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Miso Roasted Green Beans for Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Miso Roasted Green Beans – Crisp Thanksgiving Side

  • 1 lb crisp green beans
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp red miso – strong stuff
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/3 cup almonds

Thanksgiving! Probably my favorite holiday – you sit amongst loved ones and savor a feast of homemade dishes that have been tweaked and passed down through the years. What is not to like?

Speaking of loved ones, I’m more grateful than ever to spend the holiday with my family this year. I’ve become more and more situated in my own life, so it’s truly special when I’m reunited with my mom, dad, and sister.

Though I’m looking forward to spending time with my own family soon, I had a crazy good time with my boyfriend’s last weekend for his mom’s birthday.

peaceful, serene

crazy tree

familia

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Seasonal Spiced Pear Bread!

Friday, November 9, 2012

seasonal spiced pear bread – sweet, vegan quickbread

    yields one moist loaf
  • 2 very ripe, medium-size pears
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp minced ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 6 Tbsp nondairy milk
  • 1 cup white whole wheat
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    8″x4″ loaf pan

I can’t speak justice for these beautiful leaves, so I’ll let them talk for themselves.

turmeric colored?

honey spot

grandma with her granddaughter

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Fall Squash Apple Soup

Monday, October 22, 2012

seasonal, vegan squash and apple soup – hearty and warming

    Makes two hot bowls of soup
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp garam masala or curry powder
  • 1 ripe acorn squash
  • 1 tart apple – still using up Mustsu apples
  • 1 large carrot – 1 cup chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt + extra
  • lemon pepper
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1/4 cup pepitas – pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger

Good morning! Hope y’all had a great week and are looking forward to the next.

It just started to get seriously chilly around here, so what better way to bundle up and fight the cold than to…stay inside and eat hot soup. Definitely my stomach talking.

purdy squash

just naturally beautiful

So this past weekend was my boyfriend’s birthday, and we explored Manhattan a little. Being nerds, we ended up “stuck” in a bookshop for several hours. He chose great literary works, I chose cookbooks.

I basically got my nose stuck in Dirt Candy’s new cookbook, and besides the fun mix of graphic novel and sarcasm, she just makes vegetables…sexy. I love it. Roast, bake, sizzle – just make the veggies awesome.

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Birthday Tart

Friday, October 19, 2012

french apple birthday tart – surprise visit to jam kitchen

  • 1 1/4 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 10 Tbsp unsalted butter, chilled
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 5 Mutsu or Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored, and halved
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup your favorite jam
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon + extra for sprinkling
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger

9-in pie pan

Just got back from a wondrous week.

Between the surprise adventure to Cape Cod (my first time!), seeing the inner workings of a hundred year old jam kitchen, and a surprise party, it’s my favorite birthday yet.

welcoming flowers outside the kitchen door

My boyfriend drove me to Green Briar Jam Kitchen, because I’m starting a jam entrepreneurial endeavor of my own (sweet guy). The minute you walk in, you’re immersed in their open kitchen. You can chat with the staff and ask any questions, all while they’re stirring, pouring, and smiling. Very friendly folk, and highly knowledgable.

hearty stoves

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