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Spicy Vegetarian Arabiatta Pasta Sauce

Over the last month we have received so many deliveries of  garden vegetables that I had to come up with a recipe that would use up ALL these vegetables in one dish. The inspiration for this vegetarian pasta sauce came from my neighbor’s bounty of homegrown vegetables, which included a few spicy peppers, organic heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, eggplants, bell peppers, and squash. I decided to make an Italian spicy marinara sauce called arabiatta sauce.

Arabiatta sauce is a spicy marinara sauce that literally means “angry sauce” in Italian. We have had pasta with arabiatta sauce many times at local Italian restaurant The Pastaria & Market.  Their popular arabiatta sauce has meat but they do make a vegetarian version that is out of this world delicious and spicy!!!  Here is my recipe for a vegetarian arabiatta pasta sauce. chock full of garden vegetables.

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Simple Tomato Bruschetta

Rani made this very simple bruschetta with fresh garden tomatoes that our neighbor Jim had dropped off recently. What makes this version of bruschetta so easy to make is that Rani used whatever bread we had in the pantry. She just toasted the bread before piling on the juicy tomato mixture, that’s it. It was quick to make and tasted great 😋.

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Traditionally bruschetta is made with crusty baguette, but if you are like me, we don’t always have that around, but what we do have are sandwich bread for morning toast and lunches. These sandwich bread slices can be used for a quick and easy bruschetta.  Just make sure it’s dense bread such as a sourdough, farm bread, rye, or whole grain sandwich bread.   Continue reading Simple Tomato Bruschetta

The Dawa Cocktail

Last summer we visited family in Mombasa, Kenya; on one of the evenings we went on a sunset dinner cruise on a traditional Arab boat known as a dhow. To take a look at some pictures of this amazingly romantic sunset dinner cruise check out my earlier post:  Sunset Dinner Cruise on the Tamarind Dhow in Mombasa, Kenya

On this dinner cruise the Tamarind Hotel and Restaurant that hosts the cruise serves a refreshing cocktail called the Dawa. It is the perfect drink on a balmy summer evening in tropical Mombasa.

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Soft Tacos with Roasted Mushrooms, Potatoes & Peppers with Spicy Bread and Butter Pickles & Coriander Pickled Onions

I’m really liking shishito peppers a lot lately. They are so different from bell peppers and chili peppers – almost like a combination pepper that has a wonderful chili like aroma while being mild and not too spicy.  I’ve been using them a lot in omelettes, savory bread puddings, in tacos, and in rice dishes too.  A little blistered with salt and pepper these peppers add wonderful taste and aroma to any dish.

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I made soft tacos with shishito pepper, mushrooms, potatoes, and onions. If shishito peppers are not in season in your area or are not available, you can substitute any bell pepper in this recipe. What gives these tacos their unique flavor in addition to the shishito peppers is homemade coriander pickled onions and spicy bread and butter pickles. I posted a recipe for pickled onions with coriander seeds and red chili, and those are the pickled onions I used. Continue reading Soft Tacos with Roasted Mushrooms, Potatoes & Peppers with Spicy Bread and Butter Pickles & Coriander Pickled Onions

Federica Cucinelli’s Rigatoni with Tomato and Basil

We had just picked a harvest of juicy tomatoes from our garden with our cousins who were visiting from Austin, Texas, and these tomatoes were looking great. All I kept thinking is what is the best way to use my garden tomatoes to show of their bright flavors and started looking for a good recipe that would highlight their freshness.

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This pasta recipe by Italian luxury brand designer Brunello Cucinelli’s wife Federica looked like the perfect one to try.  I came across the article on nytimes.com over a month ago and held onto it waiting for the day when my garden tomatoes would be ripe and ready. Continue reading Federica Cucinelli’s Rigatoni with Tomato and Basil

Vegetarian Paella

There is something about paella that makes it such a fun summertime meal.  Could it be because it is the favored dish of always-sunny Spain?

For years I yearned to try paella, but I could never find a vegetarian version. Then a couple years ago we went on holiday to Santa Barbara, California where we had dinner at a Spanish/Mexican restaurant called Cava. Cava Restaurant in Montecito. Santa Barbara, California

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One of the items on the menu was paella with a note next to it that read, “This can also be made vegetarian.”  I couldn’t believe it! I was finally going to taste paella! I ordered Cava’s vegetarian paella and I absolutely loved it!  I wanted to try and make it at home after we got back. But first I had to understand the key ingredients that make up paella before I could make an authentic vegetarian version. Continue reading Vegetarian Paella

Iya’s Vitamin Salad with Miso Dressing

My friend Iya brought this delicious and refreshing coleslaw style of salad to our garden party a while back that was enjoyed by all. It was crunchy, sweet and salty, with an Asian inspired dressing. Part of the beauty of this salad is the gorgeous, thinly cut, colourful vegetables. When cut in this way, the veggie flavors come out perfectly in this delicious salad.  I asked Iya for the recipe and also invited her to come over and show me how to make her salad. Here is the recipe.

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Super Easy Super Delicious Super Quick Vegetarian Tacos & Taco Salad

On warm summer days tacos piled high with fresh vegetables and packed with well-seasoned kidney beans is a positively satisfying meal for lunch or dinner. This is the easiest recipe to pull together with the most stupendously delicious results.  These tacos are packed with good for you legumes such as kidney beans, chock full of leafy greens, fresh tomatoes, delicious salsa, sour cream, and a dash of shredded cheese.

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These vegetarian tacos are so good that you will have not just one or two, but three or four. However if you are like me, you will find that this dish tastes even better without the taco shell, as a taco salad.  Try it. Here is the recipe. Continue reading Super Easy Super Delicious Super Quick Vegetarian Tacos & Taco Salad

Dave’s Amuse Bouche. Goat Cheese Wrapped in Seaweed.

Amuse bouche is a complimentary, bite-sized portion of savory food served before a meal or in between courses at a restaurant.

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When I invited our friends Dave and Rose to come over for dinner one evening to show us how to make pasta and tiramisu that they had learnt on their Italian holiday in Tuscany; Dave brought an interesting amuse bouche – goat cheese wrapped in seaweed.

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This was a very unique amuse bouche because I would never think to combine an Asian flavor like seaweed with a western flavor like goat cheese. Dave’s amuse bouche was a delectable little bite that packed a ton of flavor. Here is the recipe.

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Indian Spiced Noodles

For a different take on the orient inspired ramen noodles try this Indian spiced noodles packed with vegetables and Indian spices. This recipe takes your regular fresh ramen or yaki-soba noodles that are available in the refrigerator section of the grocery store and spices it up with Indian seasonings.

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