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Vegan Ramen at Home

It’s difficult to find good vegan ramen in LA.  It’s easy to find vegetarian ramen, but usually since the noodles have egg in them, it’s hard to find vegan one. There’s Shojin, which has vegan ramen, but it’s expensive for what it is and not that delicious given the price. Because of this, I made vegan […]

Vegetarian Caldo Verde

Disclaimer: I have never had the traditional version of this soup, so I don’t know if this tastes legit or not. What I do know is that it tastes good and is a welcome spin on the usual kale and potato stew that I’m a little sick of having. With a few hours gained back while […]

Vegan/Vegetarian Version of Lemonade’s Chicken Basque

I had Lemonade’s chicken basque for the first time a few weeks ago and thought it was tasty.  My fears of dry chunks of chicken were blown away by how tender and flavorful the stew was.  Putting olives in a stew? Brilliant!  Of course, as soon as I downed the bowl, I thought, “Hey, I […]

Kale and Pistachio Pasta

Here comes another quick 30-minute meal.  I was feeling lazy and didn’t want to go to the supermarket, so I snipped a few leaves of kale from the backyard to add to spaghetti. Ingredients: 6-8 leaves of kale chopped finely 1/4 cup pistachio garlic 1 dried chile (I used cayenne, but crushed red chili works) […]

Sauteed Zucchini Noodles

I’m constantly amazed at how good simple, fresh vegetables can be. These zucchini noodles that I threw together on a whim for lunch came out better than I thought, mostly because I’m always skeptical about pasta-substitutes. I don’t have a gluten intolerance, so I wasn’t searching for a non-wheat pasta, but rather, a way to […]

Simple Zucchini and Basil Soup

This zucchini and basil soup recipe is so simple but so good. Even without any cream, it had a rich, creamy texture. I bet it would be good as a chilled soup too.  It was perfect for using our soon-to-be bounty of zucchini and basil. I think we’ll be having this soup a lot this […]

Freshly Made Fig Jam

When life gives you a friend who gives you free reign on picking figs from her back yard, you make fig jam.  After making kumquat marmalade, I figured that fig jam would be easy schmeezy, and it was. It doesn’t even require an extra step of extracting pectin from the fruit. Figs are strange fruits […]