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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 […]

Protein Shake

Will has been trying to make me have more protein.  I think we eat fairly healthy already, but I guess one needs extra protein to grow a baby.  In the morning, Will makes this pretty delicious protein shake that contains (in his words): 8 frozen, pitted dates (dates are so sweet that it’s hard to […]