Heirloom Bean and Mushroom “Carnitas” Casserole

This post was originally published on this siteWhat you see here is an excellent, hearty, winter-spirited casserole. It’s simple to pull together, and once in the oven the smell of garlic and herbs baking alongside the heirloom beans, simmering tomatoes, and golden mushrooms will bring neighbors in off the sidewalk. You should make it a.s.a.p! […]

Pasta with Etruscan Sauce

This post was originally published on this siteI thought it might be fun to cook some recipes together this year. Recipes that are new to me, and likely new to you as well. I keep an ongoing list of recipes I want to try from cookbooks, magazines, websites, and e-books, and this Pasta with Etruscan […]

Golden-crusted Sesame Seeded Tofu

This post was originally published on this siteIn the April 1998 issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine there was a recipe for Sesame Asparagus and Tofu. I ripped it out, cooked it a hundred times in the twenty years since, and still have the clipping. My technique has evolved a bit, and I like to […]

Mushroom Scallion Tartine with Poblano Yogurt

This post was originally published on this siteI think of this as a sheet pan sandwich recipe. You roast a bunch of mushrooms and scallions in a hot oven as your main components. And you whip up a simple poblano yogurt while those are roasting. Pile everything high on top of hearty slices of well-toasted […]

Last Minute Red Lasagna

This post was originally published on this siteEveryone needs a go-to lasagna recipe. A great one. And, here’s the thing, making lasagna doesn’t have to be an all-day affair. This is a true weeknight lasagna. No pre-cooking sauces, no pre-cooking noodles. You, literally, stir the first five ingredients together into a vibrant crushed tomato sauce, […]

Life Changing Green Rice Porridge (Instant Pot, Vegan)

This post was originally published on this siteI don’t use the term life changing lightly, but this rice porridge recipe fits the bill. It’s a one pot, effortless, green, nutrient-packed twist on one of my favorite things to eat. Congee, also commonly referred to as rice porridge. This version incorporates a lot of chopped spinach. […]

20 Fantastic Noodle Soups to Cook this Winter

This post was originally published on this siteA good brothy noodle soup is great anytime of year, but it’s particularly good in the middle of winter. And you have options! Between the broth, the type of noodles, and whatever else you put in the bowl, the possibilities are nearly endless. Below you’ll find a collection […]

A Simple Brown Rice Sushi Bowl

This post was originally published on this siteI first published this recipe in 2007, on page 156 in Super Natural Cooking – the Sushi Bowl. Looking back at the recipes included in that book, this is one that has remained a personal favorite of mine (top five for sure), and from what many of you have told […]

Rosewater Shortbread Cookies

This post was originally published on this siteThese are buttery, whole-wheat shortbread cookies – fragrant with rosewater, and flecked with toasted nuts, and dried rose petals. They have a crunchy dusting of sugar on top that provides a satisfying, sweet tongue scratch, and are punctuated with black sesame. I’m not going to lie – it […]

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 […]