Watercress Chestnut Soup

For a Print-Friendly Version, Click Here Starting around December 1st, holiday carols become a staple in my life- I turn them on for my drive to and from work, and then again every evening to cook dinner. It only took about a week of listening to carols to feel the need to start roasting chestnuts-…

Chocolate Coated Cranberry Wood Ear Mushrooms

Click Here for a Print-Friendly Version I first heard about the concept of dipping wood ear mushrooms in chocolate on one of the wild food groups I’m a part of on Facebook. A successful forager brought home their wood ear mushrooms, and turned to the group for advice in cooking. In the midst of suggestions…

Thanksgiving Menu

Firstly, I wanted to say I’ve never really liked Thanksgiving that much. As a nearly life-long vegetarian, gathering round a table to eat sides while everyone else rambled on about “turkey day” wasn’t my idea of a good time. Sometimes it felt like I was looking through a window at a world of people living…

Avocado Mashed Potatoes with Porcini Gravy

Click Here for a Print-Friendly Version Mashed potatoes are as iconic to Thanksgiving as cranberry sauce or stuffing- billowing white clouds of creamy, fluffy potato drowning in rich, silky gravy is a feature on most plates at Thanksgiving. To shake things up a little, I decided to make my mashed potatoes green, and to skip…

Cranberry Lima Bean Salad

Click Here for a Print-Friendly Version. I eat a lot of salads, although not many of them have lettuce- I prefer salads substantial enough to be eaten as a meal, with interest and variety in each bite (Fava Bean and Pomegranate Salad, Spicy Korean Radish Salad and Rhubarb Mint Salad will give you an idea of…

Wild Rice, Chili and Cacao Nib Stuffed Acorn Squash

Click Here for a Print-Friendly Version Stuffed squash is filling, perfect for a Thanksgiving day main course for those of you not turkey or tofurkey inclined. The sweet acorn squash is grounded with dark, smooth black beans, crisp nutty wild rice, bitter cacao nibs, spicy chili power and sweet cranberry. It is topped with a…

Cornbread with Roasted Tomato and Sunflower Seeds

To me, the real trouble with cornbread has always been that it is only that- cornbread. With other foods I can appreciate the simplicity of a single flavor or texture, but somehow cornbread has never been able to satisfy me with simplicity. If you’re not like me in this area, my added texture and flavor…

Pineapple, Pumpkin and Pecan Upside-Down Cake

Click Here for a Print-Friendly Recipe This cake is rich, moist and dense without being heavy. The sweet and earthy tones of the pumpkin are enhanced by the nutty quinoa flour, and brightened by the sweet and tangy pineapple shining on top. Pecans add a wonderful crunch, sweet and rich, tying together the pumpkin and…

Lentil, Chestnut Mushrooms and Amaranth Winter Soup

Click Here for a Print Friendly version To me, winter soups are brothy and warming. They contain a lot of items that last well in a pantry (lentils, beans, roots and grains), augmented with a few bright flashes of fresh vegetable for interest. Although it is currently autumn, I built this soup along those very…

Filo Maple Apple Tart

Click here for a Print-Friendly recipe As I was pondering how to use a small amount of lion’s mane I had leftover, I remembered an ingredient I hadn’t used in years. Filo (or phyllo) dough- sheets of delicate, tissue paper thin dough that could be layered with butter to create a flakey, crisp and buttery…

Vegan TVP Larb

For a Print Friendly version, click here Recently, without any idea of what it was, I ordered tofu larb from a Thai restaurant. It was tofu, and all of the ingredients listed were vegan, so why not. When the dish arrived, I was not immediately impressed with the square little tofu cubes, with no veg…

Vegan Lion’s Mane Crab Cakes with Hollandaise Sauce

For a Printable Recipe, Click Here We had this meal for dinner, although I think it would be ideal for brunch. The crispy yet light faux crab cakes are made up of mushrooms and chickpeas, with a carefully selected blend of spices to enhance the flavor, and breadcrumbs, aquafaba and vegan mayonnaise to provide the…