Ethiopian Lentil Stew (Misir Wat)

At this time last year, I announced an entire month dedicated to Ethiopian cooking in celebration of Ethiopian New Year. We made homemade berbere spice (a blend essential to Ethiopian cooking), niter kibbeh (Ethiopian-style clarified butter), shiro wat (chickpea stew), and attempted injera, a fermented flatbread (maybe someday I’ll get it right…) And in an…

Sichuan Chili Oil Fried Rice

I remember the first time I tasted Sichuan cooking. It was at a now-closed restaurant in NYC and a Chinese friend had brought me there because the food was authentic and affordable. I enthusiastically ordered the Mapo Tofu (side note: I thought this tofu dish was vegetarian, but it’s not, whoops) After a few delectable…

Simple Roasted Cauliflower

Some days it seems that cauliflower has taken over the internet. It’s appealing in particular to vegetarians and health food enthusiasts because it can be a good substitute for chicken (try my cauliflower buffalo bites or BBQ cauliflower pizza if you need convincing), or as a replacement for refined grain foods like white flour in…

Indian-Style Spinach & Halloumi Cheese (Palak Halloumi)

I’ve avoided Indian food for some time on this blog because it’s just so daunting. Although the menu of most Indian restaurants in the US is uniform, real Indian cuisine is diverse and varied like the country itself. India is a massive mix of different languages, ethnicities, religions, and cultures. There is no way that…

A Healthier Loco Moco (Hawaiian Plate Lunch)

How’s everyone doing? It’s safe to say that wherever you are, it’s been a rough week. And although I wrote about coronavirus last week, I’m not going to turn this into a corona-chronicle (the world has enough of those). No, I’m going to focus on what I do best…making food. After all, it’s a great…

Costa Rican Portabello Burger with Cilantro-Lime Aioli

Have you ever bought an unusual condiment for a recipe, only to find it slowly growing old in your fridge? This was definitely the case with my bottle of Costa Rican Salsa Lizano, which I bought to make Gallo Pinto. Now don’t get me wrong, I love a good rice and beans, but I also…

Homemade Vegetable “Sushi” Bowl

I used to love sushi. From the moment I had my first bite, it was instantly one of my favorite foods. And when I became a vegetarian seven years ago, I found the switch relatively easy because I didn’t miss 99.9% of meat and fish dishes. But I missed sushi very, very much. This homemade…

Ethiopian Shiro Wat

Here are the top five reasons I love Ethiopia and find it one of the most fascinating places on the planet: Ethiopia is believed to be the origin of all humanity. Some of the oldest human skeletons and fossils, including the 3.2 million-year-old Lucy, have been discovered there. Ethiopia is also believed to be the…

BBQ Cauliflower Pizza

Tangy baked barbecue cauliflower mixes with red onion, smoked Gouda, and fresh mozzarella in this vegetarian version of a California Pizza Kitchen staple! I’ve been making pizza as long as I can remember. It was one of the most frequent homemade meals growing up. My mom and I would grab some pre-made dough from the…

Spicy Jackfruit Tacos

Perhaps you’ve had this experience: you get a new cookbook or recipe online that you’re super excited about. Maybe it’s a food from a cuisine you don’t usually make, or maybe you’re experimenting with a new diet. You scan the ingredients list, and you come across an item that makes you say…what the heck is…