Shepherd's Pie is an English casserole typically made with ground beef or lamb and mixed vegetables topped with mashed potatoes and baked. I've made very successful vegetarian versions with faux ground beef, but for this dish I replaced the meat with hearty vegetables - eggplant and zucchini. These veggies plus the parsley, basil and mild purple pepper are some of my last summer vegetables. What better way to welcome fall!
Pumpkin Barley Soup
January 17, 2010
Still have Halloween pumpkins on your front porch? I snatched up two 4-pounders and roasted them this weekend. I took half of one pumpkin to make this hearty, winter-warming soup that's loaded with fiber and low in fat. Then I pureed the other halves and froze them for future use in more soup, bread, cookies, casseroles, etc. I'll probably have enough pumpkin to last me until this Halloween. The soup comes together quickly and makes the house smell lovely with its fall and wintery spices. And I got to cook it in my new fancy pot I got for Christmas from Michael's brother, Patrick, and his girlfriend Meaghan - thanks guys! I chose to puree the soup, but if you cut all the vegetables in uniform pieces, you could certainly keep it chunky.
May 16, 2010
In celebration of all the May birthdays in my family (that's me, Rodney, Kathy, Meaghan and Patrick) I have a super fun, get-you-tipsy-without-realizing-it, sparkly cocktail. If you've ever made a mojito at home, you've made simple syrup by dissolving sugar in water. For this drink, we dissolve sugar in fresh-squeezed lemon juice and infuse it with fresh rosemary - ooo, yum! After a few hours of cooling (but if you can't wait you can put it in the fridge), you mix up your simple syrup with vodka and a splash of club soda or seltzer to give it a kick and some fizz. You can make this without vodka, but I wouldn't recommend it. Happy Birthday (or un-Birthday as the case may be)!
November 23, 2008
Gruyere Pumpkin is, in effect, a bread pudding baked right into a sugar pie pumpkin. So easy to assemble, you can sit back and drink some wine with friends as the pumpkin cooks for two hours. Don't forget to save the seeds, and roast them for a yummy snack!
Whole Wheat Scottish Bap
May 17, 2009
I was first introduced to the bap during my summer college internship in London. A slightly flatter, denser version of a burger bun, it actually originated in Scotland. Good with my "Chicken" Salad, Southwest Pinto Burgers, Smoked Cheddar Stuffed Lentil Burgers, or Egg Salad.
Spanish Sweet Pea Soup
January 25, 2009
To continue my shameless promotion of my upcoming cooking class at the Davis Food Co-op on Saturday, February 7th, today's Sunday Serving is a Spanish Sweet Pea Soup. This is not one of the dishes I'm making at the cooking class, but a beautiful, creamy, sweet soup that is easy to make and shows off some of the wonderfully tangy Spanish cheeses. It's also quite high in protein and fiber. If you want to reduce the fat content, simple omit the cheese crisp.
February 22, 2009
Patatas Bravas is a very traditional and simple little tapa with crunchy fried potatoes smothered in a creamy tomato sauce. It's a bit high on the calories, fat and carbohydrates contents, but worth the splurge. Michael and I were introduced to this dish in NYC at a tapas restaurant in our neighborhood called 1492. They actually served it with three sauces and many restaurants in Spain do serve these patatas with multiple dips, but I just did the traditional tomato. Other sauces may include a garlic aioli or sweet barbecue. Salud!
Roasted Carrot Hummus
November 27, 2011
I had a beautiful idea for this 'mash up' of previously posted Vegetarianized.com recipes (Roasted Carrot Soup and Hummus) after tasting a bland version at a restaurant this weekend. Feeling pretty done with Thanksgiving fare, this is a nice, light snack that’s big on flavor - not calories.
Asparagus Fontina Panini with Pea Shoot Walnut Pesto
March 1, 2009
A spring sandwich if there ever was one. Crunchy roasted asparagus and gooey fontina nuzzle up with a different kind of pesto partner based on pea shoots and walnuts.
Smoked Mozzarella & Sage Pumpkin Muffins
October 31, 2010
Michael gave me a great idea to turn pumpkin muffins upside down by making them savory. Paired with fresh sage and smoked mozzarella, this is a trick for a yummy Halloween treat. Serve with a warming, fall soup or just pop a few for an afternoon snack. And they can even show your San Francisco Giants pride!
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