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30 Jul Raw Shiso Wraps – Two Ways (Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten Free)

Raw Shiso Wraps - Two Ways When I came across the most gorgeous Shiso leaves I've ever seen at the market last week,  vibrant purple on one side and a deep green on the other, I bought three bunches (having absolutely no idea what to do with them at the time). Shiso is the Japanese name for an annual herb called Perilla, a leaf generally classified in the mint family that has slight citrus and basil notes as well. You can eat it raw or cooked, and I find as a general rule to use it anywhere you would use mint or basil. Since my over-purchase, I've made shiso miso soup, shiso tempura, pickled shiso, shiso cocktails, shiso salads, and more. The most successful of my experiments:  Shiso Wraps. Here are the recipes for two of my favorites, the first has a California market flair with goat cheese, apricots, almonds and jalapenos; the...

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23 Jul Superfoods: The Natural Side of Energy (Vegan, Vegetarian)

I'm really excited to share my first published article and recipe, from the July "Green Energy" issue of Green Living Magazine. Read all about my favorite energy boosting Superfoods and make a delicious and nutritious vegetarian (or vegan!) breakfast with my Superfood granola bowl recipe (and have the fuel to run the stairs a few more cycles!)Enjoy!xo,Stephanie ...

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22 Jul Long Bean & Eggplant Coconut Curry

Long Bean & Eggplant Coconut Curry Yield: 2 ServingsTime: 20 Minutes I have always been obsessed with the Szechwan green beans at Chinese Restaurants. In the pre-online-recipe days, I tried and failed to re-create the dish but never got it quite right. The ah-ha moment finally came when I discovered two things. One, that at the restaurants I was not eating garden variety green beans but actually Long Beans, a type bean that is grown on a climbing vine (instead of on a plant like regular green beans), has more of the flavor and texture of a green bean-asparagus mix, and are usually 1 – 1.5 feet in length (which is why they are also known as Yardlong Beans.) Two, that using the technique of dry frying (where you deep fry the beans without any coating or batter and the high heat sucks out a ton of the interior moisture and breaks...

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16 Jul Vegan Mac n’ Cheese

Vegan Baked Macaroni and Cheese Yield: 8 Servings Cook Time: 40 Minutes I love cheese so much it hurts. So when I started dating a fussy cheese-hating guy a couple years ago I was convinced that due to our polar opposite thoughts on dairy products we would never have a chance in hell of making it. But alas, we fell in love, and as the years passed I became increasingly tired (and felt guilty) for creatively finding ways to sneak butter, cheese, milk, and cream into most of his food and started to come up with alternative ways to mimic my much-loved decadent dairy experience. Mac n' Cheese is high on my list of ultimate comfort foods, and one that I just wouldn't ban from the kitchen, so I set out to make a vegan version that wouldn't leave me missing the regular one (and wanting to smack him for how he was stifling...

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24 Jun Ricotta Crostini

Ricotta Crostini Yield: About 24 CrostiniCook Time: 30 Minutes I love appetizers, so much beauty and deliciousness in one to two bites (and who doesn't love eating things with their hands? )  When eating out, small plates and apps are one of my favorite ways to try a bunch of different things at a restaurant. When cooking, they are a fun way to experiment with new flavor combos.  These crostini are a great way to start off a dinner party while your guests wait for the main event, or a shining star for a cocktail party. My recipes listed here are just a sample of the unlimited possibilities,  get creative and play around with different cheeses, breads, spices, and toppings! Enjoy! xo Stephanie   IngredientsCrostini1 French Baguette, sliced diagonally and cut in half1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt ToppingsApple Honey Hazelnut CrostiniZest from 1 Lemon to Garnish1/4 Cup Toasted Hazelnuts1 Apple, thinly slicedHoney Lemon Ricotta Base Basil...

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06 Jun Asparagus, Boursin and Radish Salad

Asparagus, Boursin and Radish Salad Yield: Serves 2Cook Time: 10 Minutes This composed salad will wow your dinner guests in both presentation and flavors. The spicy bite of the raw radishes, the creamy tang of the Boursin, the fresh flavor of the grilled asparagus, the crunch and smoke of the Maldon smoked sea salt paired with a simple lemon vinaigrette is a perfect light starter for a summer meal! Enjoy xo Stephanie    Ingredients1/2 Pound Thin Asaparagus Stalks1 Lemon, Zested and then Juiced1/2 Cup + 1 Tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil1Teaspoon of Kosher Salt (+ more for blanching)2 Pinches of Maldon Smoked Sea Salt1 Package of Boursin Cheese, rolled into 1 inch balls2-3 Colorful Radishes, Stems Removed and Sliced Thin DirectionsBlanch your asparagus (directions here)Heat up a grill pan on high, toss asparagus in 1 tablespoon of EVOO and grill just long enough to get grill marks (about 2 minutes on each side)Make your dressing by strongly...

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