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August 21, 2015


This month’s Recipe Redux prompt was about getting back to the dinner table. Coming back from vacation, getting back into a routine, and sitting down to eat a healthy dinner together. After a vacation (especially one with many indulgent treats) there is nothing I want more than to eat a huge salad. Well, after a million cuddles with my kitties. The problem with that? The LAST thing I want to do on my drive home from the airport or at the end of a road trip is to swing by the grocery store and restock my fridge. So instead for this recipe I focused on something incredibly easy (duh, what’s easier than a grilled cheese?) with ingredients I would normally have floating around my fridge, pantry, and freezer. Let running...


Pathetic confession: I never got a garden planted this year. I prepped the area, fertilized, made a plan of what I wanted to grow… and then nothing. I had a busy first month-ish of summer and by the time it was A. not pouring on the weekend and B. I actually had the day free, it was almost August. I’ve always heard people say that years go faster as you get older, and I’m really seeing that more and more. Luckily, my boss has a garden that grows way more than his family can eat, so I’ve been swimming in zucchini and bell peppers (my favs!). The first time he brought them in, he also emailed a recipe for zucchini “crab” cakes. They sounded so good that I immediately made...


August 12, 2015


As I was thinking about making this sauce, actually making this sauce, eating this sauce, and writing about this sauce I had this bizarre fear that the food police would be on me about it. You know the type, right? The people who no matter what you say, do, or make find something wrong with what you did. You can’t call that a XYZ because traditionally it’s made with the blah blah that’s only found in the pfffft region. So I spent a ridiculous amount of time Googling remoulade. And saw a ridiculous amount of mayo, for one. But really, I saw that basically everyone makes it differently, so all that matters is that it’s delicious. And guess what? It’s delicious, so bring it on food police haters :-p Josh...


The best part of summer for me is bonfires. You get to enjoy the outdoors while sitting around with friends and roasting (vegetarian!) marshmallows. My tips for the perfect bonfire are pretty simple, but it’s always those extra touches that make the night perfect. First, make sure that you have supplies for s’mores that everyone can eat. If you have friends with dietary restrictions, grab some vegetarian marshmallows, GF graham crackers, dairy free chocolate — whatever you need so that no one is left out. You can buy these in addition to the traditional ingredients if you can’t give up your favorite milky chocolate. Most of the ingredients can be sealed up in a plastic bag and thrown in the freezer (or just stored in the pantry) until the next...


One of the main complaints people have about soy (tofu, tempeh, etc.) is that it’s always trying to be something it’s not. That’s a complaint I hear about vegetarians a lot, too — why try and make something taste/feel like meat when it’s not meat? To me, it makes sense. You would season chicken or beef, so why not season tofu the same way. It’s just easy. As for why you’d make something taste/feel like meat, that’s something I’m still grappling with. Especially because something with a similar texture to real meat actually creeps me out to the point where some meat substitutes are just out for me. So for this recipe, I didn’t try to make the tempeh anything it’s not. No seasons that I think will make it...


July 31, 2015


Is my age showing? I constantly feel like I discover new things that make me feel old (for the record, 26). Waking up today after going to a concert last night and not getting home until 2 am? Old. So old. Not because I slept in until noon (because isn’t that such a 17 year old thing to do?) but because I feel SO bad about sleeping in until noon. And my feet hurt from standing in one place for hours. Ironically, seeing the band that’s been my favorite since high school made me feel so incredibly young last night. Like I’m gonna stay 18 forever. My friends know that I swear by a glass of chocolate milk the morning after a rough night, but I wanted something more refreshing...