Gingerbread Cookies

This post was originally published on this siteGingerbread cookies are the best. I like to bite their heads off first, then each arm, and then each leg. These are going to be the second cookie I am going to include in my holiday cookie boxes. I have a few strong opinions on how I like […]

Sparkling Cranberries

This post was originally published on this siteI’ve become convinced that these sparkling, sugared cranberries should be a part of every holiday spread. They glint and wink in the surrounding holiday lights, and lend a striking dash of red to the table. Another great thing is the way they effortlessly make the transition from savory […]

The Best Simple Cauliflower Soup

This post was originally published on this siteThis is the simplest cauliflower soup. And it is so incredibly good. The ingredient list is shorter than short, and if you have a great yellow curry paste on hand (or even just a good one), it is worth making. The way it works is the following. Cook […]

Instant Pot Dynamite Cold Tonic

This post was originally published on this siteIf you need to jolt a cold out of your body with brute force, you might consider starting here. This head-clearing, sniffle-blasting cold tonic is the color of Tang, with flavor like a stick of ginger dynamite. It’s a nuclear version of the Honey-Turmeric Tonic in the Coco […]

Sunshine Pad Thai (Vegetarian)

This post was originally published on this sitePad thai is nearly always a crowd-pleaser. It’s the sort of food that’s good, even when it’s bad. I mean, everyone loves a noodle-based stir-fry. Also, all the gluten-free people can get on board, because, rice noodles. Today’s pad thai recipe is the riff I’ve been making lately […]

Los Angeles: Book Signing Party this Sunday!

This post was originally published on this siteA quick note to let all you Angelenos know about an event **this** Sunday, October 20 from 4-6pm. We’ll be celebrating the release of Aran Goyoaga’s stunner of a new book at Botanica this weekend. There’s more info & tickets here. But, the basic details: there will be […]

Kombucha Dark and Stormy

This post was originally published on this siteClassic cocktail enthusiasts might want to look away. This is my take on the Dark n’ Stormy cocktail from Bermuda (which is a trademarked mix of Gosling’s rum, and spicy ginger beer). I like a Dark n’ Stormy – they’re invigorating, easy drinking, simple to make, and equally […]

Vibrant Tasty Green Beans

This post was originally published on this siteThis is one of my favorite ways to cook green beans – five ingredients, one skillet. I know some of you are married to your traditional way of cooking them, but if you are in the market for a new version, give this recipe a go.  Simple Green […]

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds: Three Ways

This post was originally published on this siteToasted pumpkin seeds are the tiny, edible trophies you get for carving pumpkins. Don’t carve a pumpkin (or any winter squash for that matter), without toasting or roasting the seeds. That’s just how it needs to be. The question is, what’s the best technique? There is some debate […]

One Bowl Banana Bread

This post was originally published on this siteGive this banana bread recipe a go! It’s perfect if you’re craving classic banana bread flavor and texture, but want as little mess, drama, and equipment as possible. Quite honestly, it’s the best, most simple, one-bowl banana bread I know. Still with big pay-off. The promise? No mixer, […]

Chickpea & Rice Soup with Garlic Chile Oil

This post was originally published on this siteLet this be your cozy bowl of goodness for the season. You’re looking at a chunky rice soup, studded with lots of chickpeas, flecked with kale, and drizzled with a vibrant garlic-chile oil. It has peanuts, and a dusting of turmeric. I made it for lunch, and decided […]

Vegetarian Split Pea Soup

This post was originally published on this siteMany of you were enthusiastic about the lentil soup recipe I posted a few weeks back. Today’s split pea soup recipe is similar in spirit. It’s a delicious, healthy, textured soup made from an impossibly short list of ingredients. Seriously, just five! No ham hocks in this version, […]

Meyer Lemon Focaccia

This post was originally published on this siteYou can make this. I promise. Even if you don’t think you’re much of a baker. It’s a golden crusted focaccia draped with whisper thin rounds of Meyer lemon, studded with black olives, and a showered with sliced almonds. The dough is herb-flecked with a generous boost of […]

Yellow Tomato Bloody Mary

This post was originally published on this siteWe are entering what I consider peak bloody mary season. I love making them just as summer winds down, using heirloom tomatoes (after the initial thrill of tomato season wears off). Here you have a vibrant, bold, bloody mary made with fragrant herbs, yellow heirloom tomatoes, shallots, and […]

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes

This post was originally published on this siteThis is the week each year I get asked for vegetarian Thanksgiving recipe ideas, so I thought I’d update my list of favorite recipes and ideas from the archives. I’ve also added a few recipes I’ve come across on other sites that looked exciting. I hope those of […]

Heirloom Tomato Salad

This post was originally published on this siteI’ve thrown together a lot of tomato salads in my life. And certainly not all need to be highlighted here…That said, I made one over the weekend that is a bit offbeat, in a good way -a seasonal salad worth sharing. I think the magic happened when I […]

Deviled Eggs

This post was originally published on this siteThis is a recipe for beautiful deviled eggs, but before we get to it, I’ll ask that you let me tell you about the last couple of days first. I know the eggs are distracting, I mean, look at them! If I could give you one right through […]

Golden Crusted Brussels Sprouts

This post was originally published on this siteI thought I’d share my all-time favorite brussels sprouts recipe with you. It’s a slightly extended version of the one I included in Super Natural Cooking, but to be honest, calling it a recipe is a bit of a stretch. It involves a skillet, less than five ingredients, […]

Perfect Mashed Potatoes with Saffron Garlic Butter

This post was originally published on this siteI posted these mashed potatoes years ago, and hundreds of you have cooked them! But, seeing as mashed potato season is just around the corner, I thought I’d update the recipe with a few notes and suggestions. Buttery peaks and cloud-like potatoes are drizzled with a saffron garlic […]

Five Minute Tomato Sauce

This post was originally published on this siteLet’s talk about tomato sauce. Last week in an airplane miles above the expansive plains of the mid-west, in the midst of a flurry of turbulence, it dawned on me that I’ve never shared with you my all-time favorite tomato sauce recipe. I’ve included the recipe in one […]

Quick Pickled Zucchini

This post was originally published on this siteBecause we’re still trying to put a dent in the zucchini supply, today’s recipe? Quick pickled zucchini. It’s great to have on hand, and allows you to flare out all sorts of things. We always take a jar camping, and a tangle is always great on a cheese […]

Classic Berry Swirl Ice Cream

This post was originally published on this siteIf you love a classic berry swirl ice cream, this is your recipe. Intense, bright strawberry or raspberry sorbet threaded with the creamiest waves of vanilla. This version is made with cream, but I’ve also posted a non-dairy version here. It is my absolute favorite flavor, and yes, […]

An Amazing Vegetarian Paella

This post was originally published on this siteLet’s make paella! You can absolutely do it, and for this veg-centric, California-inspired take on the Spanish classic, you don’t need a special pan. Many paellas feature various meats and seafoods, but vegetarian paella can be a revelation. This version is fully loaded with a rainbow of seasonal vegetables […]

Berry Swirl Ice Cream (Vegan, Dairy-free)

This post was originally published on this siteAs far as ice cream goes, berry swirl ice cream is my favorite. Intense, bright strawberry or raspberry sorbet threaded with the creamiest waves of vanilla is hard to beat. I often make a classic version (and will post that version before the weekend), but wanted to challenge […]

Grilled Zucchini & Bread Salad

This post was originally published on this siteThe only zucchini recipes that have my attention right now call for pounds of it. One half cup here, or a medium zucchini there just isn’t going to cut into the supply coming out of the garden. Apparently many of you feel similarly, because a lot of you […]

Pasta with Smashed Zucchini Cream

This post was originally published on this siteThere is an incredible amount of zucchini coming out of our garden right now, and I’m focused on using it. This means ignoring recipes that call for small quantities of zucchini, turning my attention to making things that can put a real dent in the supply. Enter this […]

How to Make a Great Vegetarian Poke Bowl

This post was originally published on this siteLet’s talk about how to make a great vegetarian poke bowl. Poke is a much-loved, traditional, raw fish preparation, long popular in Hawaii. Fishermen would season bits of their catch, and snack on it while working. Poke (pronounced poh-kay) has exploded in popularity, well beyond Hawaii, in recent […]

Sriracha Rainbow Noodle Salad

This post was originally published on this siteThis is a noodle salad you’ll crave every day. A radiant, color-flecked tangle of noodles, cabbage, shredded carrots, pickled sushi ginger, and an abundance of cilantro, basil, and scallions. It has tofu and peanuts, coconut, ginger, avocado, and hemp seeds. The dressing(!) – it’s simple but strong, and […]

Fourth of July Roasted Tomato Salsa

This post was originally published on this siteI love this salsa recipe, and make it every year for Fourth of July. While it appears deceptively average, it actually delivers electric flavor with each bite. When you’re ready to move on from salsa fresca, make this. What you’ll have is a deliciously vibrant, earthy, and slightly smoky-tasting […]

A Really Great Coconut Corn Salad

This post was originally published on this siteA favorite corn salad perfect for summer. Here’s how it goes down.  Five ears of corn, shaved in quick fashion, then sautéed in a bit of butter, or olive oil. I tricked it out with thyme, red onions, toasted almonds and coconut. Simple. Delicious. Continue reading A Really […]