Baked Broccoli Pakoras

Posted on Mar 6th, 2011

On VegPeople a few weeks ago my friend Valerie was asking about baking pakoras. Her kids will eat broccoli without complaint if it's battered and fried. She's like me: not crazy about the mess and the fat of fried food. I…

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Baked Onion Rings: From Fried to Favourite

Posted on May 15th, 2012

Growing up in the southern U.S., I ate my share of fried food. I always tucked into the fried chicken or fried okra with relish, then felt a little bit queasy afterward. So, when I started cooking for myself and my family, I…

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Baked Risotto for Two

Posted on Nov 3rd, 2009

When I saw this recipe for baked risotto on Once Upon a Plate, I had to give the technique a try. I didn't feel like dealing with leftovers, so I just made a tiny bit. The texture was identical to risotto I've laboriously…

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Baked Thai Corn Fritters

Posted on Jun 16th, 2013

  I was craving spicy eggplant and casting about for something to make with it, when I remembered seeing Thai corn fritters on She Simmers.  Looking at other Thai corn fritter recipes, I found one that had a good bit of…

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Cabbage Thoran

Posted on Jun 2nd, 2013

  Cabbage is so good for you and so inexpensive that I always mean to eat more of it. One thing that holds me back is that it's hard to eat a whole head  - there's a lot of cabbage in a cabbage! Sure, you can slip a…

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Chu Chee Eggplant

Posted on Feb 15th, 2011

This chu chee eggplant, another restaurant recreation, is made of battered eggplant in a red curry sauce. Because I baked the eggplant instead of frying it as the restaurant does, it's not exactly the same, but it's as close…

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Cilantro Lime Rice

Posted on Jan 11th, 2014

Every Thanksgiving, I cook up a big pile of veggie chicken from the Asian market, which we always have with mashed potatoes, gravy, and various other sides. It's not very creative, but my family likes it. I like it for the…

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Corn Fritters

Posted on Mar 2nd, 2011

I usually make corn muffins to go with chili, but I felt like trying something new, so I made some corn fritters and cooked them up like little pancakes. The first time I made them they were good, but I felt like they tasted…

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Desi Fries with Chaat Masala

Posted on Feb 12th, 2014

There is an Indian restaurant here in Houston that I absolutely adore called Pondicherri. They serve  classic dishes as well as street food. The food is often a bit Indian-American fusion and always perfectly spiced. The…

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Dry Okra from the Grill

Posted on Oct 3rd, 2010

I love the flavor of okra, but not its sliminess. (I think most people would agree with me.) Growing up, I only liked it two ways: in gumbo, where the sliminess is obscured by the roux, and fried. And when I say fried, I…

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Dry-Fried Creole Okra and Onions

Posted on Nov 7th, 2012

I made some Indian dry fried okra (similar to this, but on the stove top) to go with curry recently.We loved it so much that I couldn't resist making a Creole-spiced version to have with dirty riceand baked sweet potatoes…

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Garam Masala Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Posted on Jan 15th, 2014

I mentioned a few posts ago that I've been making a lot of old favorites and trying to freshen up the menus with new side dishes. This is another one that I've been making recently. I'm always looking for new ways to slip…

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Grilled Corn Salsa

Posted on Jun 6th, 2010

It's been a busy week. My son Tyler graduated from high school, we had family in town, and then Tyler had a birthday a few days later. We are just now getting around to our annual Memorial Day cookout.I found this in the…

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Lemon Pulihora (Indian Lemon Rice)

Posted on Jun 27th, 2010

Before the internet was full of cooking blogs, I found my favorite recipes in magazines. For some reason, I still find magazines more inspiring than cookbooks. It's probably the photographs. Some of my favorite recipes have…

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Moroccan-Spiced Roasted Carrots

Posted on Jan 6th, 2014

I hope everyone's New Year is off to a great start! I took a little time off the blog to focus on the holidays and family. Now I'm back with a crop of new recipes, including a "mini-series" of side dish recipes. Before I…

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Oven-dried Tomatoes

Posted on Sep 10th, 2009

I got this recipe from my friend Melissa of The Papaya Chronicles, but I’ve changed it somewhat. She, in turn, got it from a cookbook by Alton Brown, but changed the recipe for her tastes. The biggest change I made was to…

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Posted on Mar 22nd, 2012

This is another recipe I found in the Los Angeles Times food section. Roasted Brussels sprouts are probably not new to most of you, but you can never have too many roasted vegetable recipes. They are so good! As soon as I…

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Rosemary Mushrooms

Posted on Nov 12th, 2013

  Last Thanksgiving, I was aiming for a very simple menu. After I planned it, I felt like there was just one thing missing - something with mushrooms in it. Since I was trying to keep it simple, I went with a…

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Samosa-style Twice-baked Potatoes

Posted on Dec 11th, 2010

These samosa-style twice baked potatoes based on the ones in Veganomicon are a brilliant idea and I wish I had thought of them myself. They're a samosa filling stuffed back into the potato skins instead of being wrapped in…

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Slow Cooker Maple-Cinnamon Applesauce

Posted on Mar 24th, 2013

Where did this cold weather come from? We needed the air conditioner early last week - this turnaround is weird. Luckily, I made just the thing to warm us up this morning. I had this warm over pancakes this morning,…

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Soy-Sesame Roasted Broccoli and a sneak peak at a new blog event

Posted on Mar 28th, 2011

I'm going to be starting a blog event next month.   In a nutshell, this will be a vegan event for recipes that are favorites at your house. The only rule, in addition to the recipe needing to be vegan, is that you have…

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Spicy Baby Roasted Potatoes

Posted on Dec 31st, 2009

A bunch of us are sitting around my living room right now, stuffed to the hilt. We're trying to eat our way out of 2009. We had hummus with veggies and crackers, pigs-in-the-blanket made with Tofurkey dogs, toasted ravioli,…

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Spicy Roasted Cauliflower

Posted on Jun 10th, 2009

There are a lot of vegetables I never ate before becoming a vegetarian, including cauliflower. I only wish I had known what I was missing years ago. Roasted cauliflower is especially sublime. I had leftover eggplant the…

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Spicy Thai Eggplant

Posted on May 26th, 2011

There's an elusive flavor I've been trying to figure out for a while. It's a caramel flavor I've been noticing in food from several Thai and Vietnamese restaurants. I thought the flavor was from soy sauce, so I researched…

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Spicy Thai Eggplant II

Posted on Mar 19th, 2013

A local Thai restaurant makes an incredible eggplant that I've been wanting to make at home. I had a pretty good idea what was in it, but I was a little hesitant to reproduce it at home without some kind of guide. When I…

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Vegan Baked Beans

Posted on Jan 8th, 2014

I had another post lined up for today, but these baked beans I made yesterday were too good not to share right away. I hope I can inspire some of you to make these while the weather is cold, as this recipe is a delicious…

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Yellow Rice with Saffron

Posted on Mar 4th, 2010

When I was a beginner cook, I often bought boxed mixes to speed things up in the kitchen. One of the mixes I expecially liked was the yellow rice that comes in a long package. I got enthusiastic about cooking from scratch…

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