Monthly Archives: May 2013

Vegan Artichoke Frittata

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Okay, so a vegan frittata seems kind of impossible. Doesn’t it? I mean a frittata is made with eggs. That’s the deal. Well, Chef Chloe¬†Coscarelli is like this little vegan guru. And she has the best eggless frittata recipe in her cookbook, Chloe’s Kitchen.

She makes her’s with zucchini and calls it End-of-Summer Frittata. I got all clever and changed the zucchini to artichokes so it’s more of an end-of-spring/beginning-of-summer frittata. I used fresh artichokes, but you could easily use canned artichoke hearts and bottoms.

Fresh artichokes are a little work, but so awesome. Last summer I spent a few days in Salinas, CA which is just a few miles away from Castroville — the artichoke capital of America. So of course, every meal I had there included fresh artichokes. Heaven!

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Baked Plantains + Chow Chow

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I got the idea for this fun little side dish when I went to my brother’s wedding in Charlotte this past weekend. The very thoughtful bride and groom made sure there was a vegan plate for me at the reception. Wasn’t that super nice? Anyways, the chef came to my table to explain what he had put together. I think he was a little excited and frankly, so was I.

So, he roasted and sauteed a ton of vegetables, including cherry tomatoes, broccolini, fingerling potatoes and plantains. He served it all with an avocado puree and good old fashioned southern chow chow.

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Butter Lettuce With Melon + Lime Dressing

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Must be summer, because I’m craving my favorite warm weather salad. I’ve been making this for years, ever since I got Cooking With Nora by Nora Pouillon. ¬†This little gem of a cookbook is written by my favorite Washington DC chef. And Restaurant Nora brings back so many great memories.

The first time I went there, I was so excited to walk by the sidewalk herb gardens outside the restaurant. And inside, we were seated near Shirley MacLaine. It was one of those, oh-my-god moments…is that who I think it is?

Nora Pouillon, like Alice Waters, has been promoting artfully-prepared locally-sourced fresh ingredients before it was a trendy thing to do. This simple salad brings together one of my all time favorite flavor combinations: melon, mint and lime. You can pair this with any summer meal you make. Would be a great addition to your next cookout, for sure.

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Groovy Grilled Guac + Homemade Chips

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Summertime is around the corner and I’m thrilled to start cranking up the grill. Love to throw a bunch of colorful veggies together in a grill basket. Recently, I had a firm avocado and added it to my mixed grill to see what would happen. Oh. My. So awesome. So I got the idea to grill all of the ingredients for guacamole and see what it would be like.

Well, it’s pretty groovy…and really easy. I even grilled the limes! I tried it two ways: (1) everything chopped up in the grill basket; and (2) the ingredients directly on the grill. Both methods worked well, but I had a slight preference for skipping the grill basket and working with larger pieces directly on the grill.

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Zucchini Pasta + Oyster Mushroom Tomato Sauce

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I first had something like this at a little Italian restaurant in San Anselmo, California last summer. Lucky for me, it was the daily special. And while everyone else was chowing down on pizza and calzones, I was in heaven with my amazing, garlicky zucchini pasta.

So this was the first recipe that I made when I got back from the trip. I got out my trusty Benriner slicer and went to work coming up with the right noodle-like texture. I sliced the zucchini lengthwise to get the longest pasta I could. If you are into raw food, you could eat this as is and be pretty darn happy. I kind of like it briefly sauteed in olive oil with some garlic and sea salt.

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Strawberry Macadamia Pancakes For Momma

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When my 15-year old son, Jonah, was a toddler, I desperately wanted him to like pancakes. I made them every Sunday morning and every Sunday morning he chucked his portion from the tray of his high chair onto the ground. I have video to prove this. Looking back, I sort of don’t blame him, I have a feeling they were kind of crappy pancakes from a mix.

So imagine my delight when I made this recipe for my family this past Sunday and Jonah said they were the best pancakes he’d ever had in his whole life. The greatest early Mother’s Day present I could get. My kid likes pancakes. Yay! He likes my pancakes. Yay!! He likes my VEGAN pancakes. Yay!!!

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Mango Cinnamon Horchata

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With Cinco de Mayo coming up, I thought it would be fun to make a batch of homemade Horchata, a sweetened Mexican rice milk drink. Before moving to Houston, I’m not even sure if I’d even heard of this drink. The first time I tried it was at a farmer’s market on a hot day. It was flavored with strawberries and immediately cooled me off and I fell in love.

Horchata is very light and tastes great served over ice. For my recipe I adapted one from David Lebovitz who got his inspiration from Fany Gerson’s book Paletas. You start by grinding uncooked rice in a blender until it resembles cornmeal and then soak it overnight in water. I’m not usually big on soaking things, I’m more of a spontaneous cook, but this was a fun experiment.

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