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Jackfruit Fajitas

I first became aware of jackfruit after ordering vegan “carnitas” tacos at one of my favorite vegan restaurants in California – Hip Vegan Cafe in Ojai. What amazed me is how a fruit had a shredded meat texture to it which makes it really useful as a substitute to meat without being the typical “fake […]

Braised Curry Cabbage

I mostly write and share main dishes from my kitchen, but today I spent a few minutes in the morning braising cabbage to enjoy throughout the week. Braised cabbage is a wonderful dish that makes a great side to enjoy with many styles of cooking. This particular dish has a Southeast Asian vibe with garlic, […]

Garlic Basil Chicken with Tomato Sauce

I love a simple recipe. By simple I mean two key things, simple ingredients and simple to make. This dish I found on Pinterest on the Pinch of Yum blog met both criteria and is sure to be a go to recipe. You could make this dish with your favorite jarred sauce; though, I’d follow the […]

Lasagna

Growing up with an Italian mother, well 3/4 Italian and 1/4 French, made for some pretty amazing meals that a young boy never could truly appreciate. However, there was one dish my mom was famous for: Lasagna. It was a staple of the holidays at our home. She definitely took a lot of pride making […]

One-Pot Creamy Spinach and Lentils

Lentils are a personal favorite in my vegan and vegetarian cooking. I tend to save a lot of recipes that use them on my Pinterest Mostly Vegetarian board (you can follow me on Pinterest here.) A recent save is this lentil and spinach dish I made last week. It’s pretty easy to prepare and can […]

Steak Diane

Steak Diane is one of my favorite stop top steak dishes. I love it so much I have another recipe on the website I did back in 2011 (check it out here.) This version doesn’t use cream, but it does use a lot of butter.  You can also remove the mushrooms in this version, but […]

Crockpot Apple Cider Beef Stew

With temperatures staying in the 90s, and mostly high 90s, this October it really isn’t feeling like Fall yet.  So, I’ve decided to have Pinterest bring Fall to me. I bought some fresh squeezed apple cider from Whole Foods last Sunday and wanted to use it in a rich, flavorful stew. After a few searches, […]

Dark ‘n’ Stormy Cocktail

This is my first cocktail recipe post and it’s a simple, but delicious one.  I likely will be adding some more cocktail recipes as I work through some at home.  I spent a week trying to get a mojito down, but spent most of that week taking a few sips and then pouring the rest […]

Buttermilk Fried Chicken

I want a deep fryer. In fact, I’ve wanted one for a number of years.  Not because I want to fry everything. I don’t.  But when it comes to fries and tempura and some other cooking efforts that work better with food submerged in oil than in a 1-inch puddle of oil, a deep fryer […]

Country Bread and Overcoming Fear of Failure

I’ve always had a fear of breadmaking.  Like most fears, it is irrational.  I can and do make some great homemade pasta and I have no problem creating some amazing homemade sauces and complete dishes; however, breadmaking always felt to challenging. Could I knead properly? How about a starter, don’t I need a starter? Did […]