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cooking for luv vegan pork dumplings

27 Feb Dad’s Pork Dumplings, Gone Vegan

For a WASPy midwestern guy, my dad sure did make a mean pork dumpling (and mad latkes too, go figure). No matter how many he made, there never seemed to be enough (and in the rare occasion there were a few leftovers squirreled away, we would eat them cold for breakfast, nom nom nom!). The intense gingery flavor, the crunchy chewy texture, and the myriad dipping sauce options all command a visceral reaction of my tastebuds just on memory alone. Making the dumplings was an all-hands-on-deck family activity from start to finish, not only because of the sheer joy and warm fuzzy quality time it created, but also (because of what I now realize as an adult flying solo in the process) if you don't want to be sitting in the kitchen for HOURS, it takes many hands to crank out the massive amount of dumplings we always consumed.Now, I...

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peruano bean chili

26 Jan Vegan Peruano Bean Chili

’m a sucker for stews, especially when it’s cold and dreary outside. So when I found these little tiny adorable heirloom beans from the market and the farmer said he had just made some awesome refried beans with them, I was rreminded I hadn’t made chili in a hot minute and this recipe was born! I love cooking the beans directly in the chili so they soak up all the flavor goodness, but you can also sub the dried beans with drained and rinsed cooked canned beans, just use less water and cut the cook time to 30 minutes after you add them. You also don’t have to use Peruano (believe me, I’d never seen them before that day!) -use any dried bean variety your heart desires...

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01 Dec Curried Roasted Kabocha Squash, Carrot, and Sweet Potato Soup with Purple Sweet Potato Labne Squiggle

I am super crazy with my soup preferences, bordering on soup-nazi level specificity. Like, I really really am not into smoothies masking as soups (please never serve me chilled strawberry soup, like ever) but I frickin' love a spicy gazpacho, and while I have to will myself to have a whole both of a broth-y soup when I'm sick, I can drink a cup of local farmer's market Dave's Korean vegetable broth from a giant mug on a cold day with a ridiculous smile but when I have Ramen + Pho + other clear soups I just end up just eating the fun stuff and leaving the broth behind. I love posoles and chilis and stews (especially because of all the fun stuff you get to pile on top), but above all, I just LOVE creamy blended soups (tomato bisque, vichyssoise, any curry with coconut milk, tortilla soup, on and on...

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Hot Pimento Cheese n Collards Dip

02 Feb Carolina Panthers Hot Pimento Cheese n’ Collards Dip

Recipe #2 in my Super Bowl series for Fox Sports​, this time it's one for my family's home team: the Carolina Panthers! This Hot Pimento Cheese n' Collards Dip is a spin on one of my favorite dishes from home: pimento cheese! This gooey dip brings a bit of the south to that traditional baked artichoke spinach dip you're used to - and it's super easy to whip together for a crowd (and totally healthy with all those collards, right?)[yumprint-recipe id='97']...

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Pretzel Monkey Bread with Denver Stout Caramel

02 Feb Denver Broncos Pretzel Monkey Bread with Denver Stout Salted Caramel Sauce

One more for my Fox Sports Superbowl campaign, this one's all about celebrating the incredible craft brew culture in Colorado for those Broncos fans out there. I don't ever bake, but this is totally a dessert I can get behind (and this caramel sauce is the best thing I've ever made!). The pull apart bread is made easy with pre-made pretzel dough (you can use biscuit dough too) and made INSANE with a Denver Milk Stout Caramel sauce and crunchy Maldon sea salt flakes. Eat this one fresh out the oven for best consistency (doesn't keep too well, but honestly- it won't last more than 5 minutes without getting devoured).   [yumprint-recipe id='99']...

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super-cam-jam

02 Feb Carolina Panthers Super Cam Jam with Fried Pickles

The last in my series with Fox Sports for their Superbowl campaign, this one is made for the man with the million dollar smile- Panther's superstar quarterback Cam Newton, aka Super Cam. Spicy and sweet hot pepper jelly (inspired by a real Carolina grandma, Lauris H. Connolly) is perfectly paired with my favorite crowd-pleaser: fried pickles (don't be scared- they are always the first to go at any party I bring them to!).This recipe makes 3 jars of jam, so you can share one with your crowd and hoard the rest to use on toast, over cream cheese as a dip, in sandwiches, or pretty much on anything! [yumprint-recipe id='100']...

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denver broncos green chili cheese tots

02 Feb Denver Broncos Green Chili Cheese Tots

Looking for some badass Super Bowl Snacks to feed a crowd? Check out the video recipe series I created with Fox Sports, each featuring a twist on local Colorado and Carolina cuisines. First up? A play on chili cheese fries, but using the eponymous Denver Green Chili on top of crispy tater tots (how could you go wrong??)[yumprint-recipe id='96']...

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cooking for luv turnip and tater latkes 2

07 Dec Turnip and Tater Latkes

Every year I try to have a new take on latkes at the Chanukah table, and since I'm usually home in North Carolina when creating these recipes, inevitably they have a southern spin. Sometimes they're just a twist on the traditional (check out my latkes with southern style milk gravy recipe), sometimes they're horrible and weird, and sometimes they just wind up just perfect and become an instant favorite tradition for the coming years like this recipe. These turnip and tater latkes are mostly turnip and turnip greens (lending a lot of nutritional goodness not often found in the traditional potato guys and an earthy vegetal flavor not often found in the super sweet carrot or sweet potato versions) with a little potato to mellow that mighty turnip punch. You can leave out (or use the low end measurement) of the red pepper flakes if you're not into spice, but...

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cooking for luv vegetarian spit pea soup

30 Nov Vegetarian Split Pea Soup

Until the 5th grade, my mom's Hambone Stew was my favorite soup on earth.Growing up, I was an incredibly picky eater, and second in the line of evil food items on my list (spinach) was the dreaded pea.And my mom, a damn smart woman, was determined to get me to eat my veggies. So, that hambone stew? It was actually just split pea soup, but since she knew I wouldn't touch it with a 10-foot pole if I heard the word "pea", she craftily renamed it and I licked the bowl every time. Now, as I mentioned, it was my favorite...

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