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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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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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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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Cooking for Luv Wrinkled Potatoes with Olive Crack Sauce

08 Jun Wrinkled Potatoes with Black Olive Crack Sauce

I first experienced wrinkled potatoes, or Papas Arrugadas, at José Andrés' Bazaar restaurant in Los Angeles a few years ago, and they absolutely BLEW MY MIND. Something so simple, tender baby boiled potatoes, transformed by a crusty layer of salt on the exterior and an exceptionally tasty sauce. I've been making them ever since, but had a next level experience with them on my recent trip to Spain at a tiny restaurant in Barcelona called La Gilda because of what I can only call Crack Sauce. As a person who lives for sauces, dressings, and dips, this little bowl of creamy olive based sauce sitting in a pool of ultra spicy olive oil literally caused me to LICK THE BOWL (one of the perks of traveling alone- nobody to judge you from across the table). The owner wouldn't tell me what was in it and my only clue was from...

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13 Apr Luxe Mushroom Pate

My vegan foie gras recipe is one of my most popular and I love love love making it to wow friends from carnivores to meatless crusaders. Using lentils and walnuts as the base with ume plum vinegar as the secret ingredient, it has an extremely rich and umami packed flavor profile that you just can't quit eating til the last finger lick from the jar. This past week I was looking to create a legume free option of that recipe so I turned to the other classic meatless pate ingredient: mushrooms. Paired with some similar ingredients to my original (the miso stayed but I swapped in sherry vinegar for the ume plum), a few new secret umami bomb weapons (porcini powder, tamari, mustard powder and capers), some new freshness (with fragrant farmers market thyme and parsley), and the pièce de résistance: ultra lux fatty butter, this new pate is some...

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06 Oct Veggie Ceviche Stuffed Avocado (Vegan)

Hearts of Palm replace the standard fishy ceviche base in this tangy, spicy, and flavor packed recipe developed for Vegenaise. The key to getting this right is workin your knife skills and making every vegetable component the same size- I like mine super finely diced, but for a more rustic preparation you can pump up the size and go chunky. Serve in pretty glasses or in an emptied out avocado as shown and with plenty of your favorite tortilla chips on the side!Head on over to mayokarma.followyourheart.com for more vegan comfort food recipes!...

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29 Sep Follow Your Heart Vegenaise #MayoKarma Recipes

Get ready for the year of Mayo Karma.I am incredibly excited to share the work I did this summer with Follow Your Heart, developing mouthwatering veg centered recipes for their new Mayo Karma campaign. One of my favorite brands on the block, they make the best tasting, most versatile, and good for you Vegan Mayonnaise around (not to mention some of the best dressings, spreads, and cheeses you'll ever put in your mouth). And not only are they local to Los Angeles (local=great for our community, local economy, and our bodies) but their plant is completely powered by solar energy and they are committed to demonstrating leadership in the ethical, social, and environmental responsibilities of operating a business. I'm proud to have created eight delicious and healthy recipes using Vegenaise, all of which add up to a complete 32 Ounce jar of the magical stuff, and will give you 51 servings...

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