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Ginger Shitake Pot Stickers

Shitake mushrooms all cooked with garlic, ginger, and cilantro pesto tastes so good that my mouth is watering as I type this.  I love these pot stickers! An awesome vegetarian recipe for all you dumpling lovers these shitake dumplings will taste like your favorite Chinese restaurant. What makes these dumplings taste so over the top good is the dried shitake mushrooms that have a strong pungent mushroom flavor that you just cannot get from fresh mushrooms.  It doesn’t take a lot of these dried mushrooms to get the unique flavor but trust me when I say those 4-5 dried mushrooms make a huge difference. They give the dumplings that restaurant quality flavor.  The other taste I really like in these pot stickers is the pine nut in the stuffing that give a wonderful bite and texture.  These are fabulous dumplings that taste amazing, Give it a try! Continue reading Ginger Shitake Pot Stickers

Cabbage Shishito Pepper Stir Fry Noodles

With ingredients readily available at the grocery store this is a quick and easy noodle dish to make for a delicious week night dinner.  With all things good such as ginger, garlic, cabbage, peppers and tofu, this stir fry noodle is positively delicious and healthy too. The best part of this homemade noodle stir-fry is that it’s easier to make than one might think!.  Continue reading Cabbage Shishito Pepper Stir Fry Noodles

Garlicky Greens and Snow Pea Dumplings

First off let me just say that greens sautéed in garlic ALWAYS taste amazing.  Add them to pasta, in quiche, in an omelette, mixed in rice, no matter where these delicious greens are added that dish is going to taste wonderful.  It is no surprise then these dumplings should taste so great! Greens such as mustard greens, Swiss chard or kale all sautéed with garlic and a few crunchy snow peas – yummy this veggie mix is! Continue reading Garlicky Greens and Snow Pea Dumplings

Hot and Sour Soup

Hot and sour soup. We love this soup in our family!  Hot and sour soup has to be one of our favorite soups, but until recently I never thought of making it at home.  We get the most delicious hot and sour soup at our local Chinese restaurants that I never bothered to try.  My kids on the other hand are a lot more adventurous and ventured to make this soup at home for our Christmas dinner last month.  They did their research and chose to use Jaime Oliver’s vegetarian hot and sour soup recipe and surprisingly it was easier to make than I expected and tasted delicious. Continue reading Hot and Sour Soup

Lunar New Year Vegetarian Menu

Lunar New Year is coming up and it’s the perfect time to try out some fun new Asian recipes. Back in December we had made an Asian inspired vegetarian menu for our Christmas dinner and that menu couldn’t be any more appropriate now.  In hindsight, it looks like the perfect Lunar New Year inspired vegetarian menu! Continue reading Lunar New Year Vegetarian Menu

Bharazi. Kenyan Black Eyed Peas in Coconut Milk and Spices

Happy New Year 2020!
Wishing you all a healthy and happy year ahead!

Looking for a totally different black-eyed pea recipe to make for good luck in the New Year?  A recipe from East Africa? Try this black-eyed pea stew called bharazi created by Indians living in Kenya.  Bharazi is an Indianized Kenyan dish made with black-eyed peas, coconut milk, and spices.  Continue reading Bharazi. Kenyan Black Eyed Peas in Coconut Milk and Spices

Artichoke Leek Risotto

Risotto is one of those rice dishes that just shouts “comfort food”.   There is something truly comforting about a warm bowl of rice.  Creamy Arborio rice all cooked with herbs and vegetables, risotto can easily transport one into a Zen-food state of mind.  That’s how I felt when I had this risotto on a chilly December evening. Flavored with leeks and artichokes this risotto is the easiest to make. Continue reading Artichoke Leek Risotto

Moroccan Tajine

I’ve always loved exotic hand-painted pottery from all parts of the world. There is something organic and artistic about pottery serving pieces that gets me excited every time I see them. They make all my food look beautiful and appetizing. My fetish for handmade pottery is how I came across this beautiful Moroccan pottery called tajine.  Years ago when North African cuisine was first featured in the Williams-Sonoma California catalog I bought a Moroccan tajine pot from them. It is no surprise that I bought it because it is a gorgeous piece of hand painted pottery! What makes these North African pottery so unique and beautiful are their intricate hand-painted designs in vibrant colors and ethnic motifs. Tajines look like art pieces, each one different from the other, and each one a potter’s masterpiece. Very often among North African families tajines are collected as family heirlooms and passed down generation after generation. Continue reading Moroccan Tajine

Eggplant Fennel Pasta Bake

There is something truly comforting about a good bowl of warm pasta all tomatoey and cheesy that just screams comfort food.  How then can one take a feel good pasta and make it veggie healthy as well?  Add in finely cut vegetables and bake with some gooey cheese and no one will ever know that the pasta is loaded with good for you vegetables.  This pasta is packed with eggplant and fennel but you could easily try this recipe with any of your favorite vegetables like bell peppers, mushrooms, cauliflower, and zucchini just to give you a few ideas.  Really an easy and delicious pasta bake this is and I can’t wait to share the recipe with you! Continue reading Eggplant Fennel Pasta Bake

Thanksgiving 2019 Vegetarian Dinner with Family and Friends

Happy Saturday!  I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! Ours was busy cooking all day until dinner time at which time we had friends join us on this very special holiday.  Being vegetarian coming up with a Thanksgiving dinner tends to be tough for me as we don’t do the usual turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, or cranberry sauce.  However if one is willing to venture away from the traditional Thanksgiving faire there is no shortage of vegetarian options for a delicious and festive Thanksgiving dinner. Continue reading Thanksgiving 2019 Vegetarian Dinner with Family and Friends