Monthly Archives: June 2011

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.

North Carolina Relish Slaw

A friend who grew up in the western part of North Carolina contributed this tasty cole slaw recipe, which is enlivened by a hint of pickle relish.

Cold Zucchini and Corn Chowder

The recipe for this delicious southwestern soup is perfect for late summer evenings. It’s meant to be served chilled, but if you can’t wait, serve it warm, by all means.

Okra-Rice Soup

A true southern classic, this okra soup was as commonplace in the nineteenth century as it is unusual today. Despite the “throw-everything-into-the-pot” simplicity of the recipe, the result is a wonderfully complex blend of flavors and textures—thanks mainly to the unique character of okra. This thick soup is  closely related to a Creole gumbo.

Raw Vegan Cheddar Cheese Spread

This vegan cheddar cheese spread is made with raw cashews and sun-dried tomatoes and requires no cooking. Serve as a spread for raw veggies, fruit, crackers, slices of bread, or for sandwiches. From The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vegan Cooking* by Beverly Lynn Bennett and Ray Sammartano.

Raw Vegan Parmesan-Style “Cheese”

You can easily and quickly whip up this cheesy, slightly nutty-tasting dairy-free Parmesan-style seasoning with the help of a food processor. From The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vegan Cooking* by Beverly Lynn Bennett and Ray Sammartano.

Ginger and Garlic from Jars: Are They OK to Use?

Those little jars of prepared garlic and ginger are so completely convenient! No fussing with paper-thin garlic peels, no paring gnarly knobs of ginger or endangering fingers on the ginger grater and no garlic-smelling hands for the rest of the night. But is it OK to use these conveniences?

Asparagus: Buying, Cooking, and Enjoying

After long winter months of root vegetables and tubers, the farmers market re-awakens in spring – pulsating with energy and brimming with cheerful colors, enticing smells and delicious flavors that make for a full sensory experience. Strolling by the vibrant stands of produce, you’ll find everything to fulfill the stirring desires of re-awakened palates: fresh […]