Monthly Archives: June 2011

Mushroom, Asparagus, and Artichoke Medley

This tasty cold dish of small mushrooms, slender asparagus, and artichoke hearts is good served as an appetizer or first course with thinly sliced baguette. It’s especially nice as a starter for springtime celebrations. Photos by Evan Atlas.

Melon Cups with Strawberries and Blueberries

The attractive presentation of this medley of summer fruits — cantaloupe, strawberries, and blueberries — makes it especially appealing. Sometimes all you need is a little creativity to take fruits from so-so to stunning! Photos by Hannah Kaminsky at Bittersweet.

Vegan Apple Strudel

This dessert is super easy to throw together, even at the last minute. Surprisingly, the most common brand of puff pastry (Pepperidge Farm) is actually vegan. Though it’s not the healthiest product in the world (to say the least — make this a once-in-a-while treat!), it’s a great way to make an impressive dessert quickly. […]

Book Review: Vegan Yum Yum by Lauren Ulm

A current trend is that popular vegan blogs spin off into books. Why buy a book when you can get very similar content on a blog, you might ask? My answer is that there’s nothing like a bound book that you can take to bed, to the kitchen, and on the train, something that will […]

Book Review: Healthy Highways by Nikki and David Goldbeck

Healthy Highways* (second edition) by Nikki & David Goldbeck is a must for any health-conscious traveler. Covering every state in the U.S., it gives a “healthy” if not exhaustive listing of where to eat on the road, and includes natural foods stores and food co-ops in addition to restaurants, recognizing that it gets pricey to eat […]

Green Gazpacho with Fresh Tomatillos

A cousin to the classic tomato-based gazpacho, this cold soup is a great first course for a Mexican or Southwestern-style meal, and is especially nice to make when fresh tomatillos are in season in late summer. A splendid no-cook soup that will awaken taste buds dulled by summer heat, this soup can be eaten as […]

Saffron Fruited Rice

This rice dish, made with aromatic brown Basmati rice, fresh apple, dried fruits, and sweet seasonings, is a perfect companion to curried vegetable dishes. It gets its bright yellow color from saffron, but you can substitute turmeric for a similar effect.

Cauliflower and Avocado Salad

The pairing of cauliflower and avocado in a salad might seem offbeat, but they are a compatible duo. They add up to a delectable cold dish that goes well with spicy main dishes—chilies, curries, and the like. Photos by Rachael Braun.