Stovetop Grilled Pineapple Skewers

The weather is getting warmer! I was hoping today would be one of those sunny, warm spring days that makes you crave barbecues, or at least a day that hints that you might consider grilling soon. Instead, I got a dreary, gray, slightly chilly and damp rainy day. But no matter, because these grilled pineapple…

Instant Pot Red Red (Ghanian Black-Eyed Pea Tomato Stew)

I’ve wanted to make a dish from West Africa for awhile now, but I admit I’ve been a little intimidated. I’ve tackled some recipes from East Africa and Southern Africa, but West Africa, not yet. Perhaps the reason is that I’m simply less experienced in eating and cooking food for this part of the world,…

How to Make Nut Butters

For a long time I never considered that I could make something like peanut butter or almond butter at home. I assumed that nut butter had to be processed in a factory, that it was time-consuming and difficult, perhaps requiring specialized equipment. I’m happy to say that I was wrong! A few years ago I…

Mushroom & Lentil Vegan Lasagna

My mom is known for her lasagna. Family gatherings, parties, holidays, she always made lasagna. I have many memories of making lasagna together, trying to pull out the cooked noodles from the pot without breaking them in half (it always happened anyway) and setting it in layers. Mom recently shared her lasagna recipe with me….

Thai Hot & Sour Soup (Tom Yum)

For me this time of year always drags. It’s cold, it gets dark far too early, and the excitement of the holidays has passed. I wasn’t always a soup aficionado, but in recent years I have really come to love curling up with a hot bowl of delicious soup on a cold winter day. This…

Refreshing Apple Lemon Smoothie

Happy New Year everyone! And if you’re new to this blog, welcome – I’m happy to have you here. Before we dive into today’s recipe I always like to take this time to reflect on the previous year and think about the upcoming one. Of course there is a lot to say about 2020, a…

Sweet Fried Plantains (Plátanos Maduros)

Have you ever had sweet fried plantains? The first time I had plátanos maduros was when I moved to Costa Rica where they became daily staple at the breakfast table, served alongside a heaping portion of gallo pinto and some instant coffee. They quickly became my favorite – sweet, slightly mushy, with a slight crisp…

One-Pot Vegan Zuppa Tuscana

If you’ve ever been to the Olive Garden, you know Zuppa Toscana soup: spicy Italian sausage, kale, and potato stewed together in a hearty broth. When I was growing up, The Olive Garden was my favorite restaurant. No lie, I loved it. And my favorite part was never the main courses, but their Zuppa Toscana…

A Really Good Sandwich

It all started about a year and a half ago. A friend of mine said she was looking to learn more vegetarian recipes and I wanted to help by using this blog to make vegetarian versions of recipes that would be familiar to her. One of my first ideas for her was a faux BLT…

Vegan Corn Chowder

When I think of foods that I grew up with, one of the first that comes to mind is chowder. I lived the first 23 years of my life in New England and summer was never complete without many bowls of New England clam chowder, despite the heat. So many days spent on the beach…