Monthly Archives: December 2011

Triple Citrus Cupcakes

Suffering from the midwinter blahs, when it seems that not a single fresh fruit remains in the grocery store, and there’s nothing but kale and potatoes thriving in the harsh frozen tundra outside? Reach for citrus—and don’t stop at just one type! By combining three different zesty flavors into one cupcake, you’ll get a brighter, […]

Roasted Chestnuts

The chestnut vendor offering hot, charcoal-roasted chestnuts on the streets of many cities symbolizes the coming of winter. This seasonal treat can be enjoyed by a cozy fire at home as well. Chestnuts can be roasted in a popcorn basket over an open fire, in a shallow baking dish inside the oven, or in a […]

Salsa Verde (Tomatillo Salsa)

Salsa verde, or tomatillo salsa,  makes an exotic sauce for enchiladas or an offbeat dip for nachos. Tomatillos are members of the berry family that resemble small green tomatoes,with a papery husk. Their flavor is distinctive, though not hot. Look for fresh tomatillos in the late summer and early fall farm markets. As with any salsa, […]

Barbecue-Flavored Baked Beans

The subtly sweet and tart flavors of this vegan baked bean dish make it homey and comforting. This is delicious served with fresh cornbread or fresh rye bread. Add some simply prepared greens (kale, collards, or chard), broccoli, or green beans. A colorful salad completes the meal.

Creole Corn Maque Choux

Here’s a classic combo of corn, bell peppers, and tomatoes, Creole style. This veggie side dish was adapted by Creole cooks from a dish made by the Native Americans who populated southwest Louisiana. Make it when there’s a bumper crop of fresh corn; and also it’s a great choice for a Thanksgiving side dish. Adapted […]

(Vegan) Holiday Party With Nava Atlas

Every family should have its own designated party giver. When VegKitchen diva Nava Atlas was growing up, that meant her Aunt Blanche. “She was the family hostess, she set the style,” recalls the author of many meatless cookbooks including the new Vegan Holiday Kitchen. “It was never anything fancy, but comfortable, generous and gracious. She was someone to […]

Cranberry Spaghetti Squash

Served in its shell, this simple preparation of spaghetti squash makes a dramatic presentation as part of an everyday winter meal. It’s festive enough to serve as a holiday side dish at the Thanksgiving or Christmas table as well. For more servings, simply double the recipe. Photos by Evan Atlas.

Refried Pinto Beans (Frijoles Refritos)

Few dishes are more basic to southwestern cuisine than the beloved Frijoles, or refried pinto beans. A good helping of them is a standard sight at lunch, dinner, and sometimes even breakfast. Here’s a simple vegan preparation (though they’re no longer  prepared with lard as often as they once were, still, take care to ask if […]

Scalloped Corn

Scalloped corn is a comforting casserole that features this all-American veggie topped with tasty bread crumbs. It’s good in cool-weather months using frozen corn, though it’s absolutely fantastic in late summer using fresh corn. Though kind of a simple and humble dish, it’s also welcome at the Thanksgiving table. Photos by Rachael Braun.

500 Vegan Dishes by Deborah Gray

Whether you’re just starting out on a vegan diet or are already a fan of plant-based meals, 500 Vegan Dishes* (Sellers Publishing, 2011) is a great go-to book for vegan substitutions and tons of recipes. Deborah Gray offers information and recipes in a highly readable format. She starts out by giving an introduction with a […]

Alicia’s Famous Sweet Potato Pie

Yep, it’s famous. I am the official sweet potato pie maker for my family. It isn’t a holiday if my pie isn’t there. This was a hard recipe to veganize, since traditionally, I used condensed milk and egg whites to make my pies. But after a little tweaking, my famous sweet potato pie is now […]

Gluten-Free Hamburger Buns

Try these buns with gluten-free, vegan Sloppy Janes! Recipe from The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Gluten-Free Vegan Cooking* by Julieanna Hever, M.S., R.D., CPT, and Beverly Lynn Bennett (Alpha Books, 2011).

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