Monthly Archives: August 2011

A Toast to Vegan Wine

A vegan walks into a bar, gets a glass of the house red and says, barkeep, there’s fish bladder, pig hoof, egg and milk in my wine.

Chickpea Zucchini Farinata with Cabernet-Red Onion Jam

In Liguria, they call it farinata, in Provence, they call it socca. In both cases, it’s a Mediterranean pancake made with garbanzo flour, so it’s not just luscious, it’s gluten-free. Crispy crusted with a tender inside, it’s great by itself or with the red onion jam linked to this recipe in the ingredient list following.

Two-Corn Summer Salad

Fresh corn and cooked hominy produce an explosion of contrasts when combined in this salad featuring a deliciously addictive dressing. Every single bite features an eruption of vibrant flavors: sweet and sour, crispy and creamy, fresh and earthy. Nothing compares to the taste of summer corn, buttery and sweet; it’s scrumptious eaten directly from the […]

Peach Salsa

In this new spin on a classic, peaches replace tomatoes, and the result is a healthy, colorful, and refreshing salsa. This peachy take on traditional pico de gallo will satisfy your cravings for sweet, sour, and spicy flavors. Select fresh peaches that are still firm, so their flesh will keep its shape when cubed. In […]

Tofu Shakshouka (Middle-Eastern inspired scramble)

Common to many regional Middle Eastern cuisines, this is one of those super simple dishes that, with the right ingredients, is amazingly tasty. Especially welcome as a fast summer dish, this is a good showcase for the abundance of delicious tomatoes in season. Shakshouka, in its original version, is made with eggs; in this vegan […]

Piquant Rice Salad

Here’s a bold-flavored rice salad, enough to feed a crowd. Bursting with lots of tasty ingredients and textures, including artichokes, roasted peppers, and fresh chili peppers, it’s a sturdy potluck or buffet dish. Jalapeños give it a subtle kick. Photos by Evan Atlas. 

Quick Tartar Sauce

This super-easy cold sauce made with just three ingredients — vegan mayo, relish, and mustard — is perfect for simple sautéed or grilled tofu or tempeh recipes.

Tofu Xpress: A Thumbs-up review

If you use two to three tubs of tofu per week, you are going to love the nifty little kichen tool called Tofu Xpress,* described in this review. Figuring out how to press tofu is a quandary faced by tofu lovers everywhere, who bemoan the wasting of so many paper towels. Tofu Xpress is basically […]

Interview with Mimi Kirk, author of Live Raw

In preparation for reviewing Mimi Kirk’s colorful and lively book on raw food cuisine and lifestyle, Live Raw: Raw Food Recipes for Good Health and Timeless Beauty,* I interviewed her and was thrilled with here detailed, informative answers. Mimi’s insights open a window into the pleasures and benefits of raw food. 

Live Raw by Mimi Kirk

I first found out about Mimi Kirk when she won PETA’s “Sexiest Vegetarian Over 50” competition in 2009. She’s stunning, all right, and the fact that she won this contest when she was not merely “over 50” but nearly 71 made it all the more remarkable. In this instance, Mimi can be completely forgiven for […]

Cool Kitchen Gadgets

Some time ago, I polled readers to find out what are some favorite kitchen gadgets. It turned out to be a treasury of great ideas. One of my personal favorites is an immersion blender.* We’re not huge fruit eaters in my family (we prefer our veggies!), so making smoothies most days of the week is not […]

Lagusta’s Luscious – Fine Handmade Confections

New Paltz (a funky college town in New York’s Hudson Valley, just 90 miles north of Manhattan) is very lucky—it’s the home of Lagusta’s Luscious, a cornucopia of sensuous pleasures for the palate, mainly centered around chocolate.

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