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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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29 Apr Grilled Eggplant Parm with Hazelnut Arugula Pesto and Quick Roasted Tomatoes

Grilled Eggplant Parm with Hazelnut Arugula Pesto and Quick Roasted Tomatoes Yield: Serves 2 Cook Time: 40 Minutes Traditional Eggplant Parmesan served over linguini is one of my favorite comfort foods, but for me, all the breading and frying and pasta makes it a special occasion indulgence type of meal. My answer to finding a way to eat it more often? Forgoing the steps that make it so heavy by turning it into a deconstructed grilled version. I pair grilled eggplant slices with a fresh light pesto, roasted tomatoes, a lot less cheese and oil, and lose the breadcrumbs and frying all together. Vegans, you can lose the cheese in the spread and the stack- it's still delicious and holds together because of the thickness of the pesto. You can also do an appetizer size version of this by using the tiny varieties sometimes found in the farmers markets when eggplant is in...

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01 Apr Hippie Hash

Hippie Hash Yield: 4 Servings Cook Time: 40 minutes While in college at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, the Fleetwood Diner ("The Hippest Little Diner in Michigan") was our go-to Sunday morning tradition to help cure our inevitable hangovers. Every single time, I ordered their incredible Hippie Hash- a griddle combo of hash browns, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, and broccoli topped with a generous portion of feta. The addition of feta to hash browns was a life altering food discovery for me, and to this day whenever I end up out for breakfast I make a special request for feta on top of whatever hash the restaurant offers. When at home, I whip up this slightly more refined version of Fleetwood’s college student favorite.     My recipe calls for using one frying pan or griddle to cook (most of) the veggies in steps, so it’s not exactly a breakfast in a hurry recipe. I...

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13 Mar Jackfruit Posole Stew

Inspired by a traditional meaty Mexican Posole stew, this healthier vegan version develops a ton of flavor in a quick cook time. The hominy has an addicting flavor and texture, the canned beans cut the cooking and prep time, the mock chicken broth and chipotles brings the spice and flavor that the meat usually provides in the traditional version, the jackfruit looks and has the texture of  meat, and the toppings create an awesome crunch creating a somewhat salad soup hybrid. One of my favorite comfort foods, this stew is an easy and hearty one pot meal to warm your heart and soul. [yumprint-recipe id='74']...

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