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Recipes

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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21 Sep Smoky Chilled Tomato Soup

It's ridiculously mind-numbingly hot here in Los Angeles and so I give you a ridiculously mind-numbingly easy recipe that requires no heat and no more than 5 minutes of your time! Tomato season is coming to a close (*sob*) and I'm using them in everything I can while they're still here and still incredible. This soup is a kind-of-gazpacho/tortilla soup/salmorejo type deal, and it's success hinges on the quality of your tomatoes so be sure to get the most fragrant and juicy ones you can find (the cheaper "softies" at the farmers market are perfect for this since their imperfections and almost-over-ripeness will be obliterated by the blender anyway). Use a high-quality Spanish smoked paprika as well for optimal flavor explosion, the bargain bin spice will get lost in translation.  [yumprint-recipe id='86']...

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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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10 Aug Smashed Potatoes with Tahini Sauce, Feta, Za’atar and Olives

When I lived in Israel many moons ago, I fell in love with many flavors of the middle east. The most memorable, though, has to be the Za'atar spice blend. A perfect mix of sumac, toasted sesame seeds, sea salt, and the herb Za'atar (a variety of wild thyme we often do not get here in the states so it is often substituted with greek oregano), Israelis put it on everything from baked goods to eggs to meats to pizza. My favorite of all Za'atar food vehicles was from a pizza place around the corner from me, a perfect pie consisting of mozzarella, feta, green olives, and za'atar (I must have consumed several hundred pounds worth in just half a year), and is the inspiration for this recipe.Now, if you've followed me for a while you know that I'm majorly potato-obsessed (really, it's the perfect food- you can do anything...

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03 Aug Roasted Watermelon “Salmon” with Avocado Crema and Cucumber Radish Chop

Want to blow your dinner companions minds? Serve them up this magical feat of culinary trickery. These slabs of watermelon have been transformed in texture and flavor with just a little spin in the oven, and actually come out looking so much like a piece of salmon that people have to do a double take when you tell them it's fruit. Topped with crunchy spicy chopped veg and a bright avocado crema, you'll have a light and gorgeous starter course that is a perfect summer alternative to the traditional watermelon salad.[yumprint-recipe id='83']...

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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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23 Jul Eating Vegetarian in Spain: The Restaurant List

 To read Part 1 of this article, including all my tips and tricks for Eating Vegetarian in Spain, click here   THE LIST I ate in a few places that were less than noteworthy, but I’m of the school if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. If you find a popular place that looks good and it’s not on this list, chances are I may have checked it out and abstained or dined there and didn’t love- shoot me a private message and ask and I’ll let you know. Jump to: MADRID | SAN SEBASTIAN | BARCELONA | VALENCIA | GRANADA | SEVILLE MADRID Even though Madrid is landlocked, I was told all the best produce and fish gets immediately diverted to the capital city making it a hotspot for the best restaurants in Spain.  1. FABRICA MARAVILLAS Craft Beer + Snacks http://fabricamaravillas.com/ Calle de Valverde, 29, 28004 Madrid, Spain Excellent craft beer brewed on-site, just...

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20 Jul Rainbow Carrot + Tarragon Ricotta Tart

The breathtaking beauty of the hundreds of rainbow carrots at the farmers market never stops amazing me, so I thought it was about time to promote them from their usual side-dish status and get them front and center as a main course dish (nobody puts baby in the corner!). Behold the carrot ricotta tart: simple, stunning, and ready for its starring roll in your next meal! [yumprint-recipe id='81']...

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13 Jul Cauliflower Popcorn

I've been working with a new family that is partially populated by three vegetable-hating kids. Over the course of the past couple of months, I have stealthy slipped broccoli, spinach, eggplant, mushrooms, kale, peas, zucchini, and carrots successfully into their meals- but this cauliflower recipe is by far the winner in my book since they will actually devour a vegetable in it's un-hidden form. By breaking the cauliflower florets into tiny popcorn-sized pieces, tossing it with butter and parmesan cheese (or vegan butter and nutritional yeast for their vegan dad), and calling it by a fun approachable name, they get excited about something that would otherwise be pretty scary! You'll want to take them out of the oven before they get too caramelized or brown (the color and depth of flavor can be a little too much for little palates) but if you're making these for adults keep them in an extra...

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06 Jul Garlic Dill Fridge Pickles

Pickles are one of my favorite foods in the universe, and even though you can pickle any vegetable, fruit, or nut and I will go bonkers over it - nothing beats the classic garlic dill (especially in my famous fried pickles recipe). The crazy part? They are SO easy to make. Like 15 minutes from grocery bag to jar and you will never buy a store bought pickle again easy. All you need is to boil up a brine, trim your kirbys (the famous pickling cucumber), throw everything in a jar, and stick them in the fridge for a few days and you have transformed the humble cucumber into something with massive pickle power!A couple of tips:1. Slice a tiny (like an 1/8 of an inch tiny) bit of the blossom end off of your cucumber. If the blossom isn't attached anymore, you can find it on the opposite end...

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