Cheddar & Gouda Beer Fondue

As I look outside watching large flakes of snow drop from the sky, nothing sounds better than curling up and dipping stuff in warm, gooey cheese with family and friends gathered around the pot. I’ve been making fondue for years. One of the first pieces of cookware I owned was a fondue set, gifted to…

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…

Vegetarian Spicy Stuffed Peppers (Rocoto Relleno)

Let’s talk about Peru. This is going to be tough, because there is so much to say! It remains one of my favorite countries I’ve ever visited: Incan ruins, deserts and canyons, the Amazon rainforest, the highest navigable lake in the world, and thriving cities, to start. And oh yeah, the food. Always the food….

Creamy Herbed Mashed Potatoes

I’m a bit upset. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year, but this being 2020 and all, we have to deal with COVID. The rates are the worst they’ve ever been in the United States (though gratefully New York City has remained low in terms of infections compared to the rest of the country)….

Sweet Potato & Greens Bowl

What are you grateful for? In this year of very real ups and downs, I’m grateful for so, so many things – the fact that I have a safe place to live, that I still have my job, that I have family and friends who love and support me (thanks!) And even though this year…

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…

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…