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carrot dogs

31 Jul OMG Vegan Carrot Hot Dogs

I was first introduced to the world of carrot dogs at one of my favorite breweries in downtown Los Angeles, The Arts District Brewing Company. Not only do they make me swoon with really ridiculously good beer and Skeeball and giant Jenga, they have this little takeout window restaurant, Fritzi, that slings some of the most insane elevated bar food (alll the tots and sauces!!!), with some great veggie mains (carrot dogs, case in point). Unfortunately, when I recently went back to devour another one I discovered they had 86'd that epic smoky carrot dog from the menu (the horror!). After I got over the initial shock of my loss, I knew I had to master making those little suckers on my own since they were haunting my food dreams. Here's my version - and, hot damn, they are fire! [yumprint-recipe id='106']  ...

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11 Jul Quinoa Stuffed Poblano Peppers

A healthy mashup of a Hungarian Stuffed Pepper and a Chile Relleno, this quinoa stuffed pepper makes a delicious meatless main dish with tons of protein!(Watch the quick how-to-video made for The Feed Feed here! )INGREDIENTS 6 Poblano Peppers 4 Cups Cooked Quinoa (Overcooked so slightly mushy) 1 Cup Dried Cherries 1 Cup Chopped Roasted Salted Almonds 1 Cup Cojita Cheese (Optional) 1 Cup Chopped Fresh Mint 1 Tablespoon Kosher Sea Salt 3 Tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice 1 Tablespoon Finely Minced Fresh GarlicINSTRUCTIONS PREP PEPPERS Roast poblanos over open flame (or under the broiler) until skin is completely blackened Place in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap for 10 minutes to steam the skins Gently peel skins off with your fingers Carefully slice a slit in the pepper along one of the indents and take out the seeds with your fingers Rinse off skin and seeds under the faucetSTUFF AND COOK PEPPERS: Preheat Oven to 425 degrees Mix all remaining ingredients in a bowl, then pack...

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02 Apr Kimchi Shakshuka (Baked Eggs in Stewed Tomato Kimchi Sauce)

One of my favorite breakfasts (or breakfasts for dinner!) is the middle eastern dish Shakshuka. Translated as "all mixed up", shakshuka is this crazy delicious stewed onion, harissa (spicy sweet red pepper paste), tomato stew like dish with eggs cracked in, sometimes topped with some feta and herbs and baked to bubbly goodness and then served with crusty bread or pita. It's bomb and pretty damn addicting.Now, if you know me in real life or follow me on Instagram you may have figured out that I have an obsession with all things fermented and pickled, from yogurt to kombucha to krauts to kosher dills, and especially the delicious funky flavor bomb that is kimchi (korean fermented cabbage magic). Not only does it have the heath benefits that comes along with fermentation (gut balancing probiotics and vitamin goodness), but it also adds this spicy funky sour umami flavor to dishes that...

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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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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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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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09 Nov Beet Threeway Tartine

After an incredible Sunday Funday cocktail event with The Juicebox Truck last night where they whipped up the most insane smoky earthy Beetbox juice and El Silencio mezcal cocktail for my guests, I've had beets on the brain (and a whole hell of a lot of leftover beets and greens in the fridge). So I set out to craft a recipe inspired by the cocktail and using all parts of the beet, and this Beet Threeway Tartine was the happy resulting product. It may seem like a lot of work for a piece of toast, but it's totally worth the effort. Roast the beets and make the pickles ahead of time and store in the fridge and the recipe finishing time is cut to just 10 minutes. Now, go forth and get your beet on![yumprint-recipe id='92']...

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02 Nov Grilled Romaine with Vegan Creamy Cashew Caesar Dressing

Caesar salads are one of those great comfort foods that often remain elusive to vegans since it's so tough to replicate the depth of flavor that anchovy and parmesan bring to the table. This recipe aims to please both plant and meateater palates alike by giving some heft to the normally sad vegan caesars (through some serious flavor building). By charring the romaine the normal blank-slate and boring lettuce gets some serious body, and by whipping up a dressing with some of the best secret ingredients in a vegan's arsenal (creamy cashews, cheesy nutritional yeast, and umami bomb Worcestershire) paired with some briny capers (to give it some anchovy-esque goodness), we give the traditional dairy/fish dressing a serious run for its money. Add in some crunchy little croutons and fresh cracked pepper and you have one hell of an epic salad!Vegetarians and meat-eaters can top this with some real deal...

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