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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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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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What Do Vegetarians Eat for Thanksgiving?

What Do Vegetarians Eat for Thanksgiving?

Funny Save a Turkey Vegetarian Thanksgiving Shirt Thanksgiving has a special place in my heart, because I chose the day after Thanksgiving to become a vegetarian, way back in 1983. I liked turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, and stuffing, and I wanted to eat that one more time before giving it all up. Every year,...

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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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How to Cook Vegetarian

How to Cook Vegetarian

Scared Cartoon Pig Funny BBQ Party Invitations by alinaspencil I met a lovely woman at this year’s Herb Society of America (HSA) Educational Conference. She told me her 20-something grandson had just become a vegetarian, and while some in the family were frowning with disapproval, she was frowning in confusion. The problem is that...

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Vegan Halloween Party Food

Vegan Halloween Party Food

This year, for my vegan Halloween party, I decided to keep the food fairly simple but still full of gory, gross fun, as well it should be. Half the battle is naming recipes something else, to get your guests in an unappetizing mood! Vegan Halloween Party Food Menu Appetizers Bloody Popcorn Goblin Eyeballs Graveyard...

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Vegan Halloween Party Food–Gross Dressing

Vegan Halloween Party Food–Gross Dressing

Here’s a Fall-flavored salad dressing that works well for your vegan Halloween party food. It has kind of a beige color speckled with bits of red. Give it a gross name, like “Zombie Guts Vinaigrette” or something fun like that, and serve it over organic mixed salad greens at your party. You can substitute...

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An April Fool’s Birthday Party: Illusion Food

An April Fool’s Birthday Party:  Illusion Food

An April Fool’s Birthday Party: Illusion Food This year, we celebrated my friend’s birthday with a party on April Fool’s Day, April 1. It was the perfect time to try out my menu of Illusion Foods. Some years ago, on a Food Network television show called Dinner Impossible, Chef Robert Irvine was invited to...

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Crowd-Pleasing Vegan Broccoli Salad With Cranberries

Crowd-Pleasing Vegan Broccoli Salad With Cranberries

Crowd-Pleasing Vegan Broccoli Salad With Cranberries Here is another one of those easy, basically dump-and-mix salad recipes. It’s a broccoli salad with cranberries or raisins, that you can make vegan very easily. I started with a popular recipe by Paula Deen, famous food celebrity. Then I read some of the many comments and tried...

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Vegan Ice Cream Cookbook

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A Gratefulness Journal with Prompts

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