Easy Haunted Shepherd’s Pie (and Very Quick Spelt Foccacia)

October 30, 2015

  Maybe my little ghost made of leftover spaghetti squash looks more like a version of Big Bird than Casper, but this idea was just so darn cute I had to use up my leftovers to create a little Halloween comfort food. I had absolutely nothing to do with dreaming it up; I found it […]

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Sweet or Savory Vegan Hearty Hot Pockets (Spelt or Gluten-Free)

October 10, 2015

Maybe the reason I’ve been baking since I was a little girl is that it’s in my blood. I’m sure that’s what my grandmothers would say. And my maternal grandmother would proudly remind me of her brothers, the Marcils, who ran a bakery in the small town back east where my mother grew up. Later, […]

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It Takes a Vegan Village: Red Lentil Fusion Stew–with Gluten-Free Injera

September 18, 2015

Lately I’ve been very engaged in the living of new stories, and not so much in writing them down. Sometimes they have to be lived for a while to know what to say about them. When I’m not drawing, sometimes I read over “old stories” I’ve posted here on the blog. So while I’m slowly […]

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Confetti Bowl with Eclectic Garden Pesto

June 21, 2015

When Mike and Kelly bought their house 3 summers ago, the only noteworthy feature in the yard was a low growing weeping red Japanese maple. Except for a few unremarkable shrubs, the yard was  pretty much empty except for the grass over uneven ground. Since then, they have applied their vision and talents to transforming […]

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Luscious Oat Bars with Orange, Kale and Carob Fudge Topping

February 19, 2015

Years ago when I read Dr. Barnard’s book Foods That Fight Pain I remember learning that food intolerances can change. That seems to be very true in my case. When I first started eating this way 7 years ago I couldn’t eat garlic or ginger. Now I eat them every day. Several winters ago, as […]

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Quick Chew Your Smoothie Salad

January 29, 2015

My English teacher during my sophomore year in high school once told me in exasperation that I was an “agitator.” Perhaps she is right. But it wasn’t until I was in grad school that a close friend of mine described my style of “agitating” to a tee. Her description went like this: “Maria, it’s as […]

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Sprouted Black Bean Hamburger-less “Help Her”

May 3, 2014

I like to laugh to myself that my skillets full of veggies, beans and starch are vegan versions of old timey hamburger helper–without the hamburger, salt, fat or pasta. Instead they are a mishmash of flavors, colors and textures that come together really quickly and leave me full and happy. They help the “her” in […]

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Vegan Strategies: Last Minute Chopped Salad with Sprouted Quinoa

April 14, 2014

Life is full of contradictions. How can a house that’s been a residence for 117 years be the only one on the block not zoned as a residence? How can a salad you can make at the last minute have an ingredient it takes about two days to make? I will tell you how. What […]

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Shake and Serve Italian Style Potato Salad: A Family Tradition

September 13, 2013

I know Summer’s about to screech to a halt, but up here we’ve had a stint of what my Dad used to call “State Fair weather”—hot, dry and dusty. Many gardens and farmer’s markets are full of nightshades, so I thought it would be a good time to introduce you to this easy potato salad […]

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A Progressive Plant-Based Breakfast (with Massaged Breakfast Kale)

August 21, 2013

My town is a town of potlucks and progressive dinners, which takes me back to my childhood and how innovative and fun it sounded to me to go from house to house for each different part of a meal. Even when I’m not invited to a potluck or a progressive meal, I make one for […]

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