Appetizers

Turkish Zucchini and Yogurt Dip or Spread (Yoğurtlu Kabak Mezesi)

(Sorry, no photo yet…we ate it all up before we could take a picture!) I had this delicious, plain-looking dip as part of meze, appetizers, at a pide (like pizza without tomato sauce) shop in Turkey. It was served with flatbread–the same dough as the pide crust, just plain. Later I smeared some on...

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Muhammara (Turkish/Middle Eastern Roasted Red Pepper Dip)

Muhammara (Turkish/Middle Eastern Roasted Red Pepper Dip)

I had this dip in Turkey, where it is served with other meze, appetizers. You can play with all the amounts to get something you like the taste of. It’s traditionally made with pomegranate molasses, but balsamic vinegar makes a perfect substitute. Turkish red pepper flakes, or pul biber, are always on the table,...

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Turkish Bean Stew Recipe–Zeytinyağlı Barbunya

Turkish Bean Stew Recipe–Zeytinyağlı Barbunya

This is another simple Turkish dish that becomes more than the sum of its parts. So many Turkish dishes contain similar ingredients: onion, tomato, garlic, and red bell peppers. But this also traditionally uses a red speckled bean, called barbunya. You can use pintos, borlotti, or cranberry beans, or probably any red beans, and...

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Vegan Portuguese Bean Soup Recipe

Vegan Portuguese Bean Soup Recipe

Everyone in Hawaii, regardless of their ethnicity, has eaten Portuguese bean soup. The original is made with Portuguese sausage, a spicy, garlicky sausage. To make it vegan, I took the spices without the meat, and added them to the remaining soup ingredients–potatoes, carrots, and kidney beans. And because I like a thicker soup, I...

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Vegan Artisan Cheese Book Launch Party

Vegan Artisan Cheese Book Launch Party

If you are able to be in San Francisco this Saturday night, I highly recommend attending the book launch party for Miyoko Schinner’s new book, Artisan Vegan Cheese. Miyoko is a character, very down to earth, funny, and an amazing chef. I had the pleasure of eating her food, including vegan sushi and more...

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Grilled Green Beans

Grilled Green Beans

One of the best (and luckiest) things I did in Austin for this year’s annual Herb Society of America’s annual educational conference was to order the grilled beans at Condessa Restaurant. It’s an upscale Mexican restaurant, just across the bridge from the hotel where the conference was held. It was slamming busy, but the...

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Vegan Cashew Cheese Sauce or Dip Recipe

I had seen multiple posts about making a vegan cheese-like sauce from cashew nuts. Normally they are raw cashews, soaked and then blended with water, aromatics like garlic and onion, and a bit of miso for that cheese-like fermented umami quality. (Umami is what is known as the fifth sensation of taste. When you...

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Rundown of the 2012 Herb Society of America Educational Conference

Rundown of the 2012 Herb Society of America Educational Conference

I just got back from the 2012 HSA (Herb Society of America) Educational Conference. This year it was in Austin, Texas. I was excited to taste the food with herbs AND the food in vegan-friendly Austin. Here is a quick report on what happened during my time there. I took a pre-conference tour to...

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Vegan Recipe Creamy Dill Salad Dressing

Vegan Recipe Creamy Dill Salad Dressing

I just got back from the 2012 Educational Conference of the HSA (Herb Society of America.) This year it was in Austin, Texas, and I was excited to go, because Austin is a very vegan-friendly city. I was also excited to be amongst like-minded people who love herbs. An added bonus was that the...

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Vegan Dressing Recipe Cherry Vinaigrette

Vegan Dressing Recipe Cherry Vinaigrette

It amazes me that so many people use bottled salad dressings. While many people are happy to eat garden greens dressed simply, with a splash of vinegar and oil, I am of the camp that says a dressing can make or break a salad. And I like variety. Think Chocolate, Blueberry, Mango, or Raspberry...

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