Vegetarian

A Green Smoothie for Beginners

I’m a little behind on the green smoothie trend. A smoothie instead of a meal just does not satisfy me, and I tend to go for more savory snacks. Some might call me a high-maintenance eater. It’s fine. It wasn’t until I started marathon training last summer that I became a smoothie drinker. When I [read more →]

Fava Bean and Mushroom Farrotto

Formaggio is a dangerous place to shop without a list. I went on Friday looking for dinner ingredients, not knowing what I wanted to make yet. Matt and I were having a date night in and I wanted to make something fun and springy. I started by grabbing some fava beans. I had never encountered [read more →]

I catered an office lunch for 11 last week and proposed a menu with some of my favorite Spanish dishes: garlic chicken and chickpea and spinach stew. The office manager liked the menu but requested an additional vegetarian dish, perhaps something with tofu. As much as I love tofu (seriously, I do), I don’t normally [read more →]

Pimento Cheese

Pimento cheese is a wonderful thing, so my mom and I both agreed it needed to be part of our Easter spread. The combination of cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, and jarred pimentos might sound strange…until you try it. It’s dangerously addicting, especially on ritz crackers. Inspired by the pimento cheese I had in Chattanooga last year, [read more →]

Samosa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

I wasn’t really sure what to call this recipe. These “samosa stuffed sweet potatoes” aren’t actually stuffed with samosas (that might be weird), but rather with the flavors of a samosa filling. I know…samosas aren’t usually made with sweet potatoes. I guess I’m sort of using the word samosa loosely. The flavors are reminiscent of [read more →]

Smoky Whipped Rutabaga

Have you ever cooked with rutabaga? Getting kind of bored of winter vegetables, I randomly picked up this strange looking root at the store recently. It’s starchy like a potato, but with an earthy and lightly sweet flavor. My favorite way to use it so far is transforming it into smoky whipped rutabaga. Check out [read more →]

Before I get to this pasta, I have some news to share… Matt got into medical school! He’ll be starting at Cornell in the fall, which means we’re moving back to NYC in August. As much as I’ll miss Boston, I didn’t feel done with New York just yet. This news was so exciting on [read more →]

Variations of spinach with pine nuts and raisins can be found on most Spanish tapas menus these days. While it’s always a good combination, it never particularly excited me until I tried the version at Kika Tapas last summer. The key to their version? Just barely wilting the spinach and adding a squeeze of fresh [read more →]

I’m not a big salad eater. That said, I’ve had some root vegetable and hearty green based salads out recently that have started to change my mind. This shredded brussels sprout salad was born yesterday when I randomly found myself actually craving salad. I’m pretty it was my body’s way of trying to cancel out [read more →]

Mushroom Bolognese with Gremolata

While I’m usually a huge fan of cooking in for Valentine’s Day, Matt and I went to one of our favorite restaurants, Posto, last Friday for a belated Valentine’s meal. We’ve been making an effort to eat out less lately, so going out these year seemed more special. When we do go to Posto, we [read more →]

Chickpea Bruschetta

When Matt and I first started dating, I was honestly a little skeptical about dating a vegetarian. This chickpea bruschetta was one of the first things he ever made for me. On that particular date night, he made the brushcetta along side some really good polenta with tomato sauce. He definitely proved to this carnivore [read more →]

I used to get really frustrated trying to make homemade pasta. The dough would never be the right texture, and trying to roll out dough that’s either too dry or too wet and sticky can be infuriating. Thankfully, it seems that all of my practice lately has finally paid off. I’m not an expert by [read more →]

Spicy Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup

Matt and I are starting to realize why we got such a good deal on our Davis Square apartment. Being on the third floor of an old townhouse means that it’s unbearably hot in the summer, yet our apartment has basically no insulation to keep the heat in during the winter. I’m pretty sure when [read more →]

Sweet and Sour Cabbage With Tofu

So, I’m trying something a little new with my blog and recipe formatting. I’m getting my blog redesigned this month (yay!) and realized I should probably figure out how I want to format my posts going forward. I’m experimenting with Ziplist for my recipe formatting. Anyone with a Ziplist account can save Ziplist-formatted recipes to [read more →]

Vegetarian Hominy Chili

Sometimes, recipes don’t turn out as planned. I had grand plans last week to make posole using the bag of Rancho Gordo hominy that had been sitting in the pantry for far too long. After deciding on a recipe from 101 Cookbooks and starting to cook the hominy, I realized the ground chile I bought [read more →]

What do you do when you have a pork tenderloin sitting in the refrigerator, come up with the grand idea to make homemade moo-shu pork, but don’t want to let down your vegetarian moo-shu-loving boyfriend? Make both, of course! I decided on this recipe from Epicurious, using pork tenderloin instead of pork butt. It calls [read more →]

Maltagliati with Mushrooms

One thing I’ve been doing in my time off of work has been experimenting with homemade pasta. I’ve been using Marco Canora’s recipe for the dough, and have wound up with a lot of pasta scraps while trying to form tortelli. So, what do you do with pasta dough scraps? Call it maltagliati and turn [read more →]

Fried Rice with Cauliflower

I recently read this blog post about using sauteed, grated cauliflower as a healthier alternative to rice or couscous. I was intrigued because I absolutely love cauliflower and had never thought of grating it. However, I also like carbs with my meals, so I tried the technique for the first time in fried rice using [read more →]

I get so many cooking ideas in my head, but never seem to have time to execute them. One of my goals while I’m taking a little time off and figuring out my life is to really experiment with new recipes instead of falling back on the same old standbys. I tried out this Glazed [read more →]

Moorish Chickpea and Spinach Stew…Revisited

The Philadelphia Marathon is this Sunday, and the end of my training hasn’t exactly gone as planned. I wound up with a sprained ankle two weeks ago, just a few days after my 20 mile run. I thought something felt off, but I continued with my mid-week 8 miler anyways. Bad idea. I figured I [read more →]

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