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About ds331

A lifelong vegetarian. A foodie. Can there be such a thing? Some restauranteurs don't seem to think so...but many of my veggie friends and family have a little something or two to teach them.

Homemade Greek Yogurt

I’ve been experimenting with yogurt making again. This time, I wanted to make greek yogurt. I found out it was pretty easy. The hardest part for me in yogurt making is incubating it. My oven doesn’t have a pilot light that … Continue reading

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Summery Gazpacho Experiment

Our garden suddenly produced a bounty of small tomatoes and tomatillos. We were also going to be entertaining a bunch of people on our rooftop, so I needed to find something cooling to serve. We thought, gazpacho…but I wanted to … Continue reading

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Easiest Dulce De Leche

Last winter, I was looking for good cookie recipes, and came up a great dark chocolate shortbread cookie with dulce de leche inside. (In an upcoming post, i’ll give you that recipe). But today, i’ll give you the first step. It’s … Continue reading

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Peoples’ Choice Cornbread

The blog hiatus is over…I now work normal hours again and have time to do things like cook and write! This week, my husband once again nudged me to enter a cooking contest–this time a really fun neighborhood event–and I … Continue reading

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Homemade Cultured Butter

About a year ago, I started buying “fancy” butter–by fancy I mean European cultured butter. It was creamier and tangier (that’s the “cultured” part–it is made with yogurt and the cultures are left to grow for a day or two). The … Continue reading

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The Award Winning Moussaka

Thanks to my publicist and sous-chef, aka my husband’s encouragement and assistance, I entered a cooking contest the other day, and I was crowned the best home cook in DC yesterday (thanks CookNook!). I’ll share the recipe here, but first … Continue reading

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Squash curry experiment

A few weeks ago I went to the garden and picked a monster squash. It was gigantic and it was bumpy and yellow. I had no idea what it was– I think it’s some kind of fall winter squash. Anyway … Continue reading

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Moroccan Lemon, Olive, and Cinnamon Chick’n 

This  recipe was inspired by a recipe on epicurious and is part of an effort to turn expand our palates and adapt meat recipes that my husband might like into vegetarian ones.     Ingredients: 1 onion 1/4 preserved lemon (original … Continue reading

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Edamame burgers

I received this recipe from Cooking.com in my inbox and thought “hey I have all of the ingredients!” It seems like a lot of stuff but you probably have a lot of it.  And then as I got to cooking, I did … Continue reading

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Coconut Faro

This is a versatile dish–change out veggies or flavoring to go with different meals. I served this version with the mango tofu. And subsequently made a version with more Indian flavors to go with the daal I posted the other … Continue reading

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Mango Tofu

A taste of summer and the islands, brought to you by that perennial question: what do I do with these overripe mangos?   Ingredients for sauce (for blender) 1 ripe mango 1/2 green mango 1 lime 1 jalapeno 2 T … Continue reading

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Squash Daal

Inspired by a recipe from my father-in-law with some modifications from me–like squash instead of carrots. serves 4 3 small yellow squash (zucchini, butternut, Accorn, or carrots  all would work) 1.5 cups Masoor Daal (red lentils)  5 cups water (it … Continue reading

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Zucchini Pad Thai

Pad thai minus the noodles. Zucchini in long strings forms the base of this version.   Ingredients  2 T tamarind concentrate  1/2 c water 2 T soy sauce 2 T brown sugar (if you have palm sugar, use it) dates would … Continue reading

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Vegetarian Moussaka

This is a modified version of the recipe found in Carla Hall’s book, “Carla’s Comfort Foods”, which itself is a modification of another recipe. My changes: Using soy (aka “groundless groundbeef”) and seitan (Field roast sausage-style links) instead of bulgar … Continue reading

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Portland, ME: Veggie options done right 

We’re loving Portland, Maine. It makes the list of places I’d like to live (summer home)–it has ocean (beautiful views from our house), is an interesting, eclectic small city, and has great food. Vinland a locavore, small plates restaurant–food is 100% … Continue reading

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Multigrain Seeded Bread experiment

I know it has been quite a while–a new shift schedule has wreaked havoc on my free time, making blogging hard. But stay tuned. I’m on vacation and I’ve got ideas. This post is inspired by our trip to Vermont, … Continue reading

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Flour-free biscuit experiment

I came home from work wanting a biscuit. Why? Who knows. But it’s what I wanted. But I didn’t really want a carby biscuit. Here’s what I came up with, an amalgam of a few different recipes. It was really, … Continue reading

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Pongal Arancini

Happy Pongal. This recipe is a cross between a traditional indian rice, lentil, and peppercorn risotto and the Italian aranccini Continue reading

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Sugar free experiment log

I’ll keep my updates on the sugar free stuff here in one post, in case you’re curious how it’s going and see if you might want to join me. I’d love to hear about your attempts too. Week 1 Day … Continue reading

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Sugar free January Experiment

I’m aiming to be sugar free for the next 30 days. Who wants to join me? Why? Just feel like I want a break. And I definitely eat too much of it. And diabetes runs in my family, so I … Continue reading

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