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Posts tagged ‘Vegetarian’

Steamed Artichokes with Lemony Butter Sauce

Guess what?! Artichokes are in season! They are everywhere. In all my recipe newsletters, on blogs, on TV. Everywhere! And despite looking utterly confusing, it is pretty simple to turn them in to a perfect appetizer for a party or an evening in with a bottle of wine.

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Green Juice Face Off

The juicing vs smoothie debate seems to be all anyone is talking about these days. Which is better for you? Which is the best way to get the nutrients from the fresh ingredients? How can you make a bunch of fresh vegetables blending into a liquid form taste good? And so on and so on… I tend to be a neutral party on the subject, bouncing back and forth between smoothies and juicing, but to me its all about the flavor and ingredients.

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Kale, Celery & Carrot Juice

Juicing was a part of my weekday routine about 3 months ago; I would get up and make my green juice or smoothie every morning to start off my day. There was always bunches of kale, bags of carrots and loads of apples in my fridge and a few other random items that I would decided to throw in the juicer if the mood struck. Seeing as how life and work tend to get in the way of healthy habits , juicing slipped out of my daily routine and the juicer crept back into my cabinet and stayed there. With my 2014 resolution to get back into my kitchen more, the juicer has made a triumphant return, and is now running at 8am every morning.

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Mashed Potato Face Off

Does anyone not like mashed potatoes? Anyone? I find it hard to believe that someone cannot like mashed potatoes. Made with basically 4 ingredients (potatoes, butter, salt and milk), what is not to like about them? Also, how many different types of mashed potatoes can you think of off the top of your head? I can name at least 10 without even trying… so many things you can do to make a simple side dish stand out among all the other Thanksgiving favorites. Read more

Mashed Potatoes with Horseradish and Parsnips

Everyone has their favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal. Turkey usually takes top billing, probably followed by stuffing and perhaps pie, but I am always partial to the potatoes (followed by pie). The lovely, lovely potatoes. Maybe its my undying love for things smothered in butter and then smothered in gravy, but during our Thanksgiving dinners, the potatoes are it for me. Mashed, sweet, gratin, I don’t care. I always have a strategic plan to place them near my plate in order to get first dibs, which also allows me to have them close at hand when it comes time for seconds. And probably thirds. Most likely thirds.

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Stuffed Peppers Face Off

Stuffed Peppers are found in all types of cuisine – Chilie Relleno’s are Mexico’s version, Stuffed Piquillo’s are Spain’s version, Dolma’s are the Mediterranean version, the list goes on. In America we stuff bell peppers with a variety of goodies from meat to cheese to vegetables; your options are endless for this easy to put together entrée. Read more

Apple Crisp Face Off

Has anyone else noticed that October is pretty much over? What the heck? It feels like this month, my favorite month, started last week, and now I look at the calendar and its over? I’m a bit annoyed and mostly mad at myself for not for not taking a break to enjoy it. Ugh.

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Gluten Free Apple Crisp

Can we all just take a moment to think about the fact this year is pretty much over? I found myself buying a Christmas present on Tuesday… whaaaaaaa? OK, so its for Susan’s dog, but still, I am usually the one who is out buying presents the week before Christmas and crossing her fingers to find exactly the right thing for everyone (sorry everyone). So this weekend, I am going to sit at home, relax on the couch, knit my dog a sweater and enjoy the remain moments of calm before the holiday season arrives. I will also be eating this apple crisp for every meal, so there’s that.

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Mushroom Grits

We realized a few weeks ago that we were going to be on vacation during our Face Off week, so we thought we’d pay homage to the South as well as feed our mothers with a Grits Face Off. I’ve never made grits before, but what’s better than my first time being in the “grits famous state” of South Carolina? Read more

Pasta Sauce Face Off

Whether its for a quick meal, an outstanding main dish for a dinner party, or to make one of our all time favorite comfort foods, you can always count on is a box of pasta. With the recent influx of gluten free choices, the pasta aisle has gotten significantly larger. Semolina, brown rice, quinoa, corn, wheat, are just a few I could think off the top of my head, and those added to the types of pasta you can choose from… oof… I often just buy whatever gluten free pasta is on sale, and stock up on a few at a time, till the next sale, of course.

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Garlic & Lemon Pasta Sauce

Butter. And Cheese. Those to two things in healthy amounts on pasta could pretty much sum up my childhood. I think the pasta the vehicle for the butter and cheese. Seriously. I’ve talked about my Parmesan cheese obsession before, but this is really where it got real. I remember asking for more and more cheese as the meal when on, until my mom just put the whole thing in front of me, and I dished it out as needed. As time went on, I graduated from regular pasta to wheat to gluten free, and now to squash. The cheese was also upgraded from the stuff in the green tube-shaker thing, to pre-shredded, to buying hunks of good local cheese from Wisconsin. So I guess I define my adulthood by the food I eat. Sounds about right.

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Banana Walnut Pancakes

I’ve been dying for pancakes recently. I have no idea why, because normally, I’m a total egg person for breakfast. Without fail, I will order an omelet, a skillet, a scramble, whatever contains eggs and sounds good at the moment. Since trying to avoid gluten, I have found myself eyeing all those starchy breakfast items when out to brunch. The pancakes, waffles and crepes always seem to catch my attention in a way they have never done before… so when the chance came for us to face off this week, I wanted pancakes and nothing else!
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Victory’s Banner

One weekend our friend Shivani asked us to join her for brunch at a vegetarian restaurant she had tried recently – Victory’s Banner. Located in the Roscoe Village neighborhood of Chicago (my old stomping grounds) at the corner of Roscoe & Hoyne, Victory’s Banner has been serving up vegetarian brunch and lunch for over 10 years. Read more

Chowpatti

My mother-in-law has wanted me to try Chowpatti, a Vegetarian restaurant in Arlington Heights, Illinois, for a long long time now.  We finally were able to plan a lunch date, in honor of my Birthday, and she was kind enough to treat me, Morgan and my sister-in-law Susie to lunch (Thanks Dianne!). Read more