Appetizers

Vegan No-Cook Spiced Apples

Looking for a quick, easy, healthier potluck or holiday dish? Try these spiced apples. There is no cooking involved, apples are in season, and you probably have everything you need already. You can throw it together in about 15 minutes. I made these at the spur of the moment, when I had planned to...

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Vegan Penguin Holiday Appetizers

Vegan Penguin Holiday Appetizers

(I apologize for the poor quality of the pictures, but you get the idea.) Need a head-turning appetizer to warm up the holiday season? I made these adorable penguin appetizers for a Christmas Eve party last year, and they were a huge hit, both with the novelty/cuteness factor, and for the taste. Besides, I...

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Vegetarian Thai Cooking Class

Vegetarian Thai Cooking Class

The first thing I did upon arrival in Chiang Mai, Thailand, was head to May Kaidee’s Vegetarian Restaurant. It’s on Ratchapakinai Road, next to the Sumit Hotel, about 4 doors up from the Thai Red Cross office, which is easy to spot. I had a bowl full of something luscious, with coconut milk curry...

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Taste From Heaven

Taste From Heaven

Yesterday I tried a different vegetarian restaurant, Taste From Heaven, which supports the work of the Elephant Nature Park, a haven for elephants rescued from the hands of abusive owners or those who are otherwise unable to properly or adequately feed or care for them. It also helps remove older elephants who are no...

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Vegan Halloween Party Food

Vegan Halloween Party Food

Today I made some food ahead of time in preparation for a Halloween dinner party I’m having tomorrow night. Part of the trick is giving food gory names that match the appearance of the dishes. Coagulated Blood Dip Based on the idea I found here, I put together a beet dip and doctored it...

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Vegan Ranch Dressing or Dip

Vegan Ranch Dressing or Dip

Vegan Ranch Dressing or Dip I wanted a vegan ranch dressing that had tang and zip to it. Once I realized that it was basically an emulsion, a mixture of oil and water (in this case, soymilk, a water-based liquid), I based the recipe and procedure on mayonnaise. Since I have fresh parsley and...

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Strawberries and Balsamic Vinegar

Like peanut butter and jelly, apples and cinnamon, and milk and cookies, some pairings just seem made for each other. The combination of strawberries and balsamic vinegar is one of them. I was happy to find a large bottle of balsamic vinegar at the warehouse store. Since it’s usually a fairly pricey ingredient, I...

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Carrot Cake (Not What You Think)

Carrot Cake (Not What You Think)

I spent several hours yesterday and today attempting to make Malaysian carrot cake. It’s not the carrot-and-spice-studded sweet treat that automatically comes to mind for many of us. I’m talking about a steamed cake made of rice flour and daikon, the strong-flavored turnip or radish of Asian cultures. Grated daikon and rice flour are...

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Kerabu Nenas, Pineapple Salad

Kerabu Nenas, Pineapple Salad

We often ate this salad in Malaysia, an innocent-enough combination of raw carrot, onion, chile, and cucumber. The surprising addition of pineapple helped to create a light, oil-free dressing with a touch of sweetness and just enough tropical flair to win a spot at the top of the favorites list for many in our...

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Roti Can’t-I

Roti Can’t-I

I wish I had paid more attention. Not that it would be helping me now. But I didn’t fully appreciate roti canai while I was in Malaysia, eating it every third day or so. Roti canai (pronounced chahn-eye) is a flatbread with a crispy outside and flaky, soft layers inside. It is a Malaysian...

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