How Does a Southwestern Vegan Eat Ice Cream?

Here in the Southwest, prickly pears are everywhere. Each year, I wait in anticipation of the ripening of their red fruit, juicy and sweet on the inside but protected on the outside with those spiny needles, some large, and some near invisible,

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Southwest Ice Cream

Thai Papaya Salad

Thai Papaya Salad

Thai Food Really Can Eat Like a Meal

One of my favorite dishes when I go to a Thai restaurant is their Papaya Salad. It’s great as a starter but can also eat like a meal.

That being said, it is typically made with fish sauce, so I have to ask them to make is sans that ingredient. They are quite obliging to do so; however, there is then a part of the flavor profile that is missing, or at least, I would think that is the case as I’ve only ever eaten Papaya salad since becoming vegan, so I wouldn’t know what it is supposed to taste like with the fish sauce.

Being vegan is not what it used to be. With the advent of the plethora of vegan ingredients on the market today, you can pretty much get a substitute for almost any non-veg ingredient. Thus, at least, is the case with fish sauce. The company, Tofuna Fysh, LLC, based in Portland, Oregon, has come out with Vegan Fysh Sauce, which is made with organic seaweed. The perfect swap out for fish sauce.

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Thai Papaya Salad

Mushrooms: My New Love Affair

My most recent love affair with a vegetable is with King Oyster Mushrooms. Such versatility! So much fun playing in the kitchen, tweaking recipes like this one for ‘Pulled Pork’. Last week’s have-at-it was transforming these mushrooms that look like fattened-up rods into scallops. So
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Pulled ‘Pork’ using King Oyster Mushrooms

Jazzy Vegans – We’re ALL the Rage!

I started watching the Jazzy Vegetarian shortly after the first air date back in September 2011.  I was immediately taken in by Laura Theodore’s effervescent personality, and easy-to-prepare recipes.  Oh, and one of my favorite musical genres is jazz.

So, when

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Lemony Maple-Cranberry Muffins – A Jazzy Vegetarian Review and Recipe

It Started with Aunt Dot

One of my favorite childhood food memories is when my Russian Godmother, my Aunt Dot (famous for her amazing Fruit Cake) would make the most mouth-watering potato cheese pierogis and cabbage pierogis. They were absolutely addictive. One thousand was not enough and one was

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Potato Cheese Pierogi – The Quest To Get It Just Right!

Unexpected company just arrived, and you need a quick, yet elegant, dessert to rustle up?  No worries.  This Chocolate Mousse recipe has you covered, using items that you might well have in your pantry and fridge.

Blackberry-Ginger Scented Chocolate Mousse

Now, don’t get deterred if you don’t have

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Blackberry-Ginger Scented Chocolate Mousse

This delicious recipe is a riff on my Italian grandmother’s Easter Rice Pie, which was laden with 3 pounds of ricotta and a dozen eggs, not to mention the extraordinary amount of sugar.  I’ve veganified it, and added the dried fruit and chocolate chips.  You can change it

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Zesty Vegan Citrus-Scented Rice Cake – An Easter Alternative

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Nothing says I love you like Mostly-Raw Devilishly-Dark Chocolate Cake Truffles!

These quick and easy treats are absolutely delicious and decadent – prefect when you need to impress that special someone.  Dark chocolate cake truffles are a surefire winner and they take practically no time at

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Mostly-Raw Devilishly-Dark Chocolate Cake Truffles

You might be thinking, hum, a little late for this recipe.  Would have been nice to have it for New Year’s Day, and you’re probably right about that.  However, this is such a yummy recipe that you’ll want to add this to your cadre of ‘go-to’ dishes. It

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Middle-Eastern-Style Hoppin’ John and Carrots over Wilted Spinach