Susan Jane Cheney
Tempeh (pronounced tem-pay), a traditional Indonesian food, is made of cooked and fermented soybeans. Sold in cellophane-wrapped packages, it’s even higher in protein than tofu. Tempeh is also quite versatile, but has a more distinct flavor and a dense, chewy texture. Though somewhat of an acquired taste, once you do, you’ll be a fan for life. Pictured above, Tempeh Fries with Horseradish-Dill Mayonnaise.
Here’s a classic whole wheat pita bread recipe that you will just love. They’re strong, flavorful, and dependable. Recipe adapted from Breadtime: A Down-to-Earth Cookbook for Bakers and Bread Lovers by Susan Jane Cheney, by permission of the author. more→
Tempeh, portobello mushrooms, and miso contribute a “meaty” heartiness to this dish, and balsamic vinegar provides a bit of tang. Serve this sumptuous stew-like sauce over a cooked grain—a mixture of long-grain rice with kasha or wild rice is one of my favorites—or on pasta. Contributed by Susan Jane Cheney, from Stir Crazy!* Reprinted by Permission. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→
Tempeh soaks up a sweet and sour marinade; then teams up with a colorful combination of autumnal vegetables in this satisfying cool-season stir-fry. Serve over long-grain rice or with quinoa. Contributed by Susan Jane Cheney, adapted from Stir Crazy! Photos by Evan Atlas. more→
These combination tortillas have a subtle corn flavor and the flexibility and larger size of wheat tortillas. This dough, too, can be made ahead of time. From Breadtime: A Down-to-Earth Cookbook for Bakers and Bread Lovers* by Susan Jane Cheney. more→
Combine any combination of tender young leafy greens for this dish: kale, beet, mustard, dandelion, turnip, spinach, chard, radicchio, arugula, endive, escarole, and others. Some supermarkets now carry a “braising mixture” that’s perfect. Experiment with different oils, vinegars and mustards to modulate the flavor. Contributed by Susan Jane Cheney.
Stir-frying tones down the inherent hotness of the mustard greens, while coconut and lime contribute a slightly exotic flavor twist; red radish adds contrasting color and crunch. Pair this with curries and other spicy dishes. Contributed by Susan Jane Cheney.
This stir-fry of colorful bell peppers is an especially nice addition to summer meals, but you can make it any time of year. Use it as a side dish, toss it with pasta, or top a pizza with it. Recipe contributed by Susan Jane Cheney. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→
These simple, traditional Indian flatbreads are especially good served with curried soups and stews. From Breadtime: A Down-to-Earth Cookbook for Bakers and Bread Lovers* by Susan Jane Cheney. more→
Ingredients and seasonings in this dish straddle Asian and Italian cuisines, combining eggplant with anise-flavored fennel. Serve it with rice and some green veggies, simply prepared (greens, broccoli, or broccoli rabe), and a fresh salad augmented with chickpeas. Contributed by Susan Jane Cheney.
Here’s a lively stir-fry with Southwestern/Mexican flavors. The tempeh absorbs a soy-lime flavor as it simmers, and is livened up with bell peppers, zucchini, cilantro, and chili peppers. Basmati or Texmati rice is a perfect accompaniment. Adapted from Stir Crazy!* by Susan Jane Cheney. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→