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Caramelized Onion and Feta Tartlets with Honey Drizzle: #Secret Recipe Club

Caramelized onions and feta tart drizzled with honey

This was my toughest assignment yet with the Secret Recipe Club. OK, except for that little mixup I had on my first post with this fabulous group. Not because I couldn’t find anything to make on my newly assigned blog, Karen’s Kitchen Stories. To the contrary […]

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Celery Root Bisque (with Lobster) : #SundaySupper Fat Sunday

celery root bisque with broiled lobster tails

  Did you know that Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday? This is a little embarrassing, but I never thought about it. I’ve just always thought of Mardi Gras meaning Let’s Party Wildly With Colorful Makeup and Glitter.  It is, of course, the gorging […]

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Sweet Endings: Chocolatey Chocolate Brownies

chocolate brownies

I know. You’re totally done with dessert. Chocolate is history. Sugar is packed away. You’re actually craving some winter kale sautéed in miso with raisins. But, I’ve got this fantastic little recipe, actually one of Alice Medrich’s of chocolate fame, that you can just tuck […]

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Portabellas Stuffed with Cabernet Onions and Gorgonzola: #SundaySupper

Portabellas Stuffed with Cabernet Onions and Spinach

When I moved to a mostly vegetarian diet a couple of years ago, I needed to create some new entrées for the holidays. Let’s face it; whether you’re 2 years old or 75, food is central to festivities, starting with Thanksgiving and continuing all the […]

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(Gluten-Free) Pumpkin Pie Spoon Bread

gluten free, pumpkin pie spoon bread

  When I got the November issue of Bon Appétit in the mail, there were a bunch of recipes calling my name. Starting with this one. I’d never made spoon bread, had never even eaten any, and wasn’t entirely sure what it was. But I […]

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Farmhouse Butternut and Apple Crumble: #SundaySupper

This week’s theme is “Squashin’ Winter” for SundaySupper. It’s still sunny and in the 60′s and 70′s here in Northern California, but luckily the weather isn’t the only thing that drives seasons. Food does too. I crave fall and winter food in November even if we’re […]

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Sweet Potato Biscuit Pillows With Honey and Coconut Oil

healthy, soft, sweet potato biscuits with honey and coconut oil

These might be the softest biscuits I’ve ever had. I’ve had sweet potato biscuits on the brain for months now. I don’t want to even admit how many sweet potatoes I bought last month alone with biscuits in mind. But one by one, we ate […]

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#SundaySupper: Chocolate Coconut Creamy Truffles with Strawberry Jam

decadent chocolate coconut creamy truffles with strawberry jam

  It’s time for another SundaySupper and it’s all about Valentine’s Day. I went traditional with chocolate, how could I not? And I settled on truffles. It’s been way too long since I’ve made them. Truffles are show-stoppers. Decadent, hard chocolate shells protecting luxuriant, silky […]

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Classic Green Bean Casserole Redux: #SundaySupper

healthy, vegan, vegetarian makeover of green bean casserole

Our Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners weren’t complete without the green bean casserole that was all the rage in the ’70′s. You might remember it: green beans swamped with cream of mushroom soup and topped with French fried onion rings. I think it graced every table […]

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Skinny Potato and Fennel Gratin with Leek Confit

Potato and Fennel Gratin with Leek Confit

Today’s post is about the food. I mentioned in an earlier post that I would be focusing on root vegetables this month, and today I’m starting with the common, much maligned white potato. Its rap sheet is long, starting with carbs, starch, and a lack […]

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DIY

Garlic Olive Oil

how make garlic oil for your pantry, The Wimpy Vegetarian

Flavored olive oils are fun and so easy to make. But there’s good reason to take precautions. There is risk of botulism in making some types, and this seems to be particularly true of garlic oil as it has a low pH and harbors moisture. […]

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Roasted Tomato Hummus : #SundaySupper Super Eats For Game Day

If you follow this blog, you know I’m a list person. Have you ever had something on your to-do list you keep postponing? Not something like ‘clean the bathroom grout’ – that’s in an entirely different category. I mean something you actually want to do. You’re […]

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Stevia Extract

how to make stevia extract

About a month ago I posted about making stevia powder from a couple of stevia plants I nurtured all summer. Some folks commented that the powder can have an aftertaste, and encouraged me to make extract. It took me a little while, but I finally […]

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Homemade Roasted Tomato Sauce

how to make homemade roasted tomato sauce

One of things I think about when all the heirlooms show up at the market is making homemade tomato sauce. I don’t eat beef much more than once or twice a year, but I grew up loving a tomato chunky, meaty sauce for pasta. I’ve […]

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