Vegan Pumpkin Dumplings

Vegan Pumpkin Dumplings

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What makes Vegan Pumpkin Dumplings a Fall Favorite?
A couple years ago when I started my Vegan Before 6:00 diet I was looking for new fun ways to prepare vegan main dishes.  Around that time I was practicing how to make homemade dim sum.  I kept trying new dim sum recipes so I’d get the techniques down.

As many of you know, I love pumpkin during the fall, especially in savory dishes.  So creating a new fall favorite with pumpkin put a smile on my face.  When a friend came over for lunch I prepared these Vegan Pumpkin Dumplings and instantly fell in love!

The filling is…

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Pumpkin Latke Waffles

Pumpkin Latke Waffles

Why make Pumpkin Latke Waffles?
This Hanukkah season I wanted to create a new kind of latke (potato pancake) with some leftover boiled potatoes and a wedge of fresh pumpkin.  As many of you know, I love using pumpkin, especially in savory dishes.  For more pumpkin recipes follow this link or this other link.

Autumn is also my favorite season of the year.  I adore the various hues of yellow, red, orange and brown everywhere as well as the abundance of harvested vegetables and fruit.  All kinds of squash, nuts, apples, and pears are among my top choices during autumn.  

Adding pumpkin to …

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Speculoos Pumpkin Pie To Die For

Speculoos Pumpkin Pie To Die For

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What Makes This Speculoos Pumpkin Pie Worth Waiting an Entire Year?
For more than 30 years I’ve been making pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving.  I have always considered pumpkin pie to be one of my specialties.    Truth be told, I’ve basically followed the same recipe for the filling all these years, initially inspired by the Joy of Cooking (6th edition).

However, from time to time I’ve tried different crusts.  This year I tried a new Speculoos Pie Crust and found it to be easy and delicious.  Follow the link above to discover the recipe for this amaz…

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Pumpkin Risotto

Pumpkin Risotto

How do you make the Yummiest Pumpkin Risotto?
In the middle of pumpkin season I’m always on the lookout for new ways to include pumpkin in recipes.   A couple days ago I was having a friend over for a mid-week dinner and wanted to make something special without too much fuss.  I had been thinking of preparing Asian-inspired vegan pumpkin dumplings yet in the end opted for developing a new recipe for Pumpkin Risotto.

Risotto is a dish best made immediately before serving, which makes it a little complicated when entertaining guests.  I prefer not being busy in the kitchen when the guests ar…

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Pumpkin Tomato Lentil Soup

Pumpkin Tomato Lentil Soup

What are some ways to use pumpkin?
During the autumn months I tend to buy and use a lot of pumpkin.  Although a wide range of squash is available at the grocers and the farmers markets in Belgium, muscat pumpkins are my favorite.  Muscat pumpkins are different from the pumpkins generally sold in the US.  I now prefer their texture and taste over the US variety.  They also seem to have more flesh, making them a wonderful source for many recipes.

Once I start using a pumpkin, I try to find other ways to use the rest of the pumpkin during the week.  Chopped raw pumpkin added to my morning oat…

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Belgian Foodie® Winter Salad

Belgian Foodie® Winter Salad

What are Winter Salads?
Winter salads bring color, vitamins and fresh tastes to brighten up your plate and keep your palate alive.  In many ways I prefer winter salads to salads at other times of the year because the ingredients are often more crispy and full of flavor.

 
How can you create a Winter Salad?
Blend colors and tastes
The key to making an exceptional winter salad is to blend colors and tastes.  Don’t be afraid to use bitter vegetables, such as Belgian endives, radicchio and escarole, all from the chicory family. You may offset the bitter tastes by adding sweet ingredien…

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Vegetarian Enchiladas: Delicious and Healthy

Vegetarian Enchiladas:  Delicious and Healthy

How do you turn Vegetarian Enchiladas into an evening?
Why Vegetarian Enchiladas?
A few days ago I prepared dinner for a friend on her way to Cuba.  Although she will certainly have fabulous and authentic Cuban food while she’s there, I wanted to make a Latin American dish to celebrate her upcoming trip.  I decided to make Vegetarian Enchiladas since they are tasty, healthy and comforting.

As Vegetarian Enchiladas may be prepared in advance, reducing the effort needed when company arrives, they are ideal for a mid-week supper. Weeknight suppers should require less preparation, even if you wor…

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Belgian Endive Pie

Belgian Endive Pie

How can I use Belgian endive in a new way?
Belgian endive, known as chicory in the United Kingdom, chicons in the French-speaking part of Belgium and witlof  in the Dutch-speaking part of Beligum, is generally prepared only a couple different ways.  OK, this is a bit of an exaggeration, but not much.

The most common ways Belgian endives are prepared are raw mixed in a salad, braised in olive oil with a little garlic as a side dish, or chicons gratin  (braised Belgian endives wrapped in ham and covered with a Mornay sauce).  Belgian endives mix great with pork (any kind of bacon or ham), Ro…

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Peach, Nectarine and Plum Pie

Peach, Nectarine and Plum Pie

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What fruit pie is your favorite in the summer?
Peach, Nectarine and Plum Pie has been my family’s favorite these past few years.  We look forward to the moment when the peaches, nectarines and plums are at their freshest and fill up the grocer’s stalls at a reasonable price.  This week that ideal moment finally arrived, just in time for my daughter’s birthday celebration.

I should confess that I have not actually waited until this week to make this wonderful pie.  I’ve already been “practicing” for the past 10 days, bringing a pie to a friend’s house for dinner and making an…

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A Caprese Salad with Parma Ham

A Caprese Salad with Parma Ham

Sometimes simple dishes are the best!
Tonight I really did not feel like preparing anything complicated. It’s warm outside and I’ve been moving around all day long sorting through things in my home as I’m doing a major summer cleaning.

 
Preparing a Caprese Salad with Parma Ham
So I prepared a dish with mozzarella, tomatoes, Prosciutto di Parma ham, basil, olive oil and balsamic vinegar with a little salt and pepper. This dish always looks nicer when you lay a slice of mozzarella on a slice of tomato and continue in this fashion until you fill your dish (or have enough for your group). T…

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Pesto with Arugula, Basil and Fennel

Pesto with Arugula, Basil and Fennel

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How to use fresh herbs to create your own Pesto
Food always tastes better with the right condiments (pesto, rubs, and sauces) to enhance the flavors of your dish. When entertaining friends, keeping the main dish fairly simple while offering a selection of homemade condiments is a sure key to success. Everyone can choose how they want their dish. Your guests can make it as spicy, flavorful or simple as they wish.

Summertime is ideal for making pesto sauces with fresh herbs. For most people the term pesto refers only to a mixture made from pounding together basil, garlic,…

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Ginger Syrup Made at Home

Ginger Syrup Made at Home

What is the difference between ginger syrup and ginger beer?
Ginger syrup is made by cooking ginger with water and sugar until you obtain a syrupy consistency (see recipe below).  Meanwhile ginger beer is traditionally a fermented beverage created by mixing ginger syrup (once cooled) with a mother culture (ginger beer plant) and leaving this mixture to ferment for a few days.

The process for making ginger beer is very similar to the process for making other popular cultured and fermented drinks, such as Kombucha and water kefir.  Once you learn to make one, it will be easier for you to start …

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Sushi Bowls: The Perfect Meal?

Sushi Bowls: The Perfect Meal?

What Makes Sushi Bowls an Extraordinary Meal?
When I’m looking for a special meal which takes little time to prepare, sushi bowls (properly known as chirashi sushi) quickly comes to mind. Sushi bowls are tasty, healthy and fun to eat with friends. Sushi bowls also take little time to prepare.

What else would you want to know before making sushi bowls for your friends? All you need to make sushi bowls is fresh sushi-grade fish, quality vegetables, home-made condiments and rice. You can use pretty much whatever fish and vegetables you like. For fish I often use salmon and tuna since they are th…

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Vegan Almond Cheese to the Rescue!

Vegan Almond Cheese to the Rescue!

How difficult is it to make Vegan Almond Cheese?

Vegans and people who are lactose-intolerant often find it difficult to find vegan “cheeses” which are a good replacement for ordinary cheese, taste good and are fairly easy to make. Well, look no more. This Basic Almond Cheese crumbled on top of a salad, pasta or pizza will satisfy your cheese cravings. Another option is to use this almond cheese as a base for a cheese appetizer or dip mixed in with some herbs, salt and pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil. Or why not top your basic almond cheese with different kinds of ground peppercorns …

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5 Easy, Tasty and Vegan Recipes for Mother’s Day

5 Easy, Tasty and Vegan Recipes for Mother’s Day

Looking for ideas for a vegan breakfast for Mother’s Day?
Here are 5 Easy, Tasty and Vegan Recipes for Mother’s Day that you and/or your kids can make without needing to know how to cook.

These recipes provide a variety of traditional breakfasts with vegans in mind.  Your mom will love any of these breakfasts, and especially the thought that goes into it.

You may adapt each of these recipes to suit the tastes of your mother or wife.  Feel free to be creative and make substitutions (especially of fruit) as you like.

These 5 recipes are not presented in any special order, as all of the…

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