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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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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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cooking for luv beet threeway tartine

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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cooking for luv grilled romaine

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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cooking for luv farro salad with pumpkin seeds and pumpkin vinaigrette

19 Oct Farro Salad with Pumpkin Seeds and Pumpkin Vinaigrette

October holds a special place in my heart. It's a month of changing leaves, costumes (my favorite!), and all things pumpkin (ok, and it just happens to be my birthday month too!). With pumpkin on my mind, I created this easy little healthy pumpkin infused salad to honor the great October (it would also be a great Thanksgiving dish!). If you're feeling ambitious, take it a step further and dice up a fresh pie pumpkin, roast in the oven at 425 for about 20 minutes (until golden) with a little oil an salt, and toss the little croutons in for a pumpkin trifecta! [yumprint-recipe id='89']...

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28 Sep Vegetarian Franks and Beans and Greens

My meatless monday creations usually are born from a combo of cravings and whatever the hell I have sitting in my fridge and pantry. This dish is a perfect example of those two coming together in a pretty perfect way, when all I wanted was beans and bbq and I just happened to have every single ingredient sitting around in my kitchen. Smoky, sweet, spicy, and hearty this one pot meal is fabulous to eat on its own or serve alongside a BBQ spread.  [yumprint-recipe id='87']...

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cooking for luv red wine braised shrooms

24 Aug Red Wine Braised Shrooms with Bulgar

I know it's the middle of the summer, but I've just had this irresistible craving for something substantial, meaty and sumptuous the last few days (screw the 90 degree heat!). Maybe I have shrooms on my mind with everyone headed to Burning Man this week, maybe I just need a little love, but either way this hearty yet healthy recipe is hitting the spot. In just 25 minutes you'll have an easy one-pot meal studded with earthy meaty mushrooms and nutty bulgar wheat swimming in a sexy bath of decadent cabernet that is sure to please no matter the weather.[yumprint-recipe id='85']...

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cooking for luv bucatini basil cashew cream sauce

27 Jul Bucatini with Basil Cashew Cream Sauce + Sweet Corn

I love indulging in creamy comforting pasta dishes, but my body doesn't always think that's such an incredible idea- especially during bikini season. The cashew cream base in this recipe mimics all the delectable happy signals to your mouth and brain that a traditional high fat dairy cream sauce does, but without the extra cellulite (hooray!) and the basil and farm fresh sweet corn brings summer right to your plate. You can use any pasta you'd like (even zoodles for a super guiltless version!), but in my book organic Bucatini can't be beat here. Go forth and conquer that beach body!  [yumprint-recipe id='82']...

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