Dinner

Lentil “Meatballs” With Lemon Basil Pesto

February 17, 2012 Dinner

One of my favorite things to make before becoming a vegetarian was turkey meatballs. Sadly, now that I no longer eat meat, I haven’t had a meatball in something like five years. It’s crazy to think how much my diet has changed over the years. I no longer have a taste for meat. In fact, [...]

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Citrus Fish Tacos with Grapefruit and Avocado Salsa

February 11, 2012 Dinner

When I lived in Charleston, SC, my friends and I would cruise out to Sullivan’s Island regularly to spend an afternoon on the beach. Nearly every trip consisted of a stop at Poe’s Tavern for fish tacos. We’d grab a table in the sunshine, order up a few beers and some tacos, and watch the [...]

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Mushroom, Leek, and Rosemary Soup

February 6, 2012 Dinner

  Please forgive that there aren’t as many pictures in this post as usual. I made this soup a few weeks ago for “ladies’ night” and got so carried away with chatting and sipping wine that I sort of forgot about my camera. Oops! Initially, I contemplated a mushroom and leek tart, but as the [...]

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Smoked Salmon and Crème Fraiche Linguine

February 1, 2012 Dinner

This may be one of the simplest, quickest dinner recipes I’ve ever posted. It’s a recipe I created while living in a tiny dorm-like apartment in France. I can’t even say it was a studio because it was actually a single, cramped bedroom in a high school where I taught English to French students.  There [...]

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Apple, Apple Butter, and Brie Paninis

January 18, 2012 Dinner

I always enjoy trips to my husband’s family farm. Not only for the fresh air, quiet nights, and cuddly farm animals, but mainly for the good eats. It seems like every time we visit, we feast. This time was no exception. However, this time it was my husband’s father who did the cooking. He grilled [...]

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Lentil, Quinoa, and Mushroom Sliders

January 15, 2012 Dinner

I’ve been working hard on a new recipe for veggie burgers. I usually make them with chickpeas, but my husband doesn’t like the texture. They tend to be somewhat dry. But he likes lentils, and lentils have a smoky, almost meaty taste. And the texture is ideal. Makes sense to use them in a veggie [...]

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Khoresht Karafs (Celery Stew with Mint, Parsley and Dried Lime)

January 8, 2012 Dinner

I first tasted this dish at last month’s book club.  It’s a Persian celery-based stew that is typically made with lamb, but our lovely, accommodating host, made a vegan version for those of us who don’t eat meat. This soup is light and deeply flavorful. It’s composed of celery, mint, and parsley. But my favorite [...]

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Vegetarian “Chicken and Dumplings”

December 11, 2011 Dinner

Chicken and dumplings is one of my all-time favorite meals. It was the single biggest obstacle to my becoming a vegetarian. Life without chicken and dumplings just didn’t seem worth living. My mother is a wonderful, albeit reluctant, cook. On very rare occasions she’d make us chicken and dumplings. My heart would soar with excitement [...]

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Sweet Potato Mac ‘n’ Cheese

December 4, 2011 Dinner

Ever since making sweet potato risotto, I’ve been scheming ways to incorporate sweet potato into some of my favorite dishes.  So, when Dreamfields sent me some of their high fiber/low carb penne pasta, I knew exactly what to make.  Macaroni and cheese.  Because sweet potatoes are so creamy, they work well with traditional comfort foods.  [...]

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Sweet Potato Risotto

November 21, 2011 Dinner

   When planning this dish, I intended to use pumpkin. Pumpkin is seasonal and nostalgic and people get overly excited for recipes that incorporate pumpkin this time of year. But, the problem with pumpkin is that it’s kind of meh. The texture is gag inducing and the flavor is benign. Even the best pumpkin needs [...]

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