Vegetarian burrito with beans and mushrooms

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I've always wondered if black-eyed peas were different from black-eyed beans. It appears that they're the same. After that discovery, I chanced upon dried sitaw (yard-long) beans at the grocery and I wondered of sitaw beans which have that distinctive … [Read more...]

Spinach quesadillas

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I can hear the noise from firecracker explosions as I write this, and it isn't even December 31 yet. On Facebook, author Geraldine Maayo posted about what she calls the impertinence of hospitals preparing for firecracker casualties when we should focus on … [Read more...]

Baked potatoes with broccoli and cheese stuffing

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The vegetarian dish in our simple Christmas Eve meal. The potatoes were baked, the flesh scooped out, the hollowed out centers stuffed with mashed potatoes, broccoli and shredded cheddar. Creamy and filling. And even better when paired with something that … [Read more...]

Creamed bacon and spinach toast

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So many ways to serve toast, so many ways to cook bacon, so many ways to enjoy veggies... Sometimes, we just need to think outside the cooking parameters that we grew up with.This creamed bacon and spinach toast is what would be called an open faced … [Read more...]

Stracciatella alla Romana: Italian egg drop soup

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Egg drop soup is something I've always associated with Chinese cuisine and, until a few days ago, I had no idea that egg drop soup exists in many other culinary cultures. The Indian egg drop soup has tomatoes, the Greek version, called avgolemono, has … [Read more...]

Vegetarian all-day breakfast sandwich

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Vegetarian girl, Sam, is home and a vegetarian breakfast is in order. Taking a cue from something she always says -- that a good vegetarian dish has multiple textures and flavors -- this sandwich that I prepared for her consists of four layers of filling, … [Read more...]

Bacon and pepper pancakes with cheese sauce

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Breakfast pancakes have often been associated with sweet things. Chopped fruits or whole berries are sometimes stirred into the batter. Before serving, syrup is drizzled over them and the pancakes get smothered with more sweetness.But pancakes can be … [Read more...]

Zucchini medallions with mozzarella and chili

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Ever since I made the meatballs a la parmigiana, I've been wondering how to transform it into a vegetarian dish. Eggplants would turn too soggy if baked or fried then baked again until the cheese topping melted. Other vegetables that could withstand … [Read more...]

Spicy grilled cheese sandwiches

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Spicy, aromatic, creamy and gooey. The sandwich filling has two kinds of cheese, garlic, basil and chili, and a bit of salt and freshly milled black pepper. The bread slices are brushed with softened butter before the sandwiches are grilled.Why two … [Read more...]