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 [...]

A Simple Pot Roast on Christmas Day

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Slow cooking is one of the best ways to enjoy a home cooked after a busy day.  This busy day was Christmas here in Los Angeles where it was a crisp 80 degrees outside.  So we needed something comforting and cozy after opening gifts and sledding. Sledding? Yes, sledding. See we decided to get into [...]

Carrot, Parsnip and Lentil Casserole #SundaySupper

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This is what I was going to make for last week’s #SundaySupper theme celebrating the One Year Anniversary of what “Family Foodie” Isabel started out as a friendly twitter conversation talking about what people were cooking on Sunday evenings. I loved the early chats, since Sunday was a guaranteed day I’d be in the kitchen [...]

German Lentil Soup

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  I lived in Portland, Oregon for 12 years growing up and one of my favorite places was The Rheinlander.  Our family would often do their Sunday Brunch, which is still the best brunch I’ve ever had. The restaurant also has an amazing cheese fondue that was reason number one to go there.  With so [...]

#SundaySupper Beer-Braised Beef

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Here in California with temperatures falling into the upper 70s it is getting that time of year for a hearty stew or soup. Alright, so it doesn’t feel like the time of year for a stew. Fortunately, it doesn’t really matter what the temperature is outside. I always enjoy a rich, chunky stew.  The melding [...]

Root Vegetables and Lentils in Mustard Sauce

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This is an adaptation of a recipe I posted before: Lentils with Turnip, Leeks and Carrots. I made a few edits since I’m still doing my series on “Hotel Home Cooking.” Much of the original recipe was followed; however, I lacked cloves and red wine vinegar plus I had some yellow zucchini that I added [...]

Moroccan Couscous with Saffron

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I’m not much of a celebrity follower.  Though I have come to enjoy one celebrity’s blog covering some great vegetarian food choices and recipes. Actress Alicia Silverston is anything but Clueless when it comes to finding good things to eat. This recipe is a simple roasted vegetable medley with butternut squash, zucchini, carrots and onions [...]

Getting Familiar with The Post Punk Kitchen’s Veganomicon

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Last Christmas I asked for some new cookbooks to add to my bookshelf.  With the change to making vegetarian/vegan 4 times each week, I thought some updated cookbooks in my meat-focused cookbook collection would be welcome. One book that kept coming up is Veganomicon many reviews felt it is the essential vegan cookbook on the mark [...]