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Sunflower Seed Cheese Spread

Say goodbye to cheese made from animal milk and say hello to the wonderful world of nut and seed cheeses. This recipe makes a creamy, mild cheese that goes well with so many things. Use your imagination! Try it on crackers, with crudités or inside our REAL Collard Rolls. 1 cup hulled sunflower seeds 2…

Summer Stir Fry

Hot, hot, hot! When the weather is hot, you don’t want to be slaving over a hot stove. Stir fry dishes are quick and make good use of the wonderful vegetables that are in season. I love the colorful, sweet bell peppers. They can be expensive, because it takes a while for them to ripen.…

Hot dog buns: Gluten-free

Hot Dawgs, ice cold beer here… these are sounds of summer in New York. At the ball park, Coney Island, or a 4th of July barbecue – hot dogs are what’s on the menu. While I would never consume a conventional hot dog today, extruded from a slurry of animal parts, artificial preservatives, flavorings and…

Ratatouille

RRRRRRRRatatouille! This is one of those dishes that says summer to me. It’s easy to make and delicious served hot or cold. I made a lot of ratatouille when I lived in the south of France. Everyone has there own way to make it, some more complicated than others, too often drenched in olive oil.…

Vegetable Cakes, Gluten-Free

Yesterday, on the way to my nephew’s preschool graduation in upstate New York, my mom and I stopped at an out of the way deli restaurant because she was hungry and we were early. She ordered a vegetable patty. The patty looked nice, probably not vegan, so I didn’t try it but I couldn’t help…

Stir-Fried Greens

I love my dark leafy green vegetables prepared in a variety of ways. When I would sauté them I typically used garlic and onions. But I could never make them at home to taste like they do at one of my favorite restaurants, Buddha Bodai in Flushing and Manhattan. The Flushing restaurant recently moved and…

Mini Banana Oat Bread Loaves, Wheat-Free

When I was young, on special occasions we would go to Cookie’s Steak Pub for dinner. They were known for the large quartered chunks of iceberg lettuce served with a choice of 4 creamy dressings, a shrimp cocktail bar and endless mini slices of banana bread that I loved. With all the great greens available,…

Black Bean Paté

Hummus, a paté made from garbanzo beans, is very popular today all around the U.S. But garbanzos are not the only bean in town! Life is too short to eat only one kind of bean spread. There are so many different kinds of beans waiting to be whirred up into something special. Spice things up…

Corn Cakes, Gluten-Free

When I interviewed Terry Hope Romero about her cookbook Viva Vegan! I went nuts over her very simple Arepa recipe, a corn tortilla or pancake made with masa harina. But since I live with an Italian, polenta is more of a staple in our house than masa harina. I came up with this recipe using…

Light and Crispy Oat Waffles, Gluten-Free

Waffles are the perfect Sunday morning breakfast. 1 cup rolled oats 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds ¼ cup sunflower seeds (or other seed or nut) 2 tablespoons corn starch, potato starch, arrowroot or Ener-G Egg Replacer 1 tsp cinnamon 2 teaspoons fennel seeds 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 2 cups water Vegetable cooking oil for…

Apple Banana Berry Compote

My favorite waffle or pancake topping is fruit compote. Made with fruits that are always available in our house, it’s easy, simple and so sweet. Serve over Light And Crispy Waffles. 2 apples, cut into small cubes (peel first, only if not organic) 1 package frozen raspberries 2 bananas, sliced 1/4 cup water  In a…

Scallion Pancakes with Plum Sauce

This is adapted from the Vietnamese Happy Pancakes recipe from Mark Reinfeld and Jennifer Murray’s The 30 Minute Vegan Taste of the East. Instead of the sauteed vegetable topping in their recipe, I use a Plum dipping sauce made from REAL Prune butter. It’s amazing how perfect these little pancakes are with so few ingredients,…

Broken Rice Paper Noodle Soup

I enjoy making and eating Summer Rolls but I am often left with many cracked or broken sheets of rice paper. What to do? Make soup! This is an Asian Fusion vegetable soup. Rice paper has its own unique flavor and holds its own in this soup. 1/4 white onion, chopped fine 6 scallions, chopped…

Roasted Red Root Vegetable Salad

This is a REAL great salad of roasted red root vegetables served with a spectacular roasted garlic aioli. This salad is very tasty and is great as a main course salad served on top of a bed of crisp greens or as a side dish complimenting a several course meal! It is great served warm…

Sautéed Zucchini with Onions, Red Peppers and Tomatoes

You can roast them, grill them, bake them – anyway you cook them, zucchini with red peppers, onions and tomatoes are perfection! Sauté with herbs and a touch of fennel, serve it with French bread for a rustic simple supper. For a heartier meal, toss it over pasta, brown rice or other whole grain. It’s…

Red Cabbage Salad

Not all salads need to be green to be good. When out of lettuce, I reach for the red cabbage. Shredded and tossed with creamy avocado, chewy sweet figs and tart lemon juice and vinegar and the secret ingredient, Prune Butter, you will not believe how good it is until you try it. 1 head…

Tarte aux Pommes version 1

I learned how to make the Tarte Aux Pommes when I lived in the south of France. I have modified it slightly, with a gluten-free crust. You can use whatever kind of crust you like. The star of this recipe is the organic Fuji apple. Sweet, fresh, delicious! 4 or 5 organic apples, peeled and…

Jungle Crumble

While visiting the Corwin family in Costa Rica, we had a potluck dinner. See Part I, Rainforest Oat Banana Bread. For dessert, I created this Apple Crumble recipe. When I think about Costa Rica it’s the exotic delights that I get excited about, like papayas and mangos and all the other wonderful tropical fruits there.…