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Ellen Kanner

Chickpea Zucchini Farinata with Cabernet-Red Onion Jam

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. This recipe spices up the basic chickpea farinata by adding zucchini. 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. Continue Reading…

Vegan Panaforte

Vegan Panaforte by Ellen Kanner

Panforte means strong bread, so be strong. Go lavish with the spices here — they balance the richness of the fruit and nuts — and don’t wimp out with the black pepper. Traditionally, panforte is made with honey — it’s the goo bonding the dried fruit and nuts. Swap it for vegan honey. The best commercial one I know is BeeFree Honee. I’ve also had good luck making this recipe with brown rice syrup, which has plenty of goo and adds a caramel-y note. Use a good sharp knife and serve skinny slices with a cup of espresso or a small glass of vin santo or sambucca. Recipe and photo contributed by Ellen Kanner. Continue Reading…

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

Kip Andersen, co-producer/director of “Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret,” considered himself to be an environmentalist. He recycled to reduce waste, took quick showers to save water, supported several environmental organizations. Then “I did some research and discovered all these incredible things — rainforest destruction, species extinction — can all be tied to animal agriculture. Jeez, this is the cause?” And if so, why was no one talking about it? Continue Reading…

Tofu Scramble with Jalapeño and Cilantro

Tofu scramble with cilantro

This delicious scrambled eggs-without-the eggs recipe works well for breakfast, lunch, dinner, late night, any time you’re in the mood. Feel free to change up any vegetables with what’s fresh at your local farmers market. Recipe and photo by Ellen Kanner, who contributes Meatless Monday Musings to VegKitchen. If you’d like to serve this with the delicious slightly sweet quick bread depicted, here’s the recipe for Vegan Fig
and Walnut Bread.
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What a Pair: A Bottle-Worthy Vegan Feast

Picnic basket with wine

My husband doesn’t so much collect wine as he does enjoy drinking it. And we both enjoy bringing together wine, food and friends.  So when he said he wanted to open a magnum of a particular 2004 cabernet, I was all over it. I love parties and menu planning, gathering a good mix of people and the good mix of ingredients and flavors. But this is a big wine, not to mention a big bottle, and it presents certain issues.

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Farrotto With Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Broccoli, and Basil

Farrotto With Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Broccoli and Basil Ellen Kanner

Are you ready to try a deliciously different grain? Farro, a longstanding favorite in Italian cuisine has made quite a comeback. A hardy, whole variety of wheat, it has a great flavor and is a nice alternative to brown rice. Soaking farro overnight (or all day) makes it cook up quicker and creamier. This Farrotto is a heartier, whole grain cousin to risotto. Recipe and photo contributed by Ellen Kanner.

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Simple Kale and Quinoa Pilaf

simple kale and quinoa pilaf

This speedy, simple dish features two — no, three — vegan faves — quinoa, kale and nutritional yeast. Nutritional yeast provides a big B-12 boost and terrific cheesy flavor. What’s not to love? Tart this dish up with a handful of your favorite chopped herbs, pair it with grilled vegetables or tempeh or serve with a salad.

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Mjeddrah (Rice and Lentil Pilaf)

mjeddrah (mujaddarah) Rice and Lentil Pilaf

A dish both simple and elemental, the lentils and rice cook together, taking on flavor and qualities greater than themselves. The rice and lentils soak separately before cooking, which brings the tenderness out in the rice and encourages the lentils, which normally require no presoaking, to keep their shape. We should all be so lucky. It’s traditionally topped with sautéed onions and makes a meal. Recipe and photo contributed by Ellen Kanner. Continue Reading…

Smoky Quinoa with Mushrooms

Smoky Quinoa with Mushrooms

This dish requires some cooking time, but does so on its own, without you fussing. The recipe doubles easily, so you can make it tonight and enjoy leftovers tomorrow. Serve it with a side of marinated tempeh or hummus and you’ll be doing the protein strut. Recipe and photo contributed by Ellen Kanner. Continue Reading…

Back to Nature Vegetable Soup

Vegetable soup

I love big flavors — lemon, saffron, chili, wine. But my trip to Paris reminded how full of flavors vegetables are all by themselves — naturally. This comforting soup lets the vegetables do the talking and is perfect for that in-betweeny time when the calendar says spring but the thermometer still says winter.   Continue Reading…

Cheap Eats for Tough Times

These are challenging days for those of us who eat. Food’s expensive now. The drought we’re feeling is killing our crops and is going to make things even worse. The House Agriculture Committee’s proposed Farm Bill takes a $16 billion chunk out of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (or SNAP, formerly known as food stamps progam). These are “near draconian cuts,” as Wholesome Wave CEO Michel Nischan says. “In its current form the proposal would deny food-assistance to millions of people, many of them children.”

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Nourishing The Planet One Person At A Time

Getting a healthy meal into yourself and your family can be challenging enough. Try multiplying that by seven billion. Now we’ve got issues every step of the way — what food we produce, how we produce it, how we distribute it, what we eat and how we waste it. By 2050, our population is predicted to grow by two billion more. That’s nine billion people on the planet and all of us hungry. The planet will not be getting any bigger. Or any more fertile. So it’s up to us to be smarter about growing, sharing, eating and preserving our food. Continue Reading…

The Vegucation of Marisa Miller Wolfson

The writer, director, editor of the documentary Vegucated did not descend “from the planet Vega to convert the mere earthling.”  Marisa Miller Wolfson started out as a midwest girl with a fondness for bacon.  Along the way, she became “a professional eco-nudger”  and dedicated vegan. How?  “It didn’t take much,” Wolfson recalls.  It took seeing a film about “the horrors of industrial agriculture.”   Continue Reading…

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