Roasted Carrot Rosemary Garlic Soup

Roasted Carrot Rosemary Garlic Soup
What to do with Fresh Rosemary? A good friend brought me several branches of fresh rosemary from her garden when she came to dinner last week.  Immediately my home smelled more outdoorsy and clean.   All week I enjoyed the hint of rosemary in the air. For some reason I cannot leave all this fresh rosemary around without trying to find some way to use it all.  It's impossible for me to let good...

French Onion Soup in 45 Minutes

French Onion Soup in 45 Minutes
Memories of French Onion Soup Past I tasted my first real French Onion Soup at Cafe Figaro on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood as a teen.  My friends and I thought Cafe Figaro with its French bistro-style cuisine was so cool.  It had a good menu, reasonable prices and a European atmosphere.  Taking a date here helped gave me an air of sophistication.  Or at least I thought. I must have tried F...
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Vegetarian Eggplant Lasagna

Vegetarian Eggplant Lasagna
Vegan vs. Vegetarian Eggplant Lasagna Recently I prepared two eggplant lasagnas side by side.  A Vegan Eggplant Lasagna and a Vegetarian Eggplant Lasagna, as I wanted to compare their tastes. In both eggplant lasagnas I used my Vegan Tomato Sauce for All Occasions as well as a single large eggplant sliced thinly.  You can of course use your own tomato sauce if you prefer.  The only difference ...
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Tomato Fish Soup in 30 minutes

Tomato Fish Soup in 30 minutes
How to make a Quick Tasty Tomato Fish Soup Tomato Fish Soup is one of my favorite soups at home and in restaurants.  There are so many ways to make fish soup, some simple, others a little more complicated.  This recipe is super easy to make in less than an hour. You can make this Tomato Fish Soup in a single pot, making your clean up afterwards much easier.   All you need to do is put a casser...
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Vegan Eggplant Lasagna without Pasta

Vegan Eggplant Lasagna without Pasta
The Vegan Eggplant Lasagna Challenge I have made vegetarian lasagne countless times.  Yet, I've always added cheese to each layer.  Sometimes I reduce the amount of cheese I use by mixing ricotta cheese with eggplant puree together.  I'll have to share my vegetarian lasagna some time, as it's my son's favorite.   What is Vegan Eggplant Lasagna? Last week I seemed destined to make Vegan ...
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Vegan Tomato Sauce for All Occasions

Vegan Tomato Sauce for All Occasions
A Versatile Vegan Tomato Sauce I usually try to feature here recipes for tasty healthy versions of otherwise ordinary dishes or for extraordinary dishes that will wow your family and guests.  Although most people already know how to make an Italian-style tomato sauce to use on pasta, I've been asked several times to share my recipe for Vegan Tomato Sauce as it is as yummy as it is nourishing. ...
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Dandelion Pesto

Dandelion Pesto
Why make Dandelion Pesto? Dandelion pesto has brightened up many springtime dishes in past years.  In Belgium, I sometimes gathered the leaves of this wildflower from my backyard lawn to add to salads, soups and other dishes.   Dandelion greens grow wild Picking dandelion greens are an annual tradition that marks the arrival of spring.  Although you can find dandelions all year long, th...
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Vegan Banana Oat Muffins

Vegan Banana Oat Muffins
How to Turn Banana Muffins Vegan? I have made banana muffins many times and many ways.  Often, the recipes included some kind of dairy products, such as butter, milk, buttermilk, yogurt or sour cream. Several months ago I shared my recipe for Banana Muffin Bliss which included a single egg.  In my post I suggested how to make the muffins vegan by replacing the egg. Yesterday I was in the mo...
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Tantalizing Tomatillo Jalapeño Jam

Tantalizing Tomatillo Jalapeño Jam
How My Groceries Inspired this Tantalizing Tomatillo Jalapeño Jam   Shopping Late at Night Last night on my way home around 1 am, I passed a Food 4 Less, a huge discount supermarket, in East Hollywood.  It's not my ordinary place to shop, but I figured it was an ideal time to check it out. I love how many supermarkets in Los Angeles stay open 24/7 so shoppers can stop in whenever they w...
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Flavorful Foods for Babies and Toddlers

Flavorful Foods for Babies and Toddlers
What a Good Eater! Cookbook It may be a few years since my kids were infants or toddlers, yet believe it or not I'm already starting to look ahead to being someday a grandfather.  No rush, but when it happens I want to be prepared. So a couple weeks ago when Amy Godiwalla and Alessandra (Ali) Macaluso invited me to try out some recipes from their new book What a Good Eater!, I jumped at the op...

Fresh Red Beet Pasta

Fresh Red Beet Pasta
Why Bother Making Fresh Red Beet Pasta? Recently I developed a recipe for Red Beet Ravioli with Spinach and Goat Cheese, which was absolutely yummy.  Of course, I may be a bit biased.  So don't rely on my word, try it yourself and see how delicious is this ravioli dish! The red beets in the pasta make the dough a vibrant purple color, which will certainly make any plate look more attractive.  ...
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Pumpkin Ravioli with Spinach and Goat Cheese

Pumpkin Ravioli with Spinach and Goat Cheese
Why Not a Pumpkin Variation for a New Family Favorite? During a stay in Kosice, Slovakia at the end of my Journey to Greece, I fell in love with a vegetarian red beet pirohy (pierogi) dish served with fresh spinach and goat cheese.  To discover more about my love story with this delicious wholesome dish, read my recipe for Red Beet Ravioli with Spinach and Goat Cheese. While I was testing out ...
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Red Beet Ravioli with Spinach and Goat Cheese

Red Beet Ravioli with Spinach and Goat Cheese
What Inspired this Soul-Fulfilling Red Beet Ravioli Dish? Towards the end of my Journey to Greece, I spent a few days in Kosice, Slovakia, near the Hungarian, Polish and Ukrainian borders.   I initially planned on spending one night in Kosice, yet immediately fell in love with its old town.  I ended up staying three nights so I could leisurely visit the town, hang out in its cafes and restaurants...
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Exploring Romania More Deeply

Exploring Romania More Deeply
First Time in Romania At the start of my Journey to Greece last June, I spent five days in Romania visiting mainly Timisoara, Sibiu and Brasov. Stopping in villages along my route or at vista points atop mountains to take photos of the magnificent scenery below became part of my daily routine while travelling by car. The landscapes in the Transylvania region of Romania, in particular in and ar...

My Personal Greek Cuisine Teacher

My Personal Greek Cuisine Teacher
My Personal Greek Cuisine Teacher showed me how to make Tasty Authentic Greek Recipes This past summer I travelled to Greece where I spent almost two months, more than half of which in Xanthi.  I chose Xanthi because a law school friend of mine lives there with his lovely wife, Thomais Pasvanti, and their two children. My friend, Diamantis Totief, has bragged several times that his wife is the...
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