Hatch Valley Surprise

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While living in Texas, I came to know Hatch Chiles.  They are spicy New Mexico based chile that has a flavor very distinct from other better known chile peppers.  When the season for hatch chiles comes around in late summer, I always make sure to pick up some to use for cooking or in this [...]

Red Lentil Coconut Curry Soup

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  Lentil soups are very hit or miss in my experience.  They are often too watery, lack flavor, or get too complex where the soup has too much going on to enjoy it.  Fortunately, this evening was a hit or as my wife said “this one’s a keeper.” I love coconut milk based curry and [...]

Brown Rice, Broccoli and Cheese Bake

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    While not the most appetizing looking dish, this bake had a wonderful flavor and made for a great weekday evening vegetarian main course. The secret is to cook the brown rice the day before.  I use a rice cooker and brown rice take about a hour or so to cook. Fortunately it keeps [...]

Abundance Bowl

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  We often take a long drive out to Ojai on Sundays to get out of the city and to experience one of our favorite Farmers’ Markets. There is a great selection of organic fruits and vegetables plus some great cheese vendors, but it’s more about the experience.  An experience of driving through the hills [...]

Vegetable Pearl Couscous

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  This is a dish that can be used to clear out your vegetable drawer.  Any vegetable will do fine in this and it is a great way to use some of the vegetables you just didn’t get to or that you found at the Farmers’ Market but didn’t have  a specific plan for.  Here [...]

Vegan Tacos with Mashed Sweet Potato

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Vegan Tacos with Mashed Sweet Potato Serves 6 18 corn tortillas canola oil for frying 1 large Japanese sweet potato, peeled and cubed 1/4 cup almond milk 1 can black beans 2 carrots, cubed 1 green pepper, diced into small chunks 1 teaspoon cumin salt and pepper cilantro, finely chopped green onion, cut into 2-inch [...]

Orzo Pasta Salad with Lemon, Cucumber and Feta

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  It’s summer again in Los Angeles.  After a cooling spell of a week in the 60s, we are back to 80 degree weather in April.  So what better time to bring out a recipe my wife found on Pinterest she has wanted to try.  The combination of fresh lemon juice, cucumbers and one of [...]

Kale Pasta Bake

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I love macaroni and cheese.  There are a lot of variations on it and I’m always interested in trying something a little different.  Here is one without cheese. So technically it’s really not a macaroni and cheese. It’s more of a macaroni noodle and vegan bechamel, but that doesn’t sound as good. I’ve made bechamel [...]

Black Bean Quinoa Enchilada Bake

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It’s been awhile since I’ve shared a recipe from the kitchen. Sadly 2014 hasn’t been the year of focusing much on my blog as I planned. Perhaps this first post of 2014 will change that and get me back on track as there is so much going on as we are getting ready for the [...]

Thai Grilled Chicken with Chile Sauce

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  Thai Grilled Chicken Serves 4 1 whole chicken, cut and skinned 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 tablespoon garlic, minced 1 tablespoon ginger, minced 1 tablespoon oyster sauce 1/2 teaspoon brown rice vinegar 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chile powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon tumeric Chile Sauce 1 cup of dried red chile peppers 3/4 cup [...]