Soft polenta with white bean, squash, and sage ragout

March 26, 2013 at 3:29 pm (Beans, F (0 stars, dislike), Fall recipes, Peter Berley, Winter recipes)

I made this recipe from Peter Berley’s cookbook Modern Vegetarian Kitchen back when I lived in Pittsburgh, and I remember not liking it very much.  But when I was in California last month I was discussing vegetarian cookbooks with a friend of Kathy and Spoons’s, and she had Modern Vegetarian Kitchen.  I asked her what her favorite recipe was and she chose this one!  I thought maybe I screwed it up last time and so I decided to try it again. Read the rest of this entry »

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New kitchen gadgets

March 26, 2013 at 1:25 pm (Product Reviews)

I tried a four new well-rated kitchen gadgets last year, and I thought I’d do a quick post about which ones I ended up liking and which ones I didn’t care for.  My most exciting new purchase is a pressure cooker, but I haven’t actually taken it out of the box yet.  Once I try it out, I’ll report back! Read the rest of this entry »

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Italian spiced almonds

March 26, 2013 at 12:15 am (unrated, Website / blog)

Derek came back from Berlin in February with some spicy almonds from the restaurant Little Otik.  The nuts were smoky and garlicky and just a little sweet—he adored them.  I looked for a similar recipe and couldn’t find anything quite the same, but I did come across this one for Italian spiced almonds.  It doesn’t have the smoke, but it has the garlic and the Italian herbs. Read the rest of this entry »

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Beer-braised seitan with sauerkraut and onions

March 6, 2013 at 12:39 am (B_minus (2 stars, okay), Cruciferous rich, Peter Berley, Quick weeknight recipe, Seitan, Winter recipes)

Yes, another sauerkraut dish!  This is a Flemish-inspired recipe from Peter Berley’s Modern Vegetarian Kitchen that I’ve been wanting to make for years.  Alex was in the mood for seitan, and I was in the mood to use up more of my sauerkraut, so we bought a bottle of dark German beer and a couple of pounds of onions and we were all set. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tacos with roasted winter vegetables and red cabbage slaw

March 6, 2013 at 12:22 am (B plus (3 stars, like a lot), Root vegetables, Vegetable dishes, Website / blog, Winter recipes) ()

My friend Jessica and I were trying to decide what to make for dinner.  I wanted to use up some red cabbage, so she picked out this very seasonal recipe for tacos with roasted winter vegetables and red cabbage slaw.   Read the rest of this entry »

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