes) for this recipe.  I think a perfect champagne mango tastes sparkly and fizzy when you eat it, … Continue reading

Cornmeal Crusted Fillet with Tomato-Caper Sauce


A few weeks ago I read a number of different articles in the New York times about food.  This is an everyday occurrence for me; I usually read both the health section and the dining section of the New York times, plus anything Mark Bittman wrote.  On this particular day, I enjoyed an article on the Mediterranean Diet and an article by Mark Bittman on the various ways to cook a white fillet of fish.  Reading the Bittman article, I had a sudden flash of inspiration (and random flashes of culinary inspiration are rare for me, so this one was … Continue reading

Recipe Invention

I love cookbooks and recipes and definitely food blogs.  Usually many of the things that I rush home eager to make come straight out of a blog I just read, or are pulled from the page of my latest cookbook.  For me, reading has been a life long love, and reading about food is just icing on the cake. When I’m in the grocery store I’ll often just buy what looks good and then later come home and look up recipes until I find one that I really like.  I’ll always adapt a recipe based on what I have on … Continue reading

Swamp Soup

It’s not a super appetizing name, but I still kind of love it.  I make this soup when I feel like I need a massive amount of vegetables.  Post-Christmas cookie binge, I knew that swamp soup would be necessary. I was first introduced to the idea of this soup on 101 Cookbooks , which is one of my go to blogs. Now that I’ve moved to Berkeley, I secretly delight in being able to find some of Heidi’s esoteric ingredients. Between Berkeley Bowl and the farmers’ market at the Ferry Building, I find myself stalking up on things like pomegranate … Continue reading