Home Remedy for Dry Cough

This time of year it seems like most people are over the hump of cold and flu season but many people still have coughs that linger for weeks on end.  Dry coughs especially can be hard to recover from without the proper support.  There are herbs you can take and acupuncture is important too, but whenever a patient is trying to kick a dry cough I always recommend adding steamed pear to their diet until the cough subsides. Pears and apples in Chinese... Read More

Simple Mashed Peas with Garlic and Mint

Peas are such a simple food.  You can easily toss them in a soup, curry, pot pie or casserole, but even when you cook them up by themselves they don’t need much to bring out their flavor.  A few minutes in some boiling water or a sautee pan with soften them up, then a little butter, garlic and whatever fresh herbs you have on hand will do the trick. Unlike mashed root vegetable which can turn into a creamy texture, the less starchy peas don’t... Read More

Brussel Sprouts, Bacon and Coconut

This is the kind of side I would make for a simple weeknight meal or as part of a special dinner party.  It’s simple and easy to make yet has great texture and developed flavors. Bacon goes so well with most green vegetables and I also love the pairing of coconut and brussel sprouts.  If I don’t cook my brussel sprouts up in bacon fat, like I did here, then I usually fry them in coconut oil.  So to get that coconut flavor in there,... Read More

Pea tip, Persimmon and Pomegranate Autumn Salad

This is a post I wrote last year right around this time.  I never posted it because my white balance was way off and I was unhappy with how the photos turned out.  But when I stumbled on this recipe recently I remembered how delicious it was and I knew I had to share it anyway. Pea tips are the leaves of either snap or snow pea plants, sometimes called pea tendrils.  They are most often used in stir fry or simply sauteed with garlic or ginger. ... Read More

Savory Hand Pies – with Leek, Apple and Sheep’s Cheese

I’ve been wanting to make a pie lately, perhaps in the spirit of Thanksgiving.  But I’ve been craving the savory variety and wanting them small enough to be hand-held.  I had two large leeks I knew I wanted to use and my instinct was to mix them with some type of strongly flavored cheese, which ended up being kashkaval, a hard sheep’s milk cheese I got at the Armenian market near my house, but you could easily substitute a... Read More

Farmers’ Market Find: The Amazing Jujube

The jujube is truly a special fruit.  In its fresh form it’s often called a Chinese apple, which you can find in season for only a few months of the year, right about…now.  It starts out as pale green color and turns a golden brown as it ripens, then eventually deep red when it has dried.  The green versions are a little more juicy and the brown are a little more sweet.  The red dried jujubes are very sweet but they become chewy rather... Read More

Vegan Cookie-Crusted Sweet Potatoes

I got a bit caught up, as is expected of foodies on the most culinary-centric day of the year, and I didn’t find the time to post this recipe.  But luckily, these would be great for christmas too, any time of the year really! The topic of sweet potatoes vs. yams has come up many times in the comment section and it’s something I should finally address.  I get orange-fleshed, brown-skinned tubers from the farmers I work for at the... Read More

Light Mashed Potatoes and Celeriac with Roasted Garlic

Every recipe on thanksgiving seems to have the same “fuck it” mentality, with loads of butter and salt and carbohydrates, because why not?  For example, normally I make mashed potatoes like this, but this year I decided to do the complete opposite.  I wanted a lighter dish thrown in the mix, for a little bit of balance on a day designated for indulgence. I started with potatoes, but this time i added celeriac (celery root) which... Read More

Vegan Apple Cinnamon Stuffing

I spent a lot of time playing around with recipes for a turkey substitute.  The idea of a tiny seitan loaf stuffed with tasty stuffing and surrounded by roasted vegetables excited me to no end.  I thought I would finally find a lovely way to bring the whole vegan thanksgiving dinner together with a main dish, so it felt like more than a bunch of side dishes. But whether it was too crunchy, too chewy, or not flavorful enough, I couldn’t... Read More

Chunky Pumpkin Soup

This is a recipe I got from my boyfriend.  When he first started cooking for himself, this was one of the first recipes he learned, I dare even say, mastered.  It’s an easy, wholesome recipe that you don’t have to be a seasoned chef to make, it doesn’t even require any blending.  It is versatile, since you could really use any kind of squash, like butternut or delicata, just as easily.  Plus it’s also perfect for thanksgiving... Read More

Roasted Snap Peas and Green Beans with Vegan Caramelized Onion Gravy

I never much liked the traditional green bean casserole, with its soggy canned beans and overly creamy sauce.  Yet I could never help but mentally group it in the upper echelon of Thanksgiving foods.  It has somehow always seemed just as essential to the dinner table as stuffing and mashed potatoes with gravy, it was just a shame I didn’t enjoy it as much. But this year, when I started brainstorming what I wanted to cook, I couldn’t... Read More

Yam and Asian Pear Sauce

Last year I made Homemade Pumpkin Applesauce, a real Autumn favorite.  Packed with cinnamon, vanilla, and brown sugar, it was a decadent traditional treat made fresh with organic ingredients.  But i’m on a low sugar kick lately and wanted to make a much lighter version. Instead of brown sugar, I sweetened it with the fresh juice of fuji apples, the first of the season.  Since Asian pears and yams are in abundance at the farmers’... Read More

Sweet Potato Latkes with Vegan Sour Cream

I know I’ve been going all out with Christmas cookies this month, but the time has come to celebrate the other delicacies of the season.  Though i’m not Jewish I can definitely appreciate a good latke when I taste one.  Here, I toyed around with the recipe to come up with a not-so-traditional version of a holiday classic. Traditional latkes, while delicious, can be somewhat dull, I substituted beautifully colored sweet potatoes... Read More

Vegan No-bake Chocolate Pumpkin Pie

It’s the day before Thanksgiving and you know what that means, time to make the pumpkin pie and stick it in the fridge so you don’t have to think about it along with the million other things you have to think about cooking tomorrow.  The great thing about this recipe is that it requires no bake time, so even if you put it off until the last minute, it’s quick and won’t take up any of your precious oven space. Be forewarned... Read More

Baked Curry Sweet Potato Fries

Fries are one of my biggest weaknesses.  I could heat up a pot of oil and fry some myself, but baking them is a lot easier and way less greasy and messy. Plus, I find it way easier to season them before popping them in the oven rather than after they are covered in scalding hot oil.  I chose curry, which is a combination of turmeric, coriander, and cumin, because of its pleasant and mildly spicy flavor.   Baked Curry Sweet Potato Fries 1/2... Read More