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Super Simple Slow-Cooker Asparagus Risotto and a #Giveaway!

Who knew you could cook up a fabulous risotto in a slow cooker with almost no stirring? Not me, that’s for sure. Because of the kitchen remodel, one of my favorite kitchen tools right now is my slow cooker. So when I ran across this […]

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Vegetarian Cornish Pasties for St. Patrick’s Day: #Yummly Post

Vegetarian Cornish Pasties filled with celery root, potatoes, and leeks

A few years ago, my husband and I bumped along the roads of Ireland with another couple. For one beautiful week, we toured castles, rambled rocky coasts, and relaxed over hardy, comforting food. One of my favorite meals while we were there was Cornish pasties, […]

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Broccoli – Cheddar – Quinoa Casserole Tart

Broccoli - Cheddar - Quinoa Casserole Tart The Wimpy Vegetarian

A couple of months ago, Chobani reached out and sent a case of plain Greek yogurt (large cartons!) to our home to try. We had to reorganize the refrigerator just to fit them in. But I was thrilled. I start every day with a bowl of yogurt, […]

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Vegetable and Beef Pot Pies – and Cookbook Update!

vegetable and beef pot pies

First of all, I’ve got exciting news on my cookbook proposal. I’ve been signed by The Lisa Ekus Group. They are seriously kick-ass with a deep bench of contacts in publishing and public relations arenas, and Sally Ekus is as supportive and resourceful an agent […]

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Broccoli Gribiche: Secret Recipe Club

gribiche, broccoli and fingerling potato salad

It’s time for another reveal with the Secret Recipe Club. Hard to believe another month has passed. I’m spending lots of time (still) developing my cookbook proposal – themed around dinners for the omnivore-vegetarian table – and am making good progress. In fact, progress has […]

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SundaySupper: Moroccan Ragout with Poached Eggs

vegetarian main meal, moroccan ragout with poached eggs

There’s something about poached eggs on vegetables, grains, or beans that instantly gets us by a fireplace on a cold night. Even if it’s still in the (insanely warm) 80′s outside. This might be the warmest October so far in my memory in the Bay Area, […]

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Warm Ricotta Farro with Grilled Kale and Plums: Secret Recipe Club

Warm Ricotta Farro with Grilled Kale and Plums, vegetarian main

Sorry to be MIA lately. I’ve been busy pursuing a PhD in ‘Downsizing Homes’. I had considered writing my thesis on “Living with Tiny Bedrooms, Closets, Storage & No Garage’ or ‘Surprises After Buying a 100 Year Old House” (I now have loads of recent […]

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Roasted Poblano Peppers Stuffed with Warm Corn Salad

roasted poblano peppers stuffed with warm corn salad, cooking for vegetarians and meat eaters

Every summer when fresh peppers and corn show up at the market, I think about making this dish. The poblano peppers take a little effort to roast, peel, slit open and stuff, but it’s all quick work if you roast the peppers earlier in the […]

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BBQ Chicken Pizza with Poblano Peppers: #SundaySupper

BBQ chicken pizza, how to make pizza dough

There’s a nearby restaurant my husband and I love to go to that’s very popular with local families, Joe’s Taco Lounge. Our favorite dish on the menu is Oaxaca Pizza with BBQ Chicken, made spicy with poblano peppers and salsa. Yes, I know, chicken isn’t […]

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Broccoli and Cranberry Bean Salad with Lemon-Garlic-Yogurt Dressing

broccoli salad, how to cook cranberry beans

A shiny new farmer’s market just opened up here in Incline Village (on Lake Tahoe). It’s small – with maybe 15 tents, very personal (one elderly farmer glanced dismissively at the plastic bag of baby kale I handed to him to be weighed, snorted that […]

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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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