Category Archives: Vegetarian

Chop Salad

They say cooking is a creative sport, and I couldn’t agree more, especially when it comes to salads. More specifically, the Chop Salad. This salad is exactly as its name implies: it’s chopped! For me, and probably you too, making

Chop Salad

They say cooking is a creative sport, and I couldn’t agree more, especially when it comes to salads. More specifically, the Chop Salad. This salad is exactly as its name implies: it’s chopped! For me, and probably you too, making

Strawberry Sorbet

While I do love the creamy tang of Strawberry Ice Cream, the pure and crisp bite of this berry shines even brighter as a sorbet. When in this icy form, it is beautifully bright red and is wonderfully sweet, with

Strawberry Sorbet

While I do love the creamy tang of Strawberry Ice Cream, the pure and crisp bite of this berry shines even brighter as a sorbet. When in this icy form, it is beautifully bright red and is wonderfully sweet, with

Penne Pasta in Ricotta Cheese Sauce with Spinach and Peas

I once had a great conversation with a personal trainer/diet nutritionist (who at the time was working on public school food reform), and I remember at one point we were on the subject of cheeses, and he told me that

Penne Pasta in Ricotta Cheese Sauce with Spinach and Peas

I once had a great conversation with a personal trainer/diet nutritionist (who at the time was working on public school food reform), and I remember at one point we were on the subject of cheeses, and he told me that

Strawberry Ice-Cream

Spring is in full swing, and summer is just around the corner. And that means one of my favorite fruits are coming into season: the strawberry. I love the crisp and sweet, with just a little tang, bite they have.

Strawberry Ice-Cream

Spring is in full swing, and summer is just around the corner. And that means one of my favorite fruits are coming into season: the strawberry. I love the crisp and sweet, with just a little tang, bite they have.

Pico de Gallo (aka Salsa Fresca) & Homemade Tortilla Chips

Chips and salsa: it is a kitchen staple nowadays. Whether a quick snack, or part of a party table spread, this Mexican combo has become a standard in the American edible lexicon. I recently started making my own tortilla chips

Pico de Gallo (aka Salsa Fresca) & Homemade Tortilla Chips

Chips and salsa: it is a kitchen staple nowadays. Whether a quick snack, or part of a party table spread, this Mexican combo has become a standard in the American edible lexicon. I recently started making my own tortilla chips

Caramelized Onion and Mushroom Pizza with Truffle Oil and Egg

A while back I mentioned how I actually prefer a tomato-sauce-less pizza, because sometimes the tang of the sauce can be too strong, or other times there is so much that it drowns the whole pie. So most times I

Caramelized Onion and Mushroom Pizza with Truffle Oil and Egg

A while back I mentioned how I actually prefer a tomato-sauce-less pizza, because sometimes the tang of the sauce can be too strong, or other times there is so much that it drowns the whole pie. So most times I

Scrambled Egg Breakfast Tacos

I am a big fan of breakfast. It is, after all, the most important meal of the day. I know many of us are busiest in the morning with work, school, and kids, that breakfast is often overlooked. Just because

Scrambled Egg Breakfast Tacos

I am a big fan of breakfast. It is, after all, the most important meal of the day. I know many of us are busiest in the morning with work, school, and kids, that breakfast is often overlooked. Just because

Homemade Potato Chips

I love potato chips. Love, love, love, love! Well, maybe I’m overreacting a little, seeing as how I also love, love, love French fries! I don’t know what it is, but there is something about crispy pieces of potato that

Homemade Potato Chips

I love potato chips. Love, love, love, love! Well, maybe I’m overreacting a little, seeing as how I also love, love, love French fries! I don’t know what it is, but there is something about crispy pieces of potato that

Asparagus Soup

One of my favorite spring vegetables is the asparagus. They are quirkly little lookers and have such a great distinctive taste. Most times I prefer to slice them into salads, blanch them with shellfish, or sauté them as a side

Asparagus Soup

One of my favorite spring vegetables is the asparagus. They are quirkly little lookers and have such a great distinctive taste. Most times I prefer to slice them into salads, blanch them with shellfish, or sauté them as a side

Pasta All’Arrabiata aka Angry Pasta

So, my good friend Neal has been living in Rome for the last year and (thanks to the marvelous wonder that is modern technology) we are able to chat frequently. I love hearing about his adventures in the land of

Pasta All’Arrabiata aka Angry Pasta

So, my good friend Neal has been living in Rome for the last year and (thanks to the marvelous wonder that is modern technology) we are able to chat frequently. I love hearing about his adventures in the land of

Caprese (cah-prehy-zay) Salad

Ah, the great thing about living in California is that even though it isn’t summer yet, we always have a steady supply of tomatoes. Which means, I can enjoy this fresh salad pretty much any time of the year. Sure,

Caprese (cah-prehy-zay) Salad

Ah, the great thing about living in California is that even though it isn’t summer yet, we always have a steady supply of tomatoes. Which means, I can enjoy this fresh salad pretty much any time of the year. Sure,

Crispy Tortilla Snacker

I love this recipe. I can make it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It is basically two toasted tortillas with cheese and whichever ingredients I have at the moment. What I like about this is that it can be made

Crispy Tortilla Snacker

I love this recipe. I can make it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It is basically two toasted tortillas with cheese and whichever ingredients I have at the moment. What I like about this is that it can be made

Watercress and Tomato Salad with Broccoli Coins

In a previous post (found here), I talked about the marvel that is the broccoli stalk. It is a part of the tree-like vegetable that is crisp like an apple, and mildly sweet like a cucumber. It tastes great cooked,

Watercress and Tomato Salad with Broccoli Coins

In a previous post (found here), I talked about the marvel that is the broccoli stalk. It is a part of the tree-like vegetable that is crisp like an apple, and mildly sweet like a cucumber. It tastes great cooked,

Broccoli Coins

Have you ever wondered why you can get broccoli by the bunch or by the crowns? Why the two options if essentially they are both the same? Broccoli stalks are an often-overlooked part of the vegetable, so much so that

Broccoli Coins

Have you ever wondered why you can get broccoli by the bunch or by the crowns? Why the two options if essentially they are both the same? Broccoli stalks are an often-overlooked part of the vegetable, so much so that

Romaine Wedge Salad

The thing I like about salads is the creative license that can be taken when building them. There are so many options of ingredients to choose from. Which greens? Just one type, or a mix of lettuces? What kind of

Romaine Wedge Salad

The thing I like about salads is the creative license that can be taken when building them. There are so many options of ingredients to choose from. Which greens? Just one type, or a mix of lettuces? What kind of

Fettuccine with Parsley and Butter

Sometimes even I am too busy (or lazy!) to cook up even my own recipes. That being said, I still don’t let myself suffer bad take-out or rummage through the pantry for who-knows-what to eat. In this recipe, fettuccine pasta

Fettuccine with Parsley and Butter

Sometimes even I am too busy (or lazy!) to cook up even my own recipes. That being said, I still don’t let myself suffer bad take-out or rummage through the pantry for who-knows-what to eat. In this recipe, fettuccine pasta

Deviled Eggs

As a lover of eggs, having them in deviled form is an exceptionally wonderful treat. They not only look so darling and decadent, but also smell delicious and taste delightful from the subtle hint of added truffle oil. As the

Deviled Eggs

As a lover of eggs, having them in deviled form is an exceptionally wonderful treat. They not only look so darling and decadent, but also smell delicious and taste delightful from the subtle hint of added truffle oil. As the

Jook (Rice Porridge)

Jook is a dish that my mother used to make all the time.  It is a porridge with roots in the Chinese countryside, developed as a way to stretch an already low rice supply.  It was also traditionally eaten by

Jook (Rice Porridge)

Jook is a dish that my mother used to make all the time.  It is a porridge with roots in the Chinese countryside, developed as a way to stretch an already low rice supply.  It was also traditionally eaten by

Bean and Bell Pepper Salad

In the mad rush of roasting, baking, searing, braising, and frying, sometimes we forget that there is another option: none of the above.  This is a quick and easy no-cook dish that can accompany any meal, or stand on its

Bean and Bell Pepper Salad

In the mad rush of roasting, baking, searing, braising, and frying, sometimes we forget that there is another option: none of the above.  This is a quick and easy no-cook dish that can accompany any meal, or stand on its

Cranberry Sauce

This classic condiment to the Thanksgiving meal needs no introduction.  I will confess that more often than not, I prefer to pair the sweet tang of this sauce with my slices of turkey instead of drowning them in gravy… Is

Cranberry Sauce

This classic condiment to the Thanksgiving meal needs no introduction.  I will confess that more often than not, I prefer to pair the sweet tang of this sauce with my slices of turkey instead of drowning them in gravy… Is

Hot Cereal aka Farina

With the winter months coming, a nice bowl of hot cereal is a great morning meal to have.  I love farina because it is a nice alternative to oatmeal.  It has a smoother texture than cooked oats and just seems

Hot Cereal aka Farina

With the winter months coming, a nice bowl of hot cereal is a great morning meal to have.  I love farina because it is a nice alternative to oatmeal.  It has a smoother texture than cooked oats and just seems

Spaghetti with Onions, Jalapeño, and Garlic

Do not be discouraged by the title ingredients of this pasta dish.  I know it sounds intimidating – a trio of flavors that could leave you with a socially repelling aromatic aura.  When the bold ingredients that make up the

Spaghetti with Onions, Jalapeño, and Garlic

Do not be discouraged by the title ingredients of this pasta dish.  I know it sounds intimidating – a trio of flavors that could leave you with a socially repelling aromatic aura.  When the bold ingredients that make up the

Grapefruit Sorbet

It is the end of September, and if you live in San Francisco, you know what that means: Indian Summer!  I love the brief heatwave we get right before the season changes.  The days are warm, and the sunsets are

Grapefruit Sorbet

It is the end of September, and if you live in San Francisco, you know what that means: Indian Summer!  I love the brief heatwave we get right before the season changes.  The days are warm, and the sunsets are

Spaghetti with Tomatoes and Spinach

I eat pasta so often that if I were to have it with meat, cheese, and/or a deliciously rich sauce every time, I’d be a carbohydrate-ticking-time-bomb just waiting for a heart attack.  But for the purpose of a day-to-day meal,

Spaghetti with Tomatoes and Spinach

I eat pasta so often that if I were to have it with meat, cheese, and/or a deliciously rich sauce every time, I’d be a carbohydrate-ticking-time-bomb just waiting for a heart attack.  But for the purpose of a day-to-day meal,