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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.

Pistachio crusted jerk tofu

Remember my jerk tofu recipe from  few weeks ago? I improved upon it. How? I got an idea from a recipe for pistachio crusted tofu. That one seemed a little too plain jane (and seemed like it wouldn’t have enough … Continue reading

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Olan Kichidi (a hybrid dish)

Last night, after  long night at work, I tried to think up a quick, easy dish. I remembered my cousin making kichidi for her kids in about 20 mins  few months ago. But I also wanted to mix it up … Continue reading

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Popsicle Experiment: Moscato, Ginger beer, and Strawberries

I went wandering today around my neighborhood, under the guise of picking up some last minute things for my trip. I ended up picking up those things (books, travel charger for South Africa’s weird plugs, etc)…and a few other things, … Continue reading

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Split pea falafel/meatless meatballs

This recipe is versatile. I made it intending to make felafal, but didn’t have pita at home. And I was making barbecue sauce for a marinade for kabobs we are making for tomorrow…so I decided to use that with these. … Continue reading

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homemade barbeque sauce

This is my adaptation of the Culinary Institute’s BBQ sauce recipe, which as you will see I use for several things–part of a kabob marinade, just slathered on roasted veggies, and as an accompaniment to my split pea “meatballs”. Ingredients … Continue reading

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Homemade Granola

I never realized it was so easy. I guess I never thought about it. But it is simple. With one wee little caution–don’t let it burn. Mine was just about golden, I thought “i’ll leave it a minute or two”…and … Continue reading

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Crockpot squash and lentil stew

This started out as the moosewood recipe…but then it required some substitutions… Equipment: Crock pot Ingredients 1 butternut squash pre baked (ie: roast in the oven/toaster oven until semi-soft. 1/2 hour) 2 ears of corn 1/4 cup lentils 1 onion … Continue reading

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Oat-Rye bread

So how did last week’s recipes turn out? Overall, I’d give it a B. Some were really good (this one, for example). And my version of the daal and veggie stew were pretty good. The sweet potato pizza could have … Continue reading

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Homemade Vegetarian Marshmallows!

I did and made a lot of things today, but my personal crowning achievement: making homemade vegetarian marshmallows! Not sure why I find this so exciting–perhaps because the store bought vegetarian ones aren’t quite right (good enough for s’mores, but … Continue reading

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Low Iodine challenge, year 2…menu plan

It’s time for my one-year/year and a half follow up scan…which means for the next 3 weeks I’ll be eating a low-iodine diet. Exciting? No, but like last year, I take it as a challenge to find things to eat … Continue reading

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Kale-jerk tofu enchilladas

Really, you ask? that sounds kind of random. And perhaps it is. But it’s what I had in the fridge!  It was inspired by a fellow blogger’s recipe for a kale/sweet potato tortilla casserole. We still have a mega ton … Continue reading

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Jerk tofu

This is probably one of the most flavorful tofu marinades I’ve discovered–the tofu really soaks up the flavor. I merged a few recipes…one here on Meatless Monday and  a moosewood recipe Ingredients (I halved the original recipe the first few … Continue reading

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The mattar paneer challenge

Yesterday, a friend gave a beautiful dance performance. To help out, friends from our class made the dinner that followed the performance. I volunteered–to make a dish for 80. Now I know lots of aunties do this all the time, … Continue reading

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Kale “ceasar” salad

This was an experiment on my husband and neighbors. Hubby bought a rather LARGE bag of kale. What to do with it? I made spinach with it (using the kale instead of spinach), I made baked kale, braised kale…and this. … Continue reading

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Cabbage Ginger Salad v2

Last year we went to a great Burmese restaurant (Mandalay) in Silver Spring. We loved the cabbage ginger salad and I came home wanting to figure out how to make it. The New York Times and this blog had a … Continue reading

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Sriracha and Wasabi Deviled Eggs

I saw this recipe, and wanted to try it but thought it was a little much…(soaking in soy?). Maybe next time. For this purpose, I simplified. We also went back and forth about whether people eat deviled eggs…they did. they … Continue reading

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Butternut Squash & Ricotta Crostini

The third of the birthday boy recipes… Original recipe here. My modifications: Added a pesto, cut out the olive oil. 2 loves french bread 1 butternut squash sage, basil a handful of arugula 4 cloves garlic 2 oz walnuts or … Continue reading

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Salty, Sweet & Spicy Mixed Nuts

to serve a crowd. original recipe here. My modifications (different nuts, different herbs, different spice) ingredients 2 packages mixed nuts (i bought a version with no peanuts) 1/4 cup maple syrup 5-10 leaves of basil, sage, rosemary (it’s what I … Continue reading

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Birthday Boy Chocolate Cake Pops (in Salted Caramel and Peanut Butter)

Birthday cakes are an elaborate affair in my house–the last few years they have involved dark chocolate, marscapone, pistachios, and ganache. YUM. but have done it to many times. So this year….I went with cake pops. I was inspired by … Continue reading

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The Birthday boy menu (recipe posts to come)

Last week was my husband’s birthday…we did a number of things, but the one that involved cooking was our rooftop happy hour that stretched over six hours. The good sign…almost all the food was gone :). Here’s the first of … Continue reading

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